As I’ve mentioned in the last few posts, Shelly and I decided to stop traveling for awhile. When we started traveling, we had open-ended plans. We would travel until there was a compelling reason to stop. Here are a few of those reasons:
1. Kids and school: The homeschooling experiment has resulted in some interesting outcomes. We somehow managed to keep our kids at grade level, but they’ve gotten more real-world application than theoretical classroom application. In other words, we’ve done a great job preparing them for life, but not a great job of preparing them to be students. Since they’d likely be reintroduced to the formal schooling system at some point, we were increasingly concerned they’d have a tough time adapting to the “sit still and follow orders” environment. Having them spend a few months in the local school system should give them that exposure.
2. Finances: Traveling via RV is expensive. Our 6-8 miles per gallon Suburban is an expensive means of moving from one place to another. Also, the frequent travel requires short-term stays in campgrounds, which results in much higher rates. Staying in one spot cuts our expenses in half.
3. Kids and boredom: Our kids are experiencing a desensitization to the wonders of travel. In the beginning, they were in awe of the experiences. Today we could see a herd of pink elephants trampling out a wildfire started by a dancing bear smoking a cigar and they’d barely look up. We’ve effectively seen most of the cool shit in the areas where we travel, so they need new experiences.
4. Kids and our sanity: With the boredom comes annoying behavior. Every parent can relate to this one. Ty (3) is especially annoying, though that’s more of a function of age. Mom and dad need some quiet time.
5. New personal challenges: I’ve spent four years deeply immersed in the barefoot running world. I have no plans on backing away, but I also need something new. Explaining why calves hurt for the 10,000th time gets, well… a little boring. This is the main reason I’ve started delving into the science of gait and engaging more of the trail/ultra world. I’d also like to explore a completely new industry, though I’m not quite sure what that will be.
6. Winter: We learned this lesson the hard way last year.Travel trailers and snow/cold do not mix well. Oh sure, we have a healthy aversion to cold, but there are a lot of logistical issues winter brings. staying in a moderate climate is MUCH easier.
7. We like San Diego. Good trails, the ocean, fresh produce, good restaurants, cool people, polite drivers, lots of sun… what isn’t there to love?
While we’ll be staying in this area for the foreseeable future, we still have the ability to travel at a moment’s notice. If we do get tired on the area, we can leave. We also have the ability to travel to conduct clinics, which will likely continue.