“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett said that.
I adore and find a deep connection to how Terry explained travel. The line, “so that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors” gives me the chills. I also love what Anita Desai says, “Wherever you go becomes a part of you.”
When we travel, one of the first and foremost things I make sure and remember are postcard stamps. On the back of the sheet of stamps, I write five or six addresses of folks I want to intentionally share my trip with. I always slip the stamps into an outside pocket of my carry on or suitcase. I can’t tell you the number of times I have been waiting for a rental car or a plane . More than enough time to jot down a few lines to a loved one. I don’t have to go digging through bags to find the addresses. I can easily find them each and every time.
We have been fortunate enough to travel and send postcards from Paris and Poland, The Netherlands and Austria. We have been lucky enough to visit Quebec and explore Washington D.C. We have also visited the Sea Lion Caves in Oregon and Gator land in Florida. As a family, we have dipped our toes into glacier feed streams in Alaska and eaten fresh roasted peanuts at a flee market in Texas. We have climbed over 400+ steps at Mount St. Michelle in Northern France. A pilgrimage for many, there was a line to buy postcards. People were bathed in Grace by being there and were bound and determined to share that experience with their loved ones.
When our boys were little, we traveled extensively. Every single gift shop we went in, they chose a postcard for their scrap books.
We live in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, it is home, however, sometimes, while visiting a local museum, we send out postcard to family and friends far away. Just to share, part of our weekend.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. “ Augustine of Hippo
Here is the BEAUTIFUL part of my story. Because we send out postcards. We receive them.
This past week alone, we received some great post card souvenirs. I have never traveled to Lake George. However, I now can see the river boat in which my brother and sister-in-law relaxed upon. I have not been to the Museum of Art at the University of Florida. However, because my friend Miss Florida shared her visit, I too, got to experience one of the displays this season.
This coming week, we are headed to Mt. St. Helen’s (yes, the volcano), Mt. Rainier (actually another volcano which hasn’t danced yet), our state capital, Olympia and the new major exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s in downtown Seattle.
You can be assured that I will indeed be buying postcards and share my adventures with friends and family.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
The very next time you head out to explore, near your home or far away, I would LOVE a post card. Cross my heart, I promise to share one with you. Do you send and share postcards? Do you think it is old fashion? Would you rather just post a quick picture on face book?
Just for a moment, close your eyes, and remember that little thrill you get, when you go to your mail box and there is a post card from Ireland, or Sri Lanka? That small cardboard picture has come a very long way, just for you.
This past weekend we traveled 4 hours north of our home, to the Bellingham Ferry Terminal. The view was stunning. Through the glorious dome window and between raindrops and clouds, I could see majestic water and mountains and Mr. Right standing right smack in the middle of all that goodness. (Geesh, that man still gives me goosebumps. Jeepers, I love that man with my whole spirit and soul.)
Yes, I purchased a post card in the gift shop.
Our aunt used to travel quite a bit. She had a wicked sense of humor. She always signed her cards, the weather is here, wish you were fine, Love Aunt Pat & Uncle Bob.
Please, please, please buy and send a postcard. You will double the joy to get from visiting a new or old place. Summer isn’t over yet, get out there and explore and don’t forget to send a postcard or two. Happy Trails, friend, Happy Trails.