We began 2019 dreaming. We’d just returned from another European escapade, and big plans were on the horizon.
By the end of last year we’d realized that our cool-but-way-too-big house had become the ubiquitous albatross around our necks – a responsibility that lingered on our minds any time we went traveling. It was a time suck – a veiled thief that gradually stole more and more time from other priorities.
So we’d decided that the time was right to sell the house and once again downsize and simplify. Then we could rent a great little apartment in our favorite neighborhood. This move would free us up to live simply. And by establishing a new Basecamp Gallivance, we could turn the key and travel to our hearts’ content.
We did all the grueling house prep. Days of pressure washing, painting, and cleaning were followed by hours of careful staging – all designed to insure that our house would sell quickly and well. It did!
Then life intervened. Over four short months we lost six cherished family members in rapid succession – leaving us stunned and reeling.
“Life is What Happens to You,
While You’re Busy Making Other Plans”
—John Lennon, Beautiful Boy
Although we managed to share some posts during those sad months, Gallivance took a backseat in our Life.
So we took the month of June to recharge our batteries by doing something we’ve talked about for years. We went camping out West with our little popup, exploring National Parks and roadside Americana, with emphasis on heavy doses of Geology for James and Anthropology for Terri.
We are renewed.
We are ready to celebrate our exploits across the USA, share our European adventures, and dive into what it means to simplify your life. We hope we didn’t lose you during our unexpected sabbatical, and that you’ll join us again for our gallivants.
Terri & James
* “The lyrics of “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” contain the famous Lennon quote ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’ However, the expression of this sentiment can be traced back to a 1957 Reader’s Digest article, which attributes it to Allen Saunders.” —Wikipedia