IT'S OUR 2nd NOMADIVERSARY!

no·mad·i·ver·sa·ry
/ˌnō-ˌmadˈəˈvərs(ə)rē/
noun


Merriam-Webster definitions:

NOMAD - a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory

ANNIVERSARY - the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event


Now if you compound these two words together you get nomadiversary. While it's true that this word is not yet recognized by Merriam-Webster I'm sure it's just a matter of time before it is.




It's been two years since we hitched up our Airstream and left Broward County, FL for the last time. Like so many others, during the last three months we have experienced many changes to our travel plans.


Our second year started out last May with several visits to New York City and then placing THE POD on a ferry boat to begin our two and a half month exploration of the six states that make up New England.

With very short visits to Connecticut and Rhode Island we then made our way to Tricia's home state of Massachusetts. After two weeks visiting with relatives in Cape Cod we made our way north for several trips into Boston to see the sights. Next was a month long visit to the state of Maine where we spent two full weeks staying inside of Acadia National Park. We didn't even scratch the surface of what there is to see and do there.

The Fourth of July was spent in Bar Harbor watching their parade and fireworks show, before making our turn to head south for the coming winter. On our way south we visited Mount Washington in New Hampshire and the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont.

Next up was a visit to Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes Region of western New York, followed by quick stop in western Pennsylvania. In Ohio we toured the factory where all United States Airstreams are made. While we were there we received a much needed repair to our kitchen sink.

With a couple of quick stops in both Indiana and Illinois we made our way over to the Mississippi River near St. Louis. It was here we took a unique elevator ride to the top of the 630 foot tall Gateway Arch that overlooks the mighty river and Busch Stadium.

We couldn't think of a more fitting place for THE POD to cross the Mississippi River for the first time. After all, this is near where the Lewis and Clark Expedition began it's exploration of The West.

Once across the river we visited the states of Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. In Missouri we went on six underground cave tours, and then in Arkansas we enjoyed a private soak while inside of a historic bathhouse located in Hot Springs National Park. In Louisiana we visited the World Heritage Site of Poverty Point before crossing back over he Mississippi River into what else, Mississippi.

While in Mississippi we took THE POD in for repair work and some upgrades. Once that was done we headed to Alabama before reentering Florida. We visited six new Florida State Park campgrounds which brought our total up to 41 of the 55 campgrounds (including the ones before we started traveling) where you can overnight in an RV. We eventually hope to visit every one of them.

Just after Thanksgiving Tricia was informed her mother was experiencing some serious health issues. We decided to postpone our visit to Alaska until the following year and opted to instead visit the states of New Mexico and Colorado for the summer.

During the Christmas and New Year holidays we attended our first Airstream Rally with over 120 fellow Airstream owners. We had a great time and made many new friends.

After the rally we made our way west and visited the City of New Orleans over the course of three days. Afterwards we moved further west into Texas where we went ahead with the scheduled install of our solar package upgrade for THE POD. After the install we spent two weeks unplugged on the Padre Island National Seashore in southern Texas, something that would not have been possible with our previous solar setup.

It was now late February and the Coronavirus was becoming a household word worldwide. Tricia went forward with her plans to fly back to South Florida for a friend's Retirement Party. While in Fort Lauderdale things started changing rapidly and she cut her visit short by several days and flew back to Texas early. It wasn't long after her returning that most states started taking precautions against spreading the virus by closing their parks and campgrounds.

Just two weeks later it was discovered that Tricia's mother had been infected by the virus while receiving treatment in the hospital. It was then we made plans for a 4-day 2100-mile trek from Texas to Cape Cod, but sadly just 5 hours into our first day of travel we got word that her mother had passed away. We continued on our route with just a little less urgency.

While we haven't yet been able to share hugs, kisses or handshakes with family members we are still very fortunate to be able to spend our 2nd nomadiversary near family, safely parked in Tricia's aunt and uncle's backyard. Also just a few miles away are her stepfather, cousins and another aunt and uncle along with a couple great aunts.




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18 comments:

  1. Hope you guys are continuing to do well. Glad you’re still safe and sound in MA. Give Tricia a hug for me. Hard to believe it’s already been two years! xox

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    1. Thanks who ever you are? But I suspect I know who it is! Missy.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, Tricia. I'll be up in Barnstable in june/July. If you are still there, I hope to see you.

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    1. Thanks Kim! FYI-We will be leaving Cape Cod the first week of June and returning mid-August.

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  3. Two years!! Wow. Time has flown.
    Sorry to hear about Tricia's mom ��☹️.
    Stay safe and I hope the rest of the virus season keeps you both healthy.

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! Hope the situations in your life are beginning to smooth out. Stay safe!

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Tricia’s mom. Glad to hear you guys are ok. Gary and I are headed out on a short east coast road trip. Starting with Anastasia this weekend.
    It doesn’t seem like two years that you’ve been on the road. Stay safe and safe travels.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy Anastasia, we both enjoyed our trips there with WANNADO OUTDOORS! We plan on revisiting there sometime during our travels.

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  5. A jam packed two years! I hope it's everything you expected it to be. Love to both of you for your loss. This is just a blip in your radar. The summer will fly by and you'll be back on the road again before you know it. Alyse

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    1. Thanks Alyse! New Hampshire parks are open, we're just waiting for Vermont parks to reopen and then maybe we can get back on the road.

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  6. Happy Nomadiversary!. Thank you for the highlights of your trips. So sorry for your loss. Hope Tricia find some resignation enjoying her family's time. Big hug for both of you. Vanessa Rocketgirl.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Hope you're staying safe during these troubled times.

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  7. So sorry to hear it about Tricia’s mom! Glad that you’re close to family… And you got a good parking space! Hope you both stay well and I still can’t believe it’s been two years!! Miss you both!

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    1. Two years and still so much to see and do! Stay safe.

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  8. Hi you Two! Awe....Tricia...so, so sorry to hear about your Mom! That is heavy...I hope all the family is doing as well as can be. With June and open campgrounds I wish you the wind on your back, safety, and new exploration to unfold before you! Best, Paisley

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    1. Thanks Paisley! Yeah we're heading to New Hampshire and Vermont, possibly upstate New York, before heading back to MA for the end of summer.

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