We gathered with Jim and Jan for coffee in our trailer for half an hour this morning, then said our goodbyes. It was wonderful to see them again, and we’re eager to make it work to see them in May on our way to Alaska.
We left Kalamath Falls at 8am and headed west only 90 minutes to our first stop for the day. Our daughter Mackenzie is married to Matt, who grew up in Medford, Oregon. Both of his parents still live there, and we haven’t seen them in quite awhile. We met Matt’s father Bob at a coffee shop at 9:30 and had a nice hour-and-a-half visit, catching up a bit on our travels, his work and other family activities. We then moved on to gas up the truck and pick up Matt’s mother Jeri at her office. We had lunch at a nearby café and had more conversation about travels, our kids and family. They’re expecting their first grandchild in Seattle this summer (Matt’s brother and his wife) so we won’t be surprised if we see them in our area more often starting then! It was nice to catch up and we were pleased they could take time out of their busy work days to visit with us.
We left Medford at 1:00 uncertain how far we’d go, and by 5:00 in Corvallis, OR we were tired and ready to pull off I-5. We arrived at our campground under sunny skies with a temp of 70, so spent a very nice hour sitting outside and reviewing the past 3 months, reminiscing about how much fun we’ve had! So this is our last night in the Arctic Fox for awhile.
Tomorrow we’ll be home by mid-afternoon! We can’t wait to see family and friends again and start planning the next adventure to Alaska beginning the third week of May. We don’t generally post to our blog except when we’re traveling, though occasionally a photo or two gets added, but we hope you’ll join us again in May as we drive up through British Columbia and the Northwest Territories of Canada, then into Alaska for our first 6-week trip there. We’ve been getting some great tips on traveling to Alaska from one of our blog readers we’ve never met before. They will be Camp Hosts on the Kenai Peninsula for the summer, so if we get that far, we hope to meet them. It’s wonderful how a blog can bring people together. Happy travels!