My fingers were shaking and my heart was racing as I turned the key to lock my clean, empty home. Everything was out. Our beds, artwork, and vast array of books were tucked into the outbuilding we recently constructed. The canoe was nestled into our walled off, half of the garage with our bikes, gardening tools, and dishes. While my home was empty of its stuff, my mind reeled with memories as I mopped the floors. Babies born, friendships forged, songs sung, meals shared, books read, games played, projects created, gardens grown are all part of the richness that Joey and I created together within these walls and on this little plot of land.
And ever so quickly, under the cover of night, we were gone. The car was loaded down and a bit squirrely under the weight of 700 feet of line, an anchor, chain, books, games, art materials, and clothes. If you do anything with boats and you find yourself in Bellingham, WA, you must make your way to Pacific Marine Exchange (www.pacificmarine.com), a store of previously owned marine equipment and supplies. We saved an incredible amount of money there. Now we just have to share the car with our bounty.
We are spending the day with family like friends in Kirkland, recovering from three days of a mad dash to get out of the house. We are resting and getting ready for the long drive to more family and friends and finally the boat in Charleston, SC. While we all feel some sadness in leaving our chosen clan, incredible friends, inspiring community, and lovely life in Bellingham, the joys of travel are upon us.