I apologize for not keeping up our blog this last month. It has been hard to sit down and write about what we have been doing this last month as we traveled from the San Francisco Bay area to Tucson, Arizona, with a brief stop in Southern California. It’s been hard only because our 11 years of sail and then RV adventures are coming to an end. Mentally, I have probably been trying to put off our terminal date but, like in life, time marches on and eventually catches up and then surpasses you. Half of me is sorry to see an end to our very adventurous lifestyle. However, another part of me is anxious to return to a more normal way of life and once again become part of a community where we can get immersed in local activities.
Tomorrow, December 29, 2018, we sell LeuC. We got a call today saying that the Tucson La Mesa RV has received a check from their corporate office for the amount we agreed upon. When we drive or to the Tucson dealership, sign the papers and hand over the keys, our days of adventure that have taken us around the world and around the US will be at an end. It will be the formal end of our nomadic days. We have bought a house up in Blaine, Washington, nestled up to both the Canadian border and the Puget Sound. This means that we will be returning to the more normal lifestyle of living in a house and establishing roots.
I am so thankful that we bought LeuC 16 months ago and roamed around the US. Not only did it allow us to spend time seeing friends and relatives who live across this country, but it also gave us a chance to transition to living on the land. That may sound strange to you but there is such a radical difference between living on the sea and living on the land. Additionally, it also allowed us to explore and spend time in so many beautiful national, state, regional, county and city parks. This country is so diverse geologically, geographically, and socially that LeuC allowed us to steep in the various cultures that make up the US. During our travels we visited 32 states and, in each state, we had the opportunity to evaluate whether or not we would like to live in it. We finally found what is the perfect location for us in Blaine, Washington.
Blaine is perfect for us for a number of reasons. First, it is situated in a very scenic location. The Pacific Northwest, and especially along the Puget Sound, is renowned for its beauty with tall spruce and fir trees, lush vegetation, snowcapped mountains, and the crystal clear, dark blue waters of the Puget Sound which is dotted with sailboats, motored boats, ferries and massive cargo ships plying the waters.
Yes, it does get a fair amount of rain, with an annual average of 40 plus inches. However, we discovered that Blaine gets less yearly rain than Houston, TX (48 inches), New Orleans. LA (60 inches), Mobile, AL (65 inches), Memphis, TN (52 inches), Nashville. TN (48 inches), and pretty much every major city on the eastern seaboard, such as New York, NY (43 inches), Philadelphia, PA (41 inches), Miami, FL (58 inches), and Boston, MA (44 inches). In addition, after living on a sailboat for about 10 years, we have discovered that rain does not bother us the way it did back in the days we lived in sunny Southern California. Go figure!
The second reason Blaine is perfect for us is that we have tons of family that live in the vicinity. This includes my oldest brother and his wife, who live just a block or so away. I also have many cousins and their families who live in and around Seattle and along the western coast of Washington. I also have a younger brother who lives in Portland, Oregon, just a 5 to 6-hour drive from us. Mary Margaret has one niece with her family who lives in Seattle and another niece with her family that lives in Portland. This is the most family we have ever lived near during our entire lives!
Finally, Mary Margaret found us a beautiful large house, sitting on the 5th fairway of the Semiahmoo Golf Course that has a view of snow-covered Mount Baker in the distance. As it turns out, it is the largest house we have ever owned and will allow our kids and grandkids enough room to feel comfortable when they come and visit us. Trips to visit Grandma and Grandpa are already scheduled for this summer by all three of our kids and their children. Yea!
We wish to thank all of our blog readers who have followed our travels, both on sea and on land. We are especially thankful for the various comments and emails you sent. It was wonderful to know that we were connected with you, no matter where we were at.
If you are ever up in the vicinity of Blaine, Washington, please look us up and let us know you are in our area. We would love to have you come over so we can get together and reminisce over old times and places you and we have seen.