Today marks 2 months since we left Vermont and hit the road full time. During the last month, we’ve been to or through 7 states. I went on a hot air balloon ride in Nebraska, turned 48 in Michigan, went to a big greyhound event (Grapehounds) in New York and today we’re in Pennsylvania.
The dogs are loving the different locations, meeting different people and meeting new greyhounds. I’m loving seeing all the different states and learning about them as we travel through. It’s nice to be able to stay a while and try different restaurants, meet new people and get to know an area a little more than you do when you rush in and out for a weekend.
The morning I left Michigan was a turning point. It was the first morning that it didn’t take me an hour to get used to towing the trailer again. The 18 wheelers passing or driving next to me didn’t bother me at all. I was driving pretty near the speed limit. I stay at around 63 as it’s where I feel most comfortable and I think it’s better for gas. Changing lanes was easy. The whole drive to New York just felt a lot more like normal driving than it ever had before.
My favorite area so far has been Watkins Glen, NY. The park was perfect, especially for the dogs. There was a big park right on Seneca Lake right across the street that we walked to every morning and they had a fenced in ball field at the back of the campground that the dogs could run off leash in. It was the most expensive park I’d stayed in so far at $48 a night but I stayed a week and got a little break on the price but it was way worth it. It was also the first time I’d had cable since I was in Maine. I’m such a TV junkie that this was a huge gift.
Now I’m heading to Port Matilda, PA. I’m going to stay at Nittany Greyhounds and be there for their picnic on August 9. This will be my first attempt at being truly off grid. I’ll finally get to use my generator and see if it really will run the AC.
I love this way of life. I love knowing that all I have on earth is behind my car in my portable home. I love not feeling trapped in any one location or next to any one neighbor. I love seeing the US and learning about the different states. I’d never really traveled like this before. I love how compact my home is. I love tiny living. I know it’s not a lifestyle for everyone but for me it’s perfect.