20 Things We Have Done Since Last Saturday

The trip has begun, but it doesn’t feel real yet.

We have been going nonstop since before the garage sale and have barely had time to catch our breath.

So I’m going to review 20 things we have done since last Saturday, only 10 days ago:

1. Garage sale! We are garage sale pros by now, having had 3 different sales in 3 different cities. It went okay. Fortunately, we sold most of our big stuff ahead of the sale!

2. Donating everything that wasn’t sold at the garage sale. At that point, since we were willing to part with it, we just needed to get rid of all that stuff.

3. Packing up the remaining loose ends in Austin.

4. Cleaning the Austin duplex so it looked better than when we moved in - we better get our full security deposit back OR ELSE.

5. Packing two cars to the gills. (I thought we got rid of everything?!?!?)

6. Driving to Kemp, Texas, and trying to beat a huge storm near Waco with hail and 60 mph winds.

7. Arriving at Kemp around 9:30 pm, hungry and exhausted because we didn’t stop.

8. Dealing with Jo - a scaredy cat when it comes to thunderstorms - during a Texas thunderstorm.

9. Not getting much sleep due to that well-timed storm!

10. Unpacking two cars and storing (too much) stuff in Kemp.

11. Repacking the new Subaru aka Brienne of Carth.

12. Dammmnnn Jo, back at it again with those Texas thunderstorms!

13. Waking up early and getting on the road at 7 am for the first day of our drive to Florida. We went through Nacogdoches, Natchitoches (where we got a meat pie at Lasyone's), Natchez - none of those cities are the same! - Hattiesburg, Mobile, and finally Pensacola. 5 states in one day!

14. Spending the night in a Pensacola Red Roof Inn - they’re pet-friendly!

15. Pensacola to Tamarac where my parents live - Florida really is a loooong state.

16. Letting our dogs and my parents’ dogs meet for the very first time. It did NOT go well! Their little dogs wanted to attack our dogs. I thought we were going to have to stay in a hotel, but luckily we’ve been working in shifts to keep them separated, and it worked.

17. Unpacking the entire car because we realized we brought WAY too much stuff and we had to get rid of a bunch of crap. We have left a mess in my parent’s house all week - sorry Dad and Sammie!

18. Taking our dogs to a dog park for the first time. We hadn’t done this before but they LOVE it and it will be a big part of our trip. Especially because it will tire them out!  Trip Mantra #1: Tired doggies are good doggies.

19. Driving to and from Miami to experience the brand new Coral Gables Tap 42. Big ups to Toivo, Nick’s Dad, for a job well done!

20. Catching up with friends and family and taking some much-needed relaxation time.

Even though we’ve done a LOT, it doesn’t feel like the trip has started yet. My parent’s house was a nice “safety net” place to get a bit more organized and catch up on some sleep. This place is familiar, comfortable, and home.

But once we leave here tomorrow, we’re on our own. I still don’t think the trip will feel real until we go camping - for the first time together and with dogs! - in Asheville for Memorial Day. Until then, we’re going to make our way through the hot, humid South.

 

Beginners Attempt to Plan a Road Trip

Proof we aren't prepared: the stuff we plan to (mostly) take with us.

Proof we aren't prepared: the stuff we plan to (mostly) take with us.

This time next week we will be somewhere in the Deep South on our way to sunny South Florida. HOLY SHIT WE ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM HITTING THE ROAD.

So, there’s a couple things I want to get out of the way before we really get started on this here “travel blog.”

First, I recognize that keeping a blog and social media record of your travels is a purely narcissistic endeavor. Hell, so is quitting your job to spend months traveling the country, but I digress.

We are doing this to share our adventures with anyone who may be interested (anyone? anyone? Bueller? Bueller?), but it’s also just as much for ourselves. Taking the time to chronicle the trip will not only allow for a more complete and appreciated experience, but it will also be a way to remember it well down the road when our memories aren’t quite as sharp.

I’m almost certain we’ll need it to settle a silly argument over what did or did not happen on any given day!

That brings me to the second thing I’d like to get on the record right here at the start. This is probably where you expect to find a highly-detailed cross-country road trip preparation and planning post as told from someone who’s holding themselves out to be an expert or at least have a certain level of proficiency.

Well, that’s not this post nor this blog.

While we’ve been preparing and planning to do this for a couple of months now, we are far from experts. Frankly, we have no better idea as to what we are doing than anyone else. If we can plan a road trip, you can plan a road trip.

Those who know me would absolutely tell you that I’m a know-it-all, but I’m going to do my best to dispel that myth - at least in terms of being traveler/blogger/self-absorbed internetter.

There are a few things I hope to accomplish in this space and time with you here. For one, I hope to develop a voice that reads easy and provides some humor here and there while sharing some of the really interesting/fun/neat/weird/awesome things we see and do along the way. If we can highlight some inspiring people and places along the way, even better. You’re also going to get some random thoughts, food/beer reviews, and music talk.

We aren't beginners when it comes to garage sales. This will be our third one in two years.

We aren't beginners when it comes to garage sales. This will be our third one in two years.

This is a rough start. As a lawyer I’ve been taught to say what I need to say using the least amount of words possible. Clearly, I’m still working on that. Things should take shape and smooth out as we go – or maybe not. Either way, I’ll be here plugging away.

For now we have a garage sale to pull off tomorrow, a duplex to clean to very detailed specifications, and final packing to do over the weekend.

We’ll be dropping much more frequent updates from here on out!

Current planning and preparation jamz: Highs – Dazzle Camouflage 

Days until we leave Austin: 4

--Nick