What We Learned the First Week on the Road

We pulled into the Lofton Creek Campground along East State Road 200 in Yulee, Florida on Friday night, determined to make the best of our detour. Five days (and so. much. money.) later, we are finally back on the road and headed to Savannah, Georgia.

We’re relieved. I don’t think we’re quite ready to let the excitement back in completely – Jared and I are both a little gun shy – but we are cautiously optimistic about moving forward again. It’s been a pretty adventurous first week on the road, and we’ve learned a few things.

What we learned the first week on (and off) the road

I can be the calm one. For the first 4.95 days, I was the one holding steady. Despite any inner doubts I may have been having, I took every missed deadline and change of plans in stride. I reminded Jared over and over again that we were handling these adjustments just fine.

This is a different dynamic in our relationship, and Jared admitted late Tuesday that it had made him a little nervous since I’m not “you know, normally what you’d call calm.”

Our children really like to play with us. The worst part about our detour was the total lack of anything interesting to do or see around us; we were basically in a grassy parking lot on the edge of a highway. In a way, that turned out to be the best part of our detour. The four of us have played Simon Says, Follow the Leader, catch, and cards, and I was reminded how much fun my children are.

I have been looking forward to my kids having to get more creative with their unstructured play time, but it turns out they weren’t the only ones who needed a reminder about the importance of just hanging out.

I stress out when I think someone will be disappointed in me. The biggest problem I was having with the constant delays on our vehicle was the fact that we were expected at Callaway Gardens for a blogger program. When the mechanic told us we’d be ready to go Monday, I foolishly contacted the staff and asked if they’d still be able to accommodate us if we arrived Tuesday night. When that plan fell through, I panicked. I wasn’t concerned about what I would be missing, but about any inconvenience I might cause with yet another change of plans.

The ridiculous thing is, no one else’s day or week was affected by me not showing up in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The even more ridiculous thing is that there was nothing I could do about it anyway.

I’m not sure what to do with that little bit of info – or if there’s anything to be done with it. I’m taking a break from too much analyzing and trying to focus on observing and handling whatever is right in front of me at the moment; it’s seems to be the sanest course of action for now.

In the name of shutting up and observing, I’ve been taking lots of pictures.

Somehow, I was able to find quite a few things worth looking at in a place that seemed to have nothing to see. Imagine that.

Savannah, here we come!

(Please feel free to share any tips you have about things to do in the Savannah area.)

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  1. Nancy says:

    Sounds like a pretty awesome (but expensive) week to me.

  2. Nanna says:

    Ahhhh. Me love seeing those pictures, seeing the kids, seeing it all.

    Good for you, baby girl.

  3. Lisa says:

    It sounds like you’re doing just fine! I love that pic of Devin!

  4. Penbleth says:

    Great pictures. I hope this week goes much more smoothly.

  5. Bre says:

    Keep on truckin! :P (Or, uh, RV-ing)
    Have fun in GA!

  6. R Crumbley says:

    Glad you are on the road! We were worried about you. Catch up with us another time. Safe travels!

  7. love, love, love those last two photos!
    thrilled to hear that the forced break was a good reminder about the importance of just being together without an agenda. see, when bad things happen to good people, sometimes a little good can come out of it! (you wanna punch me for this part of the comment, don’t cha?)

  8. I’m so proud of you ALL.. re-aquainting with each other is the best part of the whole trip. Minor ‘road blocks’ (no pun) will pop up along the way, no matter what . Realizing as you said “The ridiculous thing is, no one else’s day or week was affected by me not showing up in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The even more ridiculous thing is that there was nothing I could do about it anyway.” On what growth and truth is in that statement! I’m following you all virtually, hoping you’re gonna have grand fun in Savannah this week.. be sure to tour the ‘grave’ yards I know, ick’ but there’s some very cool stories and more to be found in the history of Old Savannah!

  9. martymankins says:

    The stressing out when someone is disapointed is something I know a bit about. I get stressed when I can’t make others around me happy. I mostly do it to avoid and remove any bit of drama. But it gets me to a point of nervous level that’s hard to deal with. My semi solution is to resolve myself that all will be fine soon and that I can’t control other’s actions.

    Glad to hear you are on the road again. Look forward to more reports from the road.

  10. Ah, love that you’re back on the road! And way to be the calm one, my friend!

  11. Cort says:

    Congratulations!! you’re doing exactly what you wanted to do — got to know yourself and your family better. Also, no matter how many things you plan, it’s the little nothings that they’ll remember. A favorite memory with my stepson is us going through the crayon box and “improving” the names that they’d supplied. It cost us nothing, we hadn’t planned it, it was an organic experience and we had a blast. No, he couldn’t spell better afterward, but it brought us closer. There is just as much value in that as anything.

    Also, you have a lovely family. I look forward to following your updates now that you are on the move again. Look us up in Indiana if you need a place to park, shower, or suggestions!! I’ve signed up on your site.

  12. You have kids that love to play with you. What could be better?

  13. Karin says:

    Loving the pictures! I’m glad you didn’t stress out too much and took the time to enjoy the unexpected delay.

  14. habanerogal says:

    The growth and life lessons are kicking in extra early ! Good for you for not melting down and stopping to enjoy the small pleasures

  15. Suzi says:

    I am from Deltona and absolutely love that you have taken the bull by the horns and are following your dreams. What an awesome experience! Blessings to you have your family. The kids are going to have such a wonderful experience.


  16. Cara Pope says:

    Hey Britt. I went to high school with Faiqa and Adam, so I feel like we’re almost friends by association (or Kevin Bacon, or something). Anyway, I plan to travel the country vicariously through you… and hopefully remember to play cards and Simon Says along the way. :) IF you can squeeze Callaway back in, you should come the week of June 18th – that’s when we go with my parents! This will be our 7th year at Callaway Camp – my boys look forward to it all year long. And we could meet in person!
    Safe travels… enjoy Savannah!

  17. Sometimes you cannot do anything about a situation, fretting about it won’t help, it will only tire you out.
    It is better to spend that energy on something constructive instead.

    I look forward to hearing more about your trip, it is very interesting. Good luck!

  18. alisha says:

    i just want you to know how inspiring you are! my story is this::workwork college wrong relationships workworkwork meet my love (the right love) mywork herbusiness ***wham*** car wreck = my beautiful partner mandy is a paraplegic. we learned the hard way that life DOES go on whether you’re working your days away or LIVING them. it makes me happy to see women like you getting that lesson before it’s just too late. so roll on that open road! but if you come through pine mtn, call me. i’m 45 min away & i will bring you guys lunch!

  19. Marinka says:

    I love the one where your children really like to play with you. We forget that sometimes, when we’re caught up in life and all.

  20. Whitney says:

    Looks like you are living the life! I would love to just pack up and hit the road! Have a blast!!!

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