Today is Monday and it is back to the regularly scheduled programs for the Trouts. Doug headed to work and the boys took school buses to their respective schools this morning. Only Melizza and Lucy are left as we were packing up and getting ready to leave.
Often when we are visiting friends new and old during our travels, we are presented with a action-packed, non-stop itinerary. We appreciate the gesture completely but sometimes we just want to relax and take it easy. Doug and Melizza have been reading our blog for awhile and they understand that as fellow travelers and Airstreamers. Today, we are just going to do spend the day hanging out together and we couldn’t have hoped for more beautiful weather.
Last night we arrived at the Troutstream headquarters for a few nights of courtesy parking. We are happy to be reunited with our new friends. It’s been two weeks since we met them at Ludington State Park in Michigan and as you can tell, the leaves here have been busy changing color and falling.
Our last ‘free’ night at the Terraport would probably be the last full hookup site we will be at for a long time to go. From here we are going to be courtesy parking at the Troutstream compound, then off for a couple nights of boondocking before finally getting into Louisville to see our friend Carrie. We will need to store the Airstream somewhere during our stay there that can accommodate Yoda to stay in the Airstream without costing us too much dough. God knows we left it all here in Jackson Center.
This morning we set our alarm and were ready before the sun even arose at 7 am for the tractor to come hitch up and tow the Airstream back into the service bay. We all crashed early the night before after a long day so we were at least well rested.
I opened my eyes this morning when we heard a knock on the door. I looked over at the clock on the nightstand that only works when we are plugged in and it read 7AM. It was still dark outside. I remembered that I had only been asleep for about 4 hours as I wiggled my way out of bed, put on my sweat pants and opened the door. It was the tractor. I thought, “Oh crap, we are not even close to being ready.”
There is something so liberating about waking up in the morning at a boondocking site. Whether you are in the desert, the forest or just a Walmart parking lot, boondocking represents the ultimate freedom of traveling on the road.
After 5 nights in Brighton, today is our day to pack up and leave this beautiful campground. It also happens to be our last morning in Michigan and we are sad to be leaving but glad to have spent nearly 2 weeks here.