This week was our first full week on the road in over a month. It is interesting to see both how quickly we remember how to work together as well as how quickly the challenges of life on the road present themselves. Our tent still feels like our own little bit of home, and at the same time we are still strengthened by staying in the homes of family and friends. The road is still the road, we are just getting more used to it.
Being back on the road we are also following other road trippers we know more closely. Jay’s long time friend Sheena and her husband Brad just started their around-the-world road trip. We crossed paths (but never met up!) as they headed from Phoenix into Mexico and now into Baja California in their VW van.
Our new friends, Wendy and Jim, who we stayed with in Colorado are on the road in their own around-the-world adventure. Unfortunately they are currently in Orange County seeking medical attention before they continue since Jim has been struggling with kidney stones.
We have also been following Ayo and Yair, who we have never met as they enjoy southern California. Ayo and Yair are modern nomads, and young ones at that. We hope to meet them as our paths will probably cross when we head to California next week.
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Hours volunteered: Sharon attended an online volunteer training for StartingBloc (1.5 hours), Jay assisted Lee Blackwell in surveying a possible re-route of the Arizona Trail in the Coronado National Forest (8 hours), Sharon and Jay volunteered for Trips for Kids in Tucson (5 hours, combined).
States: 1 – Arizona: Tucson, Tubac, Nogales, Patagonia, Sonoita
Budget: Between the Blackwell’s generosity and our Christmas money, we are doing well with staying under budget.
People Visited: Lee & Joan Blackwell
Nights under the stars: 4 – Ironwood Forest National Monument, Tucson Mountain Park, and Coronado National Monument
Best meal: Enchiladas at the Blackwell’s
Best beer: Nimbus Brewing’s blend of Oatmeal Stout and Monkeyshine Ale