It's that time of year when we look back at the year now ending. For me, 2013 ended up being a great year for me after a rocky start. My step-father died Dec. 30th. He was a great man who had raised me since I was 9 years old. I also had some mysterious tumors in my lung so had a chunk taken out in February. Not fun – 5 days in the hospital during a blizzard- but they turned out to be some weird anomaly and nothing serious! Yay! This after 6 months of wondering if my breast cancer had come back.
Two weeks later, I hit the road in my Roadtrek camper van and the healing began. Studies show that nature and being outdoors is good mojo mentally, physically and spiritually. Not to mention, the love and support of friends and family. I got all that and more!
There were a few bumps along the way- a few vehicle issues like fuel lines and some tennis ball sized hail. My dog, Ruka, got very sick and almost died in Idaho. But people took care of us the whole way. Perfect strangers gave me hugs, offered help with the van and Ruka is fit as a fiddle after the folks in Salmon, Idaho and a local vet (who is a goddess as far as I'm concerned) took us into their care. Then my friend Vic had a heart attack on our horse trip. Fortunately, he is also back in the saddle!
I visited friends, went to the corporate Roadtrek rally and enjoyed two more casual Roadtrek meet ups – 14 states, 14 weeks and 20,000 miles. I met amazing people, many of whom I now consider “family” and I saw some incredible sights. So here is my wonderful year in 9 minutes.
Safe journeys to you and happy holidays!
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