We’re spending the last night of our incredible odyssey on the Texas side of Texarkana. It’s a beautiful night and it’s the last evening we’ll follow the travel routine we’ve all settled into these last six weeks and two days. The longest we’ve stayed in one place was three nights. We’ve covered a lot of ground. We’ll calculate the actual miles when we get home.
There are things I will miss. It was surreal to travel around the country in our own little house for that length of time. The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. Our plans were flexible enough to take advantage of the opportunities we had to spend time with friends and family, yet we did almost everything we set out to do in the time we had alotted.
The weather cooperated and we benefited from a tremendous amount of good luck as we made decisions about the RV park locations. It got pretty tense a couple of times when places filled up days ahead of a weekend. We had our three dogs and the cat to consider as well, so proximity to the sights we wanted to see was critical to how much we got to do.
I picked up a few new hats
I no longer like staying in motels. I like having my own sheets and towels and my own things around me. The dogs are used to their second home and make themselves quite comfortable in it. It would have been impossible for us to have traveled any other way and do the things we have done. Our whole goal was to see the New England States and the fall colors. We did that and so much more.
All along the way people came up with wonderful suggestions about what we should do and see. We had to make difficult choices. It would have taken too much time and way too much money to do it all. I think we’re both really happy with the way it all played out and as far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’m anxious to be home and can’t wait to see our family and friends, but life will be really real again. Kip has to look for transportation to replace the pickup I wrecked just days before we left. I’m going to be pretty busy myself with some commitments and projects waiting for me. We’ll only have one vehicle for a while. Then there’s the holidays. I’m making lists in my head as I write this.
No matter what…this trip is in the books. The experience has given me a new perspective on things, and reaffirms my favorite words…Be anxious about nothing…I’m going to take more deep breaths, appreciate all the tiny blessings as well as the big ones, and realize I’m a very small part of a very big world. My life is only as complicated as I make it.
Stop and smell the coffee like these two handsome dudes.
Bad things can happen without a moments notice. I know that. But good things can so easily be overlooked if I’m not paying attention. I tried really hard to stay in the present during this trip and I learned it’s a good place to be.
Thanks to all of you great people who followed along on our adventure. It made it even more special.
Here are a few (not all about the trees) pictures I took today.