This is our last night in Michigan - we pull out tomorrow heading south. Our sights are set on the Cincinnati for a visit to the Creation Museum with our traveling friends the Keiters.
MsBoyink and the kids are visiting family one last time, and I’m here feeling conflicted.
On the One Hand
I so want to move - I just did the math and we have been in West Michigan for 111 days - almost 4 months. During that time we have only been in 4 different sites.
Those 111 days have been mostly a blur of projects, classes, visits, appointments, schedules, purchases and a house-move. We have been feeling like we never really escaped suburbia with its inherent busy-ness.
Since this area is home it’s hard to feel exploratory - I know we’ve gotten too sedentary when I haven’t pulled out my “big camera” for weeks.
On the Other Hand
There is apprehension. Do we remember how to do this? What did we plan for travel food again? Will the new trailer hold together? Will the old truck?
We seem to be proving the laws of physics over and over:
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest.
We have been at rest for some time, and getting moving again is feeling like getting up out of that comfy chair you’ve been sitting in for a long gray day.
We have been in this place before - earlier this year we got moving again after nearly six months in the Phoenix area. But that wasn’t at home, and this stay has felt much longer and less exciting.
We’re finding pace to be one of the biggest challenges in this mobile lifestyle.
How Fast to Go?
The first year (which we think of as Phase 1) - during which we thought it was only going to be a year - we moved fast. Gotta see it all. 3-4 days in one place? Enough! Time to move down the road. What’s next?!
The post-house phase (our Phase 2) was…mixed.
We had the long winter in one place and then once we got moving again probably over-did it a bit in reaction, and then did an all-at-once cross country drive back home for various reasons that made sense at the time.
This next phase (Phase 3) we hope to dial in the pace a bit better. We think that 6-8 weeks in one place (that isn’t West Michigan) is probably enough. Long enough to get to know people better and find more volunteer opportunities etc, but not so long that you start “not seeing” things out of familiarity.
We plan to be in Texas for some/most of the winter but aren’t quite sure how soon we’ll get there. Some of our pace will probably be determined by the weather - our fall started out glorious this year but turned on a dime a couple weeks ago and we’ve had mostly gray, cold and rain since.
There have been days - like today - where I have hardly set foot outside the trailer. We need sun, warmth and outdoor time again and it remains to be be seen how quickly and how far south we need to go to find it.
Time to move!
Photos are from a photography class I took while here in Michigan - I wanted to learn how to shoot the “big camera” on manual.