Yay! It is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer! The weather has been crappy this week in Portland, but I’m sure it will warm back up soon enough. I’m having a serious case of Spring Fever and I can’t stop thinking about all our trips we are planning this summer. We are just taking road trips this year, but they will be a ton of fun.
Summer vacation plan
We decided to take a trip every month this summer. Check it out.
- May – Seattle. We had to get out of town and took the opportunity to visit friends and Mrs. RB40’s cousin.
- June – 2 weeks in Northern California and Central Coast. My brother and his wife just had a new baby and we are very excited to meet him. We’re also taking a trip down to Santa Barbara with our friends for a week.
- July – Camping at the beach. I need to book a campsite ASAP!
- August – A weekend in Leavenworth, WA. The entire town center is modeled after a Bavarian Village.
- September – I wanted to rent a fire lookout tower for a few nights, but it’s too late for this now. I’ll have to remember to book 8-9 months in advance next year. Maybe we’ll go to a hot spring instead.
Actually I have been feeling a little burned out lately. I’m sure all bloggers go through this phase once in a while. I have been having a hard time coming up with new article ideas and it’s taking me longer to write. I have been going full speed ahead with blogging for about a year now and we haven’t had a long vacation since last summer. Our Seattle trip was fun, but it was just an overnighter.
Seattle is only 3 hours away and we have been there many times already. Usually we hang out near downtown, but this time we decided to branch out a bit. We concentrated on seeing friends and new neighborhoods instead of going to the main tourist attractions.
I knew Pretired Nick lives in Seattle so I sent him an email to see if he’d like to meet up. We got into town at 11:30am and met up with Nick at Ercolini Park in West Seattle. It’s always great to meet like minded people and all that was missing was a beer (next time). 🙂 Check out Nick’s theory on early retirement – Pretirement. Anyway, it turned out that Retire By 40 was quite influential to Nick’s decision to quit his job and start blogging about his pretirement journey. Wow, I’m actually impacting lives! I’d better step up my game.
Please help Nick out with Pretired.org’s Facebook page – he only has 2 likes right now. 🙁
Baby RB40 had a great time at the playground and we had to pry him away to have lunch. The waitress told us about Alki Beach so we went to check it out. I didn’t know Seattle had a big beach like this and we had a great time just walking around. Baby RB40 spent over an hour throwing rocks into the Puget Sound (one of his favorite pastimes.)
Then we found another playground nearby and he’s off again. What’s really cool about the parks here is the community toys like tricycles available for the kids. Kids can play with those toys in the park and they have a lot of fun with them. We don’t have anything like that in our area.
After that we went to Bellevue to meet up with a friend that we were crashing with. Bellevue is new and shiny, but it seems characterless. We like West Seattle much better. Our friend is looking to buy a home and the market sounds crazy in the Seattle area. Her realtor told her to bid $50,000 more than the $460,000 asking price of this home she likes. That’s a huge markup. I’m so glad I’m not looking for a home right now.
Back to West Seattle
The next morning we drove back to West Seattle to meet up with Mrs. RB40’s cousin. Baby RB40 took a little time to reacquaint himself with his 5 year old cousin, but they had a lot of fun once he got comfortable. We played in the backyard kicking soccer balls around and spent a lot of time catching up. After that we had lunch and drove back to Portland.
All in all, a quick trip, but it was a ton of fun. We didn’t spend much money either because our main purpose was to meet up with friends and family. That’s our theme this year. We intend to catch up with our family and friends as much as we can. Everyone should meet Baby RB40 while he is still fun before he becomes a sullen teenager.
Total cost: $143.77 – two meals and a tank of gas. We saved by staying with friends. Mrs. RB40’s cousin also treated us to lunch. Not bad for a weekend getaway.
Now I’m really looking forward to visiting California. What are your summer plans this year? Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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