Like nature, we are constantly changing. And like a long winter season, sometimes we just long to break free and see a more dramatic change. Something exciting, and reflecting new life and growth. That is EXACTLY how I feel in planning this adventure. I am home and I love all that is encompassed within it, but I feel this prompting to get out there and see all there is to see.
WAIT!!! If you haven’t already… you may want to start at the beginning! 🙂 Click the link for the very first post. The Journey… The Real Beginning
Where I started
As a teen, I left home very early, eventually being emancipated in the state of Oregon at the age of 15. Life was a little scary for me but I think when you have a childhood that is constantly changing and not the healthiest of environments, you tend to go one of two directions. Toward emotional imprisonment, or toward freedom. I believe neither are permanent unless we make them that way, and I hold onto that as a constant reminder, to never forget that life is a treasure to be discovered over and over again.
You may be familiar with my type… This mindset has me labeled a ‘dreamer’. But honestly, with all the other labels out there, I will take it! 🙂
From my days as a kid, until now, I have somehow been able to, for the most part, see above the fog, and reach for the beauty of the sky. Life just has SO many possibilities!
I am just as excited now as I was as a little girl to go see everything! I am like a sponge soaking up everything the world has to offer. I love nature and meeting new people. So, while I know I can’t plan every detail of this journey, here are some of the main points I know…
What I want to do on the road
- Drive through every state
- Soak my feet in the Atlantic Ocean
- Swim in waterfalls
- Hike every mountain
- See the New England States in Fall
- Go noodlin’
- Drive through Yellowstone
- See family
- Visit churches all over the country
What I HAVE to do on the road
- Work (A girl still has to provide!)
- Maintain my vehicle
- Maintain my home on wheels
- Stay safe
- Stay organized
- Eat healthy
No big deal, right? Well, I actually have no idea! If my wants crash and burn, oh well!… but making sure I am staying employed, mobile, healthy and sane are a whole other story!
What I am leaving…
Honestly, I am leaving pretty much everything.
My kids are grown and either have families of their own or are moving away to colleges in different states. I had never even considered, having 4 kids would mean that eventually, they would spread out. I think in my mind somewhere, I always thought they would stay in the same town as each other at least. They are all chasing their own dreams though, and now, I am free to go explore and still be able to watch my grandbabies grow. 🙂 You will get to see them in a future post. They are so stinking cute!
I bet you have never heard a grandparent say that before! Geesh!
Móraí is my name!
It stands for Granny in Irish.
**Just because everyone should know this… To pronounce Móraí: the emphasis is on the first syllable, which sounds like the English word “more” but with a flapped (lightly trilled) “r”: MORR-ee.
You’re welcome! 🙂
I am leaving my fur babies in the hands of amazing people who will LOVE them and make sure they have the lifestyles they are used to. Better, actually… ❤ … For some, that will be easier than others, as you can see.
This is the hardest part for me. I am really grateful I will be able to visit them often and that they will get plenty of attention. I know they will be okay, but it’s still difficult. Being farm animals, they are pretty used to just doing their thing and will have even more room to play. But, that is a while from now, so right now, they are stuck with me!
I will be leaving my home. We rent, and the owner plans to retire in her quaint little homestead before too long, so I really believe the timing is undeniably a divine intervention. I will miss these views, some of my routines, (I have like 2… drinking coffee and sitting by the fire.) and walking through the fields doing things like irrigation, harvesting berries, miscellaneous chores, and picking fruit…
My days definitely will not look the same…
But the truth is…
It’s not going to be the same anyway. This isn’t my land. This isn’t my house. I am just paying to use it for a while. So, even though as I look through these pictures, and I start to feel kind of emotional at what I am leaving behind, I remember that it is leaving me soon anyway and it is the PERFECT time to do this! I am actually, pretty at peace with it!
**I am so glad you all are going on this adventure with me!!!**
So, what do I do?
I have time, as I won’t be leaving until at earliest, April of 2019… and…Well… I don’t really know what I will be in yet…
Did you catch that? Yep, exactly. I have no idea what I will even be living in!! Because… I can’t decide!
I kind of want to convert an old bus. A bus would be so cool and fun and I’m too young to not have cool and fun! Okay, so, that may be a little dramatic, especially because I am not that young and am kind of a dork, but really… Can’t I have something unique AND reliable?
BUS or RV?
My main attractions to a bus are…
- I can start from scratch and make it ‘me’
- They are tough inside and out (I am not a fragile kind of girl. I don’t want to have to worry about dings or bottoming out on a twig.
My concerns are that some places will not allow them in their parks and what if, (back to the universe thing above) something happens and I NEED to stay in a park for whatever reason? I don’t even know if that is a logical concern but a couple of people have mentioned to make sure it is not too old or we will be abandoned. Why are they saying this? Well, I should have asked more details during the conversation but I was a ways out yet, so I just didn’t even inquire.
My main concern with a bus is just that it is going to take a lot of time to prepare and I won’t have it done in time or that I will somehow run into expenses beyond my budget in a refurbishing process.
My main attractions to an RV are…
- It’s already set up
- Made for living in
- Can have slide outs
- Lots of storage inside and out
If I do an RV, I thought I would need to do a motor home. Both for safety of being able to access my driver’s seat without getting out of the vehicle and also because my dog has a bad hip and I want her to be able to stretch to her heart’s content while traveling. Seems reasonable, right? Just look at this face!!
I also have considered a toy hauler as I will have a quad and a motorcycle with me. The garage could second as an office for my work and then I wouldn’t have to try to meld my work and living space. This would be amazing, I think!
Help me decide!
I will keep researching but I could really use some advice here and would REALLY love your input. I have done some traveling, lots of camping and so forth, but I have never lived on the road full time. Also, I have never had to work from the road. Some of my other hang up questions are…
- I have Verizon. What is the best way to ensure I will have a strong internet connection if I have to use a hotspot? (I must have a strong connection as I work on a VPN)
- Are there Air B&B like places or websites that advertise for places that let you hook up to amenities but stay in your RV without being in a campground or RV Park?
- Are RV traveling memberships really worth the money?
- Advice on solar panels?
I have so many questions, but this will have to do for now!
Thanks so much in advance! I can’t wait until my questions are about best places to eat, or things to see while in your area kind of stuff. It will be SO exciting! For now, I need to know what I am working with, so help a sister out!
P.S. I am kind of freaking out excited right now! Just so you know! See you on the next page…
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord guides his steps. Proverbs 16:9