Our Homestead Journey, The Entire Trip
When my husband and I were first married and struggling through those early years, I kept telling him this is the Adventure part! Little did I know it would continue to always be an adventure. Last September (2018), we started a new adventure we had wanted to take for so long.
I tried to plan everything out for our trip. It was a Tuesday, and the week before we couldn't get a straight answer from the movers on a day and time. When they finally arrived we found out that our things were being shipped with other people's belongings as well. We have never hired professional movers before, so it was a shock. We couldn't back out because we had already put down what was supposed to be one third of the cost. We should have known it would go up too. We also found out after we finally got all of our things, we had hired full blown scam artist. (But that story can be shared another time if anyone is interested.) We also had issues with our month to month lease. Our apartment complex in Vegas had determined that we owed for the entire month of September because we didn't sign a thirty day notice until the twenty-ninth of August. Yeah, that was expensive too. Anyway, we ended up leaving right before the office closed at five on a Tuesday.
We all kind of held our breath as we felt like we were sneaking out of the city. It had taken us ten years to scrape together enough money to leave. The second picture below is of Boulder City and the lake at Boulder Dam. We saw a rainbow as our trip began at sunset during monsoon season in the southwest United States. And then bam! Shortly after the rainbow picture was taken, the tread peeled off the tire on the trailer.
We had a beautiful sunset as my husband tried for an hour to find a tow truck in Kingman, Arizona that was willing to come get our trailer. He finally got a hold of someone after an hour of phone calls. We stayed in Kingman for the night and headed out about ten in the morning the next day. (A great big Thank You! to USAA for staying on the phone with us for that hour helping us to find a tow truck company.) New Mexico is so green for the southwest! I was surprised to see that they get much more rain during monsoon season than Vegas does. We only made it the Albuquerque the second day.
My husband and I grew up in eastern Washington state and we had lived for fifteen years in Las Vegas. I will miss the mountains. After growing up near the mountains (between the Cascades and the Rockies) I was expecting Texas and the following states to be flatter. I was surprised there were gentle hills here and there. And lots of windmills.
Once we were past New Mexico we saw a lot more crosses, on everything. Even a cattle truck who had a special cross tail light. We timed everything just right for passing through Oklahoma city when Tropical Storm Gordon was in the area also visiting. We drove late into the night and made it to Arkansas. The fourth and final day of our trip I was grumpy and didn't want to get out of bed. Especially with the movers having told us that it can take up to twenty-one days before they deliver our beds. (They didn't tell us that until after everything was on the truck.)
We arrived late in the afternoon to a wonderful and sweet realtor who couldn't wait to meet us. She also helped us to turn on the water. I've never been a morning person but with this new view I may have a chance to actually enjoy sunrise every morning.