Leaving Port Angeles
Reluctant exits are in a way better than those times you are just glad to be down the road. When we left New Jersey it was with glee to be on the road off to new adventures. Our recent departure from the beautiful Olympic Peninsula was much more subdued. Our year in Port Angeles, Washington was a wonderful experience.
Peninsula College provided challenging classes, new skills, fun activities, and dynamic class mates. The small apartment we called home with its own ocean view actually came with extensive grounds. Olympic National Park was a terrific back yard. With tremendous hiking, snowshoeing, camping, biking, migrating salmon and scenic opportunities. We were never reluctant to go out for our required yard work. The Pacific Ocean/Strait of Juan de Fuca was our front yard and gave us a chance to wander the coast, investigate tide pools, watch otters and seals, and even complete John’s first Marathon on the beautiful Olympic Discovery trail.
Yes, there were LOTS of cloudy days (from November to March?) but the weather was mild and almost always allowed us to be outside, being neither too cold or too hot. Wanting to be more active, we tried to use the Subaru only one day a week, otherwise relying on our new found biking skills and walking.
Through our classmates and the welcoming small town atmosphere we made fun interesting friends who we miss. As we exited Port Angeles, our Dad was kind enough to let us store our U-Haul trailer of belongings in his barn.
He also continues to provide an eight acre empire to our cat Milo who loves patrolling his world to control the mice and vole population.
While back in Montana we were happy to spend time with family (our nieces and nephews continue to amaze us with their skills and energy) and even utilize new carpentry skills on the back deck (Grandpa is ready for a big party).
While we love the Olympic Peninsula, and may return in the future, we left to pursue wanderlust. We have enjoyed our house-sitting adventures in Florida, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver Island. We made great friends with homeowners, neighbors and loved the pets as well as enjoyed new locations.
Next Stop Corn Island
The Offpeakers will now be going for a new adventure. We will spend the next three 1/2 months on Big Corn Island. This five square mile isle is 50 miles off the east coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean. Growing up land locked, we did not feel we could pass up this opportunity to live next to warm (83 F) water and catch up on the diving and snorkeling of which we have been dreaming. The plan is to use this blog as our trip scrapbook and perhaps share what we learn and special experiences. We hope you travel along with the Offpeakers.