The fun began yesterday, Day 0. We had reserved the trailer for pickup at 9:00am on 5/25. I arrived a few minutes prior and noticed that the trailer was there in the parking lot. Once the office opened, I went inside along with one other customer. The trailer was, in fact, the one reserved for us but there was a problem with one of the safety chains. They were attempting either locate a nearby replacement or get someone to repair the chain. Bottom line, I went back home to await the outcome not knowing when we might get a trailer.
Once again, we turn the page on a new chapter. We are moving to Maryland. In January of 2020, Valerie’s Mom, Mae moved to Maryland to live with one of Valerie’s sisters who lives in Germantown, MD. Valerie’s other sister lives about 30 miles away in Arlington, VA. Valerie and I stayed around to oversee the sale of Mae’s house in Torrance, CA. The sale closed in late February.
At that point, our plan was to visit some friends and move around at a leisurely pace. The pandemic forced us to change those plans and stay put and were allowed to spend the spring and summer at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Wanting to get back closer to Southern California, in September 2020, we started a one year lease for a tiny home in Desert Hot Springs at the Caliente Springs Resort. During the winter, we considered the possibility of buying a place at Caliente Springs and/or buying an RV as a way to resume some domestic travel.
Ultimately, we’ve decided to move to Maryland. This will allow Valerie to be close to her sisters and help out her Mom. We took a trip out there recently to visit and while there we rented a one bedroom apartment in Germantown. We are now back in California and will be renting a U-Haul trailer to drag our belongings out to the east coast, departing on May 26.
Yes, this will be a big change, but we’ve become accustomed to change during the 10 years since we stopped working. I lived in Northern Virginia for many years back in the 1980’s so I have some familiarity with the geography and the weather. Also, this will put us closer to my family members in Kentucky and Tennessee. Still a meaningful distance away but definitely closer.
Time to move on.
I’m guessing that the year 2020 will bring a new chapter to the lives of many of us. For the past 5+ months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Steve and Wende by living in their house on Lake Tahoe. Summer in that particular part of the Sierra Mountains is delightful with mild weather and bountiful natural beauty.
The United State has some spectacular national parks. We have been fortunate to visit many of them: Grand Canyon NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Yosemite NP, Glacier NP and many others.
So, why am I making special mention of Sequoia National Park? This park is well down the list in terms of the number of annual visitors among national parks. Perhaps it is overshadowed by Yosemite NP which is a little further north along the Sierras and is in the top 5 most visited parks.
Certainly, all of those other national parks have beautiful scenery and marvelous natural wonders and deserve every bit of the attention they get from the thousands of people that visit them every year. The reason I wanted to highlight Sequoia NP is that when you stand next to one of these trees you will be changed forever. They are so magnificent and impossibly massive, you just have to consider your place in the world and how simply wonderful it is that these giants exist.
We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.