Here we go again. After 2 years of struggling, scraping and saving… of not being able to enjoy summers in the outdoors because we had no transportation… 2 years of suffering from deep depression and walking a tightrope of hopelessness… We have made it! We have found our home on wheels. This 1995 Chevy G20 Explorer is so much like our previous van but so far in much better shape. Everything that did not work in our old van works in this one. We are elated and our journey will begin the first week of August. Scott has decided that the first place he wants to head out to is Mount Rushmore. Although we had worked out in Yellowstone and had traveled in that area, we had never been there.
I am looking forward to capturing my own images and experience of this amazing place and sharing it with all of you. From there we will be making our way down towards Mississippi by September 20th for the wedding of my middle son on September 29th. It will be the first time in more than 5 years that I will have all three of my sons together with me. You know I am going to capture every moment.
Now, I do have quite a bucket list of places I want to see that I have never been to so this is going to be an amazing life. I know my little dog Wally is just as excited. When we first got the van and I took him out for our regular walk, the first thing he did was head to the van and was waiting for me to open the door so he can hop in. He is truly a traveling dog. He already has his spot set up in between Scott and me.
We have already enjoyed a couple of local trips and Wally was so happy in his element. He sat up tall and was just looking ahead at everything. You would think he was doing the driving!
Here are a few of the images I captured on a couple of local trips. A wooded park in Hamden, Pushaw Lake in Orono, and a beautiful picnic area in Acadia National Park called Frasier Point on the scenic Schoodic drive.
Of course, I have some anxiety as we prepare for this journey. Anxiety due to a current situation I am living with that will accompany us as we begin our life on the road. I am praying and hoping that the Florida DMV will finally release my Driver’s License from Medical Review so that I can obtain a valid driver’s license here in Maine before we head out. That way I can help Scott do some of the driving. There are other issues as well that I worry about but I won’t get into it here. Perhaps I will write about it in a separate post.
These are just a few of the places I am looking forward to visiting:
Yosemite National Park
Glacier National Park
Zion National Park
Arches National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Custard State Park
Jacob Lake, AZ
Canyonlands National Park
The Wave in AZ
Valley Of The Gods
And of course, I am looking forward to returning to Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons, and Death Valley National Park to visit friends who still live and work there.
On top of all these places, we hope to meet up with many of our online friends and just enjoying the beauty of life. By next winter, we hope to be in Quartzsite AZ where many of my friends get together and spend the winter.
So, we have quite an adventure ahead of us and I am looking forward to sharing it all with you through photographs, videos, and blogging. So be sure to subscribe to this page for all new writing and information. I do have a YouTube channel and I will be uploading videos from my adventures so please subscribe to my channel on youtube as well. This is going to be fun!!!