Let’s get this show on the road






We have this thing we do over here when we're tackling something that requires a little encouragement. (Say, dunking into the ice cold creek on a hot summer day.) We cheer each other on with a random cry of, "One, two, three, ELEVEN!"

I no longer remember how it started, but it's our thing. Any time someone needs a little assist to muster their courage, that's what we reach for. 

And today I'm ridiculously nervous.

That's the way it always is when I step out of my comfort zone.

But the garden is harvested, the salsa is made, and the last batch of tomato sauce is simmering away in the canner.

It's time.

Nellie (our camper) has had her final once-over. We've packed food, maps, books, and all manner of herbs, homeopathic remedies, ice packs, heating pads, and tinctures in a futile attempt at being ready for anything that may come.

The kids are champing at the bit to leave.

But am I?

Um. Sort of. Maybe. Yes. Definitely…

Okay, I don't know.

It's a funny mix of blind fear and unbridled excitement over here.

What will come of the next from weeks? I can only speculate. I have no doubts there will be frustration, drama, a few raised voices, and a handful of tears. We'll be homesick and missing those we leave behind.

I'm also positive we'll have our socks thoroughly knocked off by this beautiful country of ours. We'll spill over with wonder, curiosity, awe, and gratitude, day after day on the road. We will connect on a different level than we do at home, develop our self-reliance, self-confidence, and determination. We'll make new friends, grow, and come home transformed.

So much goodness is waiting, just around the bend. Of that I'm certain.

And so, I guess it's time to stop stalling. Let's get this show on the road!


One, two, three, ELEVEN!

And off… we… go!





13 thoughts on “Let’s get this show on the road

  1. Genie says:

    Ah, the pre-trip jitters… I predict they will evaporate before the first mile ticks over on the odometer.
    Bon voyage, you lovelies! Have a great time.
    If you make it to the Cape, wiggle your toes in the sand for me.

  2. Malkah Geller says:

    Ah, I’m so jealous :). Let your excitement overcome the jitters. You’ll have a wonderful time and yes, there’ll be adventure too…in all shapes and sizes. I wish you eine gute Reise = bon voyage 🙂

  3. Kim says:

    I know what you mean. I’ve been there. You can do it. Yes. You. You who built a first class business and a livelihood from oils, herbs and love. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Happy travels!

  4. Beth says:

    “And today I’m ridiculously nervous.

    That’s the way it always is when I step out of my comfort zone.”

    I can relate to this,….and my empathetic brain is both and excited
    and nervous for you and your family.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    When you’re in MA and happen to find yourselves going to living history/history/science museum and want to go with other h/s’ers,
    get in touch.

  5. Al says:

    Travel well

    I had just popped over to see whether you had been posting lately as nothing was showing in my Bloglovin’ feed. Not sure if the problem is at my end or somewhere else in the chain that gets your lovely writing and photos to us. But don’t spend a minute thinking about it because many more important adventures await. Hopefully it resolves itself soon.

  6. Kristin says:

    Only the best travel wishes and strength on your roadtrip adventure. It will be amazing!!!! Can’t wait to hear about how everything goes and the wonder that fills all of you traveling this way, eekkkkk how exciting!!!! 🙂

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