“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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Glad you have settled into your new US home, Jackie. It looks like an amazing area, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Life At The Lake is all about! Safe travels back to Greece!ReplyDelete
Thanks much Amy! We do love this place and love Greece so consider ourselves somewhat blessed to have good friends, neighbors and homes at both ends of our horizon!Delete
I believe I could handle life at the lake just fine, except for winter. Much better than the hussle of the city.ReplyDelete
Actually winter and summer are times to be away from this place. Tourists swarm the area in summer and sadly the last few years it has been buried in smoke from forest fires in the Northwest - six weeks straight this summer we were told, with three weeks so dense they couldn't see across the lake. And winter brings the heavy snow. Think we'll stick with autumn stays!Delete
That is one part of the country l knew nothing about. Interesting how different from Greece. I laughed at thee closing at 6 and that they were one of the last to stay open late..haha! Adjustment needed. Can't wait for the tour of the house, and enjoy the rest of your time at the other home.ReplyDelete
It is a turn around from starting the evening at 7 or 8 p.m. that's for sure! Guess if we get tired of 'one of our worlds' now we can always spend time in the other and spend a couple weeks at each end adjusting to the body clocks!Delete
Eastern Washington is most certainly gorgeous. Best wishes to you and your life in your part-time rural hometown.ReplyDelete
Eastern Washington this time of year is simply spectacular with its fall colors, crisp mornings, warm-to-hot days and clear nights! It will make for a good part-time life.Delete
We know what you mean? My husband has lived in both sides if Washington. And, since he us originsori from Kansas, he has not left it, in a political sense. And I have lived in the western side of the state. Enjoy your different life!ReplyDelete
Glad you can relate to the different faces of Washington, Carol!Delete
Hello, it is nice to have the vacation home. It is in a beautiful area, I have been to Lake Chelan and stayed in Stehekin. You have homes in two lovely places Greece and Washington state. I hope you are settled and comfy. The wine tasting sounds nice. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!ReplyDelete
Your explanation makes a lot of sense and you certainly picked such a lovely place to move to Jackie. Wishing you the best of luck on both sides of the world.ReplyDelete
So many different sides to life which keeps it interesting and I have a sneaking suspicion that life in western Washington might be a bigger adjustment than Greece! Fortunately, and as you've written about for years, 'home' can be more a feeling than a place!ReplyDelete