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Bittersweet Ending

Mabel basking in the morning sun

Under partly-sunny and beautiful skies, Kelly and I concluded our return to Bainbridge Island today, our first visit since moving away just over a year ago.  It’s been a good week for sure, but the days have passed too quickly and I wish we could stay longer.  It is hard to say goodbye to this place we love.

I must say, our visit has been a real treat for us.  We’ve had many wonderful reunions with friends (and restaurants) across the area.  Being the dork I am, I even delayed some needed purchases until arriving so that I could give the business to my friends over at Wildernest and Poulsbo Running.

I’m definitely glad that we decided to make the trip – all 900 miles one way.  The drive is long, but well worth it in my mind.

One highlight of the trip a was a planned meet-up today with Deke and Tiffani of Weaselmouth fame.  These legendary Airstreamers live in the area and ventured over to Bainbridge for the afternoon.  Both have been super helpful to Kelly and me, patiently tolerating our many emails and phone calls as we navigated our Airstream purchase and it was so cool to finally meet them today.

Of course they are rockstar awesome and Kelly and I absolutely enjoyed their company.

Like us, Deke and Tiffani live full-time in their Airstream but maintain a “home base” location when not traveling.  I’m mentioned before that Airstream ownership brings with it, a strong sense of community and Kelly and I have been welcomed into that extended family.  However, Deke and Tiffani are the first couple we’ve met who live so similarly to us.  That is to say, they do not travel full-time, yet they are choosing to eschew a traditional home for the cozy confines of the Airstream.

Suffice it to say, Kelly and I were so excited to be meeting them and enjoyed sharing stories and exchanging ideas.

Soon enough they had to get going, leaving Kelly and me to begin planning our drive back to Half Moon Bay.  Kelly suggested we pack-up and get a head-start on the drive, which is exactly what we did.  As I type, we are dry camping at the Cabela’s parking lot in Lacy, WA … located about 70 miles south of Bainbridge Island.

Quietly resting at the otherwise giant Cabela’s store

We’re planning an early start tomorrow and will be covering a lot of miles.  I’m hoping to convince Kelly to share the drive duties with me.

Hey, there is a first time for everything.

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