“Turn things around sometimes and look at life from a different perspective.”
-- Jean Wilson
Two weeks ago we made the move. Actually another move in the continuing saga of these two boomers who chose to ‘live differently’.
Unless you are a first-time visitor here, that ‘living differently’ isn’t news as we’ve been doing that for a year as full-time American ex pats in Greece. What’s new these days is that now we’ve upended the big city life we'd lived in the U.S. and planted ourselves in rural America. This latest move was prompted somewhat by our actions last year. . .
|Welcome to Chelan county!|
|Seattle, Washington from Puget Sound|
And our joking about 'living out of a storage unit and a hotel room' when in the Northwest was a joke. It wasn't fun -- in the least.
|Moonlight over Manson, Washington|
That might sound to many reading this like we’ve simply ‘returned’ to Washington State. But, au contraire! Those who’ve lived here know that. . .
East is East and West is West!And we’ve just had another seismic shift in lifestyle.
|View of Cascade Mountains from Kittitas County - Washington State|
|Interstate 5 between Seattle and Tacoma, left; Highway 97 between Wenatchee and Chelan, right|
|Road trips in Eastern Washington cut through wheat fields and pass grain elevators|
Western Washington, home to Seattle and its suburbs, is jam-packed with people, traffic and housing density. Technology’s Microsoft and industry giants Starbucks and Amazon got their starts and continue to be major players in the area. One can’t overlook the contributions of Kurt Cobain and Grunge music, as they, too, have helped create today's Seattle and its surroundings.The population is liberal in lifestyle and politics.
|On the road to Life at the Lake - Swauk Prairie, Kittitas County|
Different shades of life make the painting more beautiful.
-- Mike Dolan
Small Town vs. SuburbWe've spent the last few weeks moving into life in Manson. It didn't take us long to realize that as Dorothy told Toto in the Wizard of Oz, we weren't in Kansas anymore!
'Moving Monday' as the day shall forever be known was a long sweat-inducing day of supervising and assisting the professional movers in the emptying of our suburban storage unit. We'd left the suburbs in the mid-afternoon. A quick stop at the Manson house and then on to dinner at one of the two village pub/taverns. While eating, the desk clerk at the town's motel called to remind us that ther office would be closing in an hour at 10 p.m.Would we be there to pick up our key or did she need to leave it somewhere for us?
It’s a small town. Not a late night place. Not a 24/7 place. But a warm place.
Welcome to our other world.
|Welcome signs greet guests at the Mountain View Resort - Manson, Washington|
It is a small town.
|The dock at Manson on Lake Chelan.|
|MVP Vintners made us feel like MVP's|
Sigh. Small town. Not a 24/7 place.
“We’ll try another down the street,” said The Scout to which Pete (our first new friend) replied, “I am one of the latest to stay open, most close at 5.” Then he smiled and added, “I can stay open a bit longer. What will you have? It is a great sunset tonight.”
Not late night. Not 24/7. A small town. A nice town.
|Lake Chelan between Chelan town and Manson|
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