Gleneden Beach: We’re Home

Why choose the Oregon coast for a month-long stay in late fall? Because it is beautiful here and being the off-season, far less crowded and more affordable than in the summer. And it seemed like it would be the part of the northwest where we’d find the most temperate weather. This has proven true –…

Pals, Parks, and Portland – the three P’s of the PNW

We ended up planning over two weeks of travel between our two long stays in this leg because there is a lot of the Pacific Northwest (aka, the PNW) we wanted to see. So after three nights at Yellowstone and a quick stop in Missoula, we were on to beautiful Washington State. This required driving…

A Tale of Three Parks

Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton are three of the most popular national parks in the U.S. And we got to visit all of them in the course of just over a week. Glacier National Park The week before we left Libby, we did one more trip over to Glacier. Labor Day weekend there had been…

Lovable Little Libby

When I published my first Libby blog post, we’d just been beset by smoke from the West Coast wildfires. The smoke ended up lasting a full week, during which time we were unable to do much in Libby. For most of that week, the air quality was classified as “hazardous” and later “very unhealthy.” That…

Libby: We’re Home

It is a weird morning here in Libby. Smoke from the wildfires in Washington and Oregon has blanketed the area and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has classified the air as hazardous. Looking out the bedroom window is eerie. Normally we have a view of the mountains (over the Sears), but the smoke/fog is…

On The Road Again (Literally)

Normally when I say we’re heading back out on the road, we spend very little time on roads. We fly to our main destinations, take trains and metros to get around, and use our feet for most of our daily travel. But this time, our revised Leg 6, so different from the Leg 6 I’d…

FAQ – What Did We Learn on Leg 5

To say Leg 5 was educational is an understatement. We faced a global pandemic and chose to get “stuck” in a foreign country. Obviously we learned a lot. Funny enough, I wrote in my “What Did We Learn on Leg 4” post that we weren’t learning so much about travel life anymore, but more about…

FAQ – How Far Off Were Our Leg 5 Numbers?

Usually in our travels, we hew pretty closely to our plans. Occasionally we’ll add a spontaneous overnight trip or decide not to do something we intended, but most of the time, the plans I make are excellent and we follow them. My budgets are very well-researched so generally speaking, we end up being slightly under…

Coming Home in the Time of COVID-19

I’m starting this post with just under a week to go before our flight home, but my plan is to wait and post once we’ve arrived safely (fingers crossed). Already, the journey home has been an odyssey.  You might recall from my last two posts in my COVID chronicles (Uncertainty and Thriving) that back in…

Thriving in the Time of COVID-19

What a difference 4 kilometers can make!  Previously, in my COVID chronicles, I was sweating all the uncertainty we were feeling about the rest of our plans for the year. We had just purchased a July flight home from Costa Rica that we weren’t sure we’d be able to take and the odds of making…