I woke up before dawn at my mom’s apartment near Seattle and started fulfilling my plans to catch the bus so that I could pick up the rental car to take our road trip from Seattle to Caldwell, Idaho. Round trip it would be a journey of 1,000 miles. The morning was dewy and chilly. It was late August 2014, and I was excited to get started. My mother, Michiko, was coming with me. I had proposed this trip several months before, and my mother, who was 98-years-old, agreed to go with me.