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525,600 Minutes

Posted by on June 1, 2010

Packing up the house. Not fun. At all.

One year ago today we left Blacksburg, Virginia and embarked on our Airstream adventure.  That’s right! One full year.  365 days.  52 weeks.  8,766 hours. 525,600 minutes.  Wow! (And, if you’ve seen the show “Rent” and you’re like me, you’ll now be singing “525,600 minutes” just like they do in the show.  And, the song will be in your head for hours.  Hours! I’m sorry.)  And to think I just thought this new adventure was one of Chris’ phases that would only last 3 months.  Glad I was wrong.

It seems like just yesterday we were making what felt like thousands of trips to our storage unit and still finding junk in the rental home. Packing up the house took a lot longer than we anticipated.  I think our departure was almost a full day later than we told family and friends.  In fact, we didn’t pull out of the driveway until around 1:00 A.M. on June 1st.   That final day of cleaning and packing was excruciatingly long and painful.

All hitched up...

This brings me to a confession. Something Chris and I are both ashamed to admit. The first night we left, we checked our hitch connection for about the 100th time, we hopped in the truck, made the last trip to the storage unit in the wee hours and prepared to hit the road even though we were exhausted. But, after stopping at our storage unit and unloading those final items, our bodies were so tired that we…well…we….um….stopped at a hotel.  In Christiansburg, Virginia. Which is only 10 minutes from Blacksburg.

Yes, there we were towing our new home behind us and we stopped at a hotel. Call us losers. Laugh all you want.  We laugh often when we think about our stupidity.  Our home is following us.  It has a bed.  And, a shower. Yet, we stopped at a hotel? Thinking back to that night, I can only say that our exhaustion as well as the time of day influenced our decision to just pull over at a hotel and get some rest.

Leaving Blacksburg

Leaving Blacksburg, Virginia on June 1, 2009.

It was too late to go to a campground and apparently we failed to consider a Wal-Mart parking lot at that point – which was across the street from the hotel, I might add.  So, there you have it.  Our first official night (or, morning, I should say) of full-timing and we stayed at a hotel.  Please don’t judge us too harshly.

Since that first night, we’ve learned a lot about our Airstream, full-timing, campground living, water conservation, the joys of simple living, and yes, we have even stayed at plenty of Wal-Marts and other random overnight spots. What an exciting year it’s been!

Thanks to all who have followed along with us on our journey. Thanks for the comments on the blog which truly make my day.  It’s been a pleasure meeting others both on the road and online.  I look forward to the next 525,600 minutes.

7 Responses to 525,600 Minutes

  1. James Schipper

    Now THAT is funny :-)

  2. lotus

    June 1st is a great day to start an adventure. I should know, it’s my birthday! As far as that hotel stop – right on! Exhaustion needs to be taken care of before starting a big adventure. And what a great marker for gauging how far you both have come! I love that you both are doing this and I really look forward to seeing what happens in the coming year.

    With love and respect,

  3. Mom

    It doesn’t seem like it was a year ago!!! Your entry brings back memories!!!!

  4. Ali Workentin

    How exciting for you both that you have been on the road for one full year. Our anniversary date is Thanksgiving weekend. We started in 06 and began in a heavy snow storm and I had pneumonia and ended up staying in the hospital for 6 days while hubby did the final move out of our house and into the motor home.

    Looking forward to traveling along with you on your journey. Hope you are feeling well and that all is going well with the baby.

  5. Lani

    Hi Ali,

    Wow! What a way to start the journey. Glad everything turned out okay. Thanks for the comment. All is great with the baby – I’m feeling fabulous and receiving excellent care. Things couldn’t be better!

  6. Lani

    Hi, Lotus! Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a wonderful day with your family! Thanks for the comment. We are looking forward to the coming year as well. Only one more month to go and we will meet our little one. It’s so hard to believe – it’s all going by so quickly. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your journey into motherhood. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I always look forward to your entries!

  7. Lani

    James – Yes, it is funny. Embarrassingly funny. :)

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