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Priceless Adventure

On this day, two years ago, we were down to our final hours in Great Falls. We had planned on hitting the road in the morning, but we were still waiting for something to arrive in the mail, so we waited. And while we did so, we went to the sporting goods store in search of some good walkie-talkies so Rob and I could communicate whilst driving. We picked out a great pair promising coverage for up to 30 miles. We quickly learned that that must have been a typo, and that what they really meant was 30 feet, but that is another story…

So, where was I? Ah yes, August 25, 2012. The day we were pointing Waldo’s nose away from Great Falls, with no intention of returning. The day we were driving away, literally, from what felt like the worst decision we had ever made. We were setting our restless spirits free.

August 25 just sounded like the perfect day to set out on such a journey. And so after months of planning and anticipation, we were finally ready to hit the road. I think it is safe to say that many people doubted what we were doing, they questioned our sanity. Quite honestly, I think many of them still do, and I cannot say that I blame them. After all, why on earth would a family of 5 move (voluntarily, I might add) into a motor home totaling about 240 square feet? That, my friends, is a very good question.

So here we are, celebrating two years of wandering aimlessly around this beautiful country of ours. As I look back over the last couple of years, I see a whole lot of things: new places, new states, new jobs, new friends. We have laughed and cried, been overwhelmed both with joy and frustration. We have doubted our own abilities and questioned our own sanity.

But what I do not see is regret. I do not regret taking this path. I do not regret taking chances. Or trying new things. The truth is that we were at a crossroads and a decision had to be made. I will be the first to admit that it has not all been peaches and cream, but I do not regret our choice. It is quite the opposite, really. I am extremely grateful for this priceless adventure called… life.

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

5 thoughts on “Priceless Adventure

  1. 100+1% congratulations to my 5 pioneers, sdventures, travellers and explorers.
    Is it really just two years? Time does fly when you are having fun, and life flies past whether we like it or not.
    You have all, people, animals and Waldo been an excellent example of how exciting life can be if you just have the courage to break the mould. Others feel safer cocooned in their safe mundane lives so they will never know the freedom and the spirit that you guys have had.
    maybe as time goes on you will feel the need to put down roots but I bet when you do it will not be the conventional house, in conventional street.
    wherever and whatever life shows you I believe that you have done more in two years than most people do in their lifetime.
    your children have had the best education, they don, t just read the book , they go and look.They feel and see history, they feel the air up the mountainside and smell the flowers and grasses in the valley,
    a better education they could not have had even if you had spent millions of dollars, so
    I say again to you ITS THE BEST DECISION EVER MADE..

  2. Two years has just flown by and I know there’s a lot more adventures in your future. I’m proud of you guys for standing by your dreams and not letting any unwanted comments discourage your decision. There are some of us that still applaud your decision and stand by you!!! We love you so much!!! See you soon! šŸ™‚

    • It is amazing how fast time goes, whether we are paying attention or not. It has been a good two years, though, and I am glad we have had the chance to explore a little bit. We love you, too! šŸ™‚

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