You can consider the photo above our “before” photo, that is, the photo taken before we spend nine (or more?) months living in our Airstream. As we write this, the movers are packing up all our stuff to go into storage until our house in Asheville, NC is completed–the latest estimate is late March or April of next year. After the closing on our Gainesville, FL house this Thursday we officially will be homeless, and living in our Airstream down by the river, lake, mountain, beach, or possibly in your driveway. Actually, we know exactly where we will be from June 21, 2013 through March 15, 2014, so if you haven’t heard from us already you should be safe.
In our travels we will head north this summer, arriving in Maine by late July. We’ll then slowly work our way south, spending most of the fall in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. After Christmas, we will join the snowbirds in Florida for the rest of the winter, staying in the Florida Keys in early March of next year. If all goes as planned, we will then head north to Asheville to move into our new house.
We will make a total of 42 stops along the way and here’s a summary of our itinerary from Friday through the end of July which will get us to Maine:
- Island on Lake Murray in South Carolina
- New River in North Carolina
- Park near Richmond, Virginia
- Shenandoah River in Virginia
- Bald Eagle Mountain in Pennsylvania
- Watkins Glen in New York
- Cayuga Lake in New York
- Winhall Brook in Vermont
- Friends’ driveway in Maine
We started to list our entire trip itinerary in this blog but, when we realized there were 42 stops, we started to feel both apprehensive and exhausted. After becoming empty nesters, we have been camping regularly for the last six years, first in a pop-up trailer and then in our Airstream. However, our longest trip to date has been about two weeks, so 9+ months represents uncharted territory. Ed feels this will be a good test of our marriage–if we survive 9 months in a 7′- 7″ by 25′ tin can, we should be good to go for our future life together in Asheville.
We actually have a precedent for using camping to confirm our relationship. Before we were married, we went camping together in a two-person tent to Williamsburg, VA and Nags Head, NC. We could write an entire blog on that trip but, to summarize, Patty sprained her ankle in the ocean, Ed came down with strep throat and the vacation was cut short. Below are the before and after photos for that trip.
The good news is that our first camping trip did not destroy our relationship. The bad news is that it lasted less than a week as compared to our currently planned 9+ month trip. So…what will happen this time? Stay tuned… Our goal is to write a new blog once a week but that’s only a goal. We will be camping in some remote areas much of the trip so we’re assuming our internet access will be limited.
Have a great summer!
P.S. – Ed really wanted to do this trip just so he could tell people “we’re livin’ in a trailer down by the river”, a reference to Chris Farley’s famous SNL character, Matt Foley, motivational speaker, who was “livin’ in a van down by the river”. If you haven’t seen it or would like to see it again, here’s a link: http://www.hulu.com/search?q=Chris+Farley+SNL+Moments