Before we decided to buy a house, I planned a couple of adventures with girlfriends. The first trip was to meet Jane in Boston for the last concert of Kenny Chesney's Big Revival tour. We bought the tickets back in November, so not knowing that Paul and I would have found a new home by August, I bought a plane ticket out of Portland, Oregon. Our son, Dustin, moved there earlier this year, so that would have been a good place for Paul and Fiona to hang out while I was away. It turned out that escrow closed a week before the trip. Paul was eager to get some work done on the property, so instead of driving me to Portland in the camper, and waiting for me to get back, I decided to fly to Portland and stay with Dustin the night before my flight to Boston. It was great to spend time with the boy.
Jane and I went from seeing each other almost every day to not seeing each other for nine months. When we met up at the airport bar, it was like a moment hadn't passed. We had such a great time in Boston. The concert was great, but we really enjoyed exploring the city. Ok, it was bar hopping all over the city! We took the subway, which I hated at first, but it was a great way to get around. The locals were so nice, and helped us figure out where we needed to go. We saw a lot of local pubs. I know, no surprise there!
While I was away there were a couple of forest fires near our new home. The firefighting planes were scooping water from the river right in front of our house.
A week after I got home from Boston, I flew to Bend, Oregon to visit Wanda. Originally it was going to be a girls weekend with our core group of childhood friends. It turned out that Tavia and Brenda couldn't make it, so it was just Wanda and me. We had a fun filled weekend. From going out to great restaurants, to game night with her crazy Bend friends, to hiking, to tubing down the river.
Paul and I knew we needed to drive down to San Diego to pick up our stuff from storage. It was more cost effective to buy an enclosed trailer, that we could use for other things in the future, than to rent a Uhaul. We couldn't take the camper and the trailer, so we had to make it a quick trip, and stay in hotels on the way there and back. 3000 miles, roundtrip. Paul and Fiona picked me up in Bend, and we made our way down to San Diego.
It's funny how we traveled all over the country at a leisurely pace and it was fun, but driving for 10 hours at a time is not so fun! Traveling is fun when you take your home with you. As nice as it was getting to see my friends and family while we were there, it was sure nice to get back to the peace and quiet of our new home.
Once we got home, we got back to work getting things set up like we want. Building a woodshed, fixing the dock, and cutting wood for the winter are the first priorities. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are excited to dig in and make it our own.