It has been a week since I last updated. I can finally say that (for now) we seem to have all RV issues taken care of.
We spent about 3 days in Cody, Wyoming at an RV site. We explored Yellowstone and it was beautiful. We saw bison, elk and snakes. We saw the majesty of the waterfalls, geysers and mountains.
We were supposed to head to Glacier Park, Montana next BUT we had a change of plans. It was raining all week in Glacier and we also realized that moving from spot to spot to spot so fast has been really exhausting. We know people in the RV world that do this but it just isn’t for us. So, we decided to skip Glacier Park and go to Salt Lake city Utah and then travel to Portland, Oregon.
Portland wasn’t an option because I have a hormone conference to be at during the first weekend of October.
So, we have decided to slow things down a little bit.
And I am glad.
We left out of Wyoming and headed towards Utah.Since we have our RV in full working order – we can now boondock! Officially official.
So, we did.
And this is where we met Burt! (see picture)
Oh Burt….. let me count the ways.
Burt is the manager of a BLM property in Atlantic City, Wyoming. If I could have loaded Burt up and taken him with me – I would have!
He is an older fella and he has very few teeth but he was so generous and kind as we tried to park our massive trailer in a tiny BLM site.
They just don’t make these places for the bigger rigs.
We finally got in there and we spent the night with no power- no water and no sewer hookups.
And the Lord said — it was good!
But it was also SOOOOOO COLD!
I slept with Jaycee and Jeff slept with Jaz just to make sure the girls stayed warm….. (mama’s orders)
We made it but by 6:30 a.m. I was texting Jeff and saying enough is enough – turn that generator on and give me some heat!
And so he did
And it was good.
We didn’t really want to leave out of there but we did.
This time heading to Salt Lake City, Utah
We found East Canyon State Park outside of SLC. We have have discovered that we definitely prefer staying outside high trafficked areas. We love that nature-life.
This is where we met Chris and Chris.
They were so kind and helped us get set up. Chris #1 lost his wife a couple of years ago and it was good to bring a smile to his face…. Even if it meant laughing at us trying to back this 3-axle monstrosity into it’s spot.
Utah is BY FAR my favorite scenery so far. It seems to have it all.
The next day we went into Salt Lake City to explore the downtown. Big city downtown areas are horrible when it comes to parking a F350 diesel truck a.k.a Big Booty Ham.
So after almost ripping the antenna off trying to get it into a parking garage I paid a valet guy at a hotel to “do me a favor” and park it in their lot for a few hours. HEY! He said “ you take care of me and I’ll take care of you”! So I did.
It felt very mafia and that is okay.
Downtown Salt Lake City looked similar to other big cities but they were having a huge art festival. Jaycee was in heaven.
After exploring the art festival we then got on some scooters and whisked around all of downtown.
I am pretty sure the girls could have done that all day.
Finally heading back to our RV site away from the city, where the wild life roam free.
Next, we will stop somewhere in Idaho and then on to Portland so I can be there for my conference.
We closed on our home 9.5 weeks ago
We closed on our gym 5.5 weeks ago
We have been on the road full time for 3.5 weeks
Many have messaged me to ask how I feel about it so far…
I am still figuring it all out. There has been so much adjustment. SO MUCH. Also, there are four of us that are adjusting in different ways at different paces. Some things are harder and some things are easier. There are a few things I miss about brick and mortar life and there are a lot of things I don’t miss.
At this point I don’t regret it at all and I don’t think I will. I will say this is not forever or even long-term. We will have a house again but I think I will always want to travel like this, at least as much as we can.
This journey has made me realize how much crap we don’t need and how we waste SO much time doing things that don’t really matter and not enough time on things that do.
We just get sucked in to the rat race.
I just realized that I have not heard one second of gossip since being on the road. That is pretty dam great. Who knew you could actually live happily without spending time worrying about what others are doing and why? (sarcasm)
Daring greatly and exploring life outside of the norm has been amazing and terrifying. I don’t expect people to understand or for them to even want to live this way.
And even though it is nice to hear how inspired people are by our journey…. It means nothing if there is not ACTION behind your inspiration. Again, that doesn’t mean you have to sell all the things and buy an RV. Yet, there are things you are holding back from that would make your soul dance.
Do them! Do them now!
When this journey is complete, we will have less money and we won’t have a big house or a fancy car but we will have things money, status, and the metaphorical badge of honor of “I’m so busy” cannot buy or take away.
And I am here for it.
I am so here for all of it!
And when I get the slightest bit twisted and start thinking how important houses, money, status or comparing my progress to another’s….. I then hear stories like Chris’s who lost his wife suddenly and I am QUICKLY reminded that we are not in control of ANY of this. Everything can change in a blink of an eye and this life we have is so very precious.