We have finally arrived...
After six months of planning and preparation,
Several long hours packing the van,
48 Hours on the road,
1,227 miles of driving,
157 miles of construction,
7 Pit stops,
3 Gas tank fill ups,
2 Kitty bathroom emergencies,
1 Flea bag motel in the middle of Illinois,
We have finally arrived... in Denver Colorado.
Having given it great consideration, and prayer we have decided that we are going to embark on a journey that will take us across the country. We have left our home in Grand Rapids, MI and are going to be working traveling jobs for the next year. Erin will be working as a travel nurse for various hospitals across the country while Doug works as an online transcriptionist.
We are so excited to have the chance to see the country, visit new cities, try new foods, see new things, and meet new people. Knowing that life quickly becomes busy as you settle down, buy a house, have children and raise a family we felt this was the only time (before our retirement) that we would have the chance to do this.
In the months leading up to our leaving we were very busy, so we both apologize to anyone who we didn't have a chance to say good bye to. We spent several weeks working on our home getting it ready for the new people who will be calling it home while we are gone. This involved gutting the kitchen to the studs and rebuilding it, adding two new closets, redoing plumbing and electrical, and of course, lots of painting. In addition we had to struggle through saying goodbye to our friends and family and everything we have known for so long in order to leave to a new city where we had never been, and jobs where we didn't know anybody, but we were very excited.
Our current plan is to travel for the next year or two. Erin's job determines how long we will be staying in any given city. For the most part we will be in cities for three months at a time, but we may take posts as short as one month. As a result we are not sure when we will be back in Grand Rapids. We hope to be able to stop by and visit if we are passing through the Midwest, but we do not know where we will be going for each of Erin's post until the last few weeks of our current post.
Currently we are living on the second floor of a high rise apartment complex, in a 400 square foot studio apartment. While it is small it fits perfectly as we have very little we are traveling with. Also, the apartment is only a few blocks from where Erin is going to be working. Thankfully Sahara (our cat) has been adjusting rather well, and seems to be enjoying herself. She has even laid claim to an entire closet for herself.
As we travel we welcome all of your to keep tabs on what we are doing through this blog. We will try to update it regularly with photos, videos and stories of what we do and where we go. If you have any suggestions, or input for fun activities in the cities we go to or the surrounding areas please feel free to give us some recommendations.