The plan was to get all packed up on Sunday, run a few last-minute errands Monday morning and then hit the road bright and early. But when Sunday night started bleeding into Monday morning and I still had hours and hours of packing left to do, I knew that plan was headed out the window. There are two reasons our departure took longer than I had hoped:
1. I can't stand traveling ill-prepared.
2. I can't stand coming home to a messy house.
So, our planned 8:00am start time ended up being 3:30pm, but I hit the road with the essentials packed (more on my travel packing system in a future post) and a house that doesn't look like a bomb hit it. Because I was pretty sleep-deprived at that point I knew I needed to do what I could to keep the stress level down to a minimum to avoid being short or cranky with my kids or our nanny (more on that in a future post too). That meant putting our favorite motto into play: Hakuna Matata!
As I understand it Hakuna Matata means "no worries" in Swahili and is generally said to remind oneself to let go of stress. And, of course, anyone who knows anything about us knows "Hakuna Matata" was the name of our boat.
On day 1 of our New Mexico to Wisconsin road trip that "Hakuna Matata" attitude led to many changes along the way. For example, instead of driving to Wichita, Kansas and having a steak dinner at a great local restaurant, we spent the night in a tiny Texas town and ate some greasy Sonic fast food. It wasn't what we had imagined as we started the trip but it got the job done and allowed us to keep smiling ... and keep on truckin' across the grand ole' U-S of A!
After living aboard the 42' sailing catamaran Hakuna Matata for a year our family is adjusting to life back on dry land. What impact will that experience have on our lives in the long run? Can that lovely, liveaboard lifestyle apply in the desert Southwest? Will my landlocked boat babies feel like fish out of water or find joy wherever we are? This blog is my outlet for exploring these questions.
Monday, June 25, 2012
On The Road... Finally!
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I'm glad you are finally on the road (and don't have to come back to a messy house :)ReplyDelete