Ok, so here's what happened. I was moments away from publishing the original post I had prepared for this week. Everything was all set to go, but something didn't feel right. I fought and fought with it for hours over the course of last week. Turns out returning from a four month trip with about 10,000 photos can cause one (me!) to act like a kid in a candy store. I looked at photos from Punta Tombo, then switched and looked at Torres del Paine photos, then switched and looked at Iguazu Falls photos.
As hard as I tried to prepare what I wanted to show this week, I wasn't giving the experience the justice it deserved. So I went for a walk, a fast walk because I am building up to running again, sweat a lot, and came to the conclusion I am missing something from what I wanted to show. We have just returned from an amazing four month journey traveling thousands of miles around South America and I still have hundreds of pictures and videos I have not even watched yet.
Aside from being excited about our photos, I also found out the camping article I wrote got voted Best on the Web by Cosford Caravans, a UK caravan and camping website. (It's towards the bottom as you scroll down under the 'Tents and Camping' category.) So if you are looking to gear up for the upcoming camping season, make sure you check it out so you are in the know!
If you do start enjoying the pleasures of long term camping, here is a look at what our life and transition has looked like back into domestic life:
Cleaning. We spent a lot of time cleaning all our gear.
My sister asked how long her porch was going to look like this. It only took about two days to get everything dry.
We ate and drank a lot of food - like these jars of fresh squeezed juice.
We had coffee brewed a way we had never tried before at a local coffee shop called Cafe Stream in Lewisburg, PA.
It was called the siphon method.
After the water boils, it get's sucked up into the cylinder on top...
...and then goes back down to the pot.
Then we all got to enjoy a cup of coffee with a cookie.
We spent time feasting and celebrating with our friends who are about to open their own restaurant, FLX Wienery in Dundee, NY. It will feature really amazing (we know, we were sampling lots of menu items!) burgers, dogs, beers and wines. It's a totally unique twist to hot dog joint and I can't wait to see it all in action.
We spent time getting together with family and dressing up my sister's dog Max.
And we came back to Vermont just in time for mud season.
We got in after dark and didn't realize how soft the mud was to the basement door. Luckily we didn't get stuck.
I had to put my sandals on to cross the spring river that formed to make it to the compost pile.
I fell through the ice a few times.
But luckily it was such a beautiful day out today, it didn't matter and the compost made it to the bin.
So as I get back into Inn Keeper mode, I will continue sorting through our best pictures and reflecting on how thankful we are for the safe and amazing adventure this past winter because right now,
I am still speechless.