Update – The Adventure Begins!

It’s been a busy couple of months! We went to Tonasket for the fall barter faire (aka the Okanogan Family Faire) and had a blast. We had a vending booth on artisan row and were surrounded by amazing artists, old friends and new friends. Shelby took an Altoid container full of her little rocks and bartered for everything from toys to the best kettle corn I’ve ever tasted. We sold just about everything Safe T had, so now he needs to get to work replenishing his stock for the next fair.

After Tonasket, we went through Deer Park and visited with Nana and Grandpa for a day, then headed back to Vancouver. The van needed some minor repairs, so we went up to Olympia to visit friends and get it fixed. We stayed in Olympia for almost a week before continuing north.

We stopped to visit some friends in Spanaway. We thought we’d find them at barter faire, but we didn’t. We’d lost their contact information and had no way to get a hold of them. I wanted to go to Spanaway to watch the Tacoma Lariettes do their annual black light drill, so we swung by our friends’ house. Luckily, they still lived there, so we were able to visit. Safe T actually stayed and hung out with them when Shelby and I went to the Tacoma Unit to see the drill.

We went to Lakewood to visit Gramps, who we hadn’t seen in more than two years, and had a wonderful visit. He made waffles with strawberries and whipped cream for us, and Shelby loved them as much as I did when I was a kid. He gifted us some really cool super bright LED lights that we can install in the van and some other handy items.

And now it feels like time to start the real adventure, leaving the state of Washington and heading south for the winter. We want to spend the winter in Quartzsite, Arizona. We’re planning on heading down Highway 101 through Oregon and California, then zipping across from Los Angelas to Quartzsite. I’ve found a few places we can stop along the way, like the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Jelly Belly Factory, both of which have free tours. We might also stop and see the place where Monarch butterflies spend the winter.

We’re going to take it easy and drive only three or four hours each day, stopping wherever we want. If we take our time at each stop, I can work online wherever there is free wifi and Safe T can make art and replenish his stock. We just have to find places where Shelby will also be happy to play, like libraries.

We’re going to post videos and I’ll try to keep this blog current. Here’s our first van life video:

Until next time, love and light!

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