Or, perhaps more accurately, the ending of the preparation towards a new beginning? Time keeps slipping away from me as we continue to wrap up our life here at home.
Lately, our life has continued to revolve around getting Tequila ready to hit the road South, while dispersing ourselves of all of the STUFF acquired over 27 years. Daily I look around me, at a rapidly shrinking material footprint, and question how all of it came to be. Obviously, we did need certain things and our dining room table and chairs, as an example, saw many a dinner party. And yet~ we were thrilled to be able to pass it on to a young couple just beginning their married life in a new house. The fact that she also purchased our coffee table and end table? Score!
The Amazon deliveries continue; generally producing such excitement as mounts for sand ladders. I say that in jest, not terribly excited at the item itself but over the moon in terms of what such items mean to the direction our life is going. We have received the Mexican camping “bible” from Mike & Terri Church, the camper racks, the jerry cans, the propane mount, even the LED dog collars for nighttime wanders.
We have finished our last summer in Oregon for at least a couple of years, a hot, dry summer with record temperatures and a dangerous fire season.
We have experienced our last camping trip in the known future with Ron and Dario. Although there is another planned with Dave and Anne and Ken and Wendy, Ron and Dario have hung up their camping hats for the year and our next adventure together will hopefully involve Mexican beaches and too many margaritas.
We hosted what will be one of our last dinner parties. It was a fantastic evening, surrounded by good food and friends and a lot of wine, the type of night that will remain lovingly in our memories for years to come.
We saw our nephews last football game for awhile. We will continue to be there in spirit, grateful for youtube and the ease of digitally keeping in touch, absolutely different than last time we were away.
And so the final prep is upon us. We eagerly keep up with those who are also just beginning their drive South, knowing these folks will be part of our support group once we are on the road. The path to freedom is nearly upon us!