When Kyle and I gave notice at our jobs back in April of 2015 we told them we were leaving on June 15th and that we would be gone approximately six months. We didn’t even have an RV yet, but we knew exactly when we were leaving and how long we’d be gone. That was the original plan. Take off, drive across the country, do D-Con 2015, drive home, go back to life as we knew it. Kyle would go back to bartending one or two days a week on the Upper East Side and I would go back to bartending, managing and hosting karaoke.
At the six month mark we were gearing up for my mom to come to California for Christmas. “Well,” we thought, “Just a few more months. Then we’ll go back to our normal lives in Brooklyn.” A few more months went by and all of our subletters decided to move out, so we rushed back to Bushwick to clear out our apartment. Then suddenly living in Sandwich was our normal life.
That was over a year ago now.
Since then we’ve been all over the South and Florida. We’ve eaten our body weight in fried food in New Orleans and done karaoke in Savannah. We’ve consumed Butter Beer and been to The Southern Most Point. We’ve gone to Canada! We Saw Niagara! We’ve rushed to California and back in a little rental car. We went to The Grand Canyon! Kyle was nominated for multiple awards! We got engaged!
And while there were so many wonderful moments in the last year plus, there were also some awful ones. 2016 will always stand out in our minds as the year that Corinn died. We miss her constantly and talk about her daily. She was such an important part of our adventure.
And 2016 was the year we lost my Grandmother who I’m so happy got to meet Kyle and see my home. She even hung out with her college roommate in it during her 90th birthday party!
Luckily the good far outweighs the bad and today marks exactly two years since we moved into Sandwich and hit the road full time. Never in a million years did I think we would last this long. But as it stands we’ve been to forty-two states, and are on track to finish up the lower forty-eight by this time next year. At that point, once we’ve seen a massive chunk of the US of A, we’ll settle down. Temporarily at least. Owning an RV is like dabbling in home ownership and we’re in no rush to do that again any time soon. Landlords can be a pain but supers are super.
For the moment we’re just going to keep enjoying ourselves and each other and everything the road has to offer.
This country is so big and beautiful and weird and we are so lucky we get to spend so much time exploring it.