By Maggie -- Oct 02, 2014
In French films, they used to write the word "FIN" when the movie is over to let the audience know it was really, actually over. So... FIN, y'all. FIN.
We're home now. It's been about 24 hours, and so far so good. The trailer got a parking ticket (oh yeah, street cleaning still exists) but that's the worst of it. No tears, bruises, broken appliances, or meltdowns... and our cat even remembered us and is currently sitting on the couch next to me with a look of absolute bliss on his face. We're kind of shell shocked ourselves, not knowing where to start with unpacking and putting our lives back in order. It will happen, but for now we're just sitting on the couch, not really saying much of anything.
When we left Ventura, we took our time driving back down Highway 1, stopping a few times to soak in the beautiful ocean scenery and take our last deep breaths of fresh air before heading into the giant smog cloud. We were honked at a few times, almost hit a few people... both of us sweating pretty hard. When you're out on the road in, oh, let's say North Dakota or somewhere similar, you don't feel stressed out about things like traffic, smog, construction, missing your exit, merging onto the freeway at a max speed of 55mph, or dying in general. Los Angeles is a special kind of place with a special breed of weirdos. It will take some readjustment...
When we got home, we went straight to my parents' house and got to see both of my grandmas while we were there. It was an emotional rollercoaster, and we didn't know how to act or what we were really feeling. It was amazing seeing my parents, who, in our absence, have both retired and lost something like 50lbs collectively (!!!). It was like coming back to new people! We couldn't be prouder of them. Life back home went on without us, but in the very best way possible. We both can't wait to congratulate our friends who got married, are newly pregnant, etc. We've missed out on a few big announcements, but we'll make up for it in the next few weeks.
I have several things I want to write about once I am able to wrap my head around them. We plan on tallying up our total costs and breaking it all down to determine what we spent our money on. I plan on writing about that, along with some general thoughts about road life, how it's changed our views on our lives going forward, and what we would do differently (if we were to do this all over again). Since we started, we've had a few folks contact us asking us questions about our life on the road with a vintage trailer. We're not experts but we can speak to a few things now and hopefully help a few people out.
For right now though, we're going to sit here on this couch with our cat, Simon, and revel in the fact that we MADE IT 20,600 MILES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND STILL LOVE THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER.
I mean, right?
By Maggie -- Sep 29, 2014
This weekend I spent a couple of days in Solvang celebrating my friend Eliza at her bachelorette. 15 girls in one huge house with lots of alcohol... It's how these things go!
The weekend started off as a fun, relaxing gathering of girls, and turned into a raging neon dance party. My two contributions to the party were: 1. A baseball hat that says "100% Catholic" (Eliza converted to Catholicism recently) which she wore nonstop for 24 hours straight
2. Photos! Just doing what I love to do - capture some memories. The dress theme for the party was "tight, bright and not quite right", so we all wore ridiculous clothing out to the bar. Molly, Eliza's younger sister, can be seen wearing an avatar costume. Definitely not quite right. I set up a photo booth in the house, but all of those photos are on another camera. Maybe they shouldn't be released to the public... they're a bit disturbing.
Eliza's sister did a great job planning the entire event, and everyone came back in one piece... Sort of. I just woke up at 10am after a solid 12 hours of sleep. My body doesn't bounce back from partying like it used to! I'm back at the campsite with Ryan and Donna, and trying to nurse myself back to health with some tea and sunshine.
By Maggie -- Sep 26, 2014
Cheap wine + ocean view = Heaven?
Don't worry, we didn't drink all of this wine. It's for my friend Eliza's bachelorette this weekend. Ok, maybe we've already killed a bottle.... Oops!
So far, camping in Ventura has been very crowded with huge RVs and surf bums, but we sure have lucked out. We camped at Emma Woods campground last night, hoping that this morning we would be able to snag a spot in our first-choice campground, Faria County Park. Ryan and I got up early, and he headed out to Faria to wait for someone to leave. We didn't think it would work considering it's a weekend and we barely got a spot in Emma Woods, but sure enough, someone packed up and left and Ryan swooped right in. And, it turns out to be one of the best spots in the park. All of the other campers sat and stared at us unpacking, clearly in shock that we were able to get such a perfect site on a whim. Go, Ry!
For $34 a night, we get to listen to the ocean waves (which at high tide actually splash so high they reach our camper... just a little) and do nothing but sit around and soak up the sun. Do you hate us? I'm sorry. I was actually just kidding earlier, this place actually really sucks - we're having a TERRIBLE TIME!
I'm leaving in a few hours and Ryan will be here all by his lonesome for awhile. Our friends Nate and Kati might be coming up to camp and surf tomorrow, so he won't be alone for too long. Eliza's bachelorette is up in Solvang, about an hour north of here. When I get back on Sunday, we have one more night in paradise, and then we're driving to my parents house to hang out for a bit until we can get back into our own house on October 1. Time is flying, and we're soaking up every last minute. You might not hear from us for awhile... we'll write a post or two when we return and let you know how it all turned out in the end :)