It's been a little over a week since we left Kansas City for our six months of travel and I don't think it's really sunk in yet! We made our way down through Arkansas to Louisiana, staying with family most of the way. Then we spent the last 5 days in New Orleans, staying at Saint Bernard State Park. We're starting to figure some things out, so I'll just list out a few here...
1. People love tiny houses! It was so funny how many people at the state park stopped by to tell us how cool our little house was. We had so many slow drive-bys while people took pictures to send to friends. It was pretty fun talking to everyone about our little project and getting to know people who share a similar mindset that you don't need as much as you might think you do.
2. Towing something that large takes time! Also, it can be pretty stressful. We worried every travel day that things in our house were sliding all around, or that the truck might have problems towing, or that we were too tall for overpasses. But we invested in a weight distribution hitch and swaybar system to make it go a little smoother (probably something we should have had from the beginning) and as the trip goes on, I'm sure we'll get more comfortable. We max out at about 60 mph, and if the road is particularly windy, bumpy, or tight, it's usually actually less than that. That means that when google maps says it'll take 5 hours, it's probably more like 6.5 hours. We were really glad to get to NOLA and have 5 nights of staying put!
3. The dogs are having fun, so far! They are definitely confused and sometimes seem a little stressed, but all in all, they've been having a good time. We take them for long walks every day, and spend a lot of time with them - definitely more than we did when we were both working full time jobs! They were intrigued by the sounds of the bullfrogs in New Orleans, and they both got to see their first armadillo!
4. Life on the road is pretty tiring! We spent 5 days in NOLA and even though we wanted to run out every day and see stuff, we ended up spending the rainiest day at home doing some laundry and cleaning up a bit. We had grand plans to write a blog post, make campsite reservations, and clean the bugs off the front of the house, but mostly we just sat. Sometimes you need that... no plans, no responsibilities, just lots of couch time with your cozy family. Also, it is cheap. We are on a budget and being a tourist just has to be different when you're traveling for 6 months, as opposed to a weekend trip.
Mostly we're having a lot of fun and can't wait to see what's next for us! We had a blast in New Orleans. It's such a vibrant city full of amazing food and talented people. We loved our state park, too! It had clean bathrooms, good laundry facilities, well-maintained grounds, and friendly people. The only downside was that it was about 30 minutes south of the city.
Next we're on the road heading to Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur, TX. We are going to spend the next 6 days on the Texas gulf beaches and visiting with more family.
Also, you can check our photos/videos page to see our photo albums from each place we visit.