It was February of 2015 when Aaron came up with the idea to start looking for a campmobile to live in while we were off work and to get rid of the apartment. Nina (me) thought this idea was the best he'd had yet. We thought, "surely we can find one by the time the weather warms up." We planned to save money that way for a few more months until September. We would get one last summer in Portland!
So we found a bus in southern Oregon and prepared to pick her up! We were so excited! The night before we drove 5 hours to pick her up the guy sold it to someone named Meghan. Aaron in particular took this one pretty hard. He was very excited and ready to get one. We decided to save a little longer and in March fell in love with Rosalee Mcfall. I fell in love with the cute wooden interior and Aaron thought it sounded like a well cared for vehicle. On March 18th we drove up to Edmonds, Washington to purchase her. This time everything went well. We drove off (only killing the engine a few times) and headed for the Kingston ferry. We rode across the river to camp in the Olympic peninsula. We had planned to make a trip up there anyway. It was a stressful ride as we got used to driving such an old vw van. I couldn't get her in reverse at one point and poor Aaron and I used some choice words back and forth, but we made it to the forest and fell asleep happy with our decision, although a little nervous.
Our solution: Move sooner and drive her on trip permits until June. So that is were we are now. Secretly I wasn't too disappointed with this particular problem. I have been missing my family for some time and I have also been displeased with my work situation. It's taxing to live where you work and especially in a caregiving position.
Our next job was to clean out our old place, so no fun camping excursion the following week. The first week of April, also Aaron and I's 2 year anniversary we drove off toward the Tillamook Forest. We found the spot in the dark. It was rainy so we drank, fixed a few fried eggs and ate chips while discussing our plans for the van and the adventure home.
The next day we planned to take the van to the coast. I was really looking forward to getting a pretty picture of her next to the ocean and we were going to celebrate 2 years together. Well, the van wouldn't start. Shoot we had no service to call anyone. Luckily the Tillamook Forestry center was a short walk through the woods. We called my friend Taylor, who rarely actually answers her phone, but this time she picked right up. She had my car and was more than willing to make an adventure out to the forest to help us. Once she arrived we got lunch in Tillamook, laughed and enjoyed the day/night. Jumping the van worked! April 2nd was a much prettier day on the coast and I did get my pretty picture after all. We had a great time and saw Goose Barnacles for the first time!
seem to work out just as they are supposed to. It's too bad for Meghan, but I am sure her luck will turn and all will work out for her as well.:)
Hope you enjoy watching our journey unfold. We are growing increasingly more excited for the long trip to begin and look forward to sharing it with anyone who is interested!