We're finally on the road!

Yes, on the road.  Not quite on the trail.  First, we are spending a few weeks in Ruidoso, NM where we met RĂ£'s sister and sold her my Miata.  We are putting the last of our stuff in storage and trying to get organized.  While here, we will take a few days to go to Amarillo to check in on Dad. From Ruidoso, we will go back to Phoenix to pick up our gear, then head to Layton, Utah where we will be doing some work.  We hope to do some camping and exploring on the way there and back.  

 Clearly, we need to downsize further!

Clearly, we need to downsize further!

You read that right.  I've sold my Dad's Miata.  It was a very tough decision. Anyone who knows me and knows the story of that car realizes how much sentimental value it has.  Not wanting to put in it storage, this is the best possible scenario, however.  It will be well cared for and I always have the option of buying it back. Of course, I still shed a few tears as I watched it head down the road on its way to TX.

It does feel a bit strange to finally be on the road and intentionally homeless.  And intentionally car-less and unemployed.  It makes me feel quite vulnerable actually.  We are a bit nervous and very excited all at the same time.  This is a big change and there are many unknowns.  Will it all work out?  Will we even like this lifestyle? Are we going to drive each other crazy?  How will Baron do?  We will need to fine tune our gear and continue the process of learning to live with less.

 We are finishing up some camper shell projects while in Ruidoso.  First up, Baron's new loft!

We are finishing up some camper shell projects while in Ruidoso.  First up, Baron's new loft!

Staying in Ruidoso is certainly a nice way to ease into to this.  Each morning I wake up grateful and feeling fortunate for this time.  I get to spend time reading each morning before taking Baron for a nice, long walk. (Just finished reading The Emerald Mile - LOVED it!)  We're in the mountains, so all these hills are certainly good training for our upcoming hiking.  It's cool enough to have fires most evenings.  I'm really trying to enjoy these creature comforts before we leave.   Things we've been without for a long time, really, since we've been downsizing and making preparations.  Things we will soon be without for a very long time - kitchen, refrigerator, bed, furniture. It's about to get much less comfortable! ~ Heather