Hello dear friends,
We've made it to about one hour (maybe two by RV time) outside of San Antonio, Texas - the first major stop on our route. We're staying a week, and look forward to seeing the Riverwalk, the Alamo and the Japanese Tea Garden especially. RVPainter lived in San Antonio 50 years ago when he was stationed at Kelley Air Force Base in 1962. Even then, before they fixed up the Riverwalk and made it a tourist destination, he liked it a lot. I was not with him then, because I was only in the second grade. :)
We'll be two days early arriving, as we left Santa Fe two days earlier than expected. It's been a wild ride - sometimes literally - but also figuratively. I've been on a roller coaster with emotions: sadness over a phase of life ending and saying goodbye to dear friends; fear of the unknown, excitement for a new adventure; fear of the unknown; happiness at knowing I'll be seeing friends and family along the way and spending more time at the ocean; and did I mention fear of the unknown???
Now I am settling into the rhythm of things and my emotions are settling down too. I am not the boldest or the bravest gal you'll ever meet, but my experience has been that, once I take the leap (or am pushed off the cliff), I adapt very well.
I plan to post once or twice a week, sharing pictures and stories of where we are or have been. We should have more consistent Wifi now (there are some black holes in southern NM and across TX, where even the GPS thinks you are NOWHERE), and I want to spend more time catching up with what you all have to say. Did you catch that - y'all? By the time we leave Texas, I'll be drawlin' like Sue Ellen Ewing.
Thanks so much for your support during my first month of this journey. I've been keeping a journal and I think down the road there may be a memoir in all this. A journey, physical and spiritual, to learn what it means to be at home in the world, wherever I go.