Some things that have been a challenge on our adventure so far:
- Figuring out how to keep everything secure in the tiny house while moving
- Learning that Google GPS isn't perfect, and sometimes thinks a mail box = a post office
- Trying hard not to duck in our truck while driving under low underpasses
- Getting over the fact that the kids use a ton of gross public restrooms
- Answering everyone's same questions over and over, and over agin, without presenting any exasperation (actually we're pretty good at this). ;)
- Awkwardly rejecting requests to tour our most personal space...
Some things I think we have rocked at:
- Staying relatively calm during trials: busted pipes, popped tires, and truck & trailer problems
- Gaining confidence towing, parking and setting up the tiny house
- Keeping the kids happy
- Dealing with time-zone changes
- Eating at home most of the time, and only eating out on very special occasions
- Only buying magnets for souvenirs and resisting purchasing most other "stuff"
Some things that were surprising:
- That catfish are literally skinned alive in the South
- When a teen in New Orleans complimented(?) our house by saying it was "Total Balls"
- The spider that literally attacked Aaron's foot in Texas
- The snake I walked up on while hiking in Texas
- How unexpectedly awesome the Petrified Forest National Park was
Some interesting signs we've seen along the way:
- Turtle Crossing in Mississippi
- "Welcome to Texas... Drive Friendly, the Texas Way!"
- A sign the read, "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS" in bold print, then "$500 fine for littering" in fine print underneath it.
- Donkey Crossing Signs North of Phoenix
- The ancient petroglyphs on giant boulders at the Petrified Forest.
- Bear Crossing signs when you enter Colorado
Some facts we've learned along the way:
- We are no good at fishing.
- Fort Pickens was only ever used in combat during the Civil War.
- What the heck a "bayou" is (Aaron already knew this)
- Bat poop was actually mined for fertilizers and explosives (He knew this too).
- Altitude sickness is a very real thing.
Some things that are memorable:
- All the awesome full-timers we've met along the way
- The massiveness of the caves under Kentucky
- The amazing ambiance of the French Quarters in New Orleans, LA and Santa Fe, NM.
- When Simon busted his chin open in MS trying to get to the alligators as fast as possible.
- The birds swooping down and flying right over our heads during the "Birds of Prey" show in Willaims, AZ.
- All the family hikes we've been on across the U.S.
Is there anything you all would like to know?
April 8, 2016
April 8, 2016