Before leaving, we managed to get our Direct TV hooked up, spend time with friends, say a last goodbye to former coworkers and meet folks in person that we had only known in the online RVing community, as well as spend time with Susan and Tex who contacted us through RVillage and were staying in the same park. We had a wonderful time showing Dee and Jim all around our stomping grounds, and in doing so, got to see a few places we wouldn't have otherwise visited before we left.
We managed lots of little chores here and there, not the least of which was getting Scoopy washed and waxed! We hired Mike from Western Power Wash and Detail to come to the campsite with his mobile power washing equipment. He spent seven hours spraying and scrubbing her in the baking sun and she is now gleaming! We highly recommend this company.
Oh. And I cut off all my hair! I finally got that pixie cut my mother made me get when I was six years old. I hated it so much then, it took me more than 50 years to get it again. I had been thinking about doing this for a while, but after three weeks in a tiny space where my hairdryer blew the electric every single time, I said "enough!" Whack! It is a shocker every time I realize my hair is so short, but I could not be happier that I finally did it!
As we sat languishing in Issaquah, in the heat and traffic noise from I-90, the last thing I wanted to do was leave the air conditioned comfort of Scoopy. I spent a lot of time inside. Fortunately, cabin fever isn't really a thing with me. Steven, on the other hand, was chomping to get outside and photograph something. But after 14 years, he had kind of been there, done that. We were sooooo ready to get on the road.
We had allowed ourselves a full day to pack up. We thought that since we had brought so much stuff into Scoopy that we would really need the time to get it all secured. But when that day arrived, we blew it off and figured we'd just handle it the morning of our departure, and that's exactly what we did. Turns out we did a pretty good job of fitting things into Scoopy in the first place, and it didn't take much to get her road-ready. YAY!
We pulled out of the Issaquah RV Village at 10:06 a.m. and hit the road. Traffic was heavy and we came upon a five-car pile-up on an I-5 bridge which caused quite a delay, but we nonetheless made it safe and sound to the park in Bellingham. It took us a full hour to get completely set up, including our Direct TV dish, which we had never done before.
I was surprised how different I felt driving on this trip. Before, we were in vacation mode. This time, I was piloting my home down the road! It dawned on me that if something were to go awry, we couldn't just return to the house and send Scoopy off to the shop for repairs. She is our home! It was both exciting and terrifying and it did make me a little more nervous than usual. I'll get used to that feeling, I'm sure.
Now that we are in Bellingham, we have kid chores to do. Zoe still has most of her things in her old apartment, so there's that. Zac wants a few cooking and shopping lessons and there's some apartment decorating to do. We won’t see them again until Christmas so we are happy to have this time with them.
Before we get started on that, however, we took time out for ourselves. Today we went to the Bellingham Farmers Market and had a lovely lunch and snagged a few pounds of grass fed beef. We're set for a while in the grocery department. We've also planned a day trip to Vancouver with Bill Joyce and Diane Melde, veteran fulltimers who have been very generous to Steven and me with their knowledge and advice. We have driven through Vancouver many times, but we've never once stopped, so we are looking forward to seeing some sights.
I don't think this blog really conveys the shear elation Steven and I are feeling right now. It's difficult to put into words the feeling of reaching a goal set years ago, knowing it would take a miracle to actually pull it off. Well folks, a miracle has occurred. JOY!