Getting Ready To Roll

mapsTwo summers ago I began a new adventure in travel. I bought my cute little Roadtrek RV and traveled the United States for two and a half months. I felt a strong pull to visit as many of the people that supported Jim and myself through three plus years of struggle. I wanted to thank those people for their support and have fun and some adventure along the way. It was a marvelous summer.

Little did I know that this journey would contine on past my travels that summer in my RV. I have been overwhelmed at times and continuously grateful for the ongoing support of all those friends, near and far, older and newer that have continued to love and support me as I have traveled through the uncharted territory of grief. I am blessed.

In two weeks I am packing up my RV and traveling to the east coast and beyond. I am planning to be on-the-road for about three months. Where am I going this time?

EventPhotoFull_horsedriveposter-2015 aI have a date to ride in the Hells A’Roaring Horse Round-up in Gardiner, MT May 21-23.  I am so excited about this. I love to ride horses and you know even though Jim was not fond of horses, he would have done this. Oh my, he did try so hard when it came to horses, yet I know that he was not fond of this activity. It did not stop him from trying. Hmm…there might be a lesson here somewhere.

After spending time in Yellowstone National Park and Montana, I am driving east. When I began to plan my departure, I knew I was attending the wedding of my niece, in July, in Connecticut. Now good friends are getting married in June in North Carolina. If you have been following my blog you may remember my visit to Zoe and Kay in North Carolina in 2013. In early June they are getting married. I am ready for a grand celebration. Does anyone else want to get married while I am traveling? Terry?

In between do I know where I am going? Well kind of, and kind of not. I like the idea of planning my touring from day to day. I want to be spontaneous and let adventure take me where it will. I am hoping to connect with many of my friends and family along the way. Heads up all you northern United States people. The journey of thanking others continues.

Elsie in Patagonia


This year I am not traveling alone. Miss Elsie, the cat is going to join the adventure. So far I have had her on two short trips and she did OK. I really did not want to leave her home this time. I will need to consider her needs a bit. I have decided to stay in one place for more than one night. This way she gets adjusted and you know I don’t need to be in a rush. I can enjoy different places and enjoy relaxing and exploring along the way.

I am already so thankful for those friends (6 of them) who are going to love and support my home while I am away. My neighbors are also going to help. For the first time since I have lived here I now have the most marvelous neighbors. There is so much I feel thankful for on a daily basis.

A week from Sunday this new adventure begins. I am opening my heart and mind and am ready to find the expected and unexpected. Please join me as I blog my way through the summer. It will be fun to meet up with some of you along the way.

14 thoughts on “Getting Ready To Roll

  1. I enjoy following your wonderful adventures. I have been considering getting a small RV and hitting the road myself. If you travel through Colorado and need a place to stop, I’d love to meet you. I am in Brighton, Co. Enjoy the Ride!

    • Claire, I am so glad to meet you. If my adventures take me to CO I would love to meet you. I love your state. I am happy to hear you are following my adventures. Journey on.

  2. Janet, so glad you’re coming east again! I just passed the 3 year mark of the loss of my DH and like you am blessed with good friends and family. I also plan to do some more traveling this summer, just me and the 2 dogs! They are good in the RV and are just want to be where I am. If you make it to PA, let me know and perhaps we can meet up somewhere along the road.

    • What part of PA? I will be in northern NJ near the Delaware Water Gap for the 4th of July weekend and a little bit more. It would be delightful to meet you.

  3. I am so excited to read, share, respond to your summer adventure!!! Your travels and thoughts always bring about thought provoking moments, that cause me to pause and think. Travel safely, my friend!

  4. Janet, I hope we can meet along the way. We leave Roanoke, VA after seeing grandkids etc on May 18th. Heading on Rt 64 & 70. I have 9 days to reach my brother in Mesa, AZ and be there a few days. He’s leaving to travel East on the 30th, as we continue from there towards Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches etc. From there will decide if I head to CA or head North towards Glacier etc. I don’t know any other dates right now, after Mesa there is no time table. I do want to find that State Park near Scott, KS, never been there. So “if it’s meant to be”, I hope we do meet along the way. I know you will have a wonderful trip, be safe. I look forward to reading about your adventures. Love, Me

  5. Janet, in answer to hour question…I am pretty much in the center of PA. Not far from PSU! Again if you get close would love to meet up for a visit! Have a great trip, have so enjoyed following your blog!

  6. I hope everything is coming together smoothly for your departure! I’ve had to reverse my trip and I’m now going west, north, east. Crushed, I was hoping we would could convoy for a spell. Hopefully are paths will cross on your return route. I’m looking forward to your posts. xoxo

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