Traveling for fun? What?! You can do that as mold avoiders? Yup! I only have 2 more states west of the Mississippi to get out of the Continental US and Wesley has 7. The goal of this trip is to go see them all. The boy will get TX, NM, AZ, CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, WY, ID, MT, ND, and SD. How’s that for a solid start to the visit all 50 states game?! My grandpa would be proud! I can’t remember if he and grandma got them all or not, but if not, they had to be close. If anyone is in those states and wants to meet up with us, let us know. We’re hoping this will take months to do staying at locations a week at a time. Samuel does well on 4 hour drives, but hopefully as we do more traveling he’ll lengthen those drive times out.
We just spent 3 nights in Amarillo and are planning to stop in Albuquerque tonight unless we find a great hotel on the way. I’m super excited to see Jim, Welda, and the grandkids again. I wonder if Jake will still remember me. It will crack me up to watch him spin up into turbo puppy mode again.
Samuel and I walked around downtown OKC Tuesday evening and made a new friend we walked around the botanical gardens with, but morning verified our location wasn’t good enough to stay so we headed on out. We’d gotten used to downtown treating us pretty well the prior 8 days, but this was a different city. Here’s some pictures of us from our location we left to do our trip. We really liked this location, but Wesley did a massive detox there that was painful (and stinky), the pump for the pool broke leaving the water green and smelly and the patio not always tolerable, a weather front came in, and that combo exceeded my tolerance. I came off the rails emotionally so we left with intentions of returning. Wesley applied for a program there and I’m praying God will use that door opening or closing as guidance in addition to how we feel other seasons of the year in that city on whether to commit to a year there. We found a church there we liked if we go back. It’s not NYC by any means, but Wesley has always wanted to live in the city so maybe we will. Downtown hands down felt the best in that area. That’s the beauty of this nomad life. As long as it feels good enough, we can go and stay as long as we want. We are so blessed that Wesley’s work is 100% remote to make this work. We do plan to stop in Vegas and meet some of his coworkers that work in the office.
Samuel continues to grow like a weed. He was 17.5 pounds on the scale at the Courtyard Tuesday night, up from 14 pounds, 14 oz when I had him weighed on the scale at the UPS Store mid May. When we’re in the bath, he’s as long as my legs now. I’m curious so I’ll have to pull my tape measure out and measure him.