We can definitely understand why Brian and Leigh bought these 20 acres near Tonasket, WA. It is so quiet, peaceful, remote, and relaxing to be here. They apologized for it being boring here, but that is just what we needed.
We’ve hiked at least 2 to 5 miles every day, and although Jim’s leg is not completely pain free, the hiking isn’t making it worse, and each day it’s feeling a bit better. We love being in a place where you can just take off and walk for miles.
Some of the neighbors are a bit protective of their property, and we’ve only been chased by three mad dogs.
We ordered a few things to be delivered since Fed Ex and UPS come right to the property. Yesterday our new Kurt bike rack arrived, a clamp-on hitch rack that we put on the Lazy Daze tow bar so we have a place to store the bikes rather than leave them on the car rack or lock them to a picnic table or whatever else we can find. We won’t travel with them on there but at least they will be up off the ground, won’t get splashed with mud if it rains, and can be covered and securely locked to the RV. Leaving the bikes on the car all the time just gets them filthy, since we frequently drive on dirt roads, and we don’t like them being on there when we leave the car at trailheads for hours.
The cleaning and adjustments Jim did to the brake controller connections seems to have resolved the problem we had a couple weeks ago. We drove here from Newhalem towing the car and had no issues with the car tires overheating, but we are still taking the car in next Wednesday to finally get the indicator light repaired. It’s what lets us know the brake is actually working, as it lights up when the brake engages. It’s been non-functional for a couple years so we have no way of knowing if the car brake is actually engaging. Last year our friend Lydia diagnosed the problem as being with the connections in the car, but Jim wasn’t able to figure out how to repair it himself, so we hope to finally get it fixed.
Other than that we picked up some good veggies at the farmer’s market in Tonasket, and we’ve had a great time sharing vegan meals and adult beverages with Brian, Leigh, and Kerri each evening. Brian and Leigh are heading out today but we are staying around until Monday. Since their cellular antenna and amplifier is going with them we will be out of touch for a couple days until we work our way back to civilization near Spokane.
It will be hard to leave.
By the way, check out the great shot Leigh got of the Northern Lights the other night. We were out stargazing a little earlier but missed it.