Our first, and only family photo I think we’ve ever taken in front of our store on Broadway.
Jared saying goodbye to the store as we lock the doors for the last time:
One last photo toward the North as we drove across the bridge leading out of Skagway:
And then the camera started taking photos that looked like this:
Thus, the end of photos for awhile.

We left Wednesday around noon, and instead of taking our typical 3-day drive South, we decided to gun it. We drove through the night, and the entire next day, and arrived on the Oregon Coast 37 hours later. The kids managed fairly well, considering, although Jared barely survived the trek (I’m not as much help driving as I’d like to be…I don’t know how anyone can drive when they’re tired)!

Ella managed to interrupt our cat naps about every 30 minutes throughout the night with scream such as this, “Ow!! Ow!!! My leg!!” (her legs kept falling asleep, and she did NOT like that sensation!). So, even though Jared and I were trying to switch off, neither one of us got quality sleep.

However, our dilligence allowed us to arrive in Seaside Oregon in time for a family reunion with Jared’s immediate family, which included his 4 siblings and their spouses, his parents, and a total of 10 screaming kids/cousins for the weekend! It was great!

And besides, we saved quite a bit of money on hotels, AND lots of time packing and unpacking the van…that alone kept us motivated to keep driving!

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6 Responses to “Bye bye!!”

  1. WOW! What a crazy journey! I hope you're all feeling less sick, and can reflect on the fact that you're DONE! 🙂 On to bigger and better, yes? Coming to Vegas soon, I hope!

  2. I'm sad for you! But, what an incredible experience you have had. You will always look back on these memories with so many stories to tell. I've always been a bit envious of your adventures, but never of your hard work! Way to go and I can't wait to hear about your new adventures!

    And, PS, if you want to do a preschool someday–doesn't your family live in Mapleton or Springville? We live in Spanish Fork!

  3. I'll admit, I teared up a little to the see the empty store. I'm going to really miss Northstar Treasures in Skagway. It was my favorite Skagway store by far!

  4. you guys are the coolest! Are you guys hauling your bright orange trailer around with you on your crazy drive-all-over-the-country trip? Or did you guys ditch it in Alaska? 🙂 Glad you guys made it in time for the reunion!

  5. Oh boy, I just caught up on all your closing the store and leaving stuff. I hate change even if it's not bad change so I can imagine that this has been an emotional time. We'll be excited to see what's next for the Lybberts!

  6. Wow, so the next adventure begins! Let me know when you stop in Utah, I'd love to see you!

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