Well, it has been a full year since we set out on our Adventure!
From the beginning, we had planned this to be a one year…possibly longer adventure. During our travels, we truly came to appreciate a few things that are so easy to take for granted. First, we had hoped to discover some of the beauty this great nation has to offer. We found that and more. The more we saw, the more we wanted to see.
Second, we realized how little ‘material things’ really matter. Stuff doesn’t make you happy. It is the experience of life we should value. We had an expression we liked and hope to continue to apply to our lives, ‘It isn’t about what you have, it is about the experiences you have’. Third, being together as a couple, with our fur babies, has been wonderful. We were a close couple but the experience of being on the road, in our condo on wheels, brought us even closer. It was all those shared experiences! We joked that couples should have to live on the road in an RV for a few months before getting married. It truly shows compatibility. It turns out the hardest part of our year was coming to a point where we weren’t in each others ‘back-pocket’. 😦
So, Southern Florida, we do like it. Going to the beach and watching the sunsets, collecting shells. Amazing. Before I continue, if we are sticking to our adventure plan of identifying the place we would consider a ‘forever home’, Montana still tops our list… except for snow and cold. IF it had beaches and no snow… Well, we would be there in a heartbeat. 🙂 Back to Florida.
Over the last two months we have been incredibly busy getting to know the area, moving into our apartment and a multitude of other things. Sherry’s parents loaded up a huge Penske truck with our items in storage back in St. Louis and drove down to visit us for a while. This brings us back up to point 2 above. We put a lot in our apartment and a lot more in the Garage that we have as a part of our lease. You know what? We didn’t miss much. We joke that the dining room table, Dyson vacuum and Kitchen Aide mixer were the only things we really thought we needed. So, we are taking some time unpacking boxes and then re-loading some for donations. We just dropped off a few boxes for a family at Sherry’s school who had a house fire.
Sherry’s dad commented about all the wine glasses we were un-boxing. Wow, we had a ton… 🙂
In other news, we are now a two scuba diver family.
A month ago we were planning our summer travels and Sherry decided she would try to get certified so she could be Sean’s buddy. We found a local dive shop, bought her equipment and set up lessons. She passed with flying colors!
Sean was very excited and happy he could go on the open water dives to take some photos. Sherry was a real natural and found she loved scuba. Her open water dives were off Key Largo (some of the best diving in the world). While in the Keys, we had to go to one of Sean’s favorite hangouts – Sharky’s. They make some of the best Mojito’s on the planet and the Cuban Sandwich is amazing! Our first night in Key Largo, as we stood on a balcony, Sherry said she could see why Sean wanted to retire to the Keys. 🙂 Sailboat????? We are looking ahead to our next dive trip, hopefully in a month.
We will continue our blog entries as we explore Florida, both above and below the waves. To all our Full Time friends, stay safe and enjoy your travels. We will be back on the road in a few weeks to enjoy some summer adventures before Sherry has to return to work.