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.