We absolutely enjoyed our stop in Lynnwood, WA. Our host, Bob, was just a delight to be around and he made our visit extremely memorable. Our first evening entailed of a lovely dinner together with friends Julie, Kurt and Denise. We spent dessert eating the best Caramel Torte we've ever had in our lives, and had more fun playing musical glasses than adults should have. Easy entertainment, eh? We decided a few weeks before the actual event to make it a potluck, and boy did that turn out to be one of our better ideas! We had a great turnout and people filled the tables with all sorts of delicious dishes (ours was a salad with fresh tomatoes from an organic farm the previous day). If anyone left hungry that night, it was NOT from lack of food! I propose all future stops to be potlucks! Thanks to Kurt of D&KP Productions Seattle for filming the event - to be included in our documentary!
It was time for the RV to be serviced, so we were able to take care of that too. Bob was gracious enough to let us use his washer and dryer- I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! Laundry has been one of the more arduous tasks on the road. For some reason, at campgrounds we always end up on a site that is on the opposite end from the laundry facilities. Walking back and forth across a campground, realizing you are short a quarter or forgot a dryer sheet, etc... it could always be worse though, and we end up laughing about it.
Next up, Spokane, WA! What a stop - our hosts Terri and Thomas were awesome. They gave us free reign on the garden to pick out some fresh strawberries... I discovered one of their chickens, Anna, LOVES strawberries and will just constantly cluck at you nearby until you give in. Picked one for me, one for Anna, one for me, and so it went. They have a BEAUTIFUL Newfoundland, Miss Kira Thunderpaws - our dogs were in for QUITE the shock! Her head was probably their combined weight - she was an incredibly sweet and gentle dog. Our event took place at Argonne Library and there were some very lively discussions (at one point, heated!) going back and forth. Spokane friends were incredibly hospitable to us and we wish we had more time to explore the city!
The next day, we headed towards Portland, OR for our next event. Stopped at a gas station to clean the windshield from the bug cemetery it had morphed into. Within two minutes of getting back on the highway, a bird relieved itself and it splattered ALLLL over. This bird had a substantial meal the previous night too, I'm sure! Sigh. Then, a tiny unwelcome visitor AKA Mr. Highway Rock decided to present us with a BIG chip in our windshield! It was just not a good day for the glass on our RV!
We survived and made it to Cascade Locks, where we had a pleasant get together with those in the Portland Area. We met sponsors, chatted with new friends and We found a bottle of wine outside our door that morning. Niiiice!
Currently just wrapping up our adventures with Michael Steinbacher, Electric Universe Geologist - he and Ben had some day outings to see basalt formations. One of their stops included visiting the Bureau of Land Management. Apparently government geologists get Fridays off; there were none to be found! We'll be doing Steinbacher Adventures: Part Two early next year when we reconnect again in New Mexico and Arizona!
Our blog covers the journey as we roll along - sharing stories of people we've met and engaged with, places we've seen, the discourse between a couple with two animals sharing <300 sq ft of moving living space, and more!