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We’re leaving, on the ferry


Liesl, Willa, Brady and I are about to embark on an adventure.

We’re going to load up Liesl’s pickup truck, and board the Alaska Marine Highway’s cross-gulf ferry from Whittier to Bellingham, Washington.

Ketchikan visit

We’ll pick up a teardrop trailer in Portland, hook  it to the back of Liesl’s truck, and hit the road.

Liesl’s dad is coming from Ohio to condo-sit for us. He’ll be here to spend time thinking about next steps in his life, and we’re hitting the road to do the same.

We’re planning a two-month trip, but have no idea how Willa will travel. It could be a much shorter trip!

We have no post-ferry itinerary yet. We’ve talked about driving to Michigan, where Liesl’s mom lives. We might take it slow, and just spend time exploring Washington. Our mid-range plan is to make a loop through the Mountain West.

We have friends and family we hope to see along the way, and places to investigate where we’re thinking about settling down next.

Whatever we decide to do, it will certainly be an adventure.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings


Photo by Jay Galvin, used under a Creative Commons attribution license.

7 thoughts on “We’re leaving, on the ferry

  1. Well, the old saw applies, I am pretty certain, Heather: Do it while you can, while you’re young and foolish and unweighted down. The fact that you’re doing it with the weight of a baby in tow makes it all the more adventurous and unknown and impressive—and I am about to go blind with jealousy! Travel well! Pack some Thoreau in your knapsack!!

  2. Have a great time!! WA is my home ground. Grew up in Spokane, then moved West to a little town between Portland and Seattle.

  3. Have a wonderful time! I have never regretted any adventures like this: moving cross-country (which I’ve done five times now), taking off for six months in Mexico . . . You will be so glad. And if your travels take you to the Bay Area, please let us host you.

  4. May God bless your traveling, both spiritually and as a family.

  5. yay for all of you! fabulous … if you make it this far please holler!

  6. How exciting and brave! Wishing you many blessings in your travels. I know your inner guidance will help you find your next step.

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