he and i have had a busy couple of years. there is a lot to reflect on. most of my reflections tend to be for the sole purpose of learning what i want less of and what i want more of and how to go about both. in general i like to look forward instead of backward, but use this time from rosh hashanah to yom kippur to do a little evaluating. are we, he and i, heading in the right directions for what we want out of life, professionally and personally? have our decisions been good in the past year? did we learn from our mistakes? are we being, day in and day out, the people we want to be?
a big part of our lives the past few years has been our airstream, eddie. from purchasing and overhauling to full time traveling on our big adventure touring the country to living in it while we (he) renovated camp1899 to a livable status. it’s been a journey. traveling taught us so much about the u.s. as it stands today. we learned about states and places that we really had no clue about prior to our airstream travels. and oh the list of things we’ve learned about rv travel, it’s a long list. he would admit, and i’d wholeheartedly agree, that he had trouble settling into the unknown, and the demands of rv life (many that fell on him alone). it took away a little bit of the joy of the open road, in hindsight he sees this so clearly. but you do the best you can in the moment and that is that. we still visited amazing places and we can learn from what we wish had been different so that it will be from now on.
one thing we’ve always made a priority in our marriage is to live a debt free, simple but full life. being debt free is so important to us because it gives us the freedom to do more, such as drive all over the country willy nilly. the purchase of our tiny house in edgewater was a very thoughtful one, we purchased an inexpensive house, we have paid for the renovations out of pocket and* we have no other incurred debt looming over us. however, to do all of this meant spending savings, and as much as we like being debt free we like having cash in the bank too. to make sure that our house/savings/spending stays in a place we’re happy with we decided to look ahead and make a plan that would keep us where we feel free and secure.
we miss the open road, we miss picking a place and off we go to see what it’s all about. we miss it but we don’t want to live it full time. we’ve done that, we loved it, we learned how we would do things differently (oh to have that ability) and through all of this reflection we’ve made a plan. we do want to travel part of every year. ideally it will add up to months out of the year, some at longer stretches, some for short ones. but, at the end of the day, we felt limited by pulling the airstream and feel sad that it sits so pretty, fully renovated and ready to go but not going anywhere. we like having home with us, as an rv gives you, but like the idea of something smaller and simpler and more easily manipulated to whatever whim strikes our fancy from one place to the next.
for us a big huge gas guzzling suburban and a 22ft trailer makes for a behemoth 45ft roadtrip companion (and eddie is pretty tiny in the big scheme of things). so we had to figure out what this meant for us, for future travel, and for our financial goals. we decided that we want to try something new, different, and smaller scale. we aren’t 100% sure what that is, but we’re leaning towards a vw poptop van, they’re small, more like tent camping without the tent, and for us, a much easier boondocking companion than 45ft of car + camper. much more gas friendly and most of all, more flexible.
we squeezed a lot of good times out of our airstream and it was a sad but hopeful day when we waved goodbye, wishing the new owners all of the luck in the world. we’re proud of our travels in eddie, of the state we restored the airstream to and the passing of the torch. we’re not done traveling, not even close.. wanderlust is in my blood, and it’s there to stay, and for him too. we sold out big yeti suburban to a big family who was very happy to take those keys and* after both sales we in turn have paid off bills and aligned ourselves back to a place where we feel much more free and happy.
it’s a new chapter, we’ve dreamed up some big new plans, still trying to figure it all out. my husband, he may have been out of sorts here and there, and that might have caused this or that, but he did love it and without him i would never, ever have had the airstream adventure, and we both are 100% happy we did it. we both can’t wait to get out there again (soon!). without him none of what we are doing would be possible. he pulled that trailer every mile, he did every hook and unhook, he’s built us a beautiful tiny home and i’m grateful and lucky. we have so much adventure ahead of us, i hope you’ll come along…