I just love that quote by Ayn Rand. And I think it applies now more than ever.
Today is our two year anniversary of shedding all the stuff that couldn’t fit in the Tiny Terminator and hitting the road to parts unknown yet to be discovered. (oh wow, that sounds cheezy)
The funny thing is, Cooper upon realizing we have been traveling for a full two years, engaged in the following conversation with me:
“So mom, where is our house and when are we going to move in?”
“Huh? What are you talking about son. You’re living in our ‘house’.”
“No mom, when people asked how long we planned on traveling, you told them a couple of years.”
“Errrrr (foggyly remembering a few utterances or variations of that response to numerous curious if not confused friends and family), yeah son, well plans can change. Mommy really had know idea at the time and that seem to put the subject to rest.”
EXIT STAGE LEFT>>Cooper walks away a bit confused and relinquishing the dream of having his own room or at least a bed that let’s you roll over without falling off…
Yes, it’s been two years but seeing as we have not even traveled west of Texas or even West Texas for that matter, we’re still moving along this slow road to ??? well, I’m not sure yet.
All I know is that for now, it’s working for us. Some days are better than others just like living in a sticks and bricks. We have no house payment, car payment, rv payment, utility bills, less space to have to clean, and we are able to spend a lot of quality time with each other.
On the down side we have no dishwasher (well, we have Cooper, the would-be poster child for the paper and plastics industry as to why you should buy their products), no washer and dryer, no high speed internet, coordinating health care and rx refills is logistically challenging to say the least, and we spend a lot of time with each other.
Back to Paradise
A few days ago we received an email asking us to return to Ft. Desoto County Park Campground in Tierra Verde, Florida, just south of St. Petersburg. To say we are excited is an understatement! We love this place. And this time, we will be there in the prime season of December, January and February. It’s a volunteer gig, but the perks are worth more than any amount of money. Well, at least the amount of money that a park would be willing to pay for the average workamping job ;)
You probably have heard that a job is only as good as the people you work with, even if in “paradise.” I believe this is sooo true. I recently read another family’s experience while camp hosting on the coast of Oregon (or maybe it was Washington?) at a popular family campground.While the place was surrounded by the beauty of nature, lots of kids to play with, and their own private beach, the owner’s were a bit nuts which made for a very tense workplace and not an experience they will repeat.
Fortunately, our camp hosting experience has been the complete opposite. The rangers are just appreciative and thankful that you are there to help out. No micro-managing, a sense of humor, and the feeling of being part of the team are just a few of the reasons we want to return. This kind of atmosphere makes you want to go the extra mile, whether it’s doing bathroom checks on your day off (no, we don’t have to clean the bathrooms but we do like to make sure someone hasn’t gone nuts in the bathroom), trimming limbs off trees, and helping out the folks with 40’ rvs back into their site at midnight. It’s also a great learning environment for the kids. I don’t think they will ever smoke a cigarette but if they do, they definitely won’t be dropping the butts on the ground! We’ve picked up more cigs than you could ever imagine!
The point I’m trying to make here… more like a recent realization, is that after two years of wanting to explore the world, I find myself excited to go back to a place I’ve already been! It must be in our genes to want to surround ourselves with the familiar, which is probably why we get so many confused looks from people who don’t “get” what we’re doing. And for them, I have a little bit more understanding of where they are coming from. However, my response to the “How long?” question is still the same.
“We’ll probably keep going for another couple of years and then settle down to be close to family.”