I'm started to get terribly excited with butterflies in my stomach. We are one week away from Quanah's wedding to Erin; one day away from my last two days of work for the rest of the month; four days away from our departure drive to Portland, OR; and six day away from the rehearsal dinner. I am nine days away from a day at The Grotto and then an evening at Powell's Bookstore meeting up with Jone and perhaps others and ten days away from fulfilling a long-time dream of visiting Astoria, OR.
Have you ever become fixed on a place you just knew you had to visit? I have a few and I've even fulfilled my ultimate place fixation when I visit Mont St. Michel in the summer of '96. I remember seeing a picture of Mont St. Michel in a travel ad when I was eight years old. The place was the stuff of dreams and I wasn't disappointed.
I remember first being aware of the town of Astoria in, of all things, its role as the locale for the movie, Goonies. That was followed by Kindergarten Cop and Free Willy. I'm sure it is all about the location. Like Mont St. Michel, Astoria's geography is breath-taking and I don't think it is any accident that water is their prominent feature. Astoria is magical and we plan to spend two days there. Don says he has a surprise in store for me and I can't wait to discover what it may be. He's done this to me before and no matter what I might think it will be, he always fools me. This time won't be any different, I'm sure.