I flew in Salt Lake City, UT first when I finally came here in the United States to finally find my new beginning. It wasn’t such a shock for me, Salt Lake was a big city with lots of people, malls and vast choices of restaurants and entertainment that is typical of a city. My employer was also kind enough to hook me up with a rental car the following day, after I came in.
“Do you drive in Manila?” Shane, asked.
“Yes, I do.”
“Well, if you can drive in Manila, you can drive here easy.”
So, for the next 10 days while I was going through training and waiting for my social security papers to go through. I went around and enjoyed the sights that Salt Lake had to offer. I had so much fun! Thank God for Google Maps!
After those 10 days were over, I landed at Tri-Cities, Pasco, WA airport. I didn’t see any tall buildings and the people were – not so much.
Oh my God, I can’t live here.
After almost 3 years, I take it back. Both Sky and I have come to love our new found home city and state. Life is simple, stress free traffic – and when I do need that city fix – Portland, OR and Seattle, WA is just a 3 hour drive away and Spokane, WA is just a couple of hours from here.
The Tri-cities, WA is comprised of three cities that is Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. Everything is just a 5 to 15-minute drive from each other. I have fallen in love with the Columbia River and the Blue bridge that I drive over to get to work everyday.
There is a place that you are not technically supposed to feed birds, but we do it anyway because it’s fun.
Every summer, we go floating on the Yakima River. We tie up floaties together, fill our bags with chips, sandwiches and snacks. And have a floatie dedicated to our drinks of rum and coke’s, gatorade and mike’s hard lemonade. Just chatting along the way, as we let the river take us for a 3 to 4 hour ride. And oh, we also b*llsh*t each other along the way.
When Fall comes around, it’s time to enjoy the changing of color of the trees. It is also a time for raking up the leaves and layering up as the weather becomes bitter cold, as winter creeps in.
Winter on the other hand is short and sweet. It lasts for about 3 to 4 months – for the case this year – even less than that. Snow may or may not come, which I am perfectly happy with. I am not a very good driver/slider when snow and sleet covers our road. I even had to call in and not work one day, because I was too chicken to brave driving on the ice! I have experienced it twice, and I can say for sure that I cannot live in the east coast!
The Tri-cities Washington is also have a multitude of wineries! My good friends from work certainly opened my eyes to the wonderful world of wine tasting! It was awesome and would do it again in a heartbeat! And when we do, I think that is a separate post for each winery that we get to visit altogether.Ice Skating inTri-cities, WA is also all year round, but it depends on the schedule of hours when it is open to the public. Just $6.00 admission and $2.00 rental for two hours of fun on the ice. This kind of ice, I don’t mind, because I can control it! Check Toyota Arena of Kennewick’s calendar for public ice skating hours.
There are also a lot of other fun things that you can do here, for the grown-ups, the young ones and the young at heart.
Aside from falling in love with this city, I have also found new love as well.. And that makes this place all the more awesome. After travelling and not having a permanent address for several years. It is refreshing to say that I have finally found my new roots.