Forgive me. We’re in Texas. I’ve been around men in hats and trucks adorned with brush-guards and headache racks all week. If’n I had some boots I’d stand up, drag a booted toe across the gravel in front of me, push back the hat on my head, look you in the eye and say “All those schedules? Places to be? Times to keep? Stress of being on time? Yea, that stops right here”.
Ever since we sold the house and got back into the fifth wheel back in May we’ve still been on a schedule. No, it’s not like the typical suburban schedule of work-at-eight, kids to sports practices, church on Sunday and try to find time for family fun and the odd house repair in there. Our version did include a week on a houseboat after all.
But between Orthodontist visits and busy summer campgrounds, the houseboat schedule, consulting work and then most recently the big ExpressionEngine Conference here at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, Texas we have been on more of a schedule than we prefer. We love the flexibility and freedom that this life on the road offers, but when you have to be somewhere on a certain date the fun gets a bit sucked out of it as you start to play out all the “what-if” scenarios. What if the truck dies on the way? What if the crappy Midwestern roads finally claim the trailer as victim? Will we have enough time to deal with that and get where we need to be?
Anyway, with the end of the EECI conference and the day-long class I had to teach after it the schedule - and the stress - rolls off quite a bit. From here we are much freer. Other than wanting to spend a bit of time hanging around Austin and San Antonio we have nothing scheduled. No solid winter plans. We could go east. We could go west. We didn’t see much of Alabama or Louisiana on our first year. But then again we also didn’t see parts of Arizona or Southern California.
And while there is a bit of stress in that total uncertainty, I also feel like we’re in a new learning curve of figuring out how to live. For our first year we had a rough goal - to see as much of the country as we could in a year (within reason). Now that this isn’t a “thing we’re doing” but rather “how we’re living” I just feel like I need to give the decision-making process some space and have some patience before getting too worried about future plans.
So in the meantime - if you are in the Austin / San Antonio areas let us know. We’d love to schedule a visit.
Not much for photos on this stop - I was too busy at the conference and with the class I had to teach. Post-conference we sampled “Pie Happy Hour” at the local Blue Bonnet Cafe (highly recommended - awesome pie at great prices!), got the truck cleaned up again, lazed around the campsite for a day, got caught up on our RV Park reviews, did a blt of client work, and watched some movies.
You know - just life stuff..;)