It's day 4 and we are 1000 miles into our trip West. Our first night on the road was a stay at a dumpy campground just before Joplin, MO. None of our stuff was in the right place. We had to move 2 things to get to the thing we wanted. We were still winterized due to freezing weather, so we didn't have use of the bathroom or kitchen which made it a little less comfortable.
Day two ended in a great KOA outside of Oklahoma City. The day was beautiful so we de-winterized, played, and relaxed at the campsite and didn't hit the road until 1pm. That doesn't even include our TWO stops before ever getting out of the Oklahoma City city limits. (once for gas and much needed bath for the Gray Whale and another for a potty emergency) This late start made it a hard travel day. We broke our own rule and drove until after dark trying to our next stop.
We nixed our plans to head to Dallas due to changes in weather and a postponed visit with friends. Instead we headed across I-40 toward Amarillo, TX. ***Side note...guess what song came on the radio while we were pushing to get to Amarillo by sunset? Our campsite in Amarillo was an oasis called the Oasis. It was amazing, if we could have enjoyed it. Since night temps were around 20 degrees, we couldn't use the full hook ups, and it was dark, so we could barely see its beauty. About 1:30am, the wind started. I have camped many times in my life and never experienced wind like this. No storm or rain, just wind. It howled and shook the Gray Whale and kept us up most of the night. Silas was convinced that we were going to flip over or be lifted away. By morning ice had formed on the inside of all the windows, but the wind had died down slightly. We were still nervous about towing on the interstate in these winds because they were 25 mph gusting up to 45 mph, but the winds continued to decrease throughout the day, so it was fine.
Last night we made it to another great campground in Albuquerque called American RV Park. We want to stay here forever. Nice bathrooms, playground, level sites, complimentary continental breakfast each morning, and free wifi, We may stay a couple of days to relax and see the sights around Albuquerque.
***Another side note...this is the song the kids were singing in the truck on the way here..."If I were a turkey, I'd live in Albuquerque."
Before I finish, let's look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of healthy choices on the road.
Good: The pre-cooked chicken breasts I froze came in handy tonight for a quick dinner of chicken, green beans, and strawberries. Breakfast smoothies have been an easy start to our day.
Bad: I'm still trying to get in my physical therapy exercises to rehab an injured foot, but I have to admit that it is a challenge to do them all twice a day. The best place I have found to get in a few sets is at the playground. There is always a bench or bar that can be used for a few different exercises.
Ugly: 3 of the 4 of us have had "stomach" issues...ok, I'll just say it...diarrhea. We don't know why. Something wrong with the fresh water tank? Different eating habits? A bug? We have a whole camper water filter attached where the city water comes in and then we filter it again in a Brita filter. Tomorrow are going to empty the fresh water tank, bleach it, and re-fill it. I would hate to switch to buying all of our water.
That does it for our update. To all our family, friends, and soon-to-be-friends, safe travels and WanderWell.
This is our Airstream that we will spend the next 2 months in. We call her the Gray Whale. Gray because, well, she's gray. Whale because she is one of the longer Airstreams. Also, Troy has had a love of both Airstreams and whales since he was a small boy, so it just fits. The Gray Whale was born in Jackson Center, OH in 2005 and we are the second family she has taken care of. She has twin bunks in the back, a kitchen and dinette in the middle, and used to have a queen bed in the front. We recently took out the queen and turned it into a loveseat for more sitting and floor space for our family.
You can travel all you want when you retire. Don't take risks. Play it safe.
These are just a few of the "rules" that we are breaking in 8 days.
In 8 days we leave on a trip that we have been planning for and dreaming about for over a year. My family and I are trading the cold and snow of Central Missouri for the sunshine and adventure of Southern California and Arizona for a couple of months. Why?...Why not?
So, again, why not? Because it's crazy! We're too young! Who does this? Actually, lots of people. Young families, retirees, working couples. We know a few and hope to meet more in the coming months. This is not a vacation. It is living, working, homeschooling, cooking, exercising...all of the same things we do at home but will now do on the road in an Airstream (aka tin can/silver bullet).
SInce the name of my business is WanderWell and I am in the fitness industry, this blog will focus on the ins and outs of making healthy choices while living on the road. How do you exercise in a campground? What can you cook in a tiny kitchen with small freezer space that is quick and healthy? How do you maintain healthy relationships with your family living in such a small space All. The. Time.?
A second focus of this blog is to record the way our family grows and changes during this trip. Hopefully this is the first of many adventures, but I imagine that we will grow the most in this first trip. RVers are incredibly aware of their energy consumption like gas, battery power, and electricity, as well as their consumption of resources like fresh water, space, and money. They also tend to be more in touch with the weather, the earth, and sunrise and sunset. Plus, they we have found them to be an easy going, friendly group of people. Curiosity is king and an opportunity for learning is around every corner. My family and I can take lessons in all these areas.
It's time to wrap this up. Our D-day is now within the 10 day weather forecast on my phone. That means there is much to do. Check back here as frequently as you like to see where we are and how we are getting on. We would love to hear from you in the comments below or via email.
When traveling, we find it to be such a temptation to eat out more than we should. It's expensive and (usually) unhealthy. So, tonight I started cooking and freezing meat for our trip. I cooked 4 chicken breasts and a pound of grass fed beef all seasoned for burritos. This should help when we need a quick dinner by just adding cheese, beans, and warming up in the microwave or skillet. Toss some lettuce and tomatoes on top and we have a meal that even the kids love. If I want to be gluten free that day, I can throw it all in a bowl with minute rice.
Tomorrow I am cooking some turkey meatballs, grilling 6 chicken breasts, and browning 3 more pounds of grass fed beef for spaghetti.
On a slightly different note, I'm still trying to decide which kitchen appliances I want to drag along with us. The items that have made it to the wish list are the Vitamix, the crockpot, and the steamer...which are all rather large. Since space is such a premium, what would you take?
My fascination with aerial yoga began when I received an Athleta catalog last year. I was instantly intrigued by the flowing pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling and the models doing beautiful poses wrapped in the fabric. Immediately I wanted to do it, but it took some internet searching to even discover what it was called. Of course, no one near me offered anything like it. Fast forward one year.
I took my first aerial yoga class last week at Wilson's Fitness in Columbia, MO. It was everything I hoped it would be. Relaxing, stretching, toning, decompressing, and unique. The "womb" pose at the beginning felt comfortable and safe while the inversions near the end were exciting and empowering. In the picture above I am doing a "star" pose after climbing the silks from an inversion. As I clumsily made my way through this workout, I had glimpses of a former me. First the ex rock climber using my arms and legs to defy gravity. Then the young gymnast simultaneously seeking grace, strength, and athleticism. I felt free. The spatial awareness and the swing of the silks brought out past experiences that I had almost forgotten. Catina, the instructor, was there to lead us safely while encouraging us to go beyond our comfort level. I imagine that each workout gets better and better with skill and experience, so I will definitely do this again.
I am a wife, mother, and exercise physiologist with one foot in the world of travel and one foot in the world of fitness. This blog is a mixture of travel adventures and wellness topics that affect women and their families. We've travelled, first in our Airstream and then in Australia, while attempting to balance work, life, health, and relationships. It's been an amazing journey so far. Join me as we navigate new places, adjust to small spaces, and meet new faces.