2800 miles is a long way from the Corcoran, and even longer from my hometown in Pennsylvania. My family had mixed reactions to the announcement, as I expected. My parents and siblings were happy for me, but also a bit saddened by the amount of distance that will be between us. After the initial shock wore off, I got the expected calls proclaiming that they will have to come visit, and they are excited to explore the area.
I have had little opportunity to visit the west coast myself. Having visited as a teenager, I don't remember much, except that I was trapped in a house with relatives (who of course I love dearly, but what the heck—Yosemite was a mere three hours away!!!). I got a glimpse of the Redwoods and Monterey Bay, but I don't recall much else. I can hear Lake Tahoe, the Grand Canyon, and the California coast calling us! Oh the sights we will see!
Our adventure will start with our move. We are planning to take a few days to see some of the country as we drive to the other side. I am hoping we will be able to visit some friends en route too. I am not so good with the driving aspect (I haven't driven too much since we relocated to DC—ugh, the traffic here is treacherous!), but I will have to do my share since it will take us a few days. Our little Min Pin will be joining us too. Thankfully, she loves a car ride and always adjusts well.