February 2016; Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter; February 2016


In February the Perfect Storm hit – in a good way.

Bob completed his TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Sonia received notice of a company-wide reduction in force, but if she volunteered for layoff she would receive a severance package with extended benefits. And, the housing market in our area reached a new high with house values soaring. And, all of this while we were contemplating how and when to start long term travel.

Well, those “how and when” answers have been given to us and we joked that the Universe is showing us the way. Sonia applied for voluntary layoff, we put the house on the market, and we’ve accelerated our plans for starting a nomadic life-style of long term travel. It’s scary and exhilarating at the same time.


In February Bob got the sea kayak out into Puget Sound finding an extraordinary island in a quiet bay with white sand beaches and spent the day watching bald eagles fishing while harbor seals swam up to inspect the kayak. We explored more of Seattle and, looking ahead, decided we would start our nomadic travels by spending the summer in the Pacific Northwest seeing things we haven’t had time for until now. We’ll house sit, camp and stay in Air B&Bs while we explore the mountains, go to concerts in Seattle, sea kayak through the San Juan Islands, tour the backroads of Washington and Oregon. Then, when the rains start in the fall, we’ll pack our old car with camping gear and head south through the red rock canyon lands of Utah to finally end up in Mexico for Christmas. After that, it’s on to South America for winter (their summer). At least that’s the plan for now.


Well, we discovered a lot this month. We’ve noticed throughout our lives that we are often given signs that tell us if we are heading in the right or wrong direction. Call it subconscious, destiny, or that little voice in the back of your mind; whatever you call it we all get signs now and again and we’ve learned not to ignore them.
The signs we received in February weren’t subtle; more like a club beating us over the head saying, “OK, if you’re going, now is the time.” And, though we love the Pacific Northwest, our passion is for exploring the world while we still can. We discovered long ago that despite all the planning and preparing, sometimes you just have to jump into the unknown, take that risk, and trust to your instincts. That’s how Sonia and I met each other in the first place and we’ve never regretted it.

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