We were on the first leg of our trip back home (FL->NY) and had accomplished about 6 of the 24 hour ride. We were in Georgia. It was midnight. It was raining. We were exhausted. We had no plans for sleeping. So we looked for campsites as we drove up 75.
The first.. and second.. and third.. were duds. Closed, unavailable, and closed again. We were about to set up camp in a Walmart parking lot when we went just a bit further and BAM! There it was. The perfect campsite – with a big neon open sign and lots of sleeping RVs.
The Red Gate Campground was everything we needed at midnight. The office was “check yourself in” and pay in the morning. There was a nice bathroom with a shower. We also were directed by sign to camp in front of the office which was extremely convenient.
The rain had picked up when we stepped out of the office. The air had a chill unknown to our Florida nights. Georgia is different. The tent was worth it.. even for this very moment. In 5 minutes we were parked, it was open, and we were in bed, listening to rain drops falling. It wasn’t long before sleep overcame us.
At sunrise, we realized we had set up camp next to a cage with a rooster. He was letting off his “cock-a-doodle-doo!” every 3-5 minutes like an original snooze button. We accepted it for awhile before getting up, paying, and hitting the road. Not before having a look at the beautiful cock who woke us up though 😂. He was surrounded by chickens and baby rabbits in a lovely pen shaded by the branches of two huge southern oak trees.
Just like that we were on the road again with a sunny day ahead. This was one of my favorite quick stops on the trip. The experience was really interesting. We learned a lot about finding a site, and about the ease of our magical tent.
The biggest lesson here (and everywhere on a road trip) is to take a chance. Usually it works out.. and if not.. you’re still having fun! Life is good.
Hugs and rooftents,
Even though it’s only been 10 days I’ve learned quite a few life lessons on this road trip. One of my favorites so far is that even though we might think something matters, NOBODY CARES. Nobody cares what I’m wearing, nobody cares what I’m eating, nobody cares how long I’m in the bathroom, nobody cares how many times I wash my face or brush my teeth, or eat chocolate for breakfast. Nobody cares that I packed too much, or haven’t been thinking ahead as much as I usually do. Nobody cares that I’ve been caught up in all of my moments and haven’t given thought to the days or weeks.
I’ll tell you someone who does care though, MY BODY. Our bodies are who’s actually important and that’s who’s benefiting from, or being cut down by our life choices. This revelation is one typically found while traveling; the longer the trip the better it sticks.
This trip has provided us with all 4 climates, with snow in Buffalo and Ohio, to 90 in sunny Florida. I’ve eaten junk food for days in a row followed by an unfamiliar break out and slight weight gain over a couple of weeks. Emotional break downs and bickering for no reason. After ALL of that came the realization that my body and thoughts need to come first, before anything else at all. Because NOBODY ELSE CARES.
For packing too much I’ve come up with this: I went through my bag and took out most of the things that were overkill and stuffed them into a bag not to be touched in the bottom of the car. It worked this time because we’re only driving and have plenty of space, but in the future overpacking is absolutely not an option. There’s nothing I need that I couldn’t buy while here or live without. As long as you have a couple of comfortable outfits, a bunch of underwear, your facewash, plenty of moisturizer, a toothbrush, and a comb, life is good. (Because NOBODY CARES if you wear the same thing 6 times, and we do anyway! We all do!) This is a large life lesson for my future travels. I thought that downsizing to a backpack was the answer and it’s not. It’s not about fitting into one space it’s about what we actually need. And we don’t need much. Furthermore I believe that having few things and living without many choices teaches us. We have too much in America and are used to it; constantly traveling with multiple suitcases and burdening ourselves with the mass. It is truly freeing to let all of that go.
As for thinking ahead, sometimes when things are moving quickly we have to stop and consider where our priorities have been. Mine have been caught up. I get very bogged down by what’s going on with everyone else and don’t worry enough about myself. When I really sit down and think about what I need and about what my body is feeling, life is much simpler.
Doing some yoga every day and getting a full serving of fruits and vegetables along with cutting out some drinking and getting enough sleep are what I need. Instead of worrying what the others in our company might like we need to worry about ourselves, our health. (Because realistically NOBODY CARES what you eat! That’s on you! And your body will thank you not anyone else!) While traveling our routines have a tendency to escape us. It’s important to step back and remember who we are. We are always number one to ourselves.
Jim and I still have some time left on this trip and no family to lean on. We’ll be camping from here on out and the real life lessons will begin. So stay tuned for some more revelations by Bee.
Hugs and backpacks,