Ahhh….after months of talking, planning, and getting ready, we’re actually on the road now and starting our adventure as zigzaggerz. We’re pinching ourselves after our first couple of weeks as we’re both amazed and grateful that we’re actually doing this! We’re REALLY having a blast so far.
Before posting details about our adventures from the road, a few notes about the weeks and months leading up to our departure:
- William’s final days at M, Inc. — He retired on December 23rd after close to 31 years there. Time flies! It was really nice to have a chance for a farewell get together as part of the annual company party with the M Inc. family. Emory, Cathy, Henry, Val, Christie, DJ, Jamie, Jeremy, and all the guys put together a special day that fit William’s desires to a “t”– a chance to spend his final day at work with this group that means so much to him. There were some good laughs and stories told from the guys’ perspectives about working with William. Very nice.
- We enjoyed a nice family Christmas including a visit from Hunter, good times hanging out with him at the house, bike rides, football and runs on the beach with Maysea, and a last minute Christmas Day “Eggnog” party at our house with friends. We really enjoyed the chance to get together. The party was inspired by Granny and Pap and their punch bowl–she and Pappy hosted a Christmas Day open house at their Greenville, SC home around that punch bowl every year starting sometime in the 1950’s. During our packing of items we planned to store for the year, we came across the punch bowl. It just seemed that it would be wonderful to enjoy gathering with friends and family for some Christmas Day cheer before storing it for our departure and it was nice to be able to honor Granny and Pap! So glad we did as it was very nice to have a chance to visit and exchange hugs.
- We spent a lot of time during the final days preparing “Grace” (our RV) for our trip and preparing “Mermaid’s Call” (our house) for Army and Mo to move in on December 31st for the year. We purged our home closets more than once, donated some stuff, sold some stuff, figured out what to bring, what not to bring, bought some stuff we needed, some stuff we probably don’t need, organized mail forwarding, etc. We also soaked in the views, sunrises, sunsets, as well as time with each other, Hunter, and area friends in and around our home on the Ochlockonee Bay.
- After purchasing “Grace”, we took a number of practice trips so we could try out this new lifestyle and learn “how to” live full-time in a 24 ft. RV. Trips included short overnight stays nearby– Apalachicola (dry camping under the bridge), St. George Island State Park, Indian Pass, a small rv park along Hwy 98 near Eastpoint, and TopSail Hill Preserve State Park near Destin. We also took some longer weekend trips to Savannah, GA and to Chapel Hill, NC and Clemson, SC for family events- Emma and John’s awesome wedding, and the Clemson vs. FSU football game for a great weekend of tailgating with family. Our takeaway from our practice runs–less is more, stay organized with the space, have a place for everything, and we think this adventure will be pretty easy and pretty cool too! We really look forward to living a very simple life with less stuff and plenty of time to explore the world, connecting with family, old and new friends, and nature.