Hi, I am super excited to announce the new changes in my business as well as a little sad. I will be closing down Shining Relationships with Kaylee Shadows. First off, I have loved doing Shining Relationships and enjoyed the people I have met and the people I have helped. I think one of my favorite memories is when I spoke at a suicide prevention rally at a high school in Spokane Washington. This is an area that touches my heart and I want to be able to help in. I have enjoyed the many conversations with couples who have needed advice and the people who have come to me to learn more about loving themselves. This is the part that makes me sad. However, I have not made this decision lightly, but I know in my heart it is time. I have been stretched so thin between relationships and traveling that I am not giving myself or anyone the attention that is needed. As much as I love relationships and the work I have done there, I know that I love traveling more. I also have seen that this is an area that I can help people a ton. I can help people travel and take vacations on any budget. I can help those families take their kids on trips they never thought they would be able to. What about the couple who wants to take a honeymoon but thinks they can’t afford it? Yes, they can, and I can help. This is my calling, and this is where I am needed. I am shifting away from Shining Relationships and focusing on Thrifty Traveling. I hope you continue to stay with me through this, but I can understand if this area is not for you. If so, you can either unsubscribe or unfollow my work and there will be no hard feelings. However, if you are interested in great tips and deals on traveling then stay with me. You will notice the change of everything very soon. For those of you who are still wanting relationship stuff I will still be posting stuff on my website www.kayleeshadows.comunder relationships and I will still have my Let Your Light Shine Facebook group that you can join if you haven’t already. My relationship advice podcast with my husband will also continue so you can listen to that or watch it on YouTube. Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you on this adventure as well.
Whether you are a fan of ghost towns or just a fan of old towns then this trip is for you. Ghost towns are deserted towns with few or no remaining occupants. These are great for history buffs and people who like to see things from before their time. These towns are usually filled with spirit energy and if you are a ghost hunter this is the place to be.
Ghost Towns are awesome and a lot of fun if you are into that kind of thing. Washington State is full of many towns that have been abandoned or small towns that have very little life left in them.
If you are up for a drive then this 8-hour road trip would be perfect for you. This ghost town map has been circling around for years but for the first time you will see up to date photos and details of these ghost towns, so grab a friend and some snacks and hit the road.
There are seven locations to visit on this trip and it will take roughly 8 to 12 hours depending on your starting location. This can be done in one day or split into two days if you prefer. If you are going to camp over for a night then be sure to go in the warmer months because some of these locations are close to Canada and very cold during certain times of the year.
Being that these are ghost towns you will need to use Google Maps to find them and it would be wise to print out or save pictures of the trip because there will be many times you will find yourself without service during this trip. Be safe and travel wisely.
Your first stop if you are traveling along Highway Two is Govan. This town used to be a ranching community in the 1800’s. This town is basically deserted with only a few people left there. It is also surrounded by fields and many farmers. There are a few structures including abandoned houses, a post office, and an abandoned school that is frequently visited by a crow. This town has a super creepy feeling especially around the school house. If you look under the front entrance of the school you will find a special wooden memorial box.
The second stop is Sherman which is only 15 miles from Govan. This town used to be a great place to live back in the late 1800’s, but eventually was abandoned. There is still a beautiful standing church and cemetery there. Take a stroll through the cemetery at the top of the hill and see what is left of this town.
Your third stop is Bodie which is completely abandoned but still has quite a few standing buildings left. Bodie used to be an old mining town in the late 1800’s. There are many log buildings still left but watch for bears as they leave their tracks all over. This old town has a creepy feeling as you walk through but it is a must see on this trip. As you leave from Bodie to head to your next destination you will see quite a few old building a long the way. This is one area that you may lose signal at, so make sure you have your map ready for you will miss the turn to Chesaw.
You are about half way done with your ghost town adventure and your next stop is Chesaw. There isn’t much to see in this old town as there are only a few buildings standing. This is one place you can drive right through on your trip as there isn’t a whole lot to see. There are some people still living here and making use of the old buildings, so this is a great place to get that old town feel in.
This is your 5th stop along this trip and by far the best town out of all seven. Molson is very close to the Canadian border. This town was a big deal in the early 1900’s and the town developed well. It was short lived and eventually the population fell to 12. This town has been made a historical site and even has a open museum. There are pioneer buildings and old artifacts that you can touch. They even have turned the old school house into a museum that is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
This is the sixth stop along the way and just like Chesaw this could be left off your map as well. This small ghost town now has a population of 10 and there isn’t a whole lot to see. This town was once a hopping place to be back in the 1900’s but now it just has a few old buildings and you will leave with the feeling that you just trespassed on someone’s land. If you do decide to drive through here, remember that people are still living here and probably outside.
You made it! This is the last stop along the way before you head home. However, you might just want to head home and not stop at this one. There is not much left here as the old buildings that used to stand have now been blown down. This town is hard to get to and has many dirt roads. If you decide to stop you will see a bunch of old pottery and old metals, as well as a few standing buildings.
You did it! Time to go home and relax from the trip through Washington. There are many more ghost towns to see and visit all over the country. Are you up for it?
One question I am asked a lot is “What is the most important thing you need while traveling?” This is kind of funny to me because I feel like a lot of things are a must need while traveling like identification and money. However, one thing I find extremely important is a messenger bag or satchel bag depending on what you call them. I have one and now I am getting one for my husband photography business.
I started using one of these after my twins were born because I need the freedom of both hands. Any of you who have more than one child knows exactly what I mean. This continued to be something I did even now that the boys are old enough to walk without holding my hand. When I am on vacation I love that it hangs by my side and I can easily put stuff inside it or take it out. It also makes a nice holder for my coat when I get to warm. I just drape it over the bag and it fits perfectly.
My husband has started running into the problem of needing all his camera gear with him but his regular camera backpack is a pain to carry around plus the time it takes to open it and get what he needs is crazy. He has missed so many shots just because of that.
I have found some amazing deals on these bags so don’t think you need to spend a ton of money. You can get these in any style or color. Here are a few of my top selection.
Whatever bag you choose make sure it has the long strap so you can have it go across your body for more security. You don’t want it slipping off your arm all the time.
Traveling is my specialty and if you are someone who loves to travel especially outside of the United States then I high recommend buying an international travel power adapter. This will help you a bunch for charging your phone, laptop and anything else. I even found one on Amazon for a great price.
Click here or on the picture to get a great item for all your travels.