Susie and I left Indiana on December 12 and headed west. I want to share some highlights from our journey so far. The first event of our trip actually occurred the night before we left. We had said goodbye to Kyle, Abby, and Sawyer (our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson) and were driving toward home in our 2012 Toyota Corolla when we collided with a large deer and did over $6000 worth of damage to our car. The deer was totaled.
We left the next morning in our motorhome and drove to Champaign, Illinois, intending to spend the night with good friends, Deb and Tim Pico. As we prepared to leave the following morning, I discovered a quarter-sized hole in the sidewall of one of our nearly new rear tires. After searching for several hours and spending a little more than $400 for a new tire, we accepted the Picos' invitation to stay a second night.
We ambled westward, making a surprise stop (planned by Susie) in Dodge City, Kansas. Eventually we arrived safely in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where we thoroughly enjoyed a 2-week visit with Samantha and Alex (our daughter and someday son-in-law) and 4 grandchildren (King, Robi, Zibiah, and Jezebel).
We are currently staying in an RV park near Los Angeles, California, visiting Ryan and Raquel (our son and daughter-in-law) until the day after Christmas.
We plan to visit Joshua Tree National Park on our way to Mesa, Arizona. After we spend a few days in Mesa, we have to return to Indiana to represent our RV park at 4 RV shows (Cleveland, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Novi, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois.)
We have been enjoying our leisure time, visiting local points of interest and relaxing. I have had the opportunity to work on writing-related tasks such as organizing and marketing. This area of the country inspires me to create. I'm hoping I'll build enough momentum to keep me writing after our return to Indiana.