As usual, my blogosphere friends inspire me. I just read this post, responded and now this post is born!
You may have noticed not a lot of posts lately. I’ve taken the liberty and re-blogged a few great international travel blogs. And I’ve been inspired to blog about some treasures we found as we closed out our storage locker in our home base.
So here is why: We spent close to 3 months camped near our daughter’s home. We arrived on June 24, 2015, and departed September 15, 2015. I used to keep a daily diary to remember and possibly recreate these times in a blog. It didn’t happen – the diary, that is. The reason for this off the road adventure, yes, an adventure, was to help our daughter get through the end of her difficult pregnancy, enjoy our grandson as he turned 2 (and I must say, he’s VERY active AND inquisitive) and finally, be there for the birth of our second grandson. We hung out for a few more weeks after his birth….and were ready for some R & R, go to the mountains and climb!
Detoured: My stepdad has been such a blessing to my mom. They both had what could be described as somewhat tumultuous or difficult first marriages. Mom for 54 years until dad succumbed to cancer, and my stepdad just shy of 50 years before his wife also battled cancer.
My mom was legally blind when they met. Both were lonely, both had good health and both had a bit of wanderlust in them. He bought his dream Class A motorhome and was ready to travel. She had dreamed for years of traveling. Each had a daughter and they were good friends. Long story short, he drove from Ohio to meet her in Virginia. It was an answer to each other’s prayers and love at first sight! They celebrated their 12th anniversary this past July. It was tempered by this battle against cancer.
We were compelled to spend time with them. We parked the motorhome in a campground, paying only a storage fee, then went on to Florida. My one sister has a snowbird home near them. We stayed there, and it was resort style living! And free wi-fi. A luxury….anyway, we thought we went to say our final goodbyes. And to close out our storage locker, take care of all yearly doc visits, and visit our home church. We really were returning home.
It turned out to be better than we could have imagined. While my step dad thought he was at the end of his life, he was told he had two to six months to live, he passed his six-month mark. While he thought he was dying, I was able to be there for his hospice nurse’s check up. I told her what he has said, and she said, “nonsense! You could live another six months or another six years!” WOW! His body had responded well to radiation and chemo….So we were able to depart on a VERY happy note!
R & R: While we waited out and watched what hurricane Joquin was doing, we finally hit the road. We were one of the lucky ones, our home was just fine…so we got in it and headed to the beach for a month of R & R, unpack the few things we salvaged from our storage locker, organize our RV, hopefully, get a new washing machine installed and FINALLY, get the car outfitted with tow gear!