- Date: 05-07-2014
- Current City: Early, TX
- Current Location: G Country RV Park
- Site Number: 6
- Wi-fi Signal: Verizon – None / AT&T – Weak / Campground Wi-fi – Very Strong!
- Mission: Work week, Tim’s Graduation, Family Get together!
- Compliment: 2 Officers, 1 Crew, 0 Guests
- Captain: Eric Highland
- Navigator: Brittany Highland
- 1st Mate: Trogdor the Burninator
- Weather: Clear / 77°
- Precipitation: 10%
- Humidity: 61%
- Wind: 14 mph
- Fuel: 45 Gallons of Diesel – Just under half tank
- Odometer: 100,902
- Generator Hours: 4611.8
- Estimated Date of Departure: Sunday, May 11th
- Next Destination: Austin, Texas
Special Orders: None.
10:40 – I’ve been reflecting on the past four months and have been astonished by how much we’ve done! More on that in a moment.
10:41 – But first, some really encouraging news… We looked at our Google Analytics for the RV Wanderlust blog (that’s geek talk for checking to see our stats) and saw that we already have 139 comments on this brand new blog! Brittany and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who is joining us virtually on this journey. It means so much to us that you are following along! Don’t forget to subscribe via email in the top right of the blog. We promise to guard your email forever and never spam anything at all.
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10:43 – We are heading back “home” to Austin at the end of this week. Our journey is far from over, heck we just got started. But Austin, TX is a very special place for us and we have a lot of friends there.
So we are really looking forward to some hugs and visiting some of our old haunts.
11:06 – I’ve been personally reflecting on the past four months of our lives. On February 21st of this year, we closed the door to our little apartment in Austin for the very last time.
Life has changed so much, in so many ways.
We used to sit in our little apartment in north Austin and work diligently. When the workday was done, we’d go out and explore around the city a few times per week and on the weekends we’d try and take a day trip somewhere. It was fun, and Austin is still our favorite city… but our lives have changed drastically.
11:10 – Here are some of the things we’ve done in the past four months…. keep in mind this has been just 4 months while still working full time! (All those listed with links are direct links to an article on this site that we’ve written on that trip or topic, so go ahead and click it, it’s safe!)
- Visited the Dr. Pepper Museum
- Had amazing burgers in Dallas
- Visited Dealey Plaza and toured the Sixth Floor Museum the site of JFK’s assassination
- Stood on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in Natchez, MS
- Driven the entirety of the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway a bucket list item for us
- Walked through the Cypress Swamp
- Had some of the best fried chicken in the world in Lorman, MS and Brittany got serenaded by the owner
- Visited the HQ of Tiffin Motorhomes and went to a Saloon in a cave only accessible by 4×4
- Saw the gravesite of explorer Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark) that our rig is named after
- Went out on the town in Nashville
- Explored Chattanooga including the steepest incline railway in the world, Rock City and Ruby Falls
- Went rafting with the kids during Spring break
- Toured historic downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi and visited a massive civil war battlefield
- And so much more…
There is a saying that one should never get so busy living that they forget to make a life. These are definitely words to live by!
There is another saying that we travel not to escape life, but so that life doesn’t escape us. And this really defines our thoughts on this lifestyle.
We know that this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but we’ve been utterly amazed by the things we’ve gotten to do over the past four months. We wonder what the future holds and we’re happy to have our friends tag along virtually through the blog.
11:29 – One of our talented filmmaker friends has asked us to consider doing a month long documentary of sorts about our crazy journeys fulltiming in Meriwether. We think it would be a blast to do, but we’re not sure what the details look like. I wonder if anyone would be interested in watching it.
11:35 – Brittany really needs a new computer. She can’t even play music anymore on it while working. Theodore Milton (The name of her computer.. yes she names practically everything) has seen his last days.
Remarks – If we hadn’t taken this leap, we probably never would have done any of the above. There was nothing wrong with being stationary in Austin, there are countless things to do there. But our United States has so much more to offer, and we still haven’t seen the biggest ball of yarn yet! We eagerly look forward to exploring more of America and we can’t wait to share it through this site with everyone.
If you are enjoying the blog please comment below and let us know, it really keeps us encouraged and in this lifestyle you are our only constant friends! ~ E
14:56 – Looking forward to this evening. My brother Timothy is graduating from university on Saturday, and tonight his girlfriend’s grandmother is throwing him a party. Yes, he’s gotten in good with the fam. <3 It’s been hard to give him space this week when we’re in the same little town. But I know he has finals, and it’s important for him to enjoy time with friends during his last days as a student. He’s been very generous with his time so far.
Last night after dinner I was feeling restless, so we decided to go paint the town. Sort of. We decided to scout out a restaurant called The Turtle that Timothy recommended for my birthday dinner tomorrow. It’s a cute little spot, and we went ahead and made reservations. Then we walked around the university campus (which took about five seconds…it’s not UT’s 50 Acres) and got ice cream at Sonic.
If you’re ever passing through Brownwood, TX, these are some other restaurants that I definitely recommend:
- Humphrey Pete’s – steakhouse, burgers, seafood
- Runaway Train Cafe – burgers, soup, salad in a real train car
- Underwood’s – BBQ, cobbler, possibly the most well-known local restaurant, get your food cafeteria-style