Over the last week, several songs have played in my mind. Route 66 by Chuck Berry, On the road again, by Willie Nelson, The way by Fastball, And I drove all night by Cindi Lauper, to name a few. Why is that? It may have something to do with how life threw us a fastball and changed things up for us. Fortunately we are always open to change and new opportunities.
Life was going well. Keith was working a locum teens job in North Carolina. I had a great job on Jekyll Island. Then Keith’s 3 month job ended and he was offered another temporary job in Washington state. This caused us to really think about the opportunity and possibilities of what this job would bring. So after giving some thought, we decided we would take it. And by we, I mean him. It did mean I had to give up my job. I was fortunate to have had such a good job with people who appreciated me. Since we consider Jekyll our home, I plan on going back to my job when we return.
So fast forward a few weeks, and here we are on a road trip of all road trips. We decided that it would be fun to drive to Washington and see all that we could in 4 weeks time. We purchased a pop up camper prior to leaving Because we have become used to traveling with our bed and kitchen. . So far we have not been disappointed. But here’s the thing. We have been living on a boat for the last 4 years. There are a lot of similarities in a boat and an rv. Let me name a few.
1. Whenever we travel, we still have to notify family of whereabouts.
2. Weather. We are still watching the weather to see if it’s ok to travel.
3. Little bathroom.
4. Little kitchen.
5. Before leaving and after arriving, I’m stowing things and pulling things out.
6. If I don’t like my neighbors, I can move.
7. I’m still doing laundry in a laundromat.
Since we left Jekyll Island, we have stopped in Cartersville, Ga to take care of some things. Once we headed out, we drove all night (hence the song name), and ended up making our first stop in Amarillo, Texas. We ate amazing BBQ, flew the drone in Pablo Duro Canyon, and ate at the famous Big Texan steakhouse.
When we left Amarillo, we decided we wanted to stop in Santa Fe for a night or two and wait out some snowy conditions. Once again, we ate well. We found one restaurant that served authentic blue corn enchiladas. That was a treat. We took a 4 hour walking food tour and learned some Santa Fe history along the way.
So the next stop we decided would be Aztec New Mexico. Once again, we will explore and wait out some snow and winds. Driving with the camper in windy conditions makes for an exhausting and stressful day.
Next stop? We have no idea. Well, that’s not entirely true. We have an idea, but it changes daily. But hopefully we will push towards Utah. We have a few weeks before we are due in Washington.
Life is good.