Farewell, Florida – Missing our departure date, and (finally) beginning the Simply Adventure journey

For over a year, I’ve talked about this yearlong climbing trip, schemed up some hype around the Simply Adventure idea, and dreamt about the day I’d finally hit the road – and that day is today.

We were actually supposed to depart last night, but a series of unfortunate van mishaps kept us up all evening working on the interior of our new “home.” Nearing midnight, we decided to throw in the towel and abandon our goal of hitting the road before the sun rose. At first, I felt kind of guilty about not leaving; so many people have been eagerly awaiting my official departure. Ultimately, a friend offered wise advice that soothed my apprehensions about leaving a day late:

“A year of adventure can wait a day.”

And he was right. After giving ourselves a few extra hours to put the finishing touches on the van to make sure everything was perfect (and a quick pitstop to grab my last pint of corn nuggets from Lindy’s Chicken), we hit the road feeling 100% ready. Had we rushed through the night and attempted to leave “on time,” we would have woken up miserable with ourselves. I think we made the right choice, do you?

Right now we’re cooped up in a Mississippi rest stop with free wi-fi, scoping out our plan for tomorrow and catching up on e-mails. We drove through the Florida Panhandle and picked up a new bike rack, paused at a Walmart in Alabama, and crossed over into Mississippi – all in a fairly relaxing day. Tomorrow, we’ll continue on through Louisiana, and plan to make it out to Houston, Texas by Sunday!

Beginning this newfound van-dwelling lifestyle has been an oddly calming experience. I was expecting some big epiphany, some momentous occasion when we finally hit the road – but it’s all just peaceful. This is all really happening, and I think I am ready for it all. We’ll see how it all evolves, ha.

Want to know where we’re headed?
Stay tuned for the full itinerary (through March) on Monday! 

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Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of TheMorningFresh.com - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

4 Comments on “Farewell, Florida – Missing our departure date, and (finally) beginning the Simply Adventure journey”

  1. February 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Glad you waited the extra day, darlin’. I know it may be tough to remember but all those self-imposed schedules and deadlines are really gone for you guys! Sure, you may have a few places you need to be, but you two are truly free right now…..get ready to enjoy that feeling :) PS I need to know when you’re coming here! And if you’ll make it to So Cal before Will moves!

  2. February 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    We all better have a meet up in Joshua Tree when you make it to the West Coast! Well, Sedona would be nice, too.

    • February 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Yes, please! Joshua Tree is one of our first stops, we’ll be there by late February. :)

  3. February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    You live in a van and can afford to slow-down now!

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