There is a group us who migrate back to Walla Walla, Washington each Fall, where we attended Whitman College. Whether or not our spouses went to Whitman, they too have come to enjoy the closeness we share, which deepens through the years. We usually rent a couple of houses within a block of one another and enjoy doing all of the things Wally World has to offer, much of which hasn’t changed since our early days. The group continues to evolve, as friendships do, and come from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. We often try and catch a sunset in the wheat fields, though the weather this year wasn’t conducive to that. Usually, one night is spent at a winery, followed by doing Karaoke. You can imagine how that goes. 😜
So lucky are we to continue this bond from long ago, to support one another through the triumphs and challenges life throws to us. I feel so fortunate to belong to this special community that will always be a part of who I am.
I don’t know if it’s the people, the place, or the combination. If you have never been, make a point of going to Walla Walla some time in your life. There is something special about being in the middle of the wheatfields of eastern Washington, the Palouse especially, that captures a unique spirit of peace like no other. We all know this place is special. And being here each year with these exceptional people, is what makes it that much more extraordinary.