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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!  Possibly you’re headed out to the Grand Tetons for some thrill-seeking mountaineering, or to the Outer Banks for some stress-free salt life seashore sunbathing.  It doesn’t matter.  You have got checked the climate.  You’ve packed every part you’ll want.  You made positive the car is stuffed with gasoline, and even made positive it’s updated on all the different upkeep.  Nothing is stopping you from an outstandingly epic journey.  Till…

You have got 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…

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The jack stops working in your camper…

The batteries preserve dying…

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An surprising chilly entrance comes by way of and now the temps are within the negatives…

These are only a handful of the numerous issues that may happen if you hit the street in 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 understand…  Now we have had each single one in every of these issues occur to us on not less than one in every of our street journeys.  A few of them on the identical epic street journey that we’re on right now.  All of them.  Some greater than as soon as!  Just like the twister!  And the jacks.  And the batteries.  Now we have 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 now have had a number of issues once we traveled by way of 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 aircraft for our return flight residence.  On a visit to Las Vegas, we arrived on the resort and have been advised that they didn’t have a reservation for us.  The primary time we introduced our son overseas, we sat within the airport for a number of hours as a substitute of the scheduled 30-minute layover as a result of the flight for the following 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 once we lose every week in the course of South Dakota to interchange a gasoline pump positioned contained in the fuel tank of the suburban with nothing greater than a pair of vice grips in a fuel station parking zone.  IT IS STILL AN ADVENTURE!!!  It might not be the identical journey that you just set out for if you packed every part up and left the home.  However it 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 now have 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 they usually 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 chuckle and revel in this epic journey.

Now we have realized to chuckle.  Personally, I chuckle at every part… Doug has typically teased that he might be stung by a scorpion and that my first response goes to be to chuckle.  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 will management?  Is it one thing one in every of us can restore (by one in every of us, I actually imply Doug)?  Can we work round this, proceed on, re-adjust timing, or do we have to flip round? 

After we’re little, grandma at all times mentioned, “we don’t cry over spilled milk, espresso possibly, however by no means milk.”  If we simply deal with the unfavourable of the journey, we neglect to recollect the enjoyable of the journey.

We actually bought our home, Doug bought 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 now have 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 mates.  We miss our household.  I do know Doug misses’ entry to all of his instruments, and mates with the instruments he doesn’t have, or assistance on a mission.  Largely we miss our assist system.  However on the finish of the journey, whether or not we make it the complete 2 years, or we now have to calm down in 6 months…  We’re having fun with the Journey.  We’re nonetheless doing this!  We’re nonetheless checking bucket listing gadgets off the itinerary.  We’re nonetheless seeing among 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 velocity 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 occasion.

So subsequent time your automotive breaks down, or your holed up in an airport ready in your flight that has now been delayed for 3 hours, or your seashore trip has been an entire rain out – take a second to judge that.  The three hours within the airport, or the rain on the seashore 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 deal with.  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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