June 24, 2014-July 19, 2014
|A lovely heirloom rose grown by my friend Marilyn|
We have envisioned all along that Bend, Oregon would be the place we would like to call home when we were ready to give up the motorhome. Two years ago, when we stayed in Bend for about six weeks, we discovered that the real estate was still affordable so we took advantage of it and bought a small townhome. In a perfect world, we could keep the motorhome and the house, but that would leave little money for fuel and campgrounds—let alone some other types of travel we intend to do. So, the plan is to take a year off from life on the road and see what it is like to live in this great town. (Admittedly, we are already planning winter getaways as we have not endured cold weather in a long time. . . .)
|A little glimpse of our new home in the Old Mill District of Bend|
|Vic giving me a look of disbelief as we packed up all our belongings in the motorhome|
|The cleaning for new owners never seemed to end as we found ourselves continually|
wiping everything down as we made the 900 mile trek to Billings
We both felt great about the new family who would be the second owners of our motorhome.They are a family of five who are very enthusiastic about creating memories together by camping and visiting many National Parks. The only big challenge in the sales agreement was timing and distance as they live in Iowa. The new owner Brent never even came to see the motorhome in person. I made a video of the exterior and interior and that was enough to convince him this was the motorhome for his family. We settled the distance issue by agreeing to meet each other halfway in Billings, Montana for the exchange. We drove the motorhome about 950 miles to meet the new owner, Brent, at the KOA in Billings.
|Meeting the new owner Brent was even better in person as he showed incredible patience|
with our two-hour review of all the workings of the motorhome
|Vic explains all the extra parts he had stashed away for emergency repairs|
Happily, we flew back to Portland from there so only had to do the drive one way. Brent even drove us to the airport in the motorhome. It was pretty emotional to walk away from such a beautiful part of our lives, but we know we can create these kind of memories again if we find we miss it too much.
|Brent, the new owner, drives the motorhome for the first time|
|Saying goodbye to the Big EZ at the Billings airport|
All these happenings have brought us to a fork in the road called Thank God We Have Generous Friends as we are staying at “Chez Cooks” in Corvallis until we can move into our Bend home in August. (Our plans had been to be stay at in the motorhome where we have parked behind their house the two previous summers but this time we needed a bedroom too!) The ironic part is they have their home on the market and are moving to California just a few days after we head to Bend. I guess we feel like kindred spirits facing such big changes in our lives.
|Last photo of the Big EZ at Chez Cook's RV pad|
While staying here we are catching up with our annual doctor and dentist appointments, visiting with old hometown friends, and taking short trips to some of our favorite places such as the nearby coast in Newport and Lincoln City.
|A memorable gathering of friends for dinner|
|Vic and the pooches pose for a moment during a wonderful walk|
along Nye Beach in Newport
Tomorrow we are heading off to Astoria, a three-hour drive from here, to spend time with my oldest son for five days. When we return, we plan to do some kayaking on the local rivers and get in some wine tasting excursions in the luscious Willamette Valley.
|Our last lovely campsite in the Big EZ along the Clark Fork River|
in Clinton, Montana before meeting the new owner in Billings
Now that we no longer have the Big EZ, I plan to bring the blog to a close around the time we actually move in to our new home. I am not quite ready to say goodbye. Our big transition will seem more real when we actually take up residence in the house and start planning new adventures as retirees in Bend.