We’ve been on the road full-time for two years now, as of mid-June. We started our journey with the thought that we could probably see and do everything we wanted to do in about three years. We were so wrong. If anything, our list of places to see and things to do is growing exponentially. And because we like to travel slowly, and to take the time to linger and become “temporary locals” in places that we find captivating, we will likely be traveling for a good long while yet.
We’ve seen and done a lot in our two years of full-time travel (and in our many years of previous travels). But there’s a lot left to do. Still on our short-list is a meandering journey up the east coast for a summer in Nova Scotia, wending our way back down through New England for the fall colors. Another summer will be devoted to the Canadian Rockies. Colorado is calling, as is Montana, the Dakotas, and Wyoming. Alaska? Maybe. And we never tire of our explorations in the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands, California, the Southwest, and the South.
We’re so glad we pushed ourselves out of our cozy and familiar lives in Ashland to embark on this journey. I knew that if we didn’t do this now, there would come a time when we would regret the road not taken. That doesn’t mean that we don’t still miss our hometown and our community of dear friends. We’re grateful that we’re still welcomed with open arms when we return. And I’m keenly aware of all that we’re missing by not staying put in one place.
Sometimes I’ve wished I were one of those people who say, “Yep, lived here all my life. Never left. Everything I need is right here.” But as much as I love the deep roots of home and close friendships, I’ve always had in equal measure the desire to experience other places, and other ways of living and being in this world. For now, continuing our lifestyle of traveling full-time feels like the right choice.
We still often look at each other and say, “Wow, we’re actually doing this!” I’m not sure if that feeling will ever wear off—I hope it doesn’t. Even with the bumps in the road—and there have been some significant ones—this has been a wonderful journey. We’re excited about what lies ahead. And we’re delighted that you’re coming along with us.
Here, a selection of photos from our second year on the road:[portfolio_slideshow]