Apologies for the radio silence over the past week. We’ve been enjoying time with family, running tons of errands, and reassessing our next steps. The sale of our inoperable van was final as of this morning and our wagon is now topped with a Yakima car box. While it’s sad to think that we will not be traveling as we had planned, we are moving forward. I’ve already moved past it and am looking forward to the challenge of squeezing the three of us and all of our camping equipment and belongings (including a stroller, pack and play, and backpack carrier) into our wagon.
In between outings with the grandparents and spending time in the beautiful Colorado sunshine, we’ve been cleaning and organizing all of our equipment and culling our already limited belongings. There is certainly a lesson in this about how little you actually need. Rather than feeling stressful, it’s actually been freeing to winnow our belongings to the basic necessities (and a couple of extras here and there). I plan to carry this lesson beyond our travels into our more settled life.
I leave you with a few words from the book I’m currently reading.
I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and threw them out the window in disgust.
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden