Time has always seemed to go too swiftly for my taste. Traveling, it seems to go by even more quickly. I remind myself to be present for this moment. Just breathe, and be. It seems to help. Time is apparently malleable, and as much as I can, I want to stretch it out, both in our travels and in life.
When we embarked on this journey, we had no idea how long we would travel. With five years on the road, I sometimes think we should have done it all by now. But we haven’t. There’s still so much more to do, more to explore, and so many more adventures ahead. We’re on our way back to Lopez Island for the summer, and crazy though it seems, it’s already time to plan our fall and winter travels.
A New Look for Raven and Chickadee
Meanwhile, for the past several weeks, I’ve been immersed in creating our new website. I am not technologically inclined, and our old website was giving me so much trouble that I came close to shutting it down. (Truthfully, what I felt like doing was setting it on fire, and gleefully watching it go up in flames.) But Melissa, my website guru, talked me down from that idea, and with her help, we have a new site. I’m good at coming up with what I want our site to look like; not so good at figuring out how to implement it.
So, here it is, our new site unveiled! Bigger photos, bigger font, easier navigation (there’s finally a “forward” and “back” button for navigating posts), a new option that makes it easier for commenting, better search options, and a new gallery, among other things.
Oh! And there’s a new header on the home page—it’s a photo of a fabric wall hanging that I made with the help of my friend Diana, artist extraordinaire. It hangs in our bedroom in our trailer.
You may have noticed that the background on our site is still purple. Really, did you expect anything different?
Remember this? This was laundry day a couple of years ago. I got more comments on this photo than probably any other photo I’ve ever posted. Apparently, I really like purple.
In getting our new blog incarnation ready for its debut, I’ve been sorting through the photos we’ve collected in our travels to put together our new gallery. It has been a long and winding trip down memory lane, and a good reminder of how many adventures we’ve had over the past five years. The gallery has some answers to the eternal question, “What are your favorite places that you’ve visited?” It’s only a smattering of our favorites, but it’s a start. And whoa, is it ever a vortex to start sorting photos and looking for favorites…
On that note, I’m making myself move forward so that I can get this blog up and running again! We’ve been to lots of new places in the past couple of months, and we’re excited to share them with you.
Thank you, dear friends, for accompanying us on our travels. You make our journey all the richer.
Laurel and Eric