Halve the Stuff, Double the Cash and Triple the Time: Where We Are Now (- post from Travel)

Everyone who has been on the Pan American Highway says to put everything you want to bring on a bed – clothes, books, all the stuff.

Cut the goods in half and double your cash and you will be set.

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What they don’t tell you is, if you are like us, you should halve the stuff, double your cash and TRIPLE your time. Cuz it’s just not possible to move with any kind of speed with three little people hanging on to your legs – not that you’d want to, anyway.

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I get the feeling that we are going to making this trip sooooooooooooo slowwwwwwwwwwly that everyone is going to get so used to wherever we are that they’ll be like, ‘I thought you were going to GO somewhere?’ forgetting that we are, in fact, actually somewhere, and that somewhere isn’t where we started from!

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But hopefully that’s all going to take place in someplace warmer than Humboldt County.

Oh My God, we are kicking ourselves! We gave away our coats, our big heavy warm things!

insert head desk –

I found myself shivering around the Goodwill, hunting through those masses of coats and jackets – they even have a free pile up here – thinking of the irony of donating almost everything we own just to turn around and look for something WARM! I totally wondered if I was going to run into something that we ourselves had given – and guess what?! I did! I ran smack dab into stuff my niece gave that I had given her.

 insert facepalm –

But these things happen and it’s not the end of the world. We’ll pick up some long underwear and make sure we keep it on us through this trip. Warm socks and hats too. Thank you, Vermont, for teaching me that one.

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Anyway, so, Mikey and I have been flim-flamming all over the place on going to hot springs.You see, we could take a route that will be a straight shot to San Diego/Mexico. Or we could take a more circuitous route (adding a couple hundred miles) that will take us by just about every single undeveloped, free hot spring in California.

It was once a no-brainer (of course we would go!) but lately it’s been really hard to decide what with it getting ever-colder and knowing that some of the places will be literally freezing. With just Mikey and I, we’d go in a heartbeat, but with three little ones to take care of, well, yeah. It’s given us pause.  It’s also made Mikey test that Alaskan pop-up camper within an inch of it’s mechanical life.

The final verdict on the hot springs: as the furnace is working so solidly and since we are stocked up on goodwill coats, we think we’ll go for it. One last round of hot springs in California. We’ll say goodbye to the places we love best.

That’s where we are at right now and hopefully we’ll be pulling out of Humboldt County this week.

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Good things about being here so long:

  • We’ve been able to tempt my brother Dana with thoughts on moving to wherever we end up! (he’s looking up coffee plantations in Nicaragua!)
  • Time spent with family, wonderful family
  • Test, test, testing the right. Re-configuring oh, just about everything. Should I write more about this stuff? Let me know if you want to know more – I don’t want to bore you with details if you are not interested

and –

Grandpa Jack! He came up from the Bay Area for his 90th birthday and we got to say goodbye again. (and here I should apologize for the crappy photos – yours truly is just getting started on the DSLR and that’s no secret!)

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 The good looking young uns who aren’t mine are Dana’s. Three of his four were there

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Grandma lives with my brother Dana. Dana has been taking care of her for years now. I told you he’s a good guy.

DSC_1206It was sad  to say good bye again.

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Fare. Well

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On that note, I’ll leave you here.

Fare Well. Hopefully we’ll be on the road again this week.

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Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.
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