It has been just over two weeks since Elsie and I came back to San Diego. I am home, I think. Living in and near my RT for the past four months makes me have to consider what is home. Elsie, on the other hand had no second thoughts about where she was. She is glad to have no leash attached to her halter.
Returning home for me is always a bit hard. I seem to feel a bit in limbo for a while after a trip. I am not home and I am not away. Where am I? I am not always sure. That is OK. And then there is the yard work…well I just won’t go there.
I have been asked if I had a great trip this summer. I am not always sure how to answer this question. Some of it was absolutely delightful and fun. Other times were different. When everything was running as smooth as a well oiled machine the traveling was fun. Most of my days were filled with interest yet there were times that I felt lonely and sad. I missed Jim and his companionship. And…maybe he was traveling with me but it is not the same as having him there in person. Miss Elsie the Cat helped a lot with the lonely part.
Someone recently called me a road warrior. In some ways that can really describe any of us who take to the road for adventure. I see a warrior is someone who is always ready for whatever the circumstance. This is good and maybe, some times, a bit hard. I see it as vigilance, where I can never let my guard down. Does being vigilant not allow me to relax? I am not sure.
I do believe that I handled myself well in most situations. Stress since Jim has died has been a constant companion. I did’t invite it to be my companion yet for right now it seems to be. I have decided since the end of this trip that I want to handled unexpected situations a bit better. It is just hard sometimes.
There were so many wonderful places I saw. I am glad I traveled the distance I did to tour such wonderful unknown places. There were so many highlights it is hard to list them. Here are a few that stand out:
- Hells A’Roaring Horse Round-up. This was so much fun. I love horses. I love the west. I love cowboys and cowgirls. For a weekend I got to be a cowgirl and it was fun, REALLY FUN.
- Traveling through the Nebraska Sand Hill Country.
- Discovering all kinds of campgrounds, Fairgrounds, Town Parks and parking behind the visitor center.
- Visiting with my friend, Helen and her husband, Norb in Fish Lake, Indiana.
- Zoe’s and Kay’s wedding.
- Traveling to the Roadtrek RV mothership. I was treated so well.
- Making new friends in Michigan and Penetanguishene, thanks to the Roadtrek Facebook Group.
- Fourth of July at the lake in NJ. Visiting my family and long time friends.
- My niece’s wedding. I am not always a fan of weddings. This one was truly fun.
- Hot air ballooning and kayaking in Queechee, VT with more long time friends, Diane and Tom.
- Chasing loons. It was a major photo shoot for loons. I love them.
- Visiting with Missy and Dan at Moxie Lake in Maine. I got my very first Zumba lesson. Cool.
- I really, really liked New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
- Meeting a long time friend unexpectedly on the Cabot Trail.
- Exploring the Cabot Trail and camping on the ocean was a delight. The National Park on Cape Breton was beyond delightful.
- Anything on the Cape Breton end of Nova Scotia was fun.
- Biking, kayaking, walking, hiking…well you get the idea.
- Driving west on the Trans-Canada Highway. Beautiful ride.
- Meeting so many interesting people along the way. I hope that some of us really do stay in touch. Barbara, hopefully you are reading this.
- Finally feeling brave enough to go to southwestern Colorado and camping for two nights on my land.
- The last week I traveled through southern Colorado from friends to friends to friends. There is nothing better than being able to get hugs and good conversation. I really love all my friends.
Now I am home. I have finally culled the photographs. If you want to view them, click on the link below.
Travel is healing for me. I love getting out in nature and I really like exploring places I have always wanted to see. I enjoy meeting new people and learning.
Now I am home. I was hoping that this summer might clarify life for me a little. I am not sure it did. That is OK. Sometimes I get impatient so I am learning patience and enjoying the journey.
I am grateful today for traveling there and back again, safely and mostly happily. I am grateful for everyone who continues to support me. Thank you.
My adventures will continue and you are always welcome to come along. This blog will continue.
Stay tuned for more adventures of Miss Elsie and Janet.
I LOVE reading of yours and Elsie’s adventures. Hopefully as time goes on you will feel more comfortable in this new venture of your life. Keep traveling as long as you possibly can. Meeting new people – and seeing old friends is the best! And I am sure Elsie will enjoy traveling with you also. She would not like to be left out of all the fun 🙂
Take care – and keep blogging!!
Elaine – who is so in awe of your bravery to journey – really journey – alone.
I have so enjoyed your story. I look forward to reading more. I lost my husband in April and I know the struggle you are feeling. I haven’t been able to do the traveling you did, although I wanted too, I have taken a couple of short trips. It wasn’t the same at all. I can’t help but wonder what my purpose is now. Best of luck and praying we find our way into our new lives.
Faye, It is good to meet kindred souls. I have been wondering what my purpose is as well. Let me know if you come up with any insights.