Ten weeks doesn't sound like a terribly long time once it's written down, but I feel like we've lived several lifetimes in the past 10 weeks. Even just thinking about how much territory we've covered amazes me (over 3,300 miles and most of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts). Since I last posted, we've slowed down our pace and meandered through Louisiana and part of Texas. Louisiana held some great experiences for us, especially New Orleans. What a rich culture that area has! We'll definitely be going back someday.
We made it to Texas just before Christmas, and well ahead of schedule because Cody's laptop needed extensive repairs (it went swimming!). In typical life-on-the-road-fashion, our plans changed a few times before we ended up staying at the wonderful Pecan Grove RV Park in downtown Austin for Christmas (and returning for a week just after the new year). We really enjoyed exploring Austin; it's a town that's full of things to do and see. I (Tricia) got pretty excited to see things like grassfed beef in restaurants, kombucha on tap, and lots of places to get green smoothies.
One of my favorite parts of this lifestyle is boondocking (or wild camping), which means we go to an area (usually out in the middle of nowhere) that allows dispersed camping or parking but doesn't have any hookups or facilities. Thanks to our great solar setup and water filtration, it's not too difficult for us to be without hookups. We can usually go at least a couple weeks without emptying the holding tanks as well. After leaving Austin, we were planning on going wild camping for a couple of weeks, but that didn't quite happen the way we thought. We ended up leaving Harvey in the shop for a few days to get the top half of his engine rebuilt while we got the luxury of staying in a kind friend's apartment and a few more days in Austin. Fortunately, Harvey died a mile from Qualtech Automotive-the only auto repair shop we've ever seen with all 5 star reviews on Google, and deservedly so. Those guys are amazing, and Harvey's in capable hands.
Unexpectedly, this complete change in plans and the huge repair bill made me realize how much I've fallen in love with living on the road (shouldn't it be the other way around?). Once again being pushed out of my comfort zone, I realized that I love the freedom and flexibility of this lifestyle, even when things don't go the way I want. I'm learning that when things don't go according to plan, incredible things continue happen (yeah, that shocked me, too). I used to panic and be completely thrown off by all changes in my plans, but this lifestyle of slowing down and not always getting what I want exactly when I think I need it has created the space for contentment (and thereby joy) in my life. Every time I'm forced to let go of what I expect to happen, there's a little more room for life to flow the way it's supposed to--and for me to flow with it. When that happens, I get to experience things that I would never have considered.
Here's to making space in our lives for contentment!