Welcome to the Cascadian Nomads blog. I found it appropriate for us to launch our blog today, April Fool's Day, since what pushed me to finally begin the blog might be foolish. Last week I decided that 'R' Blood on the Tracks Boys (pictured left) and I will be driving fromSeattle to Buffalo at the end of May. So, it's not as foolish as leaving tomorrow. Maybe the impish grin I get each time I think of the circumstances that lead me to embark on this epic journey isn't because it is foolish but it's serendipitous fun. Perhaps the only part that feels wild and reckless is that I have less than two months to plan every detail of the trip. I am usually much, much more on top of things and ahead of the game. Then foolish giggles arise in me as I think of how far I have already come in my planning in less than one week. I even had time to make this website!
Now, I have considered blogging about 'R' Blood on the Tracks Boys, their training, health and our adventures and our life in Cascadia for quite some time. But last week, when our trusted pet sitter of many years, who was scheduled to stay with the pets while we attend my uncles' wedding in June, e-mailed me to cancel due to her failing health, I was pushed to act on a couple of dreams. The first act was also one I had also been mulling over- my dream of driving across the country with the dogs. A few months ago, I had begun the arduous task of trying to do this trip to Buffalo by plane on a budget. As I crunched the numbers- plane tickets, a rental car, animal care- I realized that it might be almost the same cost to drive and bring the dogs. Plus it would be infinitely more fun! So it's happening. We leave at the end of May. Foolish?
The second dream I was suddenly inspired to push into reality is this blog. The design, ideas and even the name have been drifting through my brain for years. I have been micro-blogging for myself and blogging for a friend's small business for a while now. I always knew I had more voice plus my whole family has great stories and opinions to share. So here we are. Appropriately coming in with an April Fools Day BANG!
Obviously, all of us Cascadian Nomads will be sharing our experiences in planning our great 6,600 mile trek. Then comes the big trip itself. After that, all of us will settle into blogging info about canine, psittacine and even human health and exercise. There will be plenty of posts about dog training since these three busy canines do obedience, Rally, agility, freestyle, Treibball, scent work and more. Parrots can learn a few tricks occasionally too. We will also share all of our little trips and adventures, from urban hikes to weekends away, we love to enjoy every corner of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our favorite part of making these dreams happen, however foolish, is to connect with and enjoy comments and suggestions from our fellow Cascadians as well as other friends, furry or feathery, from around the globe.