There is always a gentle silence when returning home from a long journey. A time of reflection of all the things that shaped you in your travels, and all the seeds that have begun to grow in the deepest parts of your soul. Fern and I were on the road for six weeks, experiencing the elements of nature, and enjoying the millennial dream of living on the road. For how many different terrains we conquered, we managed to return with a functional car, and still very much content in one another’s company.
The usual time I would spend blogging personally was overrun by my job as a freelancer. Any time we gained wifi, I would bury my head in work while Fern figured out where we were going next. It kept us afloat, and allowed for shoulder to shoulder time in our daily routine.
Our stories are not just meant for the blogosphere, so we have decided to write a book about our travels. We are still in the beginning stages of it, but, in time, you will be able to read our adventures in their entirety.
In the meantime, here is a recap of our time on the road:
-We visited 18 national parks including Olympic, North Cascades, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Dinosaur National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Great Basin, Redwoods, and Crater Lake.
-We visited friends and mentors from many different past seasons of life
-We got food poisoning once, stomach sick several times, and lost only on occasion.
-Ask questions, it will save you from having horrendous diarrhea in the middle of the desert at 3am.
-The wilderness teaches you to wake up with the sun. Who knew that it would take the outdoors to make us morning people? haha!
-We love trying local root beer, lemonade, and the occasional donut.
-Eating healthy is ACTUALLY cheaper. We spent $3 on one meal, which mostly included veggies.
-Understand where your stressors come from, and address them instead of taking them out on someone else.
-Living simply teaches you that you do not need much to live an enjoyable life.
-If you’re not comfortable in your own skin, you will not be comfortable anywhere.
-Take the advice of strangers, but take it with a grain of salt.
-Know the limits of your car, and then push it just a little bit more.
-Humour will get you through anything.
-Whatever it is, you’ll get used to it.
-Grumpiness mostly stems from silly things, so get over it.
-Our affection, adoration, and care for one another never wavered. Even when the road was an unforgiving place.
-This is only one adventure, and there will be many more to come.
Fern and Petal Life Advice:
It is easier to lead the life you dream of than you might think. You just have to take the first step, all the rest follow after. -Fern
Living the life you dream takes passionate work. Once you move your words into action, a world of possibility opens up to you. -Petal
Til our next adventure,
Fern and Petal