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March (Moving) Madness

The crazy game of getting rid of everything you own

Emptying your house of everything that won't fit in a 5x5 storage unit or the back of a pickup truck is an interesting endeavor. It's an adventure in and of itself and It takes careful planning.

Some thing are easy. Artwork can come down anytime. Unwanted clothes, kitchen items, and miscellaneous stuff can go to Goodwill anytime. Excess canned food and dry goods can go to the food bank. BUT, you have to pack pictures and keepsakes before you sell the tables they sit on. I found this out the hard way as I played a game of consolidating all of our stuff onto fewer and fewer surfaces. If you sell your couch before you leave, you could end up watching TV on the floor. If you sell the furniture in your entryway that holds your coats, hats, and keys, then your coats, hats, and keys end up on your dining room table. Timing Craig's List listings is a true art form!

And if you sell your bedside tables and forget the only light in a bedroom is from lamps, you end up with this.
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With one weekend to go, we have almost everything gone and almost all cabinets and closets cleaned out. Next weekend we finish going through clothes, packing the final items in the kitchen, and taking the last load to Goodwill and storage.

Then Arrr Adventure truly begins.

Posted by mrb430 16:20 Archived in USA Tagged planning pre-trip_ Comments (0)

So How Much Can We Fit in the Truck?

Otherwise titled "The truck bed is HOW BIG?"

So today we spent a long day packing up the house, selling furniture on Craig's List ($240 Cha Ching), and organizing stuff for the trip. We've been wondering just how much we will be able to fit into the truck - knowing we have a small bed - and I've been threatening a "practice pack" to see for sure. I'm really good at visualizing space and I'm an excellent packer but this was a challenge even for me. As Scott says, every implementation needs a dry run so today we did it.

Here's a picture of the dry run.
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We outlined the bed dimensions on a blanket and "packed it". Included: tool box, winch recovery chains and brackets for use with our high-lift jack, tow strap, 25' of chain, air compressor, two inflatable paddle boards and paddles, three red stackable folding boxes for "stuff", cooler, huge 42x20x20 duffle, another duffle, small duffle, AND WE HAVE SPACE LEFT! I'm feeling good about getting everything in.

Also started securing the truck. Bought a safe for inside, added wheel locks, locking receiver for the hitch, locking pin for the jet ski trailer. And we got our hitch! All ready to go pick up the jet ski!

We've been waiting so long to get started! I'm so glad It's getting so close and we can really start winding down. Two weeks from today we won't have to get up for another working Monday.

Posted by mrb430 17:30 Archived in USA Tagged planning pre-trip_ Comments (0)

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

14 days and counting

Not sure why but Tom Petty has been the soundtrack in my head recently. Maybe it's because when I was in college and I'd hit the road to the beach that's what I played. Maybe it's because his music just has that sound and so much of it is about freedom and change and the road. Or maybe it's because Scott is feeling it too and playing Tom Petty radio every night.

In any case, we are so close to starting this big adventure. I just want to pack the truck and be gone. Since we're winding down at work we spend our days browsing Instagram for photos of the places we'll go, adding links to our travel plan , ordering last minute items, and deciding on the "milestones" we want to insert into the trip.

We'll spend the first month in Florida as I described in my last post and then cross the country to the Badlands and Black Hills for our first place we spend more than two nights! The next real milestone will be meeting the girls up in Banff for July 4th. Of course, those Canadians don't see fit to celebrate OUR independence day so we'll have to settle for beautiful scenery and family.

After that it's another big whirlwind of stops and places until we settle in the San Juan Islands for a bit. Whirlwind, then somewhere on the Oregon Coast. Whirlwind, and then finally out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week. I refuse to plan beyond August until I know if we even make it through June! But I like the idea of having milestone places we can plan on and know where we'll be. To have the housing set up so I can envision the place that we'll rest for awhile. I like freedom but I like structure too.

Posted by mrb430 13:36 Archived in USA Tagged planning pre-trip_ Comments (0)

We're Quitting Our Jobs in 23 Days!

Hitting the road April 6

Wow! This has been an amazing process. We are so close to starting our new life and there is so much left to do!

We have accomplished quite a bit though. The Coop is on the market and we've been doing Open Houses and chasing potential buyers. We've been selling furniture on Craig's List like crazy (the house is soooo empty). We've seen our doctors, got updated prescriptions, got vaccinations, and planned for keeping in touch on the road. Our financial house is almost in order. We've aligned our bank accounts, opened some new ones and closed others. We've been seeing friends and visiting favorite places one last time. And we've been making plans.

Like our "We QUIT Our Jobs" party! At the end of the month we will say good bye to the OCC as we "retire". But since we're technically quitting our jobs, we thought that was more fun! Can't wait to see our friends and colleagues one more time before we take off.

After that, our first month we will be in Florida waiting for the rest of the country to warm up! First it's off to Fernandina Beach to visit Scott's sister Julie and establish residency. Then we're off to Matlatcha, Florida, a small island community outside of Fort Myers, where we have a house on the causeway between the mainland and Pine Island. We've decided to take the jet ski as it seemed too good a place to not have it (and I found a place to store it in Apalachicola for $25 a month once we take off). Then up to Redington Shores, on the barrier islands outside of St. Pete, to another house on the water and more jet skiing. Then finally a few days up in Apalachicola where I have fond memories from college of $1 oysters straight out of the bay.

We are looking forward to this time to relax and get warm but also to discover what our days will be like without work in them. What will the new patterns and rhythms of our life be? Will we adopt the healthy habits we talk about and long for but can't find time to maintain now? What new things will we discover about each other? How will our dog, Cadeau, adapt to life on the road and having us around all the time?

We recently rediscovered an old Tom Petty song that sums up our current mentality to a tee. In the words of the immortal Tom Petty:

It's time to move on
Time to get going
What lies ahead I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, babe,
The grass is growing
Time to move on, time to get going

Posted by mrb430 11:59 Archived in USA Tagged planning pre-trip_ Comments (0)

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