Westward, ho!

I never imagined that I would be an East Coast girl  — but I guess life had other plans for me!

First, there was sunny Florida…


Then (short-lived) DC…


And now, gorgeous Charlottesville, VA.

…why yes, Monticello is here in C’ville 🙂


But now, it’s time to pay tribute to the place I spent four glorious years of college: Pullman, WA.  And what better way to do so then to make an epic return trip!?

Hubs has NEVER EVER been to WA state, and since my dynamo sister is graduating from her program this May, we will be making the trip across the country to spend some time celebrating, LEFT COAST style!  We booked out flights today – I am excited to say we will be flying out of the Charlottesville airport (CHO) for the very first time.

Also, as you can see from the picture text & handy-dandy flags – we will  be flying into SEATTLE.  With the fuel costs and small airport considerations, yadda yadda, it would have been (wait for it…) more than $250 (EACH!) for us to fly into the Spokane (GEG) airport!  And yes, Pullman is about five hours from Seattle, but it’ll be worth the price difference PLUS it is an opportunity for hubs to see my beloved WA state!

We are still in planning stages now (all we have done so far is purchased the plane tickets) but the rough idea for that first weekend in May goes a little like this:

  • Depart CHO early morning that Thursday, switch planes in Dulles; arrive in Seattle around lunchtime
  • Spend day/night in Seattle – drive East on Friday… lunchtime-ish
  • Saturday is Jen’s graduation; spend Weekend in Eastern WA
  • Drive back Monday (again) lunchtime-ish (or a lil later) for over-night flight (again through Dulles) and back to CHO.

With the time difference and etc., we’ll be back in CHO on Tuesday morning, and the current plan is that I’ll be able to return to work that afternoon, as not to use up unneccessary vacation time.

I am SO EXCITED for this trip, and since planning is definitely still in its infancy, I would LOVE for anyone with suggestions/recommendations to send them on over!  And of course, there are some people I hope to see on this trip, so you know I will be giving you a holler, too!

Where do you live?  Is it where you imagined you would be?


  1. yay! so excited to see you! i hope eric likes WA so you guys can come back in 2 years for my next graduation! 🙂

    p.s. cougar cold! 🙂

  2. Ah, the Palouse! A drive I’ve made many times. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. It sounds like (from hubby’s family in the tri-cities) it’s been hit-or-miss for anything springlike.

    Have fun, and enjoy some Zips drive-in!

    (Also: HUSKIES RULE)

    • Ummm, Missy, I cannot approve this pro-Husky comment 😉

      I don’t think I have ever had Zips, come to think of it! I do wish we had a little longer in WA though so we could drive South and pick up some BURGERVILLE! Mmmm….milkshakes….

  3. In Seattle, depending on where you’re staying and where you go, the waterfront is excellent. I love walking through Pike Place Market and then going down to the waterfront. I love walking along the waterfront, watching ferries come and go, checking out the quirky little shops like “Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe”, eating at Ivars and feeding fries to the seagulls. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy some seattle classics (depending on what you buy and where you eat). But there’s a ton to do in that area. You can also walk uphill from Pike Place Market to the Westlake area which has shops, gameworks, and eateries that stay open late into the evening. Have fun!!

    • OMG I LOVE “Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe” – its weird smell and kitschy stuff…oh man, thanks for reminding me!!! =D

      Thanks for the recs! It’s been too long since I was in Seattle – I am glad to go with a newbie so we can pretty much experience everything like it’s our first visit!!

  4. […] week, I mentioned that hubs and I’d be headed to Washington (state!) in May for an extended weekend.  Since then, I’ve gotten quite a few great tips from […]

  5. awwww, your map got me all excited that you were road tripping it… that would’ve been epic and i totally would’ve recommended a few things on the way to stop and see (and a couple to go ahead and skip!).

    oh well, still sounds like an awesome trip!

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