Since Dave passed away last year it's been easy to find symbolism in random things, but when I entered the bar and saw the same lounge chairs and table empty, almost exactly as we'd left them a few years before, it kind of struck a chord. The image I snapped of Dave here was the one I used at the top of my Remembering Dave post immediately after he passed. It was like nothing had changed in the entire bar. Sitting in the same place and glancing at that empty chair brought back a flood of memories, and I was happy that Mike and Erin were there to renew the experience with me.
It ended up being one of the few breaks on the trip where we didn't talk about the trip. Instead we shared a few stories and mused about our ambitions. We talked about things we still wanted to do, and about everything that's changed since we said goodbye to Dave. It was relaxed and familiar, and in a comforting way it made me feel closer to Dave than I had since his funeral.
|The shot I took of Dave in 2010.
This is a brief photo montage of the first part of my trip with Dave in 2010.