We are somewhat experts at the art of Goodbye. Although these past few years have brought this even more into the forefront of the life we lead, it has been the case for a very long time.
In my case, by the time I graduated high school I had lived in over a dozen houses in four states. Jim and his family were much more stationary but right after high school, he ended up leading a more nomadic existence as he followed jobs to Portland, Mt. Hood, and Alaska.
As a team, we have never lived in one place more than five years, most much shorter. We’ve roamed the world and fed our restless spirits with adventure and new experiences. And while we wouldn’t trade this life for anything, it means we’ve become very, very skilled at saying goodbye.
As travelers we would often connect instantly with others we met along the way, but inevitably parted soon after, having simply shared a few magical memory making moments before saying goodbye.
Now that we have lived on the road for nearly two years we find ourselves saying goodbye even more often. Most recently to our camp family as we headed south from Coeur D’Alene.
A week in Portland brought lots of fun with friends and family but, yes, still more goodbyes.
Stops along the way in southern Oregon and San Diego had us visiting great friends along with my nephew who we haven’t seen in over a decade. Fun times and but yes, more goodbyes. Luckily for us, sweet Bertie and John will be joining us in Baja soon enough!
And now we find ourselves nearly to this year’s winter home in familiar Los Barriles. We’ll be working and seeing old friends and living the life of our dreams on the beautiful beaches of Baja only to find springtime calling for more goodbyes as we head back north to our stunning campground on the lake.
For the irony of this life of adventure is that for all of the amazing moments out exploring the world is that those adventures come with the nearly constant price of forever leaving those we share time with.
As Thanksgiving approaches what we are most thankful for is that we are fortunate enough to have truly beloved friends and family members all around the globe. Even when we are saying goodbye, we know that simply means we will once again be saying hello to others we love.