Category Archives: I did it!

1,476 miles down; 2,986 miles to go

6 months of sobriety today

I found out that I got the financing for my RV on my 3 month anniversary, March 23rd.
I am heading out on my journey on my 6 month anniversary, May 23rd.
Neither was intentional, so the accidental symbolism is certainly meaningful to me.

Day one

Today I hit the road!
A 400 mile drive today, but a familiar one.
I’ll take a few days of rest for visiting with friends and family, then make a more leisurely drive toward Rocky Mountain National Park.
I can’t believe it! I am both sick with fear and absolutely thrilled!

Three posts in as many hours….

…but I have one more thing I have to tell you!
I use a lot of windshield wiper fluid, as in every single time something hits my windshield. I was told by someone that I have to bring along extra jugs of wiper fluid as I travel along the Alaska Canadian Highway, because the bugs are [...]

I leave for the Arctic on Friday!

After all of these months of planning, I can hardly believe the time is here.
With the exception of not being able to find my hiking boots, I think I actually may be ready.
If you’ve been holding back on any parting words of wisdom or pre-departure checklist items, now would be the time!

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Simplifying

I feel like I can finally breathe. I didn’t even know how tense I was. That I was holding my breath and clenching my jaw.
I am back at Pedernales Falls State Park, after several days parked outside of my house getting rid of things.
I still feel a very real separation anxiety before I let go [...]

Lazy girl’s guide to getting rid of stuff

Open kitchen drawer.
Take picture.
Post on Craigslist.
“Anybody want some Pyrex?”

Kitchen utensils?

Oddly shaped dishes?

Don’t knock. They’re on the front lawn.
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It worked really well.
I got rid of a bunch of stuff yesterday.
It feels great!
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P.S. Technomadia did a great overview of all of the attendees at the NuRVers Rally,
including links to all of their blogs. You can find [...]

Jacked Up

I went through my second test run on changing my own tire, using only those items I’d have with me on the side of the road. It took me a long time, but I did it!
I think it was almost as difficult for others to watch me, as it took me forever. Passerbys, seeing me [...]

Auto Mechanics

“Okay, we have a truck in that needs both front rotors replaced. Who wants to do it?” Most of the boys are more interested in muscle cars than maintenance, so avoid our instructor’s glance.
“I will,” I chime in. Needing to become more skilled in basic car repair, I often opt for the routine jobs.
I pull [...]

Solo RVing

I pull in to the state park, overtired and lonely, more interested in getting some cheap hook ups and a private parking spot than viewing the nearby series of waterfalls.
It is an unusually cold and wet day and the park is empty. As I pull up to my site, the damp fire pit, empty picnic [...]

Living in my car, uncut

Less exciting than it sounds. I am too overwhelmed to write a blog post! In lieu of that, here are some snapshots and unedited videos of my first week in the RV.

First night in RV Park transcript

With Joey transcript
I am alternatively thrilled and terrified, still. I love it so much, but have moments of really [...]

Living in my RV!

I am so excited about my RV that I moved into her almost immediately.
I’ve spent the first two nights drycamping at the Texas Gulf Coast. This whole experience is overwhelming and amazing and terrifying. Half the time I am excited out of my mind and the other half I am so scared about what I’ve [...]

My Mini!

It took me longer to get out of Houston than planned, but I wanted to show you the interior of my new Mini! (Sorry for the wind noise at the beginning.)
I’ve got my house rented starting May 15th. After all this waiting and planning, it feels like everything is happening fast. I am so excited [...]

Look what I got

I’ve made some changes to my plans, but I am still taking my trip. I’ll post an update soon.
I found this when it listed on Thursday. Drove to test drive it Friday. Made an offer that was refused. Got a call after I left that they would take it.  Got my financing approved today.
I’m really [...]

Me and my AA friends

I am the worst AA student. (But I am a good mechanics student! Okay, back to the topic….) I hear people in the meetings say, “I was lucky to have the gift of desperation.” Well, I guess I am unlucky with that. I am lucky in that I recognize that I cannot drink successfully, but [...]