January 2019, Monthly Report

Monthly Report; January 2019

 

Imagining:

By the end of January we were halfway through our four-month stay at Desert Trails RV Park in Tucson, Arizona. We’ll leave on March 1st.  We know that date will come soon, so we’re planning our travels for 2019.  In March we’ll camp in the deserts of Nevada, then to Albuquerque to plan building a house near there.  As springtime arrives we’ll drift northwards through the Wallowa Valley of astern Oregon and summer along Puget Sound in Washington State. After that, we don’t know. Maybe we’ll return to Tucson for the winter, maybe we’ll drift southwards along the Oregon and California coasts, maybe we’ll take a long road trip through Mexico to the Caribbean. We’re still thinking about all of that.

Traveling:

2019 started off cold in Tucson and we spent the second day of the new year walking through the snow-covered desert in Saguaro National Park. Then,in early January, we flew to El Paso Texas where our favorite three-year old niece, Anita, and her parents, Jacobo and Renee, met us and drove us to Chihuahua in north-central Mexico. We spent the rest of January in a comfortable, old adobe house in Chihuahua, visiting friends and family, taking care of some business, and seeing the dentist for annual checkups.

Discovering:

Last month I wrote about long-term traveling and the fears and courage we experience about it. In that post I included an inspiring quote about traveling. Here’s another one.

“I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had’.” – Florine Bos

What have we discovered after two and a half years of traveling, without a home and with just what we can carry with us? Well, at first, we sorely missed having a home to come home to, a refuge from the world (me more than Sonia). It took the first couple years to get over that. Now, we are used to living with far fewer “things” and have come to appreciate that simplicity. We haven’t seen network TV in years, we have only the clothes that will fit in one drawer, and we find ourselves moving through life slower and slower. But, even as we are still fascinated with the places and people we meet, we still miss having a home base to return to, a community to be a part of. So, we’ll continue traveling on, but with an eye to building our home base from which we’ll continue to explore the world.   Than that’s our discoveries in the beginning of the new year, 2019.

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