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  • Day37

    Flying home

    August 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We got back to the airport with plenty of time to spare. The TSA guy who checked our boarding pass before we got to the scanner lanes was hysterical. He totally deadpanned that he needed to see ID from the kids. When Franklin couldn't produce anything beyond his debit card the agent told him to spell his name backwards as proof of identity. He really had Franklin going for a sec. Very funny. The TSA agent manning the scanner asked if we had Pokémon cards. We said Magic and he gave us the thumbs up.

    We got a quick dinner, called Kha and played card games for a bit. Then, we boarded the flight right on time, all sitting together. Of course Dax got the middle seat!

    The flight was incredibly short, under 5 hours, and none of us slept except Franklin for literally the last five minutes before we touched down - a move completely in character for him!

    We got a cab home and here we are safe and sound.

    An amazing trip - memories for a life time.

    And the most surprising twist ending - A couple of days ago Kha started texting me pictures of camper van conversion ideas. So there may be more of this to come.

    Thanks to all who read this far and for all the love and kindness shown to us. It has been a great ride.
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    What an epic adventure! So happy we got to be a part of it. I loved reading about your journey - makes me want to go on a road trip! :) Emily


    Franklin has a debit card!?

    Deb Brown

    Thanks for bringing us along with you on this once in a lifetime adventure, Sam, Samantha and Franklin. Way cool. Love, Debbie and Jim PS Because of you, I just downloaded AllTrails and the walking trail maps for today's hike on Lummi Island, WA.

  • Day36

    A day in Seattle

    August 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We got to the airport around 12:30 and our flight was the red eye at 9:30 so we had some time to kill.

    We stored our bags and took the train into town - about 45 minutes. I read to the kids until the car started to fill up.

    We walked down to Pike Place Market and looked around for a bit. Hungry, we ended up at a somewhat upscale Thai place a couple blocks away. They weren't very welcoming given our grunge clothes and black fingernails but the food was really good. Franklin even enjoyed some of the Tom Yum soup!

    After lunch we went on the big Ferris wheel and played a few arcade games. OK, Franklin played a few arcade games.

    It was hard to really enjoy Seattle much (that is, "Seattle" in the way that Faneuil Hall is "Boston"). It was partly because we were tired from getting up early. It was partly because we were looking past it at getting home. But also, and we talked about this and all agreed, it was because the smelly, greasy, crowded feel just didn't really feel as nice as the quiet forests and rugged coasts we'd gotten used to. So in a way it was a shock to be in such a place - but also a poignant reminder of what we'd found valuable on our trip.
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  • Day36

    Off to the airport

    August 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We woke up early and made the 2 hour drive to the Escape Campervan office near the airport. Checking was easy and there were no issues at all.

    It took us a while to unpack/repack for the cab ride over to the airport. There was a spot at the van office to leave supplies for other campers and we sure filled that with lots of goodies from bear spray to jumper cables.

    There were other more attractive vans there - but I'm still glad for the one I choose. It served us well.

    We ended up with five big duffle bags plus the homemade cardboard box with our walking sticks and fishing poles.
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    Love the beard!

  • Day35

    Last night in the van

    August 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We had a very nice campsite up in the woods away from the winds. I began to pull everything out of the van to get ready to pack. We found the "pee cup" - something we never used. Samantha's rating on the idea is quite clear. I joked that the whole concept could be covered in an essay called "The Princess and the Pee". "Not funny dad!" (but with a giggle) was the response.

    Franklin played some souvenirs he bought at the Artillery Museum and made us a fire. The kids helped out with the packing for a bit and then finished watching a movie. By bedtime we were all tired and went to bed together for the last time in the van.
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  • Day35

    Fort Flagler kites

    August 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    While google maps said we were 2 miles from our next campsite, in fact if was a 30 minute drive around to Fort Flagler - the second of the three forts that formed the defense of the sound.

    It was a pretty drive and Fort Flagler seemed just as well cared for as Fort Worden - though more remote. No bistros in the old buildings. There was a nice view of Port Townsend across the water and you can see the sandy outcropping where we'd camped the night before.

    We went to the little store and bought a couple kites. Franklin's black diamond flew well but Samantha's butterfly seemed to enjoy nosediving into the ground as much as flying.

    The wind died down as the sun moved lower so the kids played checkers while I made our last meal (rice and eggs) right there by the water.
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  • Day35

    Charging the batteries

    August 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We checked out the nice little artillery museum and learned about the history of the fort. I read on the sign that An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed here. That's why it looks so familiar - Mayonnaise! I loves me some good Lou Gossett Jr. hazing!

    We walked up a path to the top of the main bluff where there were a series of bunkers that dated from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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  • Day35

    Birthday breakfast

    August 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I woke up early and walked up to the coffee shop. It was very foggy and I took a nice walk along the bluff, leaving the kids to sleep in.

    But when I got back it was birthday hugs for our 9 year old bug-bug! We had a big pancake and bacon breakfast to celebrate.Read more

  • Day34

    Games and bed

    August 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Fort Worden is a much more active place then the forts at the mouth of the Columbia. We went to a bar/restaurant in the old jail of the base and played Magic Archenemy. Samantha was Nicol Bolas and Franklin and I didn't stand a chance! The kids cuddled up for bed - only a few nights left in the van!Read more

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