Sunday, February 10, 2013

Heading North, saying goodbye, and some apprehension about coming home

We spent the past couple of days with our sweet friends Brandie and Bradley and just said our goodbyes today. I can't help but cry every time we part, because they are just such good people. Why couldn't they just realize that they should live closer to us? Who cares about the fact that they have career opportunities where they live now, instead of living in the boonies with us? But who ever asks me?

We spent our time with them rock climbing in the bouldering gym where Brandie works, playing cribbage while sharing high quality beers, sucking helium out of balloons which left us convulsing on the floor with laughter, eating good food, sledding, sight seeing in Flagstaff, watching a snow boarding competition downtown, and visiting a great knitting store. Fun, fun, fun!
Flagstaff welcomed us with snow and icicles. It's quite a shock to the system, I tell ya. The day before we visited them, we lounged at the Salt River in our BATHING SUITS. It's quite a shock to the system. Not only because of the temperature difference, but also because Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation, so breathing is a little different here.

Poor icicle bicycle...

Bradley explaining proper rock climbing etiquette.
Brandie and Eva sharing a laugh.

Before all this fun, we were at the Grand Canyon, remember? The day after the boys and I hiked in the canyon, Steve and Bradley were supposed to hike all the way down and come up the same day. Bradley couldn't go, so it was Steve by himself. For mere mortals, this hike would take all day. For my Über-husband Steve, the whole 12 mile trip took four and a half hours. And that includes a half hour break to soak his feet in the Colorado River. It is so unfair that my man is so much faster, fitter, and stronger than I am. And it's not because he has a regular exercise routine or anything. It is pure talent and Viking genes, is what it is.
Although I am slightly bitter about this, I mostly think it's awesome and quite handy to share my life with a man who is so strong and rock solid and healthy. He came back with wonderful pictures from his hike in the Grand Canyon. They have a different feel than my pictures the day before because he went on a day that threatened snow.

Now? We're are homeward bound, heading North. I am ever so slightly apprehensive. I don't want to leave the road and the sun yet. I don't want to be done with this adventure that has turned out way, way more amazing than I ever imagined. I am nervous about returning to my old life, which is so much more hectic and structured and, yes, stressful than our life on the road. Back home, we will jump with both feet into full time home schooling, garden preparation, goat births and hoof rot problems, bills, paperwork, and in Steve's case, hectic work. It's a life that I love most of the time, and I hope with all my heart that I will love it as much as I did when we left on our grand adventure.
Here is what I know:
Our dear friends and neighbors are trying to lure us back. “We've had a few days of sunshine here”, they write, “and we can't wait to have you home again.” These people and our friends in the larger community are a big reason we live where we do. We can't wait to see them either, share meals, sing and play music, go for walks, do yoga together, share stories of the past six weeks.
Here is what else I know:
My old, stinky dog Pluto will be very happy to have us back, a house full of noisy kids and me, his one and true love (At least I hope so. I hear that the neighbors and house sitters have been spoiling him rotten, so I am afraid that he will only open one eye when he sees me, wagging his tail once or twice, and then go back to sleep.)
I also know that it will be time to start my onion seeds in the greenhouse, and that March is not far away, and that the first crocuses and daffodils will soon poke through the earth. I know that my heart will skip a beat with joy when I look out at the yard, into the garden, to the mountains in the distance, and know that I am home.


  1. Hallo du Zigeuner!!! Oh das hört sich alles sooooo aufregend und interessant an und ich beneide euch wirklich um eure gemeinsame Zeit und eure Abenteuer! Denn ja, zu Hause wird es wieder anders sein und der Alltag wird wieder zuschlagen! Aber genauso stimmt es, daß es genau das Leben ist, das du führen willst und in dem du dich wohl fühlst (mal von den up´s und down´s abgesehen). Ich wünsche dir auf alle Fälle ein gutes nach Hause kommen und drück dich ganz arg! Dicke Bussis Belli

  2. Ich druecke dich ganz arg zurueck, liebes Bellerchen! Mit meinen zwei Ziegen ist was nicht recht, da mache ich mir jetzt streng Sorgen, und es zieht mich zurueck nach Washington!

  3. i cannot wait to see u again! i have been loving following your blog

    1. Hey, who are you? It says Kai under your name...

    2. Kaisha! Sorry i dont give much about myself online or leave comments on blogs often. But i am excited that you are returning and hope to chat more. We are no longer using MBA but i would still love to keep in contact outside of that.

    3. Ohhh, now I get it!!! Awesome, I'm glad you followed my blog so you could participate virtually in our adventure! Yes, let's talk more when I get back. Are you still interested in getting La Mancha goats?

    4. do you have babies coming? call me when you are home

  4. You are a beautiful soul, Corina. A beautiful blog and beautiful trip. So glad you guys made this adventure happen and had such a blast! xxoo

    1. Dear Margaret, thank you for your sweet words! We will drive up through Portland. Are you up for a short little visit Wednesday evening?
      Hugs to you!


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