We ended up on the road for eight months, almost exactly (we were technically without a permanent home for eight months and ten days), leaving for Jamaica on Wednesday, May 10 and moving into our new apartment in San Diego on Wednesday, January 10. We went to 6 countries, visited or drove through 38 states (not visited on this trip: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana), and drove (in the US, not counting the mileage we drove in Mexico), and drove 17, 538.9 miles (!!!!). We swam in cenotes, saw Field of Dreams and Mt. Rushmore, went surfing in the Pacific, and hiked a volcano. We had, aside from the very beginning and the very end, great weather. I don't know that it changed my perspective on anything - I've always been a homebody, and I still am - but I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to do this and that we did. I'm thankful that Adam was able to find a job seamlessly, in a city that we want to live in (it's January and the temperature has been averaging around 75 degrees). I'm not sure what the future holds from here, but I know that I have a partner in life who I'm excited to go through life with, and who will pick me up when I need it.
I'm excited to be settled in one place and to have a home. I'm excited to have our bed and our pillows and our pots and pans. I'm excited for the monotony of every day life, of having a job and a routine. While running errands may eventually get old, it's been pretty nice for now. And I'm excited to look back at this time fondly, and to tell stories to our future kids one day about how mom and dad weren't always so boring and un-exciting.
As for the future of this blog, I'll probably try and keep it up for any trips that we take - we're hoping to get to the Grand Canyon and/or Death Valley (the National Park in California, not one of the greatest places on Earth in Clemson, South Carolina) this year.
Thanks for reading!