Did we mention in the last blog post how awesome of hosts Taryn and Seth were? [You guys rock!] Taryn ever-so-nicely dropped us off at the the on ramp of Hwy 5 and Hwy 101. Port Townsend in our future. With a sign in hand, we caught a ride within 10 minutes about 5 miles up the road. It appeared to not have much traffic, so we walked a mile up the highway to the next on-ramp. On the walk to the other ramp, we glanced to our right and caught a bald eagle, perched above the river. Freaking spectacular. Ok, we’re posted on the ramp, it’s raining (first time we busted out the raingear), it’s cold, someone’s got to pick us up. One must remember a crucial rule if they’re hitchhiking, PATIENCE. We caught a ride eventually, Nico, who greeted us with a 5 gallon bucket of chocolate. Yup, you read that right, 5 gallons of sea salt + almond chocolate. Organic at that. Just our kind. Nico said he’d take us all the way to Port Townsend, even though it was out of the way, he wanted to check out the beach. YES! Last hitch of the day. Another rule of patience when hitching, you’re first hitch of the day might not take you to your destination. Sometimes only 5 miles or so. But hey, at least you’re moving forward. Nico said he came from a primitive skills gathering, where he met some good friends of ours from Sailda, Jam and Sillian. (samandjillian.com) Small world… Another friend from Salida, Brenden, lived across the bay from Oak Harbor, which was a ferry and a bus ride away, only we had already missed the last bus… We’re pretty good at being late. You’d think by now that Mindy would stop stressing out so much when this happens. Everything always works out. Thanks to couchsurfing.com, we found a place to crash for the night. Jeff (rawmaste.org) kindly put us up for the night, in a pretty rad motorhome.
Next morning, we caught the ferry over to Whidby Island. Unfortunetly, Brenden couldn’t meet us, so we decided to bus to Bellingham. We hung out in Bellingham for 3 days with Chris. Chris lived in Colorado a few years ago and is a good friend of Blake’s from many nights of drinking and listening to Bob Dylan albums. You know, the good old times. It was a relaxing couple of days. Checked out Whatcom Falls, attempted to check out Mt. Baker, (we got severely rained out) and completed this website. Earlier in the week a friend of ours that lives in Vancouver, Etienne, texted about going to see Ott in Seattle. Ott had been on the to-see list for awhile. With a little convincing to Chris, who isn’t that into electronic music, we were off. Etienne, Lauriane (Etienne’s Girlfriend), Chris, Gypsy (Chris’s Sister), and us had a great time. The venue was called Neumos and it is in the heart of Capital Hill. The Capital Hill Area of Seattle is a really happening area. We recommend checking it out. Especially the park. This was pretty much our last adventure before heading to the great country of Canada. And of course we go out in style. The bus leaves at 8:30, Blake and Mindy show up at 8:28. We’re pretty good at being late. No stress this time, accepting everything that happens is meant to happen. We got hassled a wee bit at boarder control and kept the bus waiting again. Something about being from Colorado and marijuana being legal. Ya know, typical profiling. Finally, Canada!
If you are curious about Ott, or just want to groove, here is one of his songs.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. Let us know what you think. Also stay tuned for our travels through Canada. Most of the rest of out trip will be in the Rocky Mountains. I’m so excited to be back in the mountains. I’m not sure if you guys know but we love the mountains.