Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

August 28-September 1, 2017

  The ladies we met at the top of Colonel Bob mountain in Washington recommended this spot to us, and this is the beauty of not having a plan anymore. We camped at Eagle Creek Campground in the Gorge, it was nice and quiet, as the summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. We hiked the Eagle Creek trail, unfortunately due to the forest fires, the trail was closed after a few miles, but we still managed some of it and visited Punchbowl falls. The next day we spent an afternoon relaxing at Thunder Island Brewery with our map and calendar, planning out the next few weeks. Thunder Island Brewery is located at Bridge of the Gods, part of the Pacific Crest Trail and we saw many hikers enjoying some food, beer and most importantly phone service! Hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail is something I would love to do….one day!    On the drive out of the Gorge we planned to stop at Multnomah Falls, but we didn’t plan very well for this one! Driving the trailer is pretty daunting and although my chauffeur is pretty damn good at maneuvering our house around the country, every now and then we encounter some issues. The Historic Columbia River Highway is not the widest of roads and probably not best to drive down with an RV/Travel Trailer….oooops! We made it out alive after causing some back ups and worried looks from oncoming drivers! Needless to say it was not the place to stop for sightseeing or pictures at the falls - shame because it’s a beautiful area.

The ladies we met at the top of Colonel Bob mountain in Washington recommended this spot to us, and this is the beauty of not having a plan anymore. We camped at Eagle Creek Campground in the Gorge, it was nice and quiet, as the summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. We hiked the Eagle Creek trail, unfortunately due to the forest fires, the trail was closed after a few miles, but we still managed some of it and visited Punchbowl falls. The next day we spent an afternoon relaxing at Thunder Island Brewery with our map and calendar, planning out the next few weeks. Thunder Island Brewery is located at Bridge of the Gods, part of the Pacific Crest Trail and we saw many hikers enjoying some food, beer and most importantly phone service! Hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail is something I would love to do….one day!

On the drive out of the Gorge we planned to stop at Multnomah Falls, but we didn’t plan very well for this one! Driving the trailer is pretty daunting and although my chauffeur is pretty damn good at maneuvering our house around the country, every now and then we encounter some issues. The Historic Columbia River Highway is not the widest of roads and probably not best to drive down with an RV/Travel Trailer….oooops! We made it out alive after causing some back ups and worried looks from oncoming drivers! Needless to say it was not the place to stop for sightseeing or pictures at the falls - shame because it’s a beautiful area.

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The next day we drove out to Hillsboro (west of Portland) to meet our friend Katerina and her family. Katerina’s husband, Adam, works at an organic farm, and on our way to the farm we encountered yet another hurdle with the trailer, this time involving a low bridge. The bridge was 10 ft and we really debated about whether we would fit, again we caused some traffic but everyone was nice and helpful….mostly everyone! Eventually we decided not to risk it and we would back up into a drive and turn around. As David started backing up and I was again practicing my air traffic control moves, a guy came running out of the house yelling, “no you can’t back up into this driveway”, at first look I thought he had a gun in his hands and my heart was racing, but it was a power washer handle! He was a little crazy and hill billy like, and said his landlord gets really mad when people use the driveway to back into and turn around. Well great because we didn’t have many options here! Thank goodness for the non crazy people, a construction worker came over and said he was confident we would fit and he would watch us as we drove. This guy climbed up on the beams of the bridge, watched and talked to David as he drove and we made it, it was close but phew, all’s well that ends well. To the farm we go! Adam gave us a tour around, talked to us about what he does and educated us a little on some techniques to the growth process. The farm is in a really amazing location with beautiful views and the freshest of produce, what an amazing place to work everyday. We even got a goodie bag to take home with us - thank you Adam. Katerina is a holistic health practitioner, you should absolutely check out her website and online business here! Next stop Oregon Coast and back to the beach - yay!

Portland, Oregon

August 22-28, 2017

  Although we were sad to leave the beach and Washington this was another city that was on my “bucket list”. Portland is a great city, we loved our time here and spent quite a few days exploring. When we arrived at the RV park, just outside of the city, we had some “chores” to do first (eye roll)! As you can imagine, a week at the beach meant that everything was either covered in sand/salt or it was beginning to rust from the salt, so the trailer and truck got a wash, as well as our bikes and Moose, we also did about 10 loads of laundry and cleaned the inside of the trailer.     There was also the very long overdue important task for me to tackle - if you are on my snapchat, then you may recall my hair dying story!!! Although I am only 32, my parents blessed me with the good genes of grey hair from a very young age (16) and I have become the at home, box dye expert over the years! The “how are you going to dye your hair on the road” topic was talked about a lot before we embarked on this journey and I wasn’t really looking forward to the process in our tiny home, but it was time and like I said LONG overdue. So here goes, I will highlight the process for you, if you care! First step was putting the dye on, I did this inside the trailer bathroom, which has about 3 sq ft of standing room, next I wait - so to maximize my time and continue with chores, I gave moose his bath outside while I let the dye do it’s thing. While bathing Moose I had a light bulb moment to also wash the dye out with the hose outside. For anyone who is not familiar with the home dying process, it can be extremely messy and I use dark dye which can ruin shit! So the hose was perfect, plus is was hot out and the cold water felt good! Once I was done, I took a real shower at the campground to finish the process! It was pretty comical and I’m sure I got a lot of strange looks from passers by, but it may have been better than the time when I dyed my hair at our apartment and went to turn the shower on and there was no water! Sorry I don’t have any pictures of this - maybe next time!

Although we were sad to leave the beach and Washington this was another city that was on my “bucket list”. Portland is a great city, we loved our time here and spent quite a few days exploring. When we arrived at the RV park, just outside of the city, we had some “chores” to do first (eye roll)! As you can imagine, a week at the beach meant that everything was either covered in sand/salt or it was beginning to rust from the salt, so the trailer and truck got a wash, as well as our bikes and Moose, we also did about 10 loads of laundry and cleaned the inside of the trailer.

There was also the very long overdue important task for me to tackle - if you are on my snapchat, then you may recall my hair dying story!!! Although I am only 32, my parents blessed me with the good genes of grey hair from a very young age (16) and I have become the at home, box dye expert over the years! The “how are you going to dye your hair on the road” topic was talked about a lot before we embarked on this journey and I wasn’t really looking forward to the process in our tiny home, but it was time and like I said LONG overdue. So here goes, I will highlight the process for you, if you care! First step was putting the dye on, I did this inside the trailer bathroom, which has about 3 sq ft of standing room, next I wait - so to maximize my time and continue with chores, I gave moose his bath outside while I let the dye do it’s thing. While bathing Moose I had a light bulb moment to also wash the dye out with the hose outside. For anyone who is not familiar with the home dying process, it can be extremely messy and I use dark dye which can ruin shit! So the hose was perfect, plus is was hot out and the cold water felt good! Once I was done, I took a real shower at the campground to finish the process! It was pretty comical and I’m sure I got a lot of strange looks from passers by, but it may have been better than the time when I dyed my hair at our apartment and went to turn the shower on and there was no water! Sorry I don’t have any pictures of this - maybe next time!

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Anyway back to Portland! The food scene here is amazing, so of course we ate our way through the city, visited Powell’s City of Books, went to Washington Park and strolled through the International Rose Test Garden. Portland’s Art Museum has $5 entry on Fridays after 5 pm, well how could two jobless art lovers refuse an offer like that! The Art Museum had a FREE improv show that began just as we got there, so we went to check it out and for a free comedy event it was pretty hilarious. If you ever visit Portland, I highly recommend that you check out the Saturday farmers market, it was amazing, I think we spent about $30 on peaches alone - $5=local attraction; $30=food, seems about right! Lastly, we got to hang out with another great friend, Katerina Pozzi Baratta, who we have known for many years from our Hidden Valley crew!

Olympic National Forest/Park

August 10-22, 2017

 

  Visiting the Olympic peninsula was something David and I were both very excited about before we set off on this trip - it was also the end of our planned summer. Since our summer route consisted of many popular destinations, we booked a lot of our campsite spots well in advance, making sure we had plenty of wiggle room for travel days or if we wanted to extend our time at certain destinations. So far everything has worked out great and we have loved every moment of it...but it was time to slow down. Six weeks of being on the road, we have covered 9 states, over 4,000 miles and goodness knows how many gas stations! The longest we have camped in one spot is probably 3 or 4 nights and that’s why Olympic was so exciting (amongst many more factors)!

Visiting the Olympic peninsula was something David and I were both very excited about before we set off on this trip - it was also the end of our planned summer. Since our summer route consisted of many popular destinations, we booked a lot of our campsite spots well in advance, making sure we had plenty of wiggle room for travel days or if we wanted to extend our time at certain destinations. So far everything has worked out great and we have loved every moment of it...but it was time to slow down. Six weeks of being on the road, we have covered 9 states, over 4,000 miles and goodness knows how many gas stations! The longest we have camped in one spot is probably 3 or 4 nights and that’s why Olympic was so exciting (amongst many more factors)!

  First stop: Lake Wenatchee, Coho Campground, for 5 nights in the National Forest. Our camping spot was in the perfect location, a sneaky view of the lake through the rainforest, with direct access to a 16 mile trail along the lake, we were ready to move and get back out there for a serious hike. When we arrived at the campground the host told us that part of that trail was washed out and he wouldn’t recommend it, but after being on the trail walking Moose we knew some of it was at least doable. The next day we got up and set off on a hike through the rainforest and partially around the lake. The rainforest it simply amazing. The green luscuious trees, the rivers, streams, waterfalls and bridges are just a few of the sights we got to see on this trek. We walked 6 miles out before turning around and heading back to the campground. On the way back we stopped and had lunch on a bridge, it was so peaceful and dreamy! We never take this trip or our time on the road for granted, everyday we are grateful. In the words of Uncle D (a very wise man), “a bad day at the lake is better than a good day at work” and that’s how we feel about this life. Over the next few days we managed a good strenuous bike ride through other parts of the forest, stumbling upon a great spot with another waterfall. Then we hiked up Colonel Bob, which was a steep 4 mile and 4,000 ft climb to the top for some spectacular views….so we were told, unfortunately we did it on a really really really cloudy day - can’t win them all! At the top of the mountain we did meet 3 unbelievably inspiring women, 2 of them in their 70’s and one in her 60’s. I was in awe of what they just did, this mountain was no joke and David and I really struggled at moments because it was so steep. We spent about 45 minutes visiting with our new friends and it turns out this is just what they do and have been hiking all of their lives. I hope that I am in just as good shape and spirits at their age - thank you for the inspiration to keep winning at life!

First stop: Lake Wenatchee, Coho Campground, for 5 nights in the National Forest. Our camping spot was in the perfect location, a sneaky view of the lake through the rainforest, with direct access to a 16 mile trail along the lake, we were ready to move and get back out there for a serious hike. When we arrived at the campground the host told us that part of that trail was washed out and he wouldn’t recommend it, but after being on the trail walking Moose we knew some of it was at least doable. The next day we got up and set off on a hike through the rainforest and partially around the lake. The rainforest it simply amazing. The green luscuious trees, the rivers, streams, waterfalls and bridges are just a few of the sights we got to see on this trek. We walked 6 miles out before turning around and heading back to the campground. On the way back we stopped and had lunch on a bridge, it was so peaceful and dreamy! We never take this trip or our time on the road for granted, everyday we are grateful. In the words of Uncle D (a very wise man), “a bad day at the lake is better than a good day at work” and that’s how we feel about this life. Over the next few days we managed a good strenuous bike ride through other parts of the forest, stumbling upon a great spot with another waterfall. Then we hiked up Colonel Bob, which was a steep 4 mile and 4,000 ft climb to the top for some spectacular views….so we were told, unfortunately we did it on a really really really cloudy day - can’t win them all! At the top of the mountain we did meet 3 unbelievably inspiring women, 2 of them in their 70’s and one in her 60’s. I was in awe of what they just did, this mountain was no joke and David and I really struggled at moments because it was so steep. We spent about 45 minutes visiting with our new friends and it turns out this is just what they do and have been hiking all of their lives. I hope that I am in just as good shape and spirits at their age - thank you for the inspiration to keep winning at life!

 
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Next stop: Kalalock Beach Campground for 7 nights in the National Park.

The ocean! I was more than excited to not only see the Pacific Ocean, but to see it from our campsite every day for SEVEN days! I could go on and on for pages about the beauty of this location but I will let the pictures do that and all I will say is, if you have never been here, GO! The only thing that we couldn’t capture very well on the camera was the whales. EVERYDAY we saw whales just casually playing around in the ocean, right in front of us.

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Our friends Dan and Jenny made the trek up from San Francisco, we were so happy and grateful for their presence, and we got to host our first house guests in our tiny house - ha! It was a blast and as always, it’s great to have awesome friends join us on our adventure. We explored the tidal pools at Ruby beach, hiked through more of the rainforest and canoed on Lake Crescent, who knew our canoe comfortably (that’s questionable) sat 4 adults! Thank you Dan and Jenny for coming to hang out with us :)

Olympia, WA

August 7-10, 2017

  We recently joined an online community called  Boondockers Welcome , where RVers open up their driveway/land/space for you to park, and depending on the situation, may offer some amenities like water or electricity. We were supposed to have our first  Boondockers Welcome  experience in Vancouver, but since that didn’t work out we decided to stop in Olympia for a few days before we headed north to our reserved camping spots for the next couple of weeks. Not only did we have a great first time experience staying with the nicest, most caring, genuine and welcoming couple, we also had a lot of fun with some of the locals. The family living in the house across the street, from where we were staying, had a very impressive vegetable garden and invited us to come pick fruits and vegetables, that would benefit the local food pantry - how could we refuse. It was a really fun experience to give back, meet some locals and enjoy some home grown fruits and veggies!    In addition to soaking up the local culture, we spent some time hiking, biking, exploring Tumwater Falls and picking  Himalayan  blackberries on the side of the road - we probably ate just as many as we picked!

We recently joined an online community called Boondockers Welcome, where RVers open up their driveway/land/space for you to park, and depending on the situation, may offer some amenities like water or electricity. We were supposed to have our first Boondockers Welcome experience in Vancouver, but since that didn’t work out we decided to stop in Olympia for a few days before we headed north to our reserved camping spots for the next couple of weeks. Not only did we have a great first time experience staying with the nicest, most caring, genuine and welcoming couple, we also had a lot of fun with some of the locals. The family living in the house across the street, from where we were staying, had a very impressive vegetable garden and invited us to come pick fruits and vegetables, that would benefit the local food pantry - how could we refuse. It was a really fun experience to give back, meet some locals and enjoy some home grown fruits and veggies!

In addition to soaking up the local culture, we spent some time hiking, biking, exploring Tumwater Falls and picking Himalayan blackberries on the side of the road - we probably ate just as many as we picked!

Vancouver vs Casino

August 4-7, 2017

  While we were in Seattle, we learned about the devastating fires in British Columbia, Canada. Many of the locals had pointed out the unusually hazy skies and poor visibility in the city, they also warned us that the farther north we would go, the worse it would get. Regardless we woke up, packed up the trailer and headed north towards Vancouver, Canada. After a few hours driving we decided to stop at a state park on the coast and spend the afternoon at the beach. As we drove into and around the park we realized that the haze from the fires was BAD, visibility was really poor and we began to debate our decision about venturing on. It was tough, Vancouver has been top of my list to visit for a long time and I was adamant that we would still go. Sadly, deep down I knew it wouldn’t be as good a visit as I wanted it to be and after many conversation going back and forth, we decided that Vancouver just wasn’t meant to be this trip :( So, when plans and nature fail you, what do you do…..Casino anyone?!

While we were in Seattle, we learned about the devastating fires in British Columbia, Canada. Many of the locals had pointed out the unusually hazy skies and poor visibility in the city, they also warned us that the farther north we would go, the worse it would get. Regardless we woke up, packed up the trailer and headed north towards Vancouver, Canada. After a few hours driving we decided to stop at a state park on the coast and spend the afternoon at the beach. As we drove into and around the park we realized that the haze from the fires was BAD, visibility was really poor and we began to debate our decision about venturing on. It was tough, Vancouver has been top of my list to visit for a long time and I was adamant that we would still go. Sadly, deep down I knew it wouldn’t be as good a visit as I wanted it to be and after many conversation going back and forth, we decided that Vancouver just wasn’t meant to be this trip :( So, when plans and nature fail you, what do you do…..Casino anyone?!

  The best part of the casino (for me) might have been the day pass my lovely hubby managed to sweet talk his way into for us at the spa. We spent a morning at the gym, of course, followed by a sauna and steam room visit. David left the gym before me to go take a shower, but quickly came back to tell me how amazing the showers were, “they have a rain shower head with wall spouts too” - he was right, it might have been the best shower yet and will be hard to beat. This life makes you excited and appreciative of the simple things, and a good shower is hard to come by, never mind one that's FREE! I could write a whole blog just on showers - ha! Anyway, the casino was fun, next stop Olympia, Washington - but not before a last minute DIY job to fix our slide out that unexpectedly broke.

The best part of the casino (for me) might have been the day pass my lovely hubby managed to sweet talk his way into for us at the spa. We spent a morning at the gym, of course, followed by a sauna and steam room visit. David left the gym before me to go take a shower, but quickly came back to tell me how amazing the showers were, “they have a rain shower head with wall spouts too” - he was right, it might have been the best shower yet and will be hard to beat. This life makes you excited and appreciative of the simple things, and a good shower is hard to come by, never mind one that's FREE! I could write a whole blog just on showers - ha! Anyway, the casino was fun, next stop Olympia, Washington - but not before a last minute DIY job to fix our slide out that unexpectedly broke.

Seattle, WA

August 1-4, 2017

  Hello World, Aileen’s driver here. Due to the fact that I was the “lead dog” on the questionable decision making, Aileen decided I should write this entry, and I happily obliged.      We made a reservation 6 months ago at the closest (to downtown) RV park near Seattle, it is called Vasa Park and is situation on Lake Sammamish. There was a lot of people packed in but we had nice neighbors and most importantly ELECTRICITY! Moose loved it here for that reason alone. Vasa Park was still 15 miles away from the downtown core, overall about a 25 minute drive. After arriving and settling in, we headed straight for Pike’s Market. Pikes Market is at the core of downtown Seattle, it is a really cool place and famous for its flying fish market, where the staff throw salmon and yell loudly. It was super high on my list for Seattle because back at Coppell Middle School East, it is famous for explaining the Fish Philosophy. When we made it to Pike’s Market it was very cool!  We explored the flying fish and all of the great places in and around the market. We also checked out the original Starbucks which was swamped with people. We patiently watched and snapped a few photos, it was cool but wow people were almost in a frenzy and waiting soooo long just to place an order. We explored all around and ate local (amazing) pastries and sandwiches.  Before we left, I was sure to send a text to Springer!!!!!

Hello World, Aileen’s driver here. Due to the fact that I was the “lead dog” on the questionable decision making, Aileen decided I should write this entry, and I happily obliged.  

We made a reservation 6 months ago at the closest (to downtown) RV park near Seattle, it is called Vasa Park and is situation on Lake Sammamish. There was a lot of people packed in but we had nice neighbors and most importantly ELECTRICITY! Moose loved it here for that reason alone. Vasa Park was still 15 miles away from the downtown core, overall about a 25 minute drive. After arriving and settling in, we headed straight for Pike’s Market. Pikes Market is at the core of downtown Seattle, it is a really cool place and famous for its flying fish market, where the staff throw salmon and yell loudly. It was super high on my list for Seattle because back at Coppell Middle School East, it is famous for explaining the Fish Philosophy. When we made it to Pike’s Market it was very cool!  We explored the flying fish and all of the great places in and around the market. We also checked out the original Starbucks which was swamped with people. We patiently watched and snapped a few photos, it was cool but wow people were almost in a frenzy and waiting soooo long just to place an order. We explored all around and ate local (amazing) pastries and sandwiches.  Before we left, I was sure to send a text to Springer!!!!!

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Before arriving in Seattle we received a tip to take a water taxi from the downtown core across the Puget Sound to West Seattle. We were told the boat ride is fun along with great views of Seattle and the Space Needle. So, after the Market, we found the ferry and cruised out into the Puget sound- it was glorious, just as explained.  We poked around a little bit once we arrived, but not long after we bought our return tickets and quickly snagged an order of kimchi quesadillas from the ocean-side restaurant.

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We got our to-go order just in time and quickly got in line for the ferry.  *please shield children from this section as it has questionable decision making* While in line, on the dock, Aileen and I begin to admire a nearby boat. Immediately after that, the owner and his friend hop on board. I compliment him on his vessel and we joke around for about 30 seconds. I then ask them where they are headed and they explain they are heading to scout out a potential camping spot on a nearby island…. “Wanna come” they ask?  

I believe I pondered the question for under 1 full second and then with little to no hesitation I happily agree to embark on a boat, in the ocean, to a island, with strangers, in a very unfamiliar area.  Aileen is happy to join too but just after we pull away she gives me that look that says, “Brillo, I really hope this ends well.”

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After getting to know one another (while we are on their boat speeding off into the ocean) Aileen and I realize that we have met two really kind and genuine guys who proceed to lead us on a 3+ hour wonderful adventure all around the Puget Sound. Kelly and Curt, who live with their families on Bainbridge Island, were awesome to say the least.  We started the journey by cruising out to the potential camping spot previously discussed, it was a beautiful kayaking camping spot that Kelly was planning on paddling to in a few days.  We then set off to see more of the area, Curt captained us to his local seal spotting location where, upon arrival, we were all shocked by a beautiful bald eagle perched on a pole.  We were able to cruise right up to the eagle and seals, side bonus: baby seals!  The adventure rolled on, we continue to cruise around, the sun is close to setting and the sky is beautiful.  While driving we see porpoises as well.  After a wonderful cruise around and enjoying the evening, Kelly and Curt take us to a few of their crab pots they have set out near their home.  We all took turns pulling pots, it was so cool!  We eventually find two huge dungeness crabs and Curt helps me shove them into my backpack for the journey home.  It was a wonderful experiences and we are very grateful to Kelly and Curt for their genuine nature and hospitality.

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The adventure never slowed, because the boat ride ended with our boat being escorted by the Navy (due to seafare week in Seattle) into a dock directly into the heart of downtown Seattle.  Once we made it to the dock, we graciously thanked them and ventured off.  I remember watching the boat pull away while feeling the crabs jostling around in my bag. We found our car, drove home and proceeded to cook and eat the crab at 10:30pm in our trailer.  Think of this: Me, Aileen, Moose and two big crabs all in our tiny trailer!  I could barley fit the crabs in the pot and you could smell crab from about 10ft all around the oustide of the trailer!  It was a memorable day to say the least!

  Thanks driver! Back to your regular captain of the blog here!    The next day we decided to venture on a biking trip into the downtown Seattle area. As David had mentioned we were staying about 15 miles away, but we wanted to be overachievers and go the 17 mile trek to checkout some breweries and restaurants in the Fremont area - someone we met at Grand Teton had recommended some specific places to go. So, we set off on our bikes that afternoon, just as the hottest part of the day was approaching, in the unusual heat wave and temperatures in the high 90’s. According to google maps, it should only take us 1.5 hours to get to our first beer of the day….Well, 3.5 hours later, after countless hills, depleted legs and heat exhaustion we took the first of many sips of ice cold beer! The bike ride was fun but I think if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we may have reconsidered, it was a challenge for sure! Later that evening we met our friend Wes (featured in our Dublin blog), who coincidentally was on a business trip. We had dinner and continued rewarding our hard work from biking, with beer! Cheers! The last pub we stopped at that evening, we sat beside a group of Sailors from the ship docked in the harbor, it was really cool to meet them all and chat about life in the Navy. Now, I’m sure you’re concerned with how we got home after a 17 mile bike ride and an afternoon/evening of drinking. Well, fear no more, we got the bus. Although it was about 11:30 pm and once we got off the bus we still had about a mile to bike back to the campground….with no lights - another great decision in the books for Seattle!    On our last day in Seattle, we did a little more exploring, we made some good decisions and went to the library! We ate some more great food and were home in bed at a much more reasonable time! Seattle brought out our more adventurous sides and we liked it! Next stop Vancouver, Canada.

Thanks driver! Back to your regular captain of the blog here!

The next day we decided to venture on a biking trip into the downtown Seattle area. As David had mentioned we were staying about 15 miles away, but we wanted to be overachievers and go the 17 mile trek to checkout some breweries and restaurants in the Fremont area - someone we met at Grand Teton had recommended some specific places to go. So, we set off on our bikes that afternoon, just as the hottest part of the day was approaching, in the unusual heat wave and temperatures in the high 90’s. According to google maps, it should only take us 1.5 hours to get to our first beer of the day….Well, 3.5 hours later, after countless hills, depleted legs and heat exhaustion we took the first of many sips of ice cold beer! The bike ride was fun but I think if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we may have reconsidered, it was a challenge for sure! Later that evening we met our friend Wes (featured in our Dublin blog), who coincidentally was on a business trip. We had dinner and continued rewarding our hard work from biking, with beer! Cheers! The last pub we stopped at that evening, we sat beside a group of Sailors from the ship docked in the harbor, it was really cool to meet them all and chat about life in the Navy. Now, I’m sure you’re concerned with how we got home after a 17 mile bike ride and an afternoon/evening of drinking. Well, fear no more, we got the bus. Although it was about 11:30 pm and once we got off the bus we still had about a mile to bike back to the campground….with no lights - another great decision in the books for Seattle!

On our last day in Seattle, we did a little more exploring, we made some good decisions and went to the library! We ate some more great food and were home in bed at a much more reasonable time! Seattle brought out our more adventurous sides and we liked it! Next stop Vancouver, Canada.