In my last post I talked all about the first part of our trip, how we’ll be traveling down the West Coast and through the southern states, and our preconceived notions of how the southern states treat people in the LGBTQ+ community.
Once we brought our new puppy, Charlie, home we were super excited to start playing with him and get him used to his new place. He seemed to adapt pretty well to our apartment and the noises of Seattle. He definitely slept a lot those first few weeks, which we were a tad worried about. I remember, looking back on it now, being concerned about every little thing that he did, and wondering if it was "normal." I wanted so badly for him to be happy and healthy. I didn't want to mess anything up because it felt like we were new parents.
For months my wife and I had been eagerly waiting for a puppy that we had put a deposit on earlier that year. That January, we had found a breeder for Alaskan Malamutes near Seattle, Washington. She had told us that we would either be eighth in line for the February/March litter or we would be first for the April/May litter. She warned us that she cannot predict how many puppies her female would have so we may or may not get a puppy with the first litter. March comes around and there were seven puppies. Disappointed of course, we were hopeful and excited to get a puppy in the next few months.
My posts over the next two months are going to be a little different from my normal posts. My wife and I are going on our honeymoon, and we are taking a seven week long road trip around the country. While we are on the road, I have a few things in mind that I want to note. One of the main things that I would like to approach is how my wife and I will be treated and how we will feel in each state and/or region, as we will be traveling as a Lesbian couple. While we have done our research to ensure that the specific places in the country we want to travel to are going to be safe, I also want to talk about the different preconceived notions that we have for each place where we may not feel as safe, and I want to note if those biased perceptions are true or not.
So far in our trip we have traveled from Seattle to Portland, from Portland to Central Oregon, and yesterday (Monday, August 13th) we went from Central Oregon to Utah. Today, we will be driving from Utah to the Four Corners Monument. It has been a pretty amazing week, and I am so stoked for what we have planned over the next couples weeks. During our travels we have experienced a few interesting interactions with various people who we have told that we are on our honeymoon. We have received both positive and somewhat negative reactions, which I am a tad surprised about since we were still in the PNW. I knew that by going further south in Oregon, we were more likely to get a negative response, however I still hoped for better. For the most part though it has all been pretty great.