Oct 042017

Once upon a time a young married couple moved into their dream home.  

They imagined they would live there forever, happily ever after.

Then reality set in, 18 years later — 18 years in one home is a really long time.

Like. A really, really long time (at least for this couple).  

Sure they had exciting road trip adventures with their Airstream travel trailer, but when not traveling — they longed for something more.  Something was missing from their day-to-day lives.  During those 18 years together, life became routine as it typically does.  
Wake > Work  > Home > Cook > Clean > Sleep > *repeat*

Life began to feel, stagnant?  Boring?  It was lacking . . . something . . . 

They found themselves thinking ahead and discussing what their retirement years together would look like.  Where would they end up?  Albeit, retirement was still a world away —  it was an exhilarating topic to discuss.  Hawaii (where she grew up)? Eastern Washington (where he spent many fun filled summers at the family cabin)?  Or how about the San Juan Islands of Washington State (where they both spent time creating sweet memories, together).  But of course.  There was no question.

Of course it had to be San Juan Island

Then one day this past summer, they, along with their young teenage son, were hiking along a forested path in the woods on their beloved island.  The couple was once again casually chatting about living on island *one day* when their son said, “But why wait mom and dad? I wouldn’t mind living here?” he continued . . . “I want to be surrounded by nature, I feel so bored at our home now.  I want to make new friends that share my outdoor enthusiasm . . . Please?”

The couple abruptly stopped in their tracks, and looked at each other and then at their son.  They were bewildered for sure . . . and in a moment  . . . EXCITED . . . (excited!)

And that my friends, is that.  They found a beautiful home perched above the Salish Sea where Humpback and Orca whales come to play while eagles soar high above.  They found a home on an island that is home to a plethora of organic farms that grow some of the biggest and vibrant, robust  fruits and vegetables.  They found a home on island that offers up miles upon miles of beaches to explore and forested trails to hike that reward with spectacular sweeping views.  But best of all, they found a home on an island that will offer up new adventures to be had for a long time to come.

Non-stop outdoor adventures and culinary discoveries every-single-day?  

Why not?

So this is why I have been MIA here on J5MM over this entire past summer.  It has been a whirlwind of getting our home ready to sell (18 years worth of stuff now PURGED.  I’ve never felt better about letting things go) to closing on the island home to signing up for a cute little studio on the mainland (I still work a bit during the week).  All in all, everything has fallen into place as we had hoped.

I look forward to sharing our island life adventures with you, Airstream style too — we have big plans for our silver girl.  I can hardly wait to share more of that with you.  

I hope you had a lovely summer.  Here’s to new adventures 💙 

~ Monica xx

Jun 102014

Anacortes ferry landing via J5MM.com

Sometimes when life gets super busy, it helps me to sit down and take note of everything happening around me.   The last two weekends for us have been spent up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The purpose of our first visit was to reconnect with friends and have a party in their honor back at our camp.   I wanted everything to be perfect so I worked very hard on that trip for a couple of months prior.  The party went off without a hitch and so many wonderful things happened that weekend that I really look forward to sharing with you.


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May 082014

When traveling with an RV there are many benefits to be had.  Take for example the fact that you have all the comforts of home with you including a fully equipped kitchen.  Sure it’s probably smaller than your kitchen at home, but with a little organization and planning, you can easily whip up the same healthy meals you do for your family at home, but on the road.

My Travel Trailer Kitchen

What’s better is that you’re actually on the road.  Traveling.  Exploring.  Seeking out new adventures.  Can you imagine a better way to experience the “here and now,” than visiting a local market where you just happen to be seeking out the freshest, in season goodies to cook a meal with?  Take it to the next level and talk to some locals shopping in the market.  Ask them how they like to cook those “in season” ingredients.  More often than not, you’ll make a new friend and come back to your RV inspired, ready to cook. Continue reading »

Dec 262013


Ever since bringing home our Airstream in 2010 it has somewhat become a tradition to spend the cozy Thanksgiving holiday in the San Juan Islands – specifically Orcas Island.   Year after year we return with the longing of peace, relaxation and just taking things easy next to the Salish Sea.

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Jun 062013

You can spend an eternity in the San Juan Islands and it still would not give you enough time to discover everything these magical islands have to offer.  As we continue our spring trips and postings here on J5MM I would like to share with where we were this time, last year :) 

This weekend we are heading to Hood Canal to stay at a really cute RV park called, “Rest a While” where we are hoping to get some clams that I can cook for dinner.  Part 3 of our Olympic Peninsula Loop is also coming soon — hopefully tomorrow!

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