Luna In Moderation.
The Old Man has a tendency to view life in an all or nothing sort of way. Either you are on a budget and spend no money or you make it rain all over town. He was the same way with his diet, either you diet and eat only what is prescribe or you eat, drink, and be merry. I have never really been this type of person, maybe because all or nothing seems hard especially the nothing part. In fairness the all side of it starts to border on being out of control and I don’t like that either. Therefore, I usually pick the middle of the road and depending on the issue closer to all than nothing. I guess I take the advice “everything in moderation” to heart.
All of that being said it makes my attitude toward Luna and traveling in her a bit confusing. I have said before when we got off the road in 2018 I was ready to sell Luna to a family that would use her to the fullest extent travel the “normal” way. Then we moved to Dallas, no one wanted to buy Luna, and The Old Man was jonesin’ for one last road trip in her. Finally after quite a bit finagling we had our “last road trip” to Big Bend National Park area in Texas. We had a blast. Life was great, even with a minor issue in the start of the trip, it felt great to sit behind the wheel of Luna and watch the world go by at 55 MPH (who am I kidding this is Texas 70MPH).
With all that time alone in the van with nothing to do but drive the Old Man and I had a chance to talk and relive some of the best parts of our trip in 2017. With our impending move back to Boston, MA we had to discuss what we were going to do with Luna. Since we have to move her we figured just driving her to Boston was a pretty good idea. Who can resist road trip?
The few times the Old Man had to take a work call or went in the back for a nap I started to think, why do we have to sell Luna? Why can’t we keep her and then just take longer road trips to visit great places where we can work and be tourist at the same time. We had spent a good amount of time figuring out the work/play balance and so why couldn’t we do it for a few weeks at a time in good weather.
Moving to the Northeast meant we could venture pretty close to home and have good cell/wifi service. I shared this idea with the Old Man after his nap and he commented “Lots of people own RVs and just travel a few weeks out of the year.” I felt like a idiot, of course my grandparents owned a trailer that while my grandpa was working at IBM would only go on summer adventures, usually we me in tow. How stupid was I being thinking the only way Luna would be good for us was as full-timers. I follow both full-timer and part-timer RV/van people why can’t we join the list of part timers? Why am looking at this with such an all or nothing attitude.
Yes I still feel sad that she must sit a lot of the time, but now she is back to being ready to hit the road and we are more open to just hitting the road for a long weekend or heck when it isn’t winter a month in a nearby town we want to explore, but don’t really want to live. We can still feel the road beneath our feet, just not constantly and maybe for now that is the best thing for us. We missed a lot of the great things about the US on the first go around, maybe this is our chance to see those and even find a few hidden gems on our own.
In a little more of a hippy dippy mode of thinking, maybe that was the lesson Luna was trying to teach me this whole time. She wasn’t going to let us go because she knew we still needed her and the free spirit feeling she gives to us. I will say this after our tiny road trip south both the Old Man and I feel a bit more free and yes just a tad bit cooler than we did before we left.
Lesson to be learned from this long winded rant, don’t always think you can’t have it all. Much of life is doing a little here and a little there to be the happiest you, you can be.