Hello Friends. It has been a while since our last post. We hope that you are well and surviving these uncertain times. The first half of 2020 has packed quite a punch with its pandemic, political ridiculousness, economic turmoil, protests, riots, and natural disasters (record heat in the Arctic, historic Saharan dust cloud, and murder hornets, oh my!) Hmm…makes me wonder what the second half of the year will bring. We’ve experience quite a bit of personal loss this year (three family members as of July 3rd), but we are otherwise well and have much to be grateful for. It has certainly been an uncertain feeling time though. Washington State restrictions had us sheltering in place for much of the spring, but we had plenty to keep us busy at home.
Safe and Busy at Home
When we returned home last winter, we had no idea exactly how glad we’d be for the safety and security of our sticks and bricks home after four months of freedom and adventure on the road. Over the spring months, our rural area fared significantly better than most in regards to number of COVID cases and supply shortages. We had the cupboard, refrigerator, and freezer space to stock up on critical items and we had a big house to stretch out and each have our own space.
Washington State was one of the first in the nation to impose COVID-related restrictions. Schools, non-essential businesses, non-essential travel, state lands, fishing, hunting—one by one they shut down and in many ways it felt like the world came to a standstill. Despite the restrictions, little changed for us. We had too much on our “To Do List” to feel impacted. I volunteered for a temporary project at work and spent the spring earning extra money to pay for our RV’s massive power system upgrade, a project that has consumed Jason’s time for three months. We’ve also been busy packing our belongings in preparation of moving out of our sticks and bricks home later this summer—the final step in our transition to full time RVers.
Selway River Backpack
In early April, before the tightest restrictions hit, we took a quick overnight backpack up the Selway River in North Central Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. We found ideal social distancing conditions. Over two days, we only saw a handful of other hikers and we had a huge beach all to ourselves. Nighttime temperatures dropped into the 30s, but the days were ideal with sunny skies and 70 degrees. Sitting on our beach listening to the peaceful sounds of the river and watching osprey and mergansers, it was hard to believe what chaos our world was in.
With our local state and federal lands largely closed to visitation due to COVID restrictions, we had to get creative with fitness. We’re fortunate to have a well-developed network of paved trails along our local rivers and we were able to put boots to the dirt at Hells Gate State Park and Chief Timothy Wildlife Refuge. Still, we were thrilled when state lands opened back up and we were able to wander up nearby Asotin, Lick, and Charley creeks, some of our favorite local spring destinations.
Goodbye to Our Beloved Jake
In May we had to say goodbye to our beloved ragdoll cat, Jake. Jake had been aging faster than his brother for the past few years and had recently lost a lot of weight. We ruled out all causes that could be reasonably controlled through diet and/or medication. By March, I knew his time was short and we just enjoyed the time we had left with him. His loss has left a hole in our hearts, but we are also left with many wonderful memories. Miss you buddy.
I recently spent some time giving our Amazon store a makeover. Did you know that by accessing Amazon through the links on our website, you get Amazon’s everyday low pricing and they share a little with us? You don’t even need to purchase one of the linked items—all purchases apply! This helps offset the costs associated with maintaining Evans Outdoor Adventures and is much appreciated!
Our store is now divided into an RV Store (RV and travel related gear) and an Adventure Store (trail related gear) for easier shopping. From our home page, just click on the store links and shop away! All featured items are things we use and recommend to our family and friends.