Here we are. This is the millionth selfie the two of us have taken at airports during our 9 years of marriage. We always snap a pic just before we fly out of Seattle. And here we are again. Only this time we’re leaving for five months.
When Julie dropped us at the airport in Bellingham at 3:45 am, I burst into tears—the first time I’ve ever cried about leaving home. I do so love to travel, but this is a big trip.
Friends, you’ve made leaving for this long very bittersweet. Though we are excited about our adventure, I’m sadder than I can say to miss out on five months of running events, Write Outs, coffee times, happy hours, long walks, and short runs with you. Thanks for being in my life.
Jane and Fuji seemed to know something was afoot this morning as we dragged our luggage out to Julie’s car. They climbed in their crate as if to say, “Take us along!” And then they climbed out and climbed all over us with wiggles and kisses as if to say, “Don’t forget to come back.”
Our gratitude to Julie for taking our two canine creatures into her home. And gratitude to our new friend H for living in our home as if it is her own. H, we know you will love Bellingham and we know all the pieces to your puzzle will fall together.
Finally, thank you to Peter R. for inviting us into the Alaska Board Room Lounge at the Sea Tac Airport where we have been able to sip on excellent coffee while I write this blog post.
Off we go.
So excited for you Cami! A trip that is meant to be for you both! Just as you have embraced learning something new through each race you will have much to learn and share through this new experience. Go forward fearlessly! I so look forward to following along and learning new things through reading about your adventures!
Good luck to you, my dear. This is an experiencce of a lifetime. You will have a great time.
Here’s to 5 months of learning, teaching, adventure, and fun!
The pups made me tear up. But what an adventure! Good safe travels, my friend.
Thanks everyone! We’ve landed in Atlanta and now we wait until 10:30pm EST to fly out to Santiago. That flight is about 10 hours. Once in Santiago, we’ll have another long layover (5 or 6 hours) and then a 45-minute flight to our destination city: Concepcion.
Here in Atlanta, we decided to buy our way for the day in to the Delta Sky Lounge, which allows us to hang out with “complimentary” food and drinks (albeit the “free” beer is a Miller Lite–you can’t have everything!). This will allow us to put our feet up and close our eyes when we get really dizzy from being up since 2:30am PST.
I’ll post when we’ve arrived.
Big times ahead for you both. Drink it all in, enjoy being out of the comfort zone. All the trails will be here when you return!
We’ve arrived in Concepcion!! More details to come. We’ve been up for about 40 hours (and by “up” I mean awake and sitting in an upright position), so we must hit the sack now. Time for pictures tomorrow. xo
…trust your cape!