During the Pandemic, when international travel was not an option, we craved a way to escape all the craziness. So after 2 years of being cooped up, in February we disconnected from social media, bought a little work van, and converted it into the perfect camping oasis – a tiny, modern gypsy wagon. Our dream was to travel the US in our own little bubble until sanity returned to the world. We named her “Gallivan.”
And for the next few months we hit the road, wandering America’s Blue Highways. It was a glorious freedom after being on lockdown.
When we weren’t on the road, James used Gallivan as his basecamp for multi-state bike rides and fossil hunting forays. He rode hundreds of miles, discovering challenging bike paths – and an abundance of fossils – in our own back yard.
But no matter how careful we were, Terri still caught Covid – at her doctor’s office (of all places!) after eye surgery. Of course, she gave it to James. Love is sharing.
Fortunately, we survived Covid, and began frantically planning a month-long European getaway. We were a week away from leaving when Terri suddenly fell seriously ill: Sepsis and kidney failure. This bump in the road caught us totally by surprise. Between hospitals, tests, and infusions, James struggled to cancel plans, juggle doctors, and maintain his composure … and sanity.
Now, after 4 months of recovery Terri is nearly back to 100 percent and raring to go … anywhere!
Hopefully we’ll get the all-clear from the doctor by the end of the year. We had planned our third Round-the-World Trip for 2021, but the Pandemic ruined those plans, so we moved it to 2022. That too was a bust! Hopefully 2023 will prove that third time’s a charm.
Our word for the year has been “Endurance.”
We didn’t plan on taking time off from the blog – dropping off the scene without an announcement. Life just happened. But the two most important things we learned are:
- We truly missed you. Not having contact has left a serious hole in our lives.
- We missed blogging. And boy, do we have some stories to tell.
It’s time to put the FUN back into our lives. Thanks for checking in on us while we were gone. We can’t wait to reconnect with you!
Terri & James