After living in Western NY for the first 55 years of my life I never imagined that my wife (Darryl) and I would move to Central Florida and three years later move again to the Mid-Columbia Basin of Washington. Now I suppose that consideration of the economic upheavals of early 21 Century make what happened in 2008 seem quite predictable, but I never saw it coming. In all our moves Darryl and I have gone through some changes, mostly in our employment choices. Darryl starting a custom kitchen and bath business and I becoming a contract environmental auditor. Our adventures are not recommended for the faint of heart.
First Christmas (2006) in Florida.
In quiet moments when I take in the desert landscape, I sometimes struggle to understand – WHAT THE HELL ARE WE THINKING! Upon reflection it has been an interesting mix of emotions from fear to resignation to wonderment to confusion – the gambit. So, that brings me to this blog.
Since beginning this blog we have been joined by our two daughters and now have a grandson, Ryan. Our daughter, Meredith and Ryan live with us adding a dynamic to our lives that has been a joy and a challenge. This blog will contain my biased ‘insights’ into our decision making, but more just a chronicling of our adventure. Because I am writing this ‘journal’ it will also discuss fishing (mostly with a fly), camping, kayaking, putting thousands of miles between family and friends and maybe a little blues music. About making the Pacific Northwest ‘home’.
Darryl is fond of saying that we could be “dropped in the middle of a field” and we could figure out how to thrive. Well, so far so good, I guess.