The sun is setting on our 2020 westward adventure. After leaving Colorado, we’ve begun the journey toward home with quick stops planned in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. Our projected arrival date, in Chattanooga, is September 4th; almost exactly 8 months since this adventure began. We have had an amazing, chaotic experience seeing new places, connecting with old friends and family and making new friends; even Starbaby made a friend (Australian Terrier, Libby,from Colorado Springs). However, we feel that pull for home!
The most important thing for me, about having a home base, even though we love spending long periods of time traveling, is having a destination for a defined ending to a trip. Of course, there is something emotional about an adventure coming to an end, but that sense of loss sets the stage for a new beginning, in the future. Going home allows me to reflect on all the various experiences this kind of lifestyle offers. It also gives the opportunity for a relaxed atmosphere to reconnect with family and friends and balance the responsibilities of roles like daughter, mother and grandmother. Dorothy was right when she said, “There’s no place like home,” but she might never have grasped that reality without a trip to the “Land of Oz.”