Well, it’s been a while.
I’d like to say my lack of blogging has been from a lack of time, but that wouldn’t really be the truth. I’m going to be honest for a minute and get my thoughts out there before jumping into a recap of the last 11 months.
I lost my blog passion. Not so much about ours, but reading the blogs that used to inspire me to want to blog. Most of the home renovation blogs that I used to read have all but fizzled out, and the blogging scene (except for other rvers) has changed so much in the last several years. I think social media has had a lot to do with the change since it’s so easy to quickly share a photo on Instagram or Facebook, which basically does same thing as a blog post. I also have been too much of a perfectionist when it comes to blogging. I wanted every word and punctuation to be perfect before posting which often translated to a single post taking 6 hours or more.
So, from here out, don’t expect perfection. I’m not an English major so I’m going to write like I talk and be done with it. You’ve been warned.
With all of that said, I do still want to share our journey. Being sidelined for the last eight months left me feeling like I didn’t have much to share, since we weren’t traveling full-time, but now that we’re on the road again there are lots of adventures ahead and we couldn’t be more excited!
Since it has been so long since we’ve been here I’m going to back track the last 11 months at lightening speed.
January and February: Whoa, these months were a blur. We set out at the beginning of the year for our great adventure of 2015. We made a couple of quick stops in Houston, TX and Lake Charles, LA and then made our way over to Alabama. We enjoyed hanging out at our favorite campground near Birmingham and spent time prepping the bike for my first race. At the end of February, we headed to Roebling Road Raceway for the weekend that changed our entire year. If you’ve followed along on Instagram or Facebook you probably saw that my first race was a bust and my ankle got pretty beat up. If you didn’t, the short story is that I fractured my talus, (which is basically the worst bone you can break in your ankle) spent four days in the hospital, and our travel plans for 2015 were trashed. We were given the news in the hospital that I was not going to be able to walk for three months and should expect to need physical therapy once I did start walking again, so there was a long road ahead. I want to write an entire blog post devoted to the whole injury and recovery experience but that’s a story for another day.
March: Up front I would like to say that we have amazing friends and family. The support we were given this past year has been incredible and we are so thankful. It made life so much easier having people to lean on during a time that would have been much harder without them. Right after my accident we were in a bit of a pickle because getting in and out of the RV was pretty much impossible for me. If necessary, we could have made it work, but it would have been really hard – especially since our bathroom is up two large steps. Our friends in Alabama graciously offered to let us come stay with them while I improved. We were there almost a whole month before I finally felt up to being able to travel. Since we knew for the next few months I would need to be seeing a doctor and doing physical therapy we decided to go back to Texas where we would be able be near family.
April-June: We spent the better part of six months hanging out in San Antonio. For the first couple of months we actually stayed in my parents house since I was still pretty much wheelchair bound. However, even though we weren’t doing any RV traveling, we didn’t give up our spirit of wanderlust entirely.
We took advantage as much as possible of only being a couple of hours away from the beach in Corpus Christi and once I got the all clear to start weight-bearing in June, we made a several week trip to Alabama and back in the truck.
While we were in Birmingham we magically found out a few hours before hand that Garth Brooks was playing and managed to grab some tickets. It was extremely fun! We even made the most of our little excursion by dropping by Gulf Shores on our way back to Texas.
July-September: Once we got back to Texas we took the RV on a mini little trip up to the Hill Country in Ingram, TX. We had only planned to go for the weekend and attend a family reunion but ended up staying almost three weeks. It was a pain to drive an hour and a half to physical therapy, but we enjoyed our time away so much. Being back in our little home was refreshing and the scenery wasn’t too bad either.
I finally finished up physical therapy in August and had my last doctors appointment of the year on September 8th! I was given the all clear to return back to normal life and have been working on that ever since.
October – We’ve been back on the road since the end of September and have been loving every second. We did a bunch of projects around the RV during our relaxing stay on the lake in Alabama and had a blast hanging our with our Bama friends and having a big ol party weekend for the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Just a few days ago we set out and landed in Little Rock, AR where we’ll be for the next month.
That pretty much sums up most of the major milestones from the last 11 months! It’s hard to believe 2015 has gone by so quickly and we even hit our 1 year anniversary of full-timing back in September! I have so much more to blog about, but there’s plenty of other posts for that.
Long story short, we’re thrilled to be back to normal life and we’re looking forward to all of the new adventures that 2016 has to bring!
Thanks for sticking around during our time away from blog world!