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Is it REALLY all the time 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 enjoyable salt life seaside sunbathing.  It doesn’t matter.  You’ve gotten checked the climate.  You’ve packed every little thing you’ll want.  You made positive the automobile is filled with gas, and even made positive it’s updated on the entire different upkeep.  Nothing is stopping you from an outstandingly epic journey.  Till…

You’ve gotten 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.
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You end up within the path of a twister…

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The jack stops working in your camper…

The batteries maintain dying…

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

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

If in case you have learn any of our earlier articles, or adopted any of our YouTube channel, then you already know…  Now we have had each single considered one of these issues occur to us on a minimum of considered one of our highway journeys.  A few of them on the identical epic highway journey that we’re on in the present day.  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 highway 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 highway journeys both.  We write about and share our RV life, however we have now had a number of issues once we traveled via the airports too.  On our honeymoon, we landed in Jamaica and we have been lacking a chunk of our baggage.  On the identical journey, we virtually missed our aircraft for our return flight dwelling.  On a visit to Las Vegas, we arrived on the lodge and have been instructed 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 stored getting delayed. 

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

So, it’s actually an Journey?

YES!!!!

Even once we lose every week in the midst of South Dakota to switch a gas pump situated 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 will not be the identical journey that you just set out for whenever you packed every little thing up and left the home.  But it surely IS nonetheless an Journey!

Clearly, that is an angle.  That is retaining that positivity flowing and desperately in search of 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 all the time good, it isn’t all the time grand.  That’s why we have now all the time used the phrase ‘journey’ to explain our journeys.  It IS all the time 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 giggle and revel in this epic journey.

Now we have discovered to giggle.  Personally, I giggle at every little thing… Doug has usually teased that he could possibly be stung by a scorpion and that my first response goes to be to giggle.  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 considered one of us can restore (by considered one 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 all the time mentioned, “we don’t cry over spilled milk, espresso possibly, however by no means milk.”  If we simply concentrate on the damaging 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 purpose of residing in our camper and touring our magnificent nation for 2 complete years.  Right here we’re, 2 months in, and we have now 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 venture.  Largely we miss our help system.  However on the finish of the journey, whether or not we make it the complete 2 years, or we have now to cool 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 all the time dreamed of seeing, and doing issues that we’ve all the time needed 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 Photograph at our Bonnie & Clyde theme get together.

So subsequent time your automobile 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 an entire rain out – take a second to judge that.  The three hours within the airport, or the rain on the seaside shouldn’t be allowed to outline the whole lot 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 concentrate on.  It IS all the time an journey. 

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