Today began absolutely calm but quickly gale-force winds accompanied my walk.
Trying to remain upright as the winds pummeled me from the side, I stayed focused by reminiscing about people who have gone out of their way and come together to share and honor this worthwhile adventure.
In Wenatchee, Marc and Julia brought their teen and young adult family to Jennifer and Bob’s. Jennifer made a large and delicious dinner that served both families. It was a joy to see the respectful children enjoying the company of their parents.
The evening included a lively discussion and lots of questions and answers about working on the police force and serving in the armed forces.
Then the next night, Dirk and Nancy opened their home to us in Orongo. Warren and Terry drove all the way out from Arlington and brought fresh and smoked salmon, shrimp and crab, lots of fresh seafood. Dirk’s brother Rory also contributed financially to the cause.
Today I stopped at the Corner Cafe in Creston to get a burger, and they offered me a free meal.
Gosh, everything seems to revolve around food, but I just want to say I am blown away and grateful for all the strangers who quickly become friends. We all share a bond of respect for our military, our veterans, and our wounded.
~ Semper Fi ~