I Bought A Van

I bought a van with our trip money.  Not that we’re not going on the trip, I bought it for the trip. Minimum down payment, high interest rates and I still bought it.  Yes, when you have poor credit you pay high interest rates.

We had already been across country on the Trail Blazer and it was breaking down every other month and I just didn’t trust it.  However, now I have a car payment that was not figured into the traveling budget.  Neither was repairing the Blazer along the way and having to pay for lodging when it did break down so I guess it evens out? Maybe?  It just makes me a little more nervous about money for the trip.

Not that we had a lot for the trip, we don’t.  So it’s going to be a much more budget friendly adventure than I had originally planned and that’s ok.  Maybe.  I just don’t want to be miserable for lack of funds.  Perhaps that will be the adventure, seeing the US with little money without being hungry or stranded somewhere I definitely don’t want to be.

It can be done, has been done by many people, just not me.  Will it take so much planning that it won’t be worth it?  Can we just fly by the seat of our pants and  enjoy ourselves?  There is so much I want to do, to see, to experience on this adventure.  One more week of work and then another week of packing, cleaning, re-packing and May 1st,  finally, leaving.

Tent Camping Across the US

We, my husband and I,  have set our sights on a new grand adventure, tenting (for the most part) across the US.  I must say I am a bit anxious about this endeavor is putting it mildly.  We have the route figured out for the first 10 days, leaving Virginia hugging the coast until we get to Florida. State Parks, private campgrounds and national forest are all paid for which is no small feat. This however does put us on a schedule and doesn’t allow for the inevitable things that can go wrong, will.  But it also is comforting in a weird sort of way,  both of us decompressing from work, getting used to pitching the tent, finding out what does and doesn’t work.  After the Florida trek we are pretty much going to be coasting along across Texas to California using BML land and national parks.  Planning a week or so in advance with a “we’re going in this direction” mindset.

We have 3 weeks to go until we leave which means our living room is a staging area for supplies, packed and repacked. Making sure I at least know where everything on the master list is. I spent a whole day tearing the house apart looking for my bicycle tire pump, needless to say I loaned it to my daughter who promises me she will get it to me ASAP. packing

We will be leaving in May so trying to decide on heat versus a fan, cold weather versus hot weather clothes.  Whether we are going to take electic versus propane cooking gear and such  is proving complicated.   Space will be very limited and lugging any extra gear out every couple of days will be tiresome and mailing it back home could be expensive.

I am very excited about this adventure too, it’s not all anxiety producing!  Three months have been allotted for the trip.  If we find somewhere that we just fall in love with then a possible travel assignment might be in the works, who knows?  After the 3 months bills will becoming due again and we will have to do something to make a living.


Confessions of a List Maker

I am a list maker.  I make a list of things on my list that I don’t complete.  I make grocery list, coupon list, cleaning, chores, packing, re-packing, places to see,  places to camp, mileage,  re-list of places to camp, and list of things that don’t really belong on any list but that need to be done.  I lose my list from time to time and have to re-write them only to find it and have two.  I also have a daily planner that I have list on as well as composition books that I list things in.

Now, this isn’t to say that I am a super organized person, oh no.  I am not, though I strive to be.  I work with a chaotic mind, forgetful and thoughts running rampant throughout the day and the only way I can get anything done is to write it down or something will be forgotten, overlooked or just dismissed.

I have recently discovered the “spreadsheet.”  A very easy way to list things then you have it at your fingertips through google drive.  You can also make list on notes on your phone.   Except I like paper so I end up printing it off and carrying it around like a regular list.

If I could only get everything done that I have written down!  I guess if I accomplish half of what I write down then I am better off than doing nothing.  list