Traveling without the camper and settling in to the house.

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. 

 Dustin and me enjoying downtown Portland. 

Dustin and me enjoying downtown Portland. 

 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!

 Like sardines on the subway!

Like sardines on the subway!

 Enjoying the good life at The Good Life Pub.

Enjoying the good life at The Good Life Pub.

 We even saw some historical sights. It's amazing how many bars are along the Freedom Trail!

We even saw some historical sights. It's amazing how many bars are along the Freedom Trail!

 Our friend Kathy flew in from Florida, and somehow found us in the sandbar, right up next to the stage. She had to wade through hundreds of people!

Our friend Kathy flew in from Florida, and somehow found us in the sandbar, right up next to the stage. She had to wade through hundreds of people!

 Kenny got comfortable at the end of the concert. We are No Shoes Nation, so it's only fitting that he went barefoot.

Kenny got comfortable at the end of the concert. We are No Shoes Nation, so it's only fitting that he went barefoot.

 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. 

 Firefighting plane scooping up water.

Firefighting plane scooping up water.

 Firefighting plane pulling up from the river. Ready to drop some water on the fire.

Firefighting plane pulling up from the river. Ready to drop some water on the fire.

 Something you don't see every day.

Something you don't see every day.

 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. 

 Wanda and I checking out the menu at the mexican restaurant. (and embarrassing Mike!)

Wanda and I checking out the menu at the mexican restaurant. (and embarrassing Mike!)

 A steep hike to Lake Moraine. Thought it was 2.5, was more like 5 miles. 

A steep hike to Lake Moraine. Thought it was 2.5, was more like 5 miles. 

 Wanda and the dogs by the lake, with Broken Top Mountain in the distance.

Wanda and the dogs by the lake, with Broken Top Mountain in the distance.

 Cooling off my tootsies at the end of the hike.

Cooling off my tootsies at the end of the hike.

 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.

 Getting an early start from Bend, OR. 

Getting an early start from Bend, OR. 

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. 

 We found so much usable building materials strewn across the property. Using the cement footings for the woodshed was easier than hauling them away. 

We found so much usable building materials strewn across the property. Using the cement footings for the woodshed was easier than hauling them away. 

 Hard at work!

Hard at work!

 Not just a supervisor! 

Not just a supervisor! 

 Making progress on the woodshed. 90% of the materials were salvaged from the property.

Making progress on the woodshed. 90% of the materials were salvaged from the property.

 Fiona and Daddy looking for wildlife.

Fiona and Daddy looking for wildlife.

 After having to make an ER visit the first week we lived here, he's wearing his helmet. 

After having to make an ER visit the first week we lived here, he's wearing his helmet. 

 The trees along the river are changing colors. Fall on the Pend Oreille River.

The trees along the river are changing colors. Fall on the Pend Oreille River.

 When I first saw this, I thought, what kind of bird is that? Turns out, not a bird!

When I first saw this, I thought, what kind of bird is that? Turns out, not a bird!

 A swimming doe.

A swimming doe.

 I guess the grass was greener on this side of the river.

I guess the grass was greener on this side of the river.

 Letting my inner tomboy come out to play!

Letting my inner tomboy come out to play!

 A bald eagle out looking for breakfast on the river.

A bald eagle out looking for breakfast on the river.

 Having grown up in the Imperial Valley, we are used to seeing cattle, just not roaming free. They have range land all over Washington.

Having grown up in the Imperial Valley, we are used to seeing cattle, just not roaming free. They have range land all over Washington.

 It's a work truck now. It hasn't been washed in two months. So not like Captain Noden!

It's a work truck now. It hasn't been washed in two months. So not like Captain Noden!

 The swimming doe came back for dinner.

The swimming doe came back for dinner.

 Hey, what are you doing out there?

Hey, what are you doing out there?

 Having some gravel added to the driveway.

Having some gravel added to the driveway.

 The sun comes in so bright in the evenings that we can't see the TV. Ordering some window coverings, but for now a sheet and beach towel will work. #Redneck

The sun comes in so bright in the evenings that we can't see the TV. Ordering some window coverings, but for now a sheet and beach towel will work. #Redneck

 My office. My mama's old dewing machine, and chairs made by my GrandpaTex.

My office. My mama's old dewing machine, and chairs made by my GrandpaTex.

 The turkeys are getting bigger. Thanksgiving is coming!

The turkeys are getting bigger. Thanksgiving is coming!

 Paul hired a local guy to cut down some dead standing trees.

Paul hired a local guy to cut down some dead standing trees.

 Timber!

Timber!

 Just a fraction of the crap we've picked up on the property. There's still more to be picked up. 

Just a fraction of the crap we've picked up on the property. There's still more to be picked up.