Maiden Voyage Oh My

I think I had a panic attack on Sunday night prior to us leaving on our Maiden voyage in our new Dodge Ram pulling the very big Solitude “There and Back Again II”.  It’s the anticipation, followed by a mega amount of worry, all the crazy thoughts going through my head, things to do, remember, my inner self shouting “exactly how is this simplifying your life”.  Let me just say preparing for a trip takes time and planning and for a worrier such as myself, there is never enough planning and the more time I have to think about it, the crazier I get. Breathe, Carter says to me, in the middle of the night, I do, I finally get to sleep, tomorrow morning our next adventure begins!

Lesson learned: my simplified life needs less worry on my part. Note to self, we did successfully overcome these perceived mountains:
Brought in, stored everything, disconnecting, set the route; really, there are no clues as to what  roads are like until you travel them, let’s just say Hwy 75 going into Oklahoma is rough in a few spots and how is a two lane, no shoulders road, a hwy, just saying. Stopped for potty break for both humans and dogs, the diesel spewed all over Carter’s feet and leather flip flops, they are now in the trash, but we did get some good chicken tenders for lunch, treats and eats all around and it’s back on the road. The dogs, Bilbo Baggins, Gracies and Piper did great, they road like seasoned travelers.

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All three collapsed on the sofa after the long trip.

Okay, so it took us six and one half hours to drive from Grapevine to Natural Falls State Park in Oklahoma, but we made it all in one piece, we have a beautiful spot, everything survived the trip, even with the shelves falling out of the pantry. Carter did a great job of fixing them, so they should work well for the rest of the trip. Thank you my sweet Carter you have been my rock in my mountain of worries.

IMG_8889Our beautiful spot in Natural Falls State Park.

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We hiked down to the base of the falls it was beautiful.

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We made it to the base and then the hike out, it was a nice trail for novice hikers such as ourselves.

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