We sold everything we owned with the exception of what would fit in our minivan along with 4 people, a dog and a bunny in a cat carrier. We left the last day of November for our 3000 mile trek cross the country for an adventure of a life time. The only time we really have been out of Michigan was our one year attempt in North Carolina, a trip to see my Dad in Indiana one time and a weekend festival in Wisconsin once. Other than that our experiences have been Michigan for me and Michigan and Indiana for Hubby.
Selling what we own is how we raise money quickly to cover the expenses of such a move, this is the same method we used when we moved from upper peninsula Michigan to North Carolina. Seems to raise the funds needed and seems cheaper to replace things used rather than the expense of a moving truck.
To avoid snow issue, mountains and cold, our route took us through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California into Southern Oregon to our new home.
It was an incredible 7 day journey and we were in awe of our surroundings the whole time, as well as going from the cold of Michigan into 50 and 60 degree weather!
Our first night was a horrible cheap drug trafficking and hooker hangout motel ( we were not aware of that until the next morning) and the room had not been cleaned ..........oh goodness nasty! Part of the Adventure!
We stopped in for breakfast at our daughters boyfriend where they got to meet in person for the first time and spent an amazing 2 hours there with an incredible family!
Then we went onto Decatur Illinois spending 2 nights with friends where we had to unload a bunch of stuff as we were carrying too much weight in the van.
Then on to spend a night with another friend and her amazing husband and grand-babies in Oklahoma.
From there we went through Amarillo Texas and onto spend the Night in New Mexico at a hotel with pool and hot tub.........oh was that nice! We did the same thing in Arizona! YESSSSSS!
The next day was bad as my back had enough and by the time we stopped at a cheap motel, I was crying.
The last day of the trip was almost 600 miles and we just wanted to get there!
The last 2 pictures here are of the house on 20 acres backed by thousands of acres of BLM land........oh I am in heaven!
We are co-housing with another amazing family to make it affordable to both of our families for the time being and there is another family that will be putting a camper somewhere on the property so lots of friends around.
It is in the cutest little area called Rogue River.
Can not wait to share our new journey in our new area with you!