|New Zealand camper van trip 2007|
Flexible. It’s something I’m not. Not physically, not mentally. I like to plan what is going to happen during the week and when something changes, even though I know I should be, I am not good at adapting. It’s something I need to work on because you can’t count on life being very predictable.
This is exactly why I think it is a good thing we are doing a very “fly by the seat of your pants” style trip this summer.
We have two weddings to go to. One in Iowa and one in Rhode Island. They are a week a part. To save money by avoiding buying tickets for the three or four different airports we would need to fly in and out of, we have decided to drive. Across the whole country. There and back. I honestly doubt we are saving much money, if any, but it’s all about the adventure at this point in our lives. Since Scott is off work for the summer (he’s a teacher) and my work is accommodating (the people I nanny for gave me the time off and I will blog from the road) there is no time like the present for us to embark on this cross country journey.
- I may lose my mind
- a) We will be away from the ocean for a large portion of this trip, longer than I’ve ever been away from it in my entire life.
- b) The “plan” will be flexible and unpredictable. Yikes!
- c) We will be seeing and staying with lots of friends and family. I am an introvert and nothing about that is changing for this trip. It’s something that doesn’t change ever. I like my alone time, my quiet time (which is typically my surf time). I am stoked to see family, don’t get me wrong, but I hope I still have some time to myself to collect my thoughts and “re-charge”.
- We will drive each other crazy
- We’ve actually done a camper van trip across New Zealand for three weeks and survived, so I’m less concerned about this bullet point. Scott’s driving does not scare or bother me, so this is a plus. He is not critical of my driving either.
- We will not have enough time to do everything we would like/the schedule will be too packed
- This is going to happen. I am “planning” on that. We have high hopes of accomplishing and seeing a lot, but have both accepted that it might not happen.
Well, at least there’s that. The acceptance of impending chaos. I can try to prepare and avoid the things I am worried about, but that’s about all I can plan on. Despite all of my concerns, I’m pretty freakin’ excited to add this experience to my life. My greatest hope is that we will not only come home with great stories, but will return more well rounded, stronger individually and as a couple. Either way, I will document what happens on this little blog of mine.
-San Diego, California to Salt Lake City, Utah
-Salt Lake City to Yellowstone, Wyoming
-Yellowstone to Keystone, South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore
-South Dakota to Iowa for wedding #1
-Iowa to Chicago, Illinois to visit friends
-Chicago to Pennsylvania to visit family
-Pennsylvania to Rhode Island for wedding #2
-Rhode Island to New York, New York to visit my sister Danielle
-New York to North Carolina to visit and surf with our friend Dave
-North Carolina to Georgia or Alabama
-Georgia to New Orleans, Louisiana
-New Orleans to somewhere in Texas
-Texas to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
-New Mexico to San Diego
The day after we get back Scott and I leave for bachelor and bachelorette parties, respectively. Mine is in Vegas, his is in Tahoe. The following Tuesday Scott returns to School.
If this trip doesn’t teach me to be more flexible, I don’t know what will.
-Any good recommendations for this journey are very much appreciated.