This evening is one of the last. One of the last staying up late watching tv shows we’ve seen more than once; snuggling on a couch more than 2 inches thick; one of the last sleeping on our fancy-pants bed with super-comfy pillows.
We’re spoiled. And as I sit tucked in and typing next to a pair of snoozing, cuddling loved ones, I am thankful - but not naming the comfy bed at the top among the things I am thankful for. I’m thankful for the adventure we’ve been on. The camper portion hasn’t even started, but the adventure began a while ago.
We were walking along our neighborhood sidewalk when I realized that we had started the serious talk about alternative living way back last summer, before Nick went to hike the JMT. We had already looked at a thousand places in the Los Angeles area, desperate to find a home here that we could afford and that wasn’t too far from the community we love. We had come to realize that we would need to more than double our budget to be able to find something, so we expanded our search criteria and drove in circles looking for hidden signs in bushes and down dead end streets. We put our application in to live in a converted caravan, a real caravan - still on the truck, tires and all - somehow turned into a permanent structure with a deck. Turns out, our star signs were wrong for the place. Really, that’s the reason we were given. And, I’m sure that was for the best.
Around that time, we were daydreaming about where we should live and how that should look. The idea of having outdoor or garage space to outfit a trailer was coming up when we looked at a teeny, gross guest house for over $2,000 per month. The carport space was what we were interested in. I think that’s when I realized we should think more seriously, not just daydream, but really look into the possibility of living in a trailer or a camper or a van and tour the US, taking pictures and telling stories.
When that idea became our future, the work transitioned from finding our house in the city of Los Angeles to finding our home in the people living there. We are spoiled - with amazing and wonderful and generous friends. We’ve eaten hundreds of meals together, spending countless hours around tables and on couches, talking about every topic and making it ever so hard to say goodbye to them.
We are super spoiled. We have too many ways to make coffee. I have too many shoes. We have more than we need. We will more than likely take too much with us on the road. But what I feel we have an abundance of, and will take with us and be overwhelmingly thankful for, are the people we have lived life with.
I’m so thankful for the adventure of this life - the planning, the work, the lessons and the people that go through all of that with us. As I sit, tucked in and typing next to one of my favorites, I am so thankful to be going on this adventure with him and I’m reminded that I have everything that I will ever need.