It's been a week since I left Albany, NY, my home for the past ten years. I'd wanted to leave for quite a while now, so there haven't really been any feelings of nostalgia for it. Of course I'll always miss my friends who are still there, but with our new mobile lifestyle I have faith that I will see them all again.
Our first stop after leaving Albany was at my in-laws on Long Island. We were there until Wednesday of this week arranging and re-arranging our new 160 +/- sq. ft. of living space. That's 10% of the square footage we had when we lived in our house. We've gotten rid of so much, but we still ended up with two large garbage bags of clothes for Goodwill and some other miscellaneous errata that was donated. It's good to know that our no longer wanted or needed items can have a new life with a new owner.
On Wednesday we left for Trenton, NJ. An unlikely stop, I know, but we decided to take the opportunity to visit with some family there. We ended up staying for two days as we found out that some other cousins were coming into town on the second day. We hemmed and hawed about the decisions to stay, feeling like we had to get on to our next destination, but it dawned on us that we didn't really have to. We don't have to be anywhere specific until at least the 30th. The kind of freedom we are now experiencing is both liberating and frightening.
On the second day in Trenton we came upon an unexpected surprise at the Trenton City Museum located in Cadwalader Park. There was a good art exhibit featuring local artists in the renovated 1800s summer home that the museum occupies. The park itself was designed by the same fellow who designed Central Park in NYC, and Washington Park in good old Albany, so it was a nice place to spend an afternoon walking the dog and soaking up some sunshine.
We've noticed we are about two weeks behind the climate in Albany. Whereas they got flurries last night and most of the leaves are gone, we have had temperatures in the 60s and there is still a lot of green on the trees. If we plan this right, this nice weather will follow us all the way down the coast.
Today we left Trenton and headed for our first real destination: Annapolis, MD, the sailing capital of America. You see, even though we decided to "cruise" in an RV, we are still sailors at heart. I'd much rather be anchored in a nice cove than boondocking in a Sam's Club parking lot, but such is life. The opportunity to use an RV came along and we jumped on it, we'll get to the boat soon enough.
This week has seen a lot of change. Change in the amount of space we live in. Change in our schedules. Change in the climate (at least our climate, I won't get into global warming here). Changes in our spending habits.
We've finally started on our journey. It's scary, it's overwhelming, it's fun and it's exciting. This new life will take some getting used to, but we are living our life by our design and for ourselves. There's no going back!