So we decided to go ahead and make the move without a job--the scariest thing we've ever done. We're both at the 50-year mark so it's a little early to retire, but with a little maneuvering we thought we could make the transition happen.
The first thing to do was to find a house with some acreage. We had already decided that we wanted to relocate to the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area, so we booked a flight to Seattle at the end of January and packed our bags.
(Since we were now officially "on a budget", we flew into Seattle rather than Spokane to save some money. And because I've never been to Seattle and wanted to see the sights. Hey, you have to fit in some vacationing in there somewhere, right?)
We scheduled a week-long trip, planning to fly into Seattle and drive six hours to Spokane. If you've ever driven across the state of Washington, you know that it's not for the faint of heart in the middle of winter because you're crossing the Cascade mountain range. We got lucky with mild weather and rented a Kia Soul for the week, because it is an economy car and we're now on a budget. (Later in the week we were wishing we'd opted for the 4-wheel drive upgrade.)
Halfway across the state, just past Ellensburg, we were in a really windy stretch of I-90 and I was filming with my Flip video camera (one of my favorite gadgets ever). Suddenly something crashed into the roof of the car and when we stopped to check what had happened, we realized that the wind had ripped a piece of trim off of our rental car.
We searched through a mile of scrub brush along the highway until we found it, snapped it back on, and were back on our way. We laughed about it all the way to Spokane, how it was such a crazy thing to happen and how lucky we were to actually find the piece.
That night we ended up staying at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Casino, about a half hour southeast of Spokane. We stayed at a few other places during our trip, but this turned out to be our favorite, even though it was a bit out of the way for us.
|Image from www.visitidaho.org|
Here's a video of our first day's adventures. Pay attention to the weather as the day progresses, from rain to snow to sunshine, and the way the gorgeous countryside transitions from mountains to prairies. And please ignore my double chin...
Tune in later in the week for the rest of our house-hunting story.