Today marks the 1 year anniversary for when we set off on our ultimate epic road trip adventure. To be completely honest we were a little scared to leave. Were we making the right choice? Was living in a van and putting off normal people goals for later a good idea? Where would we poop in the middle of the night if we had to? These were a few of the questions floating around our heads as we rolled Thelma out of the driveway in Craig, CO and pointed her North.
Mostly though we were extremely excited! Where were going to find the best buffed out single track? How many amazingly tasty tacos can we eat in every state? When would we meet other crazy van dwellers living out their dreams 1 mile at a time? These were the questions that ultimately sent us on our way to having the best time of our lives!
We both wish we could say we were celebrating our 1 year anniversary on the road still living full time tramping around the country in Thelma. But we’re not. We parked Thelma in our newly rented Steamboat Springs driveway about a month ago and that is where she’ll stay, other than for the weekend trips, until October when our lease is up.
Was getting off the road full time a bitter sweet moment? Yes
Were we that upset about our decision? Not Really
We both can admit that we were ready for a break from the strains of living in a van and everyday stress of not knowing where you are going to poop next.
Before moving into Thelma you could describe us as pretty routine people.
Megan loves having a whole week planned out in her planner. From grocery list and workout routines all the way to what color of nail polish for the week. Alright maybe she’s not that crazy but you get my point, routines are big for us.
So to even be thinking about moving into a van was a pretty crazy stretch for us. And the next 9 0r so months were definitely challenging and pushed our limits.
We learned to go with the flow. Not to care what time we ate dinner. That sleeping in a Wal Mart parking lot is actually quite relaxing. Not knowing when our next paycheck was coming was ok. And there is always a place to poop in the middle of the night if duty calls.
VanLife was never going to be a long term way of life for us. We did it to see places we never seen before. To meet people we couldn’t meet if we were tied down to a mortgage. To have experiences that we can look back on when were old and grey and say “Shit yeah we were young and crazy!”
But we knew it would come to an end at some point. Finding a place we wanted to settle down was a big goal of ours when we set off on the trip. We still might not be exactly sure where that is but we have a pretty good idea.
The most important thing VanLife gave us was direction. We know what we want to pursue with our lives now. The goals we want to achieve and the lifestyle we want to live while accomplishing those goals. (We can’t wait to share these exciting new endeavors with you guys!) And that is the most valuable lesson we could have learned this past year!
But don’t worry! This isn’t the end of Misadventure Theory. We like to think of it as Misadventure Theory 2.o!
Thelma is still our trusty adventure wagon on all the weekend warrior trips to the mountains and dessert. We have many epic trips planned for the rest of summer and fall to take you guys along on.
And still show you that even if you aren’t a full time dirtbag, there is still plenty of misadventure to be had!