Too Much Stuff

North Cascades Highway, WA

North Cascades Highway, WA

North Cascades Highway, WA

North Cascades Highway, WA

A road trip to Utah and back was needed to clean out our storage unit that housed bicycles, books and backpacks. Unfortunately we have a second storage unit in Indiana. Five years ago we sold or gave away most of what we owned with the exception of my wife’s favorite chair, treasured books, photo albums, biking/camping gear, a suitcase each of clothing, kitchen utensils, tools and a few more bicycles. It is all sitting in a five by ten storage unit with room to spare within eyesight of I-70.

Central Oregon, North of Bend Oregon.

Central Oregon, North of Bend.

Hamley's, working with cowboys since 1883, Oregon

Hamley’s, working with cowboys since 1883, Oregon

I remember reading, prior to our becoming vagabonds, that when you return from your travels most of what you put in storage you won’t want or need. Sitting here in Washington looking at the list of things we have in Indiana I now know how wise that advice was. Over the years we have replaced most of the clothing we have in storage and the kitchen and home furnishings are so easy and cheap to find in resale shops in Bellingham it doesn’t make financial sense to ship them from Indiana. Plus our present home is not the same style as our previous one. So in hindsight I wish I had gotten rid of more things five years ago when it was easier. Perhaps you can learn from my mistake.

Another dry lake in northern California

Another dry lake in northern California

Lake Tahoe after a storm. CA

Lake Tahoe after a storm. CA

But if you are looking to move things cross-country and you do not want to drive a U-Haul trunk a few thousands miles you might like to use their pod-like service. You fill a pod with your junk and they deliver it to your new home. They will also store it in the pod until you are ready to pick it up. This works for us, a cheap round trip ticket to Indy and someone else does the driving. In our case the pod service is also cheaper than us driving.

North/central California

North/central California

That said the road trip from Washington to Utah and back was fun and everything fit in the SUV. I hope you enjoy the photographs.

Stopping in for coffee. Nevada

Stopping in for coffee. Nevada

Hot sauce and souvenirs. Really?

Brothel – Hot sauce and souvenirs. Really?

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6 replies

  1. I particularly like the photos form the North Cascades Highway. I’ve made that trip many times but it’s aways good to see a reminder of how beautiful that area is.

  2. Hi Tom, Right on ! Excellent advice . Of course ,Think what you can gather in 96 years . Moving from a house to a small apt. In Glen Eddy was a help . L.

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  3. Keep the kitten and call him Bob 2.

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