Three months on the road and time is flashing by so fast that we are starting to panic a little. We have been planning for February for so long and now that it is here it almost seems surreal, but there is nothing we can do to slow time down so we just keep planning the future and making the most of every day.
One of Rob’s greatest fears as sole driver of the motorhome is getting it stuck in the mud. The earth has a funny way of holding onto things when water is added, and we learned how true this is when we parked our motorhome in a grassy field for a few days back in Illinois. We didn’t anticipate it turning into a mud pit the morning of our departure but it did and if it weren’t for some skillful maneuvering and miraculous good fortune we may still be there! We thank Mother Earth for letting us go and we hope and pray we never find ourselves in the mud again.
Who would have ever guessed that when the wind blows the people inside don’t sleep? Well it is true and we have had our share of near sleepless nights over the last three months thanks to the sound of wind whistling through every microscopic crack and cranny of our home on wheels. It is also a real party to drive a 65’ “wall” on the open highways of Wyoming and Nebraska as mother-nature blasts you with pushes and shoves for hundreds of miles.
Other than the half-second when we thought Audrey’s hair was on fire, the flames of good fortune have burned bright and contributed to the positive memories of our adventure. Time spent in blacksmith shops and around campfires making smores have been absolutely awesome times for our whole family.
As the old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours”, but being from Utah Valley where the winters can be long and miserable (especially this year), we have put our own positive spin on the old saying. Whenever it rains we like to say “When it rains, it pours, but at least it isn’t SNOWING!!!
The bottom line is that Mother Nature just doesn’t seem to care what we, as brief visitors on this planet, hope or wish for i.e. perfect 75 to 80 degree afternoons with a gentle refreshing breeze. She just does what she does and we can either plan for every possible scenario or suffer the consequences. We have had more than our share of rain and wind on this adventure, but over the past week here in Florida we realize how much more we appreciate the good weather because we have been through the not-so-good weather. We also reflect on the fact that many of the good and bad times faced by our ancestors were directly related to the weather. While some lost fingers and toes to frostbite, others lost their lives to exposure and extreme weather conditions beyond their control. We are just grateful that they left their story and that no matter what weather we have yet to face on this trip, we are facing it together.