The Journey Begins … and We’re Taking Our Time

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Today is the third day of our summer U.S. road trip and the second full day that we have not lived in the house we owned for more than eight years.

We are currently living out of our Rav4, traveling for 15 days with our dog, two cats, four suitcases and one backpack that hold all the earthly possessions we are taking with us when we move to Kyiv, Ukraine, next month.

This morning we woke up in Bend, Oregon, and as we left the city with our car windows rolled down, I took a deep breath in. This is unbridled freedom – no address, minimal agenda. This is … a strange and unfamiliar smell.

What is that smell?

Moisture. Clouds. Humidity.

Something I haven’t woken up to in a long time, and it smells so, so good.

I absolutely loved living in Las Vegas, but I’m ready to live somewhere with seasons again, even if that means snow. Despite my unabashed love for our first house, I’m excited to walk through a new home. I can’t wait to breathe new air and smell new smells and create new routines in a new place.

I’m absolutely quivering with optimistic tension.

Cory and I have been taking our time with our cross-country drive, stopping to check out weird roadside attractions like the world’s largest egg in Winlock, Washington, and stretching our legs with Walden, our dog, by our side. We took our time driving around Crater Lake, a national park Cory has always wanted to show me, but I hadn’t seen until yesterday.

At mid-day, we find a local dog park, where Walden fetches his favorite ball over and over again while we munch on ham and turkey sandwiches. At night, in both Reno and Bend, we found river walks, and we took long, leisurely strolls, soaking in the evening air, sharing space with locals out jogging (Reno) and paddle boarding (Bend). We point out features of local homes that we like, talking about what we might want for some future place of residence.

But for right now, we have no home.

Some time in mid-July, we will find out where, exactly, we’ll be living in Kyiv. We’ll receive an address and description of our new home, and then we’ll finally have an actual destination.

Until then, we’re taking our time driving across the country, visiting friends and family, and appreciating each other’s company as we revisit memories from our years together and speculate where our lives will take us next.

Because we don’t exactly know where we’re going, but we’re definitely going to take full advantage of the journey that takes us there.

2 Responses to “The Journey Begins … and We’re Taking Our Time”

  1. Candice Walsh

    How exciting!! I can’t wait to follow your journey. Also super impressed you’re road tripping with cats, haha. I must hear more.

    • JoAnna

      We’re always suckers for a road trip! And, actually, our pets were stellar travelers. Both cats have traveled a bit before, and though this was our dog’s first trip, he did a great job too.


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