Before I get started, I want to say a couple of things. First, I want to thank everyone for being so supportive. I am so blessed to know so many cool people from all around the world who are a constant source of encouragement and support. That’s not to say that there haven’t been a few nay sayers. A handful of people think I won’t actually follow through, and another handful thinks I’m just plain crazy. Well to you I say – yes I will, and maybe I am.
Now, on to business. The original concept was to do the trip with an RV. This concept has since gone through revision. Aside from the fact that I hate driving, and that I am scared to drive big cars, an RV adventure is still to “posh” for me. It just doesn’t gel with my inner me. You know, that little voice that you can’t ignore even if you try? I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something wasn’t right about the RV idea. But last night I had a revelation.
I was doing research as to what we would see, what we shouldn’t miss, what friends live where, and where in the Continental US the largest ball of twine is. (Kansas) I started making a list called “USA ‘Must See’ Road Trip List”. It started easy enough with the Grand Canyon (my honey has never seen it) and it just kept going and going and going. When I finally put the pen down I had over 50 locations, monuments and weird road side attractions that I wanted to visit.
As I looked at my list I noticed that most of it was National Parks. The Grand Tetons. Yosemite. Yellowstone. Zion. Rocky Mountains. Acadia. The list went on and on. And then it hit me! We don’t need an RV – we need a tent. At first I thought it was crazy to think about camping and hiking our way across, in, and around America. But the more I thought about it, the more doable it seemed.
First, it would be cheaper than doing an RV. We wouldn’t have to buy a huge land boat and the fuel it needs to run. We wouldn’t need to worry about maintenance or parking. I love it! We could invest in really good hiking/camping equipment instead. I am in the best shape of my life and I would love nothing more than to drive from state to state in search of America. The plan is to camp as much as possible and sleep at friends places or hotels or couch surf as needed. We’ll still have to pay for gas, but not nearly as much. And this will really feel like what freedom is supposed to feel like.
(*For those of you who don’t already know, my sweetheart and I are going to chuck it all next year and see America. You can read about the reasons why HERE.*)