New Friends, New Memories…

We’ve met so many cool people along this trip – people who share our love of travel and thirst for adventure. But how often do you meet people, bond, exchange information, and never cross paths again?

Fran & Ed - looking forward to our next get together, wherever it may be!

Fran & Ed – looking forward to our next get together, wherever it may be!

We were fortunate on this trip to meet Fran and Ed early in our journey – in Capital Reef, UT. We followed each other’s blogs, kept in touch, and ended up staying a night at their gorgeous home on Whidbey island on our way back through Washington. Their home was designed by their son, Brad, and it’s an incredible inspiration on how to design small spaces to feel unbelievably spacious and inviting and cool. I’ll be calling Brad one day for sure!

Lovely dinner. Lovely home. Lovely people!

Lovely dinner. Lovely home. Lovely people!

The gang in South Whidbey. We'll be back!

The gang in South Whidbey. We’ll be back!

You know when conversation (and wine) flows that easily that it was meant to be!

Beautiful Whidbey Island, WA

Beautiful Whidbey Island, WA

That’s been one of my favorite experiences this trip – the unexpected new friends and stories of travelers (and locals) we’ve met in every state. And, since many a conversation started because of the BAMF, I’m also grateful for the unique beast that has been our transportation, a target for the paparazzi, and our home!

Leavenworth, WA - a replica of Bavaria!

Leavenworth, WA – a replica of Bavaria!

More Leavenworth. They even made McDonald's & Starbucks succumb to Barvarian architecture!

More Leavenworth. They even made McDonald’s & Starbucks succumb to Bavarian architecture!

I mean, seriously - how cute is this town?!

I mean, seriously – how cute is this town?!

We’ve had to re-route our journey through Washington a bit due to fires burning in the East. As always this time of year, it’s a reminder of how fragile our environment is. Pray for rain!

Some of our new friends aren't even human!

Some of our new friends aren’t even human!

We’re now off to the WA wine country because, well, we love wine! Planning to see more friends in Bellevue and in OR on the way home, which is always a treat.

Still homeless and unemployed, so keep me in mind if you hear or see any cool opportunities, anywhere! 🙂

Love to all. Can’t believe it’s almost September!

You can find us at Friday Harbor…

Continuing our “island love”, we have fallen hard & fast for San Juan Island, WA. This place is lovely and chill and oh-so-welcoming. And it needs a brewery, so I think we owe it to this place to open one!

Roche Harbor, San Juan Island

Roche Harbor, San Juan Island

Beautiful beaches...

Beautiful beaches…

Beautiful sunsets...

Beautiful sunsets…

Beautiful views from every side...

Beautiful views from every side…

We already found a boat (a 50′ yacht for sale), made some new friends, discovered a new favorite wine (Northwest Totem Cellars), and have a source for the start of our alpaca herd. You heard me – alpaca!

Cocktails by the marina...

Cocktails by the marina…

Our new yacht...

Our new yacht…

They even have camels!

They even have camels!

Did I mention the views??

Did I mention the views??

We loved time with family - the Burke's at Cynthia's new restaurant: the BEST!

We loved time with family – the Burkes at Cynthia’s new restaurant: the BEST!

You’ll all come visit, right??!

Someone needs to explain this to me...

Someone needs to explain this to me…