Here we go! First blog post! I had been talking about this camping blog for a little while now and finally made the jump. I think the best way to start is at the beginning, which isn’t that long ago. So let me tell you how it all started!
And the story goes like this… Almost a year ago we decided to move from Atlanta to Seattle for Thomas job. We knew we had to drive all the way because of our dog Lily and I thought there should be a way to make this move more fun. If you are going to drive that far why not add a couple of hundred miles, take much more time and see something along the way. What could be more fun than a four-week-long camping trip? Besides we actually never really camped before and called ourselves city people. We had no idea and jumped into it. What could go wrong?
For the last few years we had been talking about getting into camping but never did. Oh boy, we do regret this now. We could be happy campers for a while now. Also camping up and down the east coast became impossible for us (FOMO) in the foreseeable future. Still hoping for an opportunity though.
We had thought about going camping many times… We only wanted a small trailer but those usually don’t come with a good size bed etc. There had been many pros and even more cons and some of them just due to the lack of camping knowledge. In the end, we had never camped (not even in a tent) and never rented an RV to even give it a try until then. We saw the moment of opportunity and we got an airstream basecamp (almost king size bed!) and hit the road very soon after.
Our last couple of weeks in Atlanta had been crazy with some crazy decisions but everything turned out surprisingly great. I am glad we were able to squeeze in a test run before our grand tour because as I mentioned we had no clue what we were doing (I almost named the blog camping amateurs). We spend a weekend at a campground near Chattanooga, TN, which as we learned at check-in has a no booze policy. How could I miss that? Not sipping chardonnay at the campfire was not our only mistakes so far but that’s how you learn I guess. I was glad we did our little test run (check out the sunset, this alone was worth the trip). We ended up getting a memory foam topper for the bed as it turned out to be firm and a bit uncomfortable. Saved us from four weeks of back pain.
Back home we boondocked in our driveway while the movers packed everything and we got our paperwork done. We said our teary goodbyes to everyone. Isn’t it weird how you can experience such a sad and exciting time at the same time? One of those one eye laughing and the other one crying situations! And then suddenly one week later we were cut loose and hit the road.
Read about our four-week adventure in the next blog post!