We were up early to get going at a time that would allow us to be pulling into Bellingham around 4pm. I realized that I had failed to get any pictures during yesterday with my aunt and uncle and the kids! This blog has really helped me to take more photos but I got caught up with chatting and had left the camara in the RV. Scott and I decided to wake them up for a quick photo-op then let them go back to sleep. They were good sports as I woke them at 6:45am and brushed hair and got them all to get dressed. The sun was out and the air was crisp…I love it!!!
We gathered for a couple of shots and then we all said our good byes. So fun seeing them…we love you guys!
Driving out of their street we were looking forward to getting home. The kids slept off and on as we traveled on Hwy 20. If you haven’t taken hwy 20 you are really missing out! The scenery is so gorgeous. I feel like I have said that so much recently, but it is 🙂
The trees and fields and mountains…wow!
We made the necessary pit stops and then 4 hours later made our traditional stop in Winthrop for ice cream. I am sure all that have traveled 20 can relate with that one 🙂 We didn’t hang out but we did see the cutest little dog that was riding in a box in front of his owner on a motorcycle. He even had on goggles! So funny and cute…people love their pets!
On the road and determined to keep a good pace we made one final stop in Bow, Wa. for gas. Gas is sooo expensive here! We used the Gas Buddy app on Scott’s phone the whole way across the country and back and Bow was the cheapest on this last leg of the journey. Scott filled up the tank for the last time this trip (it has been many, many tanks) and we made the final I-5 drive to Bellingham.
We were all on look out for the “Entering Bellingham” sign because we wanted to take a picture in front of it. Looking….looking….there it is…off of the exit!?! Oh man, we passed it. Who decides that you put the sign off of the exit? We take the next exit and double back, park and walk out to the off ramp. I was hesitant but Scott said we shouldn’t give up on the very last picture of a city or state sign…and Washingtons state sign was such a bummer.
So we get on the off ramp and it wasn’t so bad, I get some great pictures and we jump back in the RV…only 5 minutes until the Gizmo reunion!
We each gave a prayer of thanksgiving for this time, our safe travels and for the amazing fun and we took off. The kids were so excited! I think that Katherine may have been literally shaking with anticipation. She has missed Gizmo so badly (they all have) and even went so far as to cut some of Gizmo’s hair before we left and kept it in a baggie by her bed 🙂 That is love people!
We round the corner towards our house, the kids are bouncing, we park, I tell them no pushing. I could just see the door flying open and one of them crashing on the sidewalk. They run out and to the gate. GIZMO!!!! The poor dog is so excited he can’t control himself 🙂 He is jumping in circles, up and down, getting hugged by Katherine and probably wondering if it is truly us. He starts to pee (he has never done that before) as he is near heart failure. The kids are laughing and screaming all at once. I was smiling so big my face hurt! That was one happy, surprised dog and we had three kids that were so overjoyed at this reunion. The took off into the yard like a big mass of kid energy and fur. They all ran and ran, all the while Gizmo had his tongue hanging out and bounded around the yard. So great to be home!
As we all calmed down and walked into our house it seemed HUGE! Our kitchen seemed twice the size I remembered and even our small bathroom felt big! I enjoyed the fact that it was cleaned up and that Charity (our house sitter) had left cut dahlia’s and fresh cookies on the counter. I tried to take in the moment knowing that in less than 15 minutes this would be covered in all the stuff from the RV. I hate the unpacking!!!!
We went out for one of many trips back and forth with all the items we had been living with for the past 7 weeks. I am pretty sure it all doubled! How did that much stuff fit in there?
Around 5:30pm my brother Kurt and his wife Rose came over with some dinner stuff and lots of hugs. Sooooo great to see them! We all missed them so much!!! It was so beautiful outside and we all sat around and talked, barbequed some dinner and then made a fire in the fire pit. We actually didn’t get much camp fire time since the fires were banned in the last 4 or 5 states and it was too darn hot on the east coast to even want one. Kurt showed us the prototype of the Home Stove (the cleanest burning stove that also creates electricity to charge phones, led’s and other small electronics) that BioLite has developed for third world countries. It was really cool! It will help to significantly decrease the rate of child deaths. The women do all their cooking over open fires in the home and smoke and the toxins the fire lets off kills millions of children a year. This product will save lives and make their fires hotter, cleaner and produce electricity for lights and phones. He also brought along the US camping version that weighs just two pounds and creates a super hot fire for campers to cook over. The kids roasted some marshmallows over it 🙂
We had a great time hanging out with Kurt and Rose. So good to be home with family and friends. The trip was an amazing experience that we would all do again and we look forward to our next adventure. Now we get the pleasure of absorbing all this stuff and getting back to the daily life. Not a bad place to be…we love Bellingham.
Thank you again for each person who followed us on this journey. It was fun to write about our time on the road and we have loved hearing from people along the way. We feel blessed beyond belief and hope you had fun with us! Until the next adventure….