I have always been in awe of Nathan’s travel stories. Bicycling across Ireland. Living in Chicago. Backpacking across Europe. As a single mom, I had a hard time saving money to go to Norman, Oklahoma much less Ireland. After three months of dating in 2010, we took the plunge and tested our relationship. We took a 48 hour train ride from Oklahoma City to Chicago and spent a week there. After that trip, I was not only smitten with Nathan but I also was enamored by travel.
So, about a year and a half ago, Nathan posed a question: Do you want to sell everything and travel the world by boat?
You want to do what?! My first reaction was disbelief, followed by YES! Let’s go tomorrow! Then a few hours later, I said OK, now wait a minute. We do have some complications that we need to overcome in order to make this happen. Number 1, we are landlocked Okies with little to no sailing experience. We should probably work out some of the more important details. But, I think he was just as surprised as I have been about how big the excitement has grown.
This was about the time that we came across Gone with the Wynns and their journey. I asked him if we could baby step our way into a boat by traveling the US by travel trailer/RV. I haven’t had much of a chance to travel. My kids are now grown adults. Our Dainty Dane, Magda, hates water but loves car rides. I thought if we can test the waters first by testing ourselves on the road. Then, if we love to travel still, we can set up base on a coastline and learn how to tie crazy knots and get our sea legs.
We are still in the process of working out the details. Our first task was to figure out working on the road. I think we have mostly figured that out (more on that later). Now, we must work on downsizing and selling our 100-year-old home. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s going to be a lot of work and long nights. But, I’m looking forward to sharing our adventures with all of you.
Much Love, Gracelynn