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Is it REALLY at all times an ADVENTURE?

Sure!  The day has come.  Everyone seems to be all packed.  You’re going on an ADVENTURE!  Perhaps you’re headed out to the Grand Tetons for some thrill-seeking mountain climbing, or to the Outer Banks for some stress-free salt life seaside sunbathing.  It doesn’t matter.  You might have checked the climate.  You’ve packed every thing you’ll want.  You made certain the automobile is stuffed with gas, and even made certain it’s updated on the entire different upkeep.  Nothing is stopping you from an outstandingly epic journey.  Till…

You might have a flat tire…

You hit a tire tread flying off of the semi-truck in entrance of you…

Your transmission coolant line blows off…

Doug repairing the transmission coolant line in a parking lot in OKC.
One thing is at all times Damaged!

You end up within the path of a twister…

The jack stops working in your camper…

The batteries hold dying…

When the Jack broke on the camper – Season 1 Episode 2

An sudden chilly entrance comes by and now the temps are within the negatives…

These are only a handful of the numerous issues that may happen whenever you hit the street on your grand journey.  Your as soon as in a lifetime journey.  The one that you’ve got considered for years, and have been planning about for simply as lengthy.  Now it’s ruined.  No extra street journey.  No extra outstandingly epic journey. 

In case you have learn any of our earlier articles, or adopted any of our YouTube channel, then you already know…  We have now had each single one among these issues occur to us on at the very least one among our street journeys.  A few of them on the identical epic street journey that we’re on at present.  All of them.  Some greater than as soon as!  Just like the twister!  And the jacks.  And the batteries.  We have now by no means taken a single street journey the place SOMETHING didn’t go awry that would have stopped our journey in its tracks.  Or stolen that pleasure about no matter journey we have been on.

Our journey issues aren’t restricted to our street journeys both.  We write about and share our RV life, however we’ve got had a number of issues after we traveled by the airports too.  On our honeymoon, we landed in Jamaica and we have been lacking a bit of our baggage.  On the identical journey, we nearly missed our airplane for our return flight residence.  On a visit to Las Vegas, we arrived on the resort and have been informed that they didn’t have a reservation for us.  The primary time we introduced our son in a foreign country, we sat within the airport for a number of hours as an alternative of the scheduled 30-minute layover as a result of the flight for the subsequent leg of our journey saved getting delayed. 

Jayden impatiently waiting for the return flight home.
Jayden ready in an airport for our return flight residence.

So, it’s actually an Journey?


Even after we lose per week in the course of South Dakota to switch a gas pump positioned contained in the gasoline tank of the suburban with nothing greater than a pair of vice grips in a gasoline station parking zone.  IT IS STILL AN ADVENTURE!!!  It might not be the identical journey that you simply set out for whenever you packed every thing up and left the home.  But it surely IS nonetheless an Journey!

Clearly, that is an angle.  That is protecting that positivity flowing and desperately looking for the silver lining of a crappy state of affairs.  Or possibly, it’s coming to phrases with the truth that I can’t management the universe and shit does in deed occur.  That’s an journey too.  An journey isn’t at all times good, it isn’t at all times grand.  That’s why we’ve got at all times used the phrase ‘journey’ to explain our journeys.  It IS at all times an Journey, good or unhealthy is set by how we deal with it.  We make it epic…  Generally the epic doesn’t come till you might be telling the story to family and friends and so they can’t cease laughing at no matter loopy factor occur this time.  Nonetheless an journey although. 

Doug and Loretta in the pool in Tampa Florida.
Pool time in Tampa, FL remembering to smile and snicker and luxuriate in this epic journey.

We have now discovered to snicker.  Personally, I snicker at every thing… Doug has usually teased that he could possibly be stung by a scorpion and that my first response goes to be to snicker.  The reality is he isn’t teasing…  This actually WILL be my first response.  However then we determine it out.  We assess the state of affairs.  Is that this one thing we are able to management?  Is it one thing one among us can restore (by one among us, I actually imply Doug)?  Can we work round this, proceed on, re-adjust timing, or do we have to flip round? 

Once we’re little, grandma at all times stated, “we don’t cry over spilled milk, espresso possibly, however by no means milk.”  If we simply give attention to the detrimental of the journey, we neglect to recollect the enjoyable of the journey.

We actually offered our home, Doug offered his enterprise, I resigned from my work, and we launched into this loopy as soon as in a lifetime journey that many individuals solely dream of doing.  We set out with a aim of dwelling in our camper and touring our magnificent nation for 2 complete years.  Right here we’re, 2 months in, and we’ve got had a number of points.  Loads of moments which have made us need to second guess the choice we made to move out on this grand journey.  We miss our buddies.  We miss our household.  I do know Doug misses’ entry to all of his instruments, and buddies with the instruments he doesn’t have, or assistance on a undertaking.  Largely we miss our help system.  However on the finish of the journey, whether or not we make it the total 2 years, or we’ve got to calm down in 6 months…  We’re having fun with the Journey.  We’re nonetheless doing this!  We’re nonetheless checking bucket record gadgets off the itinerary.  We’re nonetheless seeing a number of the issues we at all times dreamed of seeing, and doing issues that we’ve at all times wished to do.  Even when there are some pace bumps alongside the route.

Group photo of our last house party before the house was sold.  Did it right with a Bonnie & Clyde theme.
Group Picture at our Bonnie & Clyde theme celebration.

So subsequent time your automotive breaks down, or your holed up in an airport ready on your flight that has now been delayed for 3 hours, or your seaside trip has been a whole rain out – take a second to guage that.  The three hours within the airport, or the rain on the seaside shouldn’t be allowed to outline everything of journey.  They’re simply little hiccups on the journey.  On the finish of the day, the journey is the half we have to proceed to give attention to.  It IS at all times an journey. 

Life is a Journey wall art in our camper
Our Mantra – Life is a Journey. Benefit from the experience.

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