Time is getting short, both for our departure and to get everything done for the boat purchase.
24-hour rewind: We drove to Seattle to sign all the paperwork, pending approval of the surveys, and then headed up to Belligham to get our license plates – we did not want to drive cross-country with dealer plates on our car - and get our mail.
I particularly wanted to get our mail, because I had ordered some velour warm ups, and was hoping they would arrive before we left for cold country. When we cleaned out our stuff in preparation for our move, I unearthed an old velour warm up suit (purple!). I couldn’t believe I still had it, and remembered how warm and comfortable it was. I searched the Internet and finally found a place that still sells them – Norm Thompson online. They were at our mail box; I would be warm in Wyoming!
On the way back, we stopped at Siefert and Jones, a wine shop in Bellingham. Some time back, I had joined their e-mail list, and I had just received a notice that they were promoting a new wine from Spain. We found a place to park right by the shop, but had no change. I knew we were going to have a good experience at the shop when we walked in and the owner asked, “What can we do for you?” Bill replied, “I need a quarter for the parking meter so we can stay and buy wine.” She immediately handed him a quarter! It was a smart investment – we bought six bottles of wine, and we’ll go back.
Thursday: We were up early to haul laundry to a multi-machine laundromat. The facilities at the Everett Marina are nice, but two washers and dryers were not going to stand up to our personal laundry and towels, as well as the new sheets and towels we bought for the boat. It was a bit of a hassle to haul all that stuff, but super-huge washers and dryers made the trip worthwhile. And we learned that large facilities have now gone to a card system instead of coins … Who knew?
After laundry, we provisioned for the trip. Even when flying, we always carry snacks – traveling in the islands or from them to the States, one never knows where one will be stranded. Traveling by Ford Explorer meant that we could take a cooler filled with drinks, snacks, and stuff for lunches on the road. It meant for a lot of crap to pack in the car, but then we have a lot of room. We got our stuff packed, the boat straightened up, and went to bed early so we could get an early start in the morning. We are excited to get going!