On this date, five years ago, we backed out of the garage and left our home in Reno, Nevada for our first month-at-a-time travel destination. Driving out on the icy streets, we were anxious to be leaving behind the comforts of home, but ecstatic to finally be off on our grand adventure.
During the first year, accompanied by our old dog Lizzie, we drove to the neighboring states of California and Arizona, and stayed in six locations for one month each. In the ensuing years, Lizzie crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we crossed international borders to destinations in Mexico, Spain, Holland, and Patagonia.
With a full month in each place, we can settle in, delve into our interests, and realize a memorable travel experience. Because the memories will surely fade, we have chronicled our five years of slow travel in this blog. As a timely tribute, this is our one hundredth post!
With the best of intentions, we originally hoped to globetrot for three months each spring and three months each fall. But alas, the best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry. During the spring of 2020, we had to return home early from South America because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Pandemic restrictions also caused us to abandon our travel plans for the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. Deterred but not defeated, we eagerly await the day when we can safely resume our month-at-a-time adventures. After all, the world is full of fun and interesting places to stay a month.
Feature Image: Most Pleasant Surprise, Cataluña, Spain (September, 2018): Because Esther’s birthday was a travel day, we didn’t have a big celebration planned. Upon our arrival in the small town of Olot in the Pyrenees Mountains, we discovered a festival in progress. We thought it was very hospitable of the locals to throw Esther such a spirited party.