Nathan wading in the ocean
Nathan and a racoon trap
Living Desert Zoo in Carlsbad New Mexico. It took a lot of hard work, but the zoo staff was eventually able to trap that banana that had been causing so much trouble!

So I figured it’s about time I finally wrote a post about our travels. It’s been nearly 2 full months since we left Anchorage, heading south and east towards some yet to be determined location on the East Coast (I’m voting for New Hampshire). But we’ll figure that out later.

I haven’t been able to add anything to the site, mainly because doing a road trip in a class C motorhome, which has no oven makes it kind of hard to do a lot of cooking.

Now with that being said, I think in general this site is going to move away from solely being a cooking website, to one that also covers travel and living with CF. So the site design is probably going to change sometime in the near future to reflect that.

Like I’ve said, I’ve been wanting to share more about our travels, but I can’t seem to find the time. Vanessa however, has a great post she wrote recently that explains how our trip went as we traveled through Canada. So if you’re planning on traveling through Canada in the winter like we did, you really should check it out.

Nathan wading in the ocean
Even though it looks sunny and warm, the wind was blowing like CRAZY. Seriously, I don’t think Nathan feels the sensation we know as… cold.

There were definitely things we didn’t know before we started that we had to learn along the way. You can find that post here: RVing the Alcan in Winter

Fast forward six weeks and we’re parked on a beach in South East Texas looking out over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the first time Nathan has seen the Atlantic ocean, and I’m so happy we were able to take him here to experience some other parts of the world.

Our RV on the beach at Surfside
We have an awesome spot on the beach. Yep, that’s our class C motorhome. It has been a solid vehicle for us, getting us down here with no mechanical issues whatsoever. It might not look fancy, but it has a tough engine and it has served us well so far.

When I was just a little older than Nathan is right now, my family lived in Louisiana for about a year. It was completely different than anything I had ever experienced before because I only really knew Alaska, and Minnesota up until that point.

Well, we ended up staying in a little home at the end of a cul de sac directly opposite of a Brahma Bull farm. That’s right – it was hot, humid, and STINKY. Oh and there was a nice big mud pit at the end of the road.

And as an added bonus, we could simply find the nearest mud puddle and go fishing for crawfish with pieces of hotdog tied to a stick. It was weird.

And now, I’m going to totally and unabashedly plug myself for a second. I would highly recommend checking out my short post on crawfish. I promise you, it’s truly insightful in my opinion: Crayfish/Crawdad

Anyway, the strange part is I never thought I would find myself traveling through the southern part of the United States again. One year in Louisiana was enough for me to say “I’m never going to travel through the southern part of the United States again.”

Surfside Beach Texas sunset

But here we are; hanging out in the southeastern part of Texas, close to Louisiana…

It’s funny how things change. And it’s funny how things come full circle.

One day not too long ago, I got curious, so I texted my mom asking where exactly we lived in Louisiana those years back. I remembered it was just outside of a place called Alexandria but I couldn’t remember much more than that. She texted me back and gave me the town and the street that the house was located on.

Using Google Maps and street view I found the house and it’s still there just like I remember. The only difference is that the mud pit at the end of the road is gone and it has been replaced with an interstate.

Now, I’m 90% sure I’m going to be traveling through the southeastern part of the United States even though I told myself I wasn’t going to do that. Ever.

But circumstances change. Since it’s the middle of winter, we all agreed it was a better plan to keep farther south where it’s warmer (less money spent on propane for heat).

In addition, my Aunt also recently moved to Alabama and we are directly in line to visit her as we make our way northeast.

So why not right?

Nathan standing in front of a huge bat face

I just can’t get over how strange everything is playing out. Life can be funny sometimes.

Although Alaska is great and pretty, there’s something about the Atlantic Ocean that draws me to it. I’m not saying we’ll never return to Alaska, especially to visit family and friends once in awhile. But I feel that whatever the future holds for us is waiting the opposite way as Alaska.

It’s been a great trip so far; no major problems. Let’s hope it stays that way. We did have a flat tire in Phoenix Arizona, but that’s about it.

Before I wrap this post up, I really want to encourage anyone who has a dream of traveling to do what it takes to make it happen. We all only have one life, and I don’t want to end up looking back on my life one day and thinking, I wish I would have spent more time with my family doing what’s really important in life.

Sure things can happen. An alternator could go out, or any other number of things.

But guess what?

Things happen no matter what or where you are.

Don’t be scared of stepping out of your comfort zone, and just going for it. If you have to be frugal to make your money last as long as possible. Do it. You’ll get used to it and that will become the new norm.

This has honestly been the best choice Vanessa and I could have made. Our whole family will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

And you know what? Nathan is better for it. He’s getting to truly learn his geography first hand.

Nathan in front of a sunset in Roswell New Mexico

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