We usually spend the month of November in Washington. Both our toad and our rig are licensed there, and most of my family lives there. So, once a year, we, and our vehicles all go there for "annual check-ups" and visits. Now, November isn't the warmest of times, but, alas, that was when "everything" fell into place three years ago!
Three years ago, last December, we sold our house in record time (two weeks!), found the "perfect" RV (clear across the US) and loaded up what we didn't sell into a tiny storage unit and headed north. Washington seemed like the perfect "home base" since we knew we would be on the road full time, and my sister was willing to be our mail person. So, we drove up there, registered ourselves, got doctors, new licenses, etc. and celebrated! Now, once a year, we brave the rain & cold and visit family and get rewarded with a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast for our efforts!
We started out thinking our adventure would be just for one year. Jack was new to "camping". Born and raised a "city boy", his idea of "camping" was "no room service" at a hotel. I, on the other hand, love it. This whole thing had been my idea all along, he was just "coming along for the ride...or the drive, actually, since he does the driving. Now, this being our third full year, with no end in sight, he's the one who is still really loving it! Probably even more than I, if truth be told!
Every year has been very different from the one before...just like life itself. We are blessed with good health and this year I was reminded how much that matters as for the last four months I've suffered with limited use of my right arm due to some bone spurs in my shoulder. I was thrilled that the doctor in Tacoma was able to tell me what all the pain was about and that a simple out-patient surgery will fix the problem once and for all. I will have to come back in a few months to have it done, but that's minor, and we can go on with our journey from there, no further problems.
I also feel blessed that I have a family that allows us to travel the way we do and understands and loves us. We don't get to see them as often as we would like. Our children and grandchildren are spread all across the US and it's tough getting around to all of them very often and still see all the nooks and crannies of the various states, but we try as best we can, but of course, its never enough, and we miss them more than we like.
We are also blessed by the people we meet along the way. Some are just in passing, but some we've managed to stay friends with, and that's extra special. People like us who really get this crazy life-style of ours, who love this wonder lust. This year, several of our friends who haven't been able to RV in a long time due to family issues, now can, are now planning on trips to either join up with us, or travel along with us. We've always traveled alone, so we are looking forward to doing some "companion traveling" in 2015!
Doing what you love, being loved, and being healthy and happy...that's truly a blessing, ones I wish for everyone!
On the road again, Marie