Alaska

Oh the places we’ve been….

Oh the places we've been....

It’s that time again….a quick update

40K+ miles
28 states
609 days on the road
And one happy family…..

Stuff we’ve learned
– RV’s have plenty of space. Everything we need and most of what we want, can’t ask for much more than that!
-The country is a lot smaller than I thought. I had no idea if all these far away places even existed before we got on the road. Even in coming to Alaska, I realize now that it’s just not that far away. It gives you a true sense that anything is possible, especially travel!
-Kids and road trips go a lot smoother than I imagined. Are we there yet, is a common phrase but not in the whiny ways of the big screen. They have fun, learn, and enjoy the back of the truck.
-Carrying your “waste water” around with you isn’t all that bad. Now in all fairness I’ve never actually dealt with the nitty-gritty of the black tank, oh yeah except for that time when brown, chunky water was flowing into my living room, but I digress. Hubby has seen his fair share…Taking an a screw driver and picking at the “poosicle” that formed when the rig froze over in Reno, being splattered in “juice” troubleshooting the tanks from the underbelly in South Dakota, and California, and Reno, and the joy of emptying the tanks one bucket a time by hand. Hmmm this is kinda sounding bad, so let’s get to the good part. This hard work allows us to live on the shores of an Alaskan beach for 6 months….we’ve all got our woes right!
-You don’t always feel like playing tourist. Especially the first year we were on the road, we got freaking tired! And there’s that whole school thing, where I like need to make my kids smart. We could take the exact same path and see things that we never knew were right under our nose.
-People are really nice! We’ve been a ton of places and felt very welcome in almost every one of them. We’ve made friends who now seem like family, and we have contacts from coast to coast.
-I really enjoy having an ever evolving “back yard”. I think this is my newest realization. I felt guilty when we first got to Alaska because we weren’t out hiking everyday and soaking up the local culture, we still aren’t. Money has to be earned and the kids have to be educated, that’s life! But I so love doing it in different places on a fairly frequent basis. Just months ago I had snow capped mountains in the wide open deserts of Nevada as my view, now the crashing waves on the Alaskan peninsula. Truly wonderful!
-Money isn’t everything, but you still have to have it.
-Earning a living on the road has endless possibilities. I can not believe all the creative ways to make money.
-Science rules the world. I have a better understanding, and a higher level of respect for the world around us. Finally coming to the realization that “I” am just a blip in the universe is really, very reassuring, it almost takes the pressure off in a way.
-We really love this lifestyle. We had never driven, or really stepped foot in an RV before we made our purchase. We had no idea what to expect, what to do, where to go, or how everything would come together, but we did it as a family. We have yelled, cried, laughed, hugged, kissed and seen this amazing country as a family. The kids are closer than I ever could have hoped, and my husband and I have learned more about ourselves, each other, and our marriage than we ever would have back in our old life. I am so grateful to be on this journey. So thankful I am married to a man who will do anything to provide a good life for his family. So proud that my children are smart, well rounded, compassionate, and most of all that they take care of each other. I am so thankful that I no longer feel hopeless, and that I know there is so much more out there.

And this is just the beginning!

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  1. I am so proud of you all…………you are living what most people just don’t have the b…..guts to do! Way to go!! love you all.

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    • Thanks for the kind words….I still remember sitting on the playground with you and chatting about your road trip up to Cabazon…I remember thinking how cool it was that you did road trips, and I just couldn’t wait until the kids were old enough to do such a crazy thing haha….so thank YOU for the inspiration too 🙂

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