Our first VIDEO blog post is up on our YouTube channel! (Episode 1- Hot Springs, AK). Millie still wouldn't get into the truck on her own yet. 😂🐶 Finally editing some of our travel videos together for anyone that wants to see us in action out on the road.
I’ve never considered myself the idea person. I have definitely sought out to become this person, and many times have resigned myself to the notion that ideas are not created anymore, but merely stolen and repurposed. Or, at the same time, there are others born with this mindset who may or may not have the power to see the divinity they possess, myself not being one of them. Still, it never stops me from picking up a stick and poking at the idea box to see if anything comes out.
My wife, on the other hand, is a rabid possessor of idea. She speaks in opportunity as it is a gift of hers alone, and when struck with a passionate idea, sails hard against the wind with it. As I would prefer to keep an idea close to the vest and nurture it alone (where it would undoubtedly die), she will begin test phases almost immediately. She vastly researches and owns the thought processes of her idea. She asks others to be included in her vision, and broadcasts the need for feedback. It’s quite an impressive talent.
So let's just say we stop at a rest stop in France.
Margaret and I are cruising along in our rental car. On our journey between the beaches of Normandy and our bed and breakfast in the country, we pull off to a rest stop where I can run to the bathroom.
I happily jump out of the car and jaunt over to the men's room. It's a really loose term of the word "room", I see, since it's clearly designed missing an entrance, or even a retaining wall for that matter. It's more of a men's "lean-to", built of concrete and tile, leaving you exposed for the enjoyment of all passersby in the rest stop.
In order to avoid Louisiana at all costs (sorry, I still have nightmares about those roads), we took a route out of northeast Texas that led us to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
First off, it is less of a park and more of a tour of the old-timey (albeit well preserved and mostly functioning) bath houses. The 46 separate hot springs pour out of the valley and since the 1800’s settlers have been building their economies around the springs and their natural health benefits.
We have been humbled by the many blessings we have received from the people we have met on our journeys. Many individuals simply cannot wrap their head around why or how we have chosen to live as nomads for a spell, and I can tell you it's a reality you must live through to truly appreciate.
We've been taking it very slowly the past few weeks in Texas. Upon returning to Austin, we got settled in at McKinney Falls for the second time. I was able to do some photography and we ate at Torchy's almost every day. Other than that, we enjoyed hanging out with some new friends and just enjoying the bluebonnets around the campground.
I had to drag Mark kicking and screaming to our marriage counseling, I mean appointment to fix our hitch.
We have different opinions on what is acceptable sway, but we have A LOT.
The weather had just started to warm up when we arrived on Padre Island after our stay in Austin. A lot of our campfire chat had been about how to pull a 30’, 8,700 lb Airstream onto a beach. We were definitely afraid we were going to get stuck.
As we drove on the island, the further down we got the businesses were no longer and we were surrounded by tall grass with dunes on either side of us.
We were headed to GPS coordinates, so we found the closest access rode. At the end, we drove around the corner and it just opened up to powdery sand and gorgeous blue ocean.
Before we just gunned it onto the beach, we took a look at whether it would be possible to walk down to the other Airstreams we were meeting. It was way too far. Then we looked for another camper so we could get a last minute pep talk. No luck. Instead we asked the advice of the woman with the Corolla that wasn’t parked on the beach. She was our only hope.
Not being able to find a place to stay near Austin for a second time and it being SXSW, had us looking elsewhere. It had been suggested to check out Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, so we found a campground close by and booked Austin for the following week.
The first full day we were there was a Monday, so we figured Joanna's shop would be dead. Well, we were dead wrong.
We had specifically planned our time in Savannah to avoid rain, so we could check out the city during the day. We were only going to have enough time for one day, so we wanted it to count. We pulled into ?? State Park the night before, and while the sites were a little tight, it was a nice place to hang out. We picked a pull through closest to the playground, so the kids had some room to run.