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Recently, we decided to just go. This meant just getting in the car (after a week of work) late at night and driving, destination unknown. No hesitation, we looked at each other and said, “let’s do it”. We packed up the baby, a few changes of clothes, etc. and off we went. We headed West and ended up in Tennessee. We looked at Google Maps and saw green, so we headed that way. To make our adventure even more adventurous, we got off the interstate and started picking state/national highways to travel. Our first stop, Cumberland Mountain State Park. After looking at the lake, we found a little trail and followed it. There was a dam and a small river/stream alongside the trail. We had tons of fun, our son was delighted and in awe of his surroundings – the sights and sounds as they were. We even stopped for a break and fed him along the trail. This was a beautiful mini hike and quiet time just as a family.
Off to find our next adventure. No plans, just started driving again through the Cohutta National Forest. A sign on the side of the road about rafting the river appealed to us, so we checked it out. Wasn’t the right trip for us, but we learned about a calmer rafting experience down the river somewhere, so in search of it we went. On the way, we were able to see the river and various rafting groups, also learning that it was the sight of the Summer Olympics a few years back. Finally arriving at the next destination, we were just barely too late to begin the river that late afternoon. With plans to come back the next day, off we went again. We ended up in Georgia. After stopping for a bite to eat we continued on our journey, no destination in sight or mind necessarily. While in Georgia we drove through Toccoa and the Tallulah Gorge State Park.
After a a few hours of rest, we discovered it was raining. This meant no river activity and our spirits were slightly dampened. More winding roads back through forests and we were back in North Carolina. Deciding that we didn’t want to just go home, we headed through the Pisgah National Forest and Cherokee National Forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Asheville, NC. The weather improved somewhat and we kept going, ending up on a state highway with portions unpaved. Instead of turning around, we wound our way through that section of the road and ended up with a beautiful drive towards Fork Mountain Road, heading to Roan Mountain, TN. Yep, back in Tennessee we were and on top of another mountain side to boot! There were some great views and a quick stop at a trickling waterfall on the side of the road before reluctantly heading home.
Along the way, at some point, somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina, we spotted a RV for sale. It was open for perusal, so we perused. That’s when the talks began! Now we decided that traveling was really what we wanted to do, there’s no time like now, as waiting for some unknown point in future time when it ‘made more sense’, ‘wasn’t as risky’, ‘got injured or ill thus preventing extensive travel’, etc. didn’t seem like enjoyable. “Why wait!?!”, were the resounding thoughts and words echoing through our car on the drive back home. We could determine no real reason to not forge ahead and endeavor to travel the continent. We both could discuss how we’d each had childhood dreams of wanting to go all over the place. At one point in childhood, I thought it would be great to go to each state for about a year and experience different cultures, places, etc. Well, buying and living in an RV would be an ideal way to do way more than just visit a few places in every state. Why not go for it….
So here we are….looking all over the internet to determine various types, prices, likes/dislikes, and many other things to consider in purchasing an RV. As our lease is also due, we are going to downsize to a smaller place, instead of a bigger more accommodating one, as we can reduce some expenses that way. There’s so much more to come as we prepare for this adventure – an adventure of a lifetime, we once only imagined!