Kassi and I met in middle school and our relationship was fueled by competing over best hair and...well you name it and we somehow found a way to compete over it. In high school we were simply just two big fish in a small pond. We were what some would call frenemies and you all know the type of relationship I am talking about - we weren't exactly nice to each other but we managed to spend a lot of time together. But regardless of how the other felt we had many sleepovers and countless heart to hearts where we bonded over our troubled childhoods growing up in East Side Tacoma, and I think that bond was stronger than anything we could have competed over.
College came and went super quickly and we both ended up marrying our high school sweethearts. David and I stayed in Washington where as Garett and Kassi moved to Wyoming and shortly after to Colorado because Garett joined the Air Force (and thank goodness he did...am I right Garett?) We talked here and there and somehow we planned to meet in Ireland three years after graduating college in 2017 for a few days - it was kind of random actually.
I think the distance of a few states really helped us mature in ways our relationship needed. When Kassi told me she was moving back to Washington I was really excited to be able to hang out with both her and Garett more frequently! But when she asked if I wanted to fly out to Colorado to drive her back to Washington I was surprised - but also really excited about the idea. I had always wanted to go to Colorado and this was kind of my last opportunity to visit her there before they moved back home and it had been 5.5 years since we last spent a significant amount of time together (besides Ireland) so it would be a good opportunity to catch up. Plus I didn't want Kassi to have to drive alone after saying good bye to her husband and dog for four months. Talk about heartbreaking!
I flew into Denver Friday morning and we drove straight to Fort Collins where Kassi and Garett showed me some of their favorite places. Then we went to their house and went to bed early-ish because Kassi and I were waking up at 4am so that we could hit the road by 5am. To my surprise we managed to leave at 5:15am...not bad!
We decided to hit Arches National Park on our way to Washington which is entirely out of the way and entirely worth it. Being from the Pacific Northwest I am always struck by the beauty of a dry, desert landscape.
This sand was probably the softest sand I have EVER walked on. If you ever played with moon sand this stuff was just like that. I felt like I was walking on an infinite amount of moon sand.
We somehow ended up hiking 6 miles through this place and had to quickly get back on the road so we could make it to Boise by a reasonable hour. By about 1:45am we drove into Boise which is great because we made it...just not at a reasonable hour. And if you asked me how we managed to wake up at 4am, drive to Utah, hike 6 miles and drive until 1:45am the next day, I would have no answer. But we did it, and we were exhausted.
Katy is one of my best friends from college and she let us crash at her apartment in Boise. She stayed up late to welcome us into her home and after a few short hours of sleep took us to one of her favorite breakfast spots in Boise, Goldy's.
Also note that this lovely lady found out yesterday that she passed the Bar Exam on her first try, and here she is in all her glory, haha
After breakfast on Sunday we hit the road once again to finish our drive through Idaho, through Oregon and finally through Washington where we would be home sweet home. And what road trip isn't complete with a little bit of maintenance?
Needless to say we made it back to Washington in one piece. And you can believe we had all the heart to hearts being in the car together for 29+ hours. I am looking forward to having these dear friends in Washington - welcome home Kassi + Garett!