New Year’s Day
We’ve kind of dropped off the face of the earth, so it seems, and don’t worry – we haven’t. We could use the same old excuses – we’ve been busy with work, we’ve been busy traveling, the holidays were crazy, the dog ate our posts – but in actuality we’ve just been lazy.
Two months is an awfully long time but also a blink of the eye.
For New Year’s we like to keep it low-key. When you travel all the time and have excitement year-round, it’s a blessing to say “we’re enjoying the quiet”. We experimented in the kitchen with those Instant Pot recipes we’d been dying to try. We caught up on those shows we’ve been neglecting on the Apple TV. We had a nice dinner (this was a gamble, depending on the Instant Pot results, and paid off) and had some nice wine (that was a guarantee, thanks to our travels we’d collected some nice bottles).
Being honest, New Years has always been a time of sadness as well as a time of hope. Kim lost her birthmother to breast cancer on December 30th one year. Last year we lost Nala on December 31st. Every year the park where we stay has a New Years party and we opt to stay in, spending the time with each other, thinking about the previous year and about the year to come.
Looking back on the year, we started out with sadness with Nala’s death. She was such a wonderful little kitty with a meow that was extremely distinctive. Now and then, when a sound on the TV is just so, we hear her. We still miss her. We still have her Christmas twin but it just isn’t the same.
We spent a couple months in Vegas, freezing our keisters off but enjoying the confines of Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort. We celebrated our anniversary by taking a helicopter ride and found someone to build the desk. While it was sad to leave, we became too comfortable there and knew that the weather (freezing in the winter) would be hot hot hot in the summer. We moved onto Newport Beach, CA and then onto San Francisco. We saw Hamilton twice , ate a ton of food and drank a lot of wine and then moved onto Oregon.We encountered our first snowfall while driving the rig there and saw some family for Easter. It rained a LOT in Oregon and were glad to escape it by way of Wyoming.
While in Oregon we noticed that Ally’s symptoms came back and confirmed her diagnosis in Oregon. We rushed to Colorado to say our goodbyes. She was such a great RV dog up until the last days. She was our heart dog and we are happy we were able to make it to one of our favorite states to properly say goodbye.
Summer was spent in Colorado: Fort Collins, Aurora (Cherry Creek), Central City, Colorado Springs and Breckenridge, of which most of our summer was spent in Breck. There we encountered our second snow but saw it warm up to ride many bike miles, see the Continental Divide, attended several festivals, and saw the eclipse, among other things.
From there we went to New Mexico for a quick stop over, not seeing much of it. Then we went to Texas and ate like Texans both in restaurants and the Texas State Fair. We then stopped in Louisiana/New Orleans and then Alabama for our final destination for the year in Florida. Ten states in a year – not bad (not even counting our brief stints to different locales for work in Wisconsin, Las Vegas and Colorado). While in Florida we saw the new Star Wars movie, went to Key West, got stuck in Key West (that’s another story), had several fixes done while here (that’s yet another story) and will be leaving to go to Clermont, where we started out two years ago, to prepare for our east coast tour.
Happy New Years everyone!