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Let The Summer Vacation Begin!


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.

summer vacation west seattle

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.)

Seattle summer trip UFO sighting

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!

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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he hated the corporate BS. He left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. At Retire by 40, Joe focuses on financial independence, early retirement, investing, saving, and passive income.

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  • My Financial Independence Journey May 24, 2013, 2:18 am

    Sounds like a fun collection of trips. I hope it gives you a needed recharge.

    I can sympathize with you about the burnout feeling. I’ve been going pretty strong for the last 4-5 months, but I’m feeling a little bit burned out now as well.

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:05 am

      The burnout seems to come and go. I just push through it for the most part. Soon I’ll have more ideas and it’ll be easier again.

  • Pretired Nick May 24, 2013, 3:28 am

    I’m glad you had a great time here in Seattle, Joe! Hopefully we’ll have a little more time to hang out next time!

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:05 am

      I’ll give you more notice next time. 🙂

  • Baby RB40 may have to change his name to Boy RB40. He is looking rather tall.

  • Justin May 24, 2013, 6:12 am

    Humboldt Redwoods are beautiful. No reservation needed in summer. We did it last year. It is not the beach but beautiful none the less. Good luck.

  • Kurt @ Money Counselor May 24, 2013, 8:08 am

    We like to get down to Seattle too. Maybe one day we’ll make it all the way to Portland and we can hook up for a beer.

    Yes, it’s a bit scary to think people might actually be making big decisions based in part on what we bloggers write! :-0

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:07 am

      I’ll look forward to your visit. 🙂 I’m sure we’ll make it up to Vancouver someday and will let you know before we come up.

  • John S @ Frugal Rules May 24, 2013, 8:16 am

    We’re not doing much this summer as we have a few trips planned for next year. We may take a long weekend trip somewhere local but nothing beyond that really. I have always wanted to visit Seattle, but I have only flown through. Have a great weekend!

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:08 am

      Local trips are a lot of fun too. Have a great weekend!

  • sin camisa May 24, 2013, 8:17 am

    I am unlucky enough to be looking for a home in the Seattle area. And we will have to shoot higher than asking if we want to win. We are looking on the Eastside (kirkland, just north of Bellevue) trying at mid/high $200s for a 2 bedroom townhome. With Amazon becoming a bigger employer than Microsoft and MSFT still at full hiring, this area has become solid. We are becoming San Francisco.

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:09 am

      The bidding seems crazy to me. I don’t like that way of doing business at all. I’d rather just pay the asking price.

      • Steve May 30, 2013, 9:58 am

        Renting is always an option, too!

      • sin camisa May 31, 2013, 8:16 am

        Oh, me too. But where we need to live (my wife needs public transportation), it’s a bidding war for anything under $300K (which is our very top limit). Sure, we can stay and rent; but that is throwing away about $8K per year ($15000 for rent minus the taxes, fees, etc, if we buy).

  • krantcents May 24, 2013, 9:11 am

    Vacations are great! We are going to the Central coat in July with family and friends. It is almost a reunion because we used to go there about 25 years ago. We may do the annual trip to New York too, but maybe not.

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:10 am

      I like the central coast. It’s a lot less busy than Southern CA. We are used to less people now.

  • SavvyFinancialLatina May 24, 2013, 9:21 am

    I have been feeling pretty burnout too. Not necessarily with my blog, but with work in general. Oh darn, only 23 and burned out. I’m so glad it’s a 3 day weekend! No work for 3 days!
    Work has been stressful lately. Several frustrating projects are causing me to lose my mind. How do people do this for forty+ years???? I don’t understand how they are just so calm….I’m not.

    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:12 am

      Sorry to hear that! Hope you get some rest this long weekend. Stress is not good. I used to feel like my life is shorten each day I’m stressed out. What a crappy feeling…

  • Financial Samurai May 24, 2013, 9:50 am

    That water tower is a great UFO sighting!

    It’s weird why we feel burnout online given all we are doing is typing for several hours on a keyboard and that’s it. It’s not like we have to commute to work, deal with performance and office politics. Weird yeah?

    I want to make this summer a blast. A couple business/vacation trips for the blog to discover the world!


    • retirebyforty May 24, 2013, 10:14 am

      That’s the Space Needle! 🙂
      I guess doing the same thing over and over will give you that burnout feeling.
      I’m sure we just need a little break to recharge. Have a great summer!

  • [email protected] May 24, 2013, 11:05 am

    Looking forward to being on the West Coast as well, in sunny Northern California.

  • Martin May 24, 2013, 4:09 pm

    It’s funny because I never plan anything for the summer lol. In the winter/fall I do all of my traveling. In the summer I just try to enjoy warm temperature in Canada. Sadly, it might be in the negatives tonight lol!

  • Martin May 24, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Great review and nice seeing you guys getting in touch together. If you ever happen traveling thru Colorado, you can stop by too :).

    I just liked Nick’s FB page. He seems to start it recently so I wasn’t aware of his FB page.

    Well, great vacation review, we just planned Disneyland this summer (yea, kids where nagging too much) and Yellowstone at the end of Agust.

  • Mike May 25, 2013, 6:38 am

    Have you tried outlining your posts in a composition book? That seems to help me some. BTW, I love the photos and the trips that you have planned for this year! Unfortunately I don’t have anything planned for myself this year.

  • My Multiple Incomes May 25, 2013, 9:27 am

    It’s good that you were able to have fun. Don’t worry about the burnt out, it’ll go away once you found the necessary boost to continue doing what you love.

  • CelloMom May 26, 2013, 4:43 am

    We all need a vacation! – and, in my opinion, two weeks a year is not enough; just one of those ways work in the corporate world is short-changing us.
    I’m working on a car-free vacation for this summer; this time it’s not about saving dollars but about saving carbon emissions. Train travel is more expensive than going by car, but a lot less expensive than hiring a chauffeur 😉 It’s also more flexible: my brother and his girlfriend are joining us (on the same train) for the first week, but go off on their own after that. If we insisted on driving I’d have to rent a van and we’d be stuck with it all the holiday.

    • retirebyforty May 29, 2013, 12:02 am

      I know. Why can’t we get 6 weeks vacation like the Germans. 🙂
      I like train travel too, but it is just so slow. I guess we can do more of that now that we have plenty of time.

  • Joe May 28, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I’m in Seattle, hit me up next time you come visit! I have a daughter about the same age as Baby RB40.

    • retirebyforty May 28, 2013, 11:57 pm

      I’ll be sure to do that. We really need a good Blogger Directory.

      • Joe May 29, 2013, 10:16 am

        Good idea!

      • Steve May 30, 2013, 8:39 pm

        Do I need to have a blog to join in?

        • retirebyforty May 31, 2013, 3:18 pm

          Do you live in Seattle too? Next time I have to announce it here before we go up. 🙂
          We’ll stay a bit longer too. One night was just too tight to do much except seeing families and friends.

  • thepotatohead May 28, 2013, 6:27 pm

    Camping at the beach sounds fun. I just went camping on the Appalachian Trail over Memorial Day, can’t beat fire and smores 🙂

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