I’ve been home from Wisconsin for a week and a half now and I haven’t stopped!!! We had Adam and Laura’s wedding, lunch with the girls, a Mother’s Day celebration, a fish fry with my dad, I did Shane’s books and now I’m trying to prepare for the next two months!
How do you prepare to live on the road for two whole months??? Very carefuly! Sometimes I’ll be in tents or tipis using disaster relief shower units. Other times I’ll be on the floor of a church using a bath house. Some days I’ll be in hotels. For a few days I’ll be on a cot in someone’s home. All of these situations require different needs…flashlights, battery operated fans, sleeping bag, cot, air mattress, etc. They also all require a different mode of transport for my toiletries to and from whatever bathhouse/restroom is available to me. I don’t even want to think about having to shave my legs!!!!!!!
Then there is the issue of keeping up with all of the dates. Which reservation I’m on and what dates…the date to meet one church at Pine Ridge in South Dakota, the date to meet another at Ft. Belknap in Montana and still another date to meet another group on the Navaho reservation in northern New Mexico. Then there’s the date that I pick my mom up at the airport in Denver to spend some vacation time with her on the way home.
Then there are the decisions to make. Should I wing it or make reservations at places to stay in between reservations? It’s summer so hotel rooms will be scarce but at the same time I don’t want to follow a strict schedule if I don’t have to.
I’ve also still things I want to do before I go. There are people to have lunch with, a slumber party with Mama and Kaylee, Kaylee’s 6th grade graduation, keeping Hudson and Denton…all things I’ll miss while I am gone.
And of course there is all of the preparation for being gone so long. I’ve got to make sure my mom has all the information she needs to pick up my mail and make my deposits ( or none of this can take place ); I’ve got to make sure my dog is taken care of, my home phone and Direct TV are cut off (I’m not paying for something I’m not using for two months), my hair is cut, my oil is changed, my brake light is repaired, my car is checked out, my bags are packed and my car is loaded!
I get tired thinking about all of it…but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!