It has taken me awhile to sit down and reflect on this pretty amazing opportunity of a trip, but looking back on it is even more special. It was one of those ideas that you always thought would stay just that, an idea. But not with this group. The idea started at a casual dinner when the topic of the Heritage RV purchase turned into "how cool would that be to take it on a trip" then to "I remember RV trips as a kid" and then..."we should do an RV trip together". Then we did some dream talking about renting an RV, getting some families on board and heading somewhere to go on an antique shopping adventure through the states.
And then an actual email got sent from Mrs. Antique herself and the planning began.
"Truly, this idea will fade" is what I thought, so I played along. Nope. it was happening and the next question was "are you guys on board or what!?" About to be 6 months pregnant, I couldn't decide if it would be the worst idea or one last hurrah before the reality of life begins with two kids.
Then I opened a magazine during the days of decision-making and on the first page there were two bright white words on a full bleed black printed page that read "Always go" and that was enough of a sign for me.
We all went into the adventure together as 3 families (of 3) with open minds and no complaints. It didn't hurt that we had some love from Vosges Chocolate that filled our bags with endless amounts of sweets and from Verizon with a wifi hotspot hook-up. I mean, really the only necessities in life: family, friends, chocolate and wifi. We had it made.
Aside from a few emotional pregnancy tears, baby poop explosions, a little carsickness and being pulled over twice by cops who wanted to see who was in the RV (but using the excuse of something else), it was a pretty smooth ride! Talk about some drama-free adventure...this was definitely the crew that I would want to be crammed in a small space with for 7 days. Everyone had their own resourceful qualities and we pretty much ate our way through each state trying some good ol' road food diners, taco shops and made our way to antiquing and pies in Roundtop, TX.
At the end of the trip, we only came back with about 3 antiques between the 6 of us, but what we didn't realize we were going to come out with was memories that would last a lifetime and loads of photos to remember them all with.
Beyond the phone snaps captured (and shown below) we had many other cameras snapping and I can't wait to share those in the near future (once I catch up on life and have time to go through them!)
Would we do it again, uh yes. #3families1RV