Our adventure together began in 2004 with a road trip from Alaska to San Diego via Key West.
Yes, that Key West
In an 18 foot travel trailer while reconnecting after a 22 year separation. (We were high school sweethearts) from Roswell, New Mexico.. yep that Roswell, where the aliens landed and never left….
We found that we travel very well together, and wanted to do more. In 2006 Lynda was diagnosed with breast cancer. My nightmare was returning. Connie, my first wife died from pancreatic cancer. Connie survived 163 days from diagnosis to death. Since that time, we have lived a very active life. Getting the most out of very day, but we felt that something was missing. In 2008, Lynda was given the diagnosis of a metastasis to the shoulder.
The cancer had gone from serious to deadly serious. We treated her cancer through alternative methods and blew through our savings rapidly. We found that we could pay medical bills or house payments but not both. We opted to pay the medical bills and gave up the house. Wells Fargo was not willing to work with us in the least, they simply cast us aside. Thanks.
Later, in 2011, while having a deep conversation with my younger sister, she asked me what would I do if I lost Lynda. I was stunned. I had not truly contemplated the fact that she could have lost that fight. I responded that I would travel the US. Go hiking and skiing, but other than that, not much, as without Lynda, my world would change, and not for the better. I pushed that thought from my mind as quickly as it entered. Some things are better left alone
Lynda and my sister discussed that conversation (unbeknownst to me) and Lynda approached me with the same question, in which I gave her the same answer. She looked at me for a moment and then, much to my surprise, she asked “Why should we wait”? “Let’s do it together”. Today we are the picture of health. Our bodies are in good shape, our minds may be questionable, but that aside, we have decided to begin a journey.
A road trip FOR a lifetime. So… we are journaling our trip, from start to finish, and we hope that you that follow our trip will find inspiration, fun, and most of all an insight to life that when having faced serious challenges, you can indeed find a way to live life with a smile. So come along, hop on board, and we hope you enjoy the ride.
We are updating this “about”. Lynda’s diagnosis has shifted from deadly to NED (No Evidence of Disease). We are beyond ecstatic, Lynda is about to finish her masters in complimentary and alternative medicine, and we have settled (for now) in Grand Junction. We are unsure if this is going to be a home full time, or a base part time and travel out from there, or just rent the places out and travel.. much remains to be seen. There are several pointers driving our choices, including the upcoming election for President. That part I will leave to the process and see who we end up with, but that may be a small factor in traveling in the US or overseas… either way, stay or travel, we are on a new adventure…
Stay tuned folks, it is going to be a FUN ride.
Erick and Lynda