A lot of our family and friends have been asking about our travel plans and even though I will be posting and updating on Facebook during our traveling, I figured I would go ahead and let everyone know what our plans are before hand.
We leave Sitka on Tuesday- July 29 at 5:45pm. We will be getting on the ferry a couple hours prior to that. Our close friends, Kate and Cooper are also going to Clearwater and they will also be on the ferry with us, which will be nice. We have three nights and two days on the ferry and arrive in Bellingham, WA on Friday- August 1st at about 8am.
We will be spending the weekend in Washington, first in Bellingham and then driving to Seattle. We have to get new tires on the truck and we will be looking for a travel trailer to buy. We decided that it would be much more convenient for us to have a little house on wheels that we can pull behind the truck rather than staying in hotels. This way, we can leave all of our stuff set up, hop in the truck and drive, pull over for lunch and then find an RV park in the evenings to stay at. We can cook dinner and breakfast instead of eating out three times a day and we don't have to worry about trying to find hotels that allow dogs. I'm excited about not having to unload luggage into a hotel room to unpack only to spend one night there and turn around and pack it all back up and then load it into the truck again. Plus the reassurance of not having to worry about someone breaking into the truck and stealing all of our stuff.
After we get a trailer we will be heading to Yellowstone National Park where we will be staying for about three days. We are super excited about this since neither of us have ever been.
We will be taking a couple days to drive to the Grand Canyon but we don't plan on staying there very long. We just figured, we will be passing through anyways and it's kinda lame that Kolt and I are both from Arizona and neither of us have ever been there before.
We plan on arriving in Tucson on August 11 and will be staying for roughly ten days. There is a possibility that it could be a couple more.
From Tucson, we will take two days driving to Abilene, TX where we will spend a few days with Kolt's best friend from the Army, Dustin Zumwalt and his family. They have two little girls, one who is very close to Brinleigh's age and I can't wait to see them play together.
When we leave Abilene, we will take a couple days to drive to FL where we will stop in the panhandle for a day or two. My cousin Ryan and his wife, Amie just moved there with their two daughters and we will be passing right through the town that they live in. I've already scoped out some RV parks near their house and I am soooo excited because they are right on the beach. We can go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean waves and seagulls.
From there, it will be about a seven hour drive into Clearwater, where I have no idea at this point where we will go. We do not have a house yet and we will stay in the trailer at an RV park somewhere but I haven't looked any up yet. Kolt reports on September 2 and will then get ten days of house hunting leave and we will begin looking at rentals. The plan is to find a rental to live in for about a year and while renting start looking for a house to buy. I will keep everyone posted on that though.
So that's our schedule in a nutshell. I plan on taking a TON of pictures, especially on our ferry ride back to the lower 48. Our cell phone service will be limited as we will be traveling through Canadian waters but we will check in during our port calls and a lot more once we arrive in Bellingham.
Our first stop on the list of places to eat when we are back in civilization: Olive Garden.