Heading West

Final Sunset, Prince Edward island

Final Sunset, Prince Edward island

Yes it is true I am finally and slowly heading west. It was very hard to leave Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I really enjoyed my time there.

Barbara, Janet and Spencer the dog.

Barbara, Janet and Spencer the dog.

What made it even harder to leave was that I met another solo woman Roadtreker at the last campground I stayed in. Barbara and I hit it off and neither of us wanted to say so long this morning. She is living in her RV 6 months out of the year. The other 6 months, in the winter she lives in a 5th wheel in St Augustine, FL. She sold her house that she loved and got rid of all her possessions except what would fit in the RV and plans to travel until she cannot do it any more.

I have learned a few things from Barbara. When she goes somewhere she stays in the same campground for several nights. She doesn’t rush to go see everything. She sets up home in each campground she stays in. Some places she may stay for a month or more. I see her as truly knowing how to live on the road full time.

I have considered doing the same thing yet have been hesitant. I have actually sat in each room of my house and attempted to figure out what items I could see myself living without. It is an interesting process. Some items I can let go of right away. There are others that I have an emotional attachment to. For example the entertainment center in the living room is something that Jim and I were planning to keep for the rest of our lives. It is a beautiful piece of furniture. When I look at it I think of Jim and myself yet when I ask myself if I got rid of the emotions could I let it go. The verdict is out.

So much for the idea of non-attachment. I am still processing on much of the philosophy of Buddhism. Still working on enlightenment.

How do people, one day, let go of all those things that are in their homes? Barbara is not the only one I know that has done this. My friend, Cat, also did the same thing. She sold her home, got on a bike and took her two dogs on a cross country bicycle trip. Now she lives in a Fifth Wheeler and is traveling the USA.

I would love to be able to take that jump. It is not that I want to live in my small and cute Roadtrek but I would like to experience the sense of freedom of letting go of stuff. I don’t know if I ever will. It is something I have pondered on for quite some time. I keep thinking I could rent a storage space and put the things I want to keep in there. Maybe that is a first step. There is nothing wrong with doing things in stages. Step A, Step B, Step C.


Taking the Confederation Bridge from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick.

Tonight I am in Moncton, New Brunswick. I am moving northwest towards the St Laurence River. My plan at the moment is to work my way around the northern sides of the Great Lakes. I have never been there. It seems like a good enough reason to go there.

As I head west I will have a lot of time to ponder non-attachment.

So today I guess I am thankful for my “stuff” and considering letting go of it.



5 thoughts on “Heading West

  1. Hi Janet, I look forward to your blogs. I enjoy hearing about all the places you visit. I feel I have a connection to you because I lost my husband 5 years ago to pancreatic cancer. You are my hero to be traveling by yourself. I am not brave enough to do that. I am taking a cruise in September with 3 friends, leaving from Boston to Maine, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. It was nice seeing the pictures from there. It looks gorgeous. Safe travels, look forward to your next blog.

  2. Letting go of stuff in stages seems to be working for me so I think that is a good way to go. We talked about it some during your visit. Moving into much smaller spaces, I had to first choose what things meant the most to me and needed to come with me. That cleanse was difficult. The rest that was sentimental but I just wasn’t ready to let go of went into the big storage trailer we bought. And now there it sits. The longer it sits there, the less sentimental it gets and I go through occasional clean-out bouts. I like that it is all in a contained place. I like just knowing that it is there. I can go there whenever I want to commune with my sentimental belongings…..which as it turns out, isn’t much. With everything in the trailer, I feel less pressure to make myself let go. It is there and I can do it when I’m ready. Little by little the trailer’s contents dwindle and I know eventually I won’t need the trailer any more. But there is no hurry. I think that at this point even if our storage trailer perished, I would be ok because this is showing me that the storage trailer in my own mind is what matters. Maybe you need a storage trailer.

  3. Hi Janet,
    Enjoy your wonderful trip. I often reference you as being so brave to just head out on your own,
    it sounds wonderful but don’t know if I could do it. Would like to think I could. Your pictures are great & have safe travels. See you back in SD.

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