Today one year ago we locked the doors on our house, said goodbye to everything and pulled our new fifth-wheel, named Falkor after the Luck Dragon, out of our driveway and drove 20 minutes to our first RV park. That was one of the most thrilling and terrifying days of my life. There's nothing quite like driving behind your new home for the first time onto the Highway of Complete Unknown. Leaving everything you've ever known for something brand new is a scary thing to do.
It was TOTALLY worth it.
I have thought about what it would be like when we reached our year anniversary for a long time. . . about a year actually. Where would I be in one year? Like where would I physically be? I mean I wondered where I would be emotionally and stuff but I had no idea what state I'd be in. I don't think I would have guessed Massachusetts, hiding inside from a army of bionic caterpillars.
It's really hard to know where to start. Our home has been pulled for 8,000 miles. We've stayed in 44 campgrounds. Our truck has traveled 15,000 miles total, which gives us around 7,000 miles of day trips to the 120+ waterfalls, lakes, monuments, historical sites, museums, mountains and World's Largests. We've been to 79 cities, 34 cemeteries, and 24 states (and one walkabout over the Canadian border.)
That's pretty darn crazy.
The only thing that keeps me remembering them all is the magnets that we've collected from each place that we place on the walls. I love to gaze at them all while cooking and remember all the things we've seen. It's like our own customized wallpaper. I've also been collecting pins from everywhere that I have pinned up next to my bed that are the last thing I see and night and the first thing in the morning.
In August 2013, right after we decided to do this, we made a video where we took turns answering questions like "What are you excited about?" "What do you think you'll miss?" "What are you nervous about?"(Tiny Gwyn was nervous about seeing a bear.) "What did you do to get ready this week?". We watched that video last night and it was so much fun to see what we were right and wrong about. We came up with a bunch of questions and we're going to interview each other today to celebrate. Maybe I'll bake something yummy too.