It takes a lot of time and energy to live life to the fullest. This is the reason I haven’t written a blog entry since August! Part of me feels guilty for not blogging more often than I have this past year, but it’s only a tiny part. A teeny, tiny, teeniny (no, that’s not a typo… it’s my word!) part at that! It’s hard to feel guilt or regret when I realize that the reason I rarely blog is because I’m so busy living and enjoying each day. That is the story of my life lately, too busy to blog – I consider it a very good problem to have. I know I have said this a zillion times, but we are soooooooo not retired! In many ways we are busier living daily life in this lifestyle than we were before, but it’s a good busy and one that I truly enjoy. That said, I have been posting pictures and updates on our Wheels and Sails Facebook Page regularly as that is much easier and faster to just post in there each day rather than to take the time to sit down and write.
As you saw from my last post, we spent this past summer in the Pacific Northwest. Since my last post, we explored much of the state of Washington, spending a total of 8 weeks there in all. We then spent time in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and are now wintering in various areas of our “home” state of Texas until the end of January.
Though we have seen and done a lot of memorable things these past few months, some things are more memorable than others. One of the most memorable being our whale watching excursion in the San Juan Islands out of Anacortes, Washington. We saw two different pods of Orca’s (along with other wildlife) but were also blessed when three of them (a mom and her two calves) swam right up alongside our boat so we were able to enjoy them up close and personal. This was truly an experience that none of us will ever forget.
Another incredibly memorable experience for us was our visit to Yellowstone in September. This was a first for all three of us and again, something none of us will ever forget. We stayed just outside the park for a week so we went in several times. The first part of the week were were in short sleeves, but the end of the week brought their first snowfall of the season. This meant we got to enjoy the park as if it was summer (without the massive crowds) and as if it was winter! We couldn’t have planned it any better. We saw bison, mountain goats, elk, geysers, and more… all up close and personal. Yellowstone was one of our absolute favorite National Parks.
Since my last entry we also saw moose in Wyoming, spent time at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and revisited Palo Duro Canyon in Texas, which is an old favorite from our first year on this adventure. We did so much more than I can possibly write here and all while working (Greg has been working even more hours than usual the past several months!), homeschooling, and all things that need to be done in everyday life in our tiny yet perfect-sized rolling home.
As I said above, we are spending the bulk of this winter in our home state of Texas. Elijah turned 16 less than a month ago so we were finally able to visit the DMV and get his learner’s permit. Our plan while in Texas is to take care of all those things like DMV, vet visits, and other such necessary appointments. We are currently staying about 1 hour east of Houston in a campground off the Colorado River. We spent Thanksgiving here and will have been here three weeks this coming Sunday. Our next “Scenery Swap Day” is Sunday and we are going to be relocating to a campground off Medina Lake which is 40 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio. This is where we will be for four weeks, to fly J.Jay in during his college Christmas break and to spend our Christmas here. Fun times are always ahead! The end of January we will start slowly making our way to Florida, and then to end up in the Carolinas for the Spring of ’18. The key word here is slowly. We are still learning (after our whirlwind fall trip from Washington down to Texas) that slower is better and definitely a great deal less stressful when it comes to this lifestyle.
If you haven’t already, like and follow our Wheels and Sails Facebook Page to follow us more closely on our journey. I will definitely continue blogging, but I’m not in a hurry about it. I’m quite sure that by the next time I write it will be 2018 – a brand new year!
Happy Trails, Sunny Sails and a Very Merry CHRISTmas!