About a year ago, Matt and I were enduring another dreary Anchorage spring when my brother sent us an article about a family that drove to Argentina in a camper van. “Let’s do it,” Matt said to me, with a glimmer of excitement in his eyes. “OK,” I countered simply, accepting his challenge. “I’m serious, let’s go,” he said, not sure if I understood. “I know, I am too.”
Although it seemed like a rash decision for a family so rooted in their house and community, life had been calling us in this direction for a while. Matt was bored with his work and ready for a new challenge. I was teaching as many garden classes as I could, but looking for ways to make a bigger difference. The gardens were more or less “done.” We were ready to move out of the duplex but couldn’t find anything else in Anchorage that we could afford that spoke to us. We thought about moving somewhere else but couldn’t decide where.
In short, we were in a rut. We needed a change. But we were so entrenched in our life that we couldn’t envision what was next.
What better way to disconnect than to go traveling? When you travel you experience new sights, new sounds, and new people. You can break free from your routine, get lost in your thoughts, and gain new perspectives on life. It gets you out of your bubble.
We were no strangers to travel, and always imagined continuing to explore the world when we had children. We met enough other people traveling with children to know that it could be done. Maybe not with just backpacks and busses and hostels, but we could definitely find a way.
And so, we started doing research, selling our belongings, and preparing the house to go on the market. I still had a garden to plant and tend and classes to teach, so we couldn’t leave until the end of the summer, but that gave us 6 months to prepare. Plenty of time…. right?
Somehow, we managed to drive out of Anchorage on October 3rd, the day after I taught my last gardening class, with our little travel trailer packed and all our extra belongings we couldn’t get rid of in a friend’s shed.
I was very sad to leave our home, the Williams Street Farmhouse, but comforted in knowing it was going to another passionate couple who appreciated the hard work we had put into it. I was even more sad to leave our family and friends.
But I was also excited for the next chapter of our lives to unfold. And unfold it has. Since we left we started a new blog, chronicling our adventures, Moxie Trek. We also took my gardening curriculum and created an e-book to give other people the tools to start their own garden education business at Teach Gardening. In the next few months, I will be turning teachgardening.com into a valuable resource for anyone who wants to, or already is teaching gardening.
We are still in the process of disconnecting and unwinding, like peeling the layers of an onion. We still don’t have much of plan, but are learning to follow our hearts and live in the moment.
If you want to follow our fantastic family adventure, please subscribe to Moxietrek.com. If you are interested in teaching gardening, or exploring that option, come on over to teachgardening.com. I won’t be updating this blog in near future. Hope to see you all soon!