It took me 10 minutes tops to hook Finder with Note to Mer, and we were off. Just like that. The steep climb was an easy drive from Mt. Hood to Sunriver. The place where we are staying at is gorgeous and very quiet, cozy even. I don't know what to make of it. I am reminded of Bill Bryson's book, "A Walk in the Woods." A specific part in his book compares to today. You have to read that book, it's a hilarious memoir. He wrote about his experience in hiking the Appalachian Trail. He spent months preparing for it and at the same time, didn't prepare for it. He was not ready, yet so ready. Just like me. There was a time when he took a shit in the woods and he was SO proud of it. He wrote an entire paragraph about his pooping experience (and sleeping with bears), because it was the IT. The experience of pooping in the wild with such beautiful view was a one of a kind experience. There was a line where he said, "we shit in the woods." He said it with such pride, as a badge of honor and courage.
“To tell you the truth, I'm amazed we've come this far," he said, and I agreed. We had hiked 500 miles, a million and a quarter steps, since setting off from Amicalola. We had grounds to be proud. We were real hikers now. We had shit in the woods and slept with bears. We had become, we would forever be, mountain men.”-- Bill Bryson from A Walk in the Woods
That's what today is like for me. I am amazed that I've come this far. I've become, I would forever be, an rv lady.
And let me tell you this, it isn't easy. I remarked to my husband the other night that I found myself finally able to think as I drive. I realized that while driving our Note when we went to visit Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem.
With Mer, I cannot do that. My brain functions entirely on survival more. I HAVE to keep my eye on the road and as I do that, I watch my RPM so I don't kill my engine because, ya know, it's super hilly here. I also constantly check to make sure Finder is attached and I try to stay in lane. One little eye twitch, I swerve. I have like 4 eyeballs on full bulge mode, half of my brain is shut down so, forget literacy, forget intelligence, forget artistry, it's all 100% do or die.
But, today? I soaked it all in. I enjoyed the drive. I was able to think about whatever came across my cranial space, both sides of the brain, and I was not exhausted at the end of the drive.
We're now at a beautiful place named Sunriver, enjoying our cozy home and we plan to stay here for at least a week to truly enjoy this part of Oregon.
I want to say this to all of you, I wouldn't have done this without you all. You're my cheerleaders, you rallied behind my insane idea and supported me with encouragements, positivity and especially, by believing in me.
Much love and light to each and every one of you, and I hope that whenever you find yourself behind a slow RV driver, remember, that's probably a newbie just like me. If you do go pass that driver, wave and give them a big smile and a thumbs up... try not to look sarcastic tho... because that honestly makes our day. We could use every iota of boost in confidence.
just a mother who fled from society's constraints and is super excited to wake up to the outdoors, remain braless daily and teach her boys the art of boredom and discovery.