As you can see, John/JP and I have decided it is time to start a new adventure in our lives. When we agreed that it was time for him to retire (2 years earlier than we had expected), we also knew that it was time to plan the next chapter of our lives together. When we started dating, John talked about driving the ALCAN (Alaska Canada Highway). While we do want to put roots down some place again eventually, I informed my dear husband (hereafter known as DH) that we had talked about an adventure together for over 37 years, and when was a better time to do it than now. I was willing to go in my Toyota Minivan and stay in cabins etc along the way, but I made it clear that I wanted to see this great nation we live in from the ground not just from an airplane.
The hard thing for me is the leaving. The leaving of friends; the leaving of family; the leaving of what is familiar and the leaving of stuff.
We have many more decisions and choices to make. And John has covered many of them in his posts. As usual I have left the large-scale logistics to him, and I will take on the day to day running of the inside our new home. The storage and disposal of our current house and household goods will be hard but another challenge that we will survive and grow from together.
Now that we have Ruby (the truck) and Silver (the trailer) I must figure out what we will need (not want or desire) to live day to day in 300+ sq. ft. That is way down from our current 3000 sq. ft! This will be interesting! Once I have the needs figured out then it will be onto the wants: do I want a sewing machine and all that entails? How about Icon painting stuff? Argh!! This is hard! We do currently have a miniature washer/dryer in the trailer. Not sure if we will keep it as it is heavy and weight matters in this adventure. Besides being heavy, the removal would give us another large closet to put those “wants” in.
We do have a few upgrades to make happen soon. John has already upgraded the batteries and their operation. We will be upgrading from a king size bed to a queen ASAP. I know many of you see that as a down grade, but we have always slept in a queen size bed and really do prefer it. Also, and more important we will gain 8” on both sides of the bed in the bedroom. That’s a lot of space to move around when you’re in a trailer. Off to figure out more of this adventure!