Over the past few years, we’ve fantasized about the possibility of traveling full-time. A couple of months ago, the stars aligned and we essentially got a big shove out of the nest. Suddenly it seemed as though life was saying, “Stop talking about it and just DO it!!”
Setting The Wheels In Motion
The perfect couple appeared on our doorstep to rent our home. (They wanted it furnished! They love to garden! They’re meticulous, kind, and already feel like friends.) Eric was ready to retire from his work as an irrigation contractor, and I have a part-time writing job that I can do anywhere. All of these were big pieces of the puzzle that had fallen into place.
What we didn’t expect: The torture of sorting through and deciding the fate of all of our belongings, figuring out insurance (did you know that if you rent your home, your belongings in your storage unit and vehicles are no longer covered?), and a staggering array of other details that needed to be settled for life on the road.
So Much More Work Than We Imagined
Over the past two months, we completely emptied our home and basement of all personal belongings (including all of our artwork and decorative treasures and five file cabinets of assorted and mostly useless paperwork). I am not a packrat. Eric kind of is. Packrat or not, the amount of stuff we had to wade through was nothing short of overwhelming. For a solid two months, we sorted, donated, shredded, pitched, and sold stuff. This was in addition to selling two vehicles, buying a new truck, taking care of maintenance on our home and gardens, and wrapping up work obligations.
We thought we were organized. Ha. On the last day we were packing, I realized that the box I was throwing stuff into contained a stray Christmas stocking, a kitchen spatula, and a pair of underwear.
It took the heroic efforts of our friends Leslie and Steve to help us finish packing and cleaning on the last day. We couldn’t have done it without them. And the generosity of our friends Ted and Kath who offered us refuge on their beautiful land, where we spent ten days in our trailer before leaving town. We needed every minute of that time to finish organizing our storage unit (including repacking the mongrel Christmas stocking box) and to handle the remaining details of leaving the safety of our nest.
And Finally, On The Road
We’ve spent this past week traveling slowly through eastern Oregon, recovering from turning our lives upside down and inside out. The truth is that we love our hometown. We aren’t leaving because we think we’re going to find a better place. Our lives are rich with close friends, weekly music jams, beautiful hikes right out our front door, frequent and fun social gatherings, and all that we need to sustain us comfortably in a beautiful small town.
But we’ve wanted to travel more extensively for many years, and the time is now. We’re grateful that we have a place to call home that we love so much. And we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to embark on this epic journey. We hope you’ll come along with us.