It has been almost 3 years to the day since we pulled into our driveway after our last journey. Little did we know that that trip was the start of something not the end of it. We have enjoyed being home taking advantage of the spacious 1886 farm house that we remodeled and made our own over the last 20 years. We have taken every opportunity to spend time with family and friends and immersed ourselves in our careers. The wanderlust however was always there…
Having met some awesome pets on the road and always having our last Golden, Cassie, in our hearts and memories we felt the need to add to our family. When we got home October 5, 2009 we adopted Nali and Kai, sisters from the same litter, who were born 9/11/2009. We really couldn’t imagine “the girls” not being a part of our lives at this point. One of their favorite spots in the house was curled up by the fire on a cold Fall or Winter day….
How cute were they?
They have grown a bit since that time but they are still very cute!!!! (ok, we are a little bias) They have had many opportunities to stretch their legs over the last three years. We have made sure they experienced a variety of people and places in preparation for the future adventure we hoped to embark upon. Nali (red head) has proven to be our athlete, catching anything you throw at her (sometimes in mid air) and diving into any body of water, swimming great lengths to retrieve any object that entices her. Kai (the blonde) on the other hand is our somewhat clumsy social butterfly and professional cuddler. She makes a point to say hello to any two legged or four legged creature she comes across. At night she is the first to crash and snuggle in front of a fire or movie.
The decision to completely change the path of our lives was not an easy one. We thought long and hard about the family, friends, careers, home, and “stuff” that we would have to give up in (what we now know is) our pursuit of happiness. There was much to consider and even more to do in preparing for this day. Every decision seemed so important; from the timing of when we were leaving, to selling or giving away basically everything you own, to saying goodbye to people we love, to giving up careers in a time where so many are struggling.
Kim concentrated on the house stuff like packing and getting rid of everything in a 2100 square foot house that has been accumulated for the past 20 years. Several garage sales later and there is still “stuff” to get rid of. All these years we thought we weren’t collectors… Who knew?
Chris concentrated on getting the house ready to sell and the “new house” ready for prime time. When not glued to his computer working, he has spent his time on all those items his wife has nagged him to get done for years. The house looks better than ever, if only we could find a buyer. Unfortunately, we had it sold but the deal fell through. We will remain optimistic about future prospects which include renting it, keeping it, or outright selling it. Chris has also spent a great deal of time, energy, and money making the camper more comfortable and safe (building in cabinets, changing drum brakes to disc brakes, strengthening the axles and suspension, and cleaning/waxing from top to bottom).
We are off to visit Kim’s sister and family in New Hampshire. From there we head to Acadia National Park for a week, Kim’s favorite childhood vacation spot. No camper, wrong direction…. The plan is to finish up all loose ends when we get back and officially start the journey at the end of October.