Jul 28 2009
Back in March, I took a trip out to Washington to visit a few people, one of whom is my dear friend Suzy Tonini. Suzy and her husband Ron moved from Bend, OR to Bellingham last year and just couldn’t say enough good things about it, so I wanted to check out what all the buzz was about. Even though I was only there for one day, and it was pretty damp and overcast, I found it to be beautiful, cozy, and some place I wanted to check out again. When I left, I told Suzy that I wanted to come back out in the summertime and see if I still loved Bellingham as much. I visited Washington earlier this month to visit my significant other in Richland and also spent a week working from Suzy and Ron’s place (which by the way has the most gorgeous view of Bellingham Bay and some amazing sunsets!), and confirmed my love affair with the area. I set about looking at places to rent and settled on a cute place just north of Suzy with a gorgeous mountain lake view.
Those who know me know my love of the water (I grew up in Southwest FL 15 minutes from the beach), and living in landlocked Ohio for the last 7 years has given me the itch to get back to some water. As much as I love the friendships I have developed in Cincinnati, I feel it’s time for me to try a new place on for size.
I am going to seriously miss the social media community I’ve come to love here in the ‘Nati, but I am looking forward to embracing a new one in Bellingham. To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t a lot going on there right now with regards to social media, so it might be a fantastic opportunity to get something started. I welcome advice from anyone who has been on the ground floor of developing an interest in social media in your cities. I think Suzy and I will have a blast building this in Bellingham!
So, on to the important stuff! Below is a map of the travel route I am planning to take to get out there. It is a daunting trip, covering nearly 2,500 miles, but it looks like it’s taking me through some really beautiful places, including Montana, a state I’ve never seen. I know that many of you live along this route, and if I’ll be cruising through or near your town, let me know and we’ll see if we can meet up! I especially know there are lots of you in Minneapolis – I’d LOVE to get together with all of you on my way through. Let me know how we can make that work…
I am planning to move at the very end of August, or over Labor Day weekend (1st weekend in September) depending on what my current landlord will allow. Either way, it will be sometime between August 28th and September 3rd. I received confirmation from my landlord that I can stay in my current place until 9/4, so I will be leaving Cincinnati on Friday, September 4th and plan to arrive in Bellingham on Labor Day (September 7th).
For my friends in Ohio, I hope that I’ll get to see you at least one more time before I leave. I will miss this area for sure, but as I still have family here I’m sure I’ll be back to visit from time to time And…I hope that some of you will come out to visit me in Bellingham! There is so much to do out there – skiing on Mt. Baker, mountain biking, clamming and crabbing in the summertime, and I have to say that the food is SO fresh and delicious! Plus, it’s located 1 1/2 hours north of Seattle and an hour south of Vancouver (location of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) so I will have easy access to some interesting cities. My door is always open, so please come visit.
I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life – there will be so many new experiences to be had for sure!