Friday was the last day in our apartment – everything out, nothing left with us except the little we will carry for the next 4+ months. A few things went into storage, but for the most part Lindsey and I cleaned house. The last 6 months living in that apartment were a pain in the ass anyway. First the bed bugs and the run-around from our landlord, then the roaches, all the construction noise, and we never did get that washer and drier we were promised…boy it felt good to leave!
Day 1: After staying with a friend in Seattle on Friday night, and barely squeezing in a last-minute trip to REI on Saturday morning, we met our friends at the ferry to Bremerton. Five people rode with us about 18 miles to Belfair State Park for a night of camping. Another two friends and their dog met us there and we ate drank, toasted, and celebrated our friendships. The evening was all fun and it felt so great to get everyone together one last time.
Day 2: This morning we woke and dilly-dallied while everyone slowly broke down camp and eventually said our final goodbyes. There were some tears and sad faces, but I don’t think it will really hit me for a few days. But I know it’s not goodbye – even though I don’t know where we will be going after our travels end I know we will be back to visit. These are some of my favorite people – I’m going to miss you!
After going our separate ways, Lindsey and I headed south towards Shelton, WA where we are staying with Donna, a Warm Showers host. Along the way we swam at Twanoh and ate a lunch of local produce and ice crea at Hunter Farms outside Union. The salad with smoked slamon was exactly what we needed after eating mostly junk and beer for the last 24 hours. Originally, we were going to spend the night with all our friends at Twanoh, which would have put us further from Seattle and about 45 miles to the next destination, Schafer State Park. But having stayed at Belfair (Twanoh was full) it would have been 60+ miles to Schafer. We reached out to Donna on Saturday and within just a few hours she confirmed we could spend Sunday night at her home.
Right now Lindsey and Donna are talking while I write this up. Donna made homemade bread and provided fresh greens, tomatoes, and peppers from her garden which Lindsey and I used to cook dinner. We swapped stories about travel, family, and all types of stuff – it is amazing how easy it is to find common ground and bond with complete strangers! I’m looking forward to meeting new folks and remind myself not just how beautiful this country is, but how great the people are and how lucky I am to live to have this opportunity!