After a few stressful weeks of packing, selling and donating most of our possessions we were finally free of everything and on the road on Sep 24th. The huge pile of emotions from leaving the place we called home for the last three years collided with thought of the endless possibilities and exciting adventures ahead as we drove away, leaving Edmonton's early September snowfall behind us.
Surprisingly, there was rarely a boring minute of the 6,500 km journey from Edmonton to Southeastern Florida with the constant change in landscapes throughout the country.
It's been five years since we spend 12 months backpacking on our first worldwide wandering. Living with just a few belongings for a year and seeing the simplicity that most of the world lives with drastically changed us and how we want to live.
The sea has always had a special place in our hearts. Alena spent her childhood summer on the Black Sea and is filled with nostalgia when the salty spray of the sea is near. The cold Northeast Atlantic was Jeff's playground growing up in Nova Scotia. Znak, well his five puppy dog years of existence have been far away from the ocean, so he still drinks the salt water, but tail is in overdrive when the car pulls up to a sandy salty sea makes.
In our three years living the Alberta, the mountains have been our regular escape from the stresses of everyday life. A trip through the American Rocky Mountains seemed like a fitting start to our new journey.
Our rough plan was centered around getting to Florida in early October to start the sailboat search. We were a bit worried about the extent of the damage that Hurricane Irma left behind and her effect on availability and conditions of the sailboats. With that thought in mind, we took our time, meandering through the fascinating United States of America to give Florida a bit of time.
Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida provided a great taste of what this country is all about. With our camping gear crammed into our VW Jetta, the thermal activity in Yellowstone and the Grand Teton mountains climbing into the sky contrasted strongly with the impossibly high skyscrapers of Dallas and Miami, and onwards through the high and dry end-of-the-world-type scenery of Utah.
We had to hang out in Texas for a few extras days as we nervously awaited the arrival and passing of Hurricane Nate. It bypassed New Orleans and we continued on the next day to that captivating city of jazzy culture.
We are now in Florida and after checking out dozens of boats, we're just about to purchase our first home a Pearson 365 Sailboat that will be our ticket to far-away places we've daydreaming about all these years!
Alena, Jeff and Znak