overnight in the rest area

The Long Haul Home

Even though we travel full-time in our Airstream, we technically have a home in Washington state where we own 20 acres of land.

With the number of campground and public land closures increasing daily, and shelter-in-place orders in most states, we figured our best option was to go “home.”

Initially, we thought perhaps we’d take our time and spend a month or so making the trip, but in recent days it became clear that for our safety and for the safety of the communities we would be driving through, we needed to get to our property ASAP and not expose ourselves along the way.

We ended up doing the over 1,500-mile drive in just three days, spending two nights in rest areas.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Ray Hodges March 31, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Blessings upon you, Leigh. May you ride out this tragedy unscathed. Love from Ray & Terrie

    • Reply Leigh April 1, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      You too – hugs to you both.

  • Reply Tres April 1, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Glad you guys are in a safe spot! Hugs from afar.

    • Reply Leigh April 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      Hugs to you guys too. Stay safe. xoxo

  • Reply Kier and David April 1, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Glad to hear you are in your own spot and that you made a HUGE journey safe and sound! All is well here in Oregon. Doing our best to stay in and be safe 😊. Big hugs to you both 🤗

    • Reply Leigh April 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Good to hear you guys are well too. Hugs back at you! xo

  • Reply Rich Frye April 1, 2020 at 11:37 am

    welcome home, travelers! Not much chance of running into anyone out at your place, should feel pretty safe; hope everything is in good shape there.

    We have been discovering Skype and Zoom, love to chat with you, maybe a Party with Kier and David…?

    • Reply Leigh April 1, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      That sounds like fun! Our internet isn’t great – not sure if a video call will work but worth a try!

  • Reply Pam Wright April 1, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Smart move. Getting away by yourselves is the best way to handle this. Hope you both stay healthy.

    • Reply Leigh April 7, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Hi Pam – same for you and John. Stay safe! xo

  • Reply Terrie April 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    So glad you kept your land in WA…may you ride this out in peace and comfort…I know you will because you are Golden…we have not been able to process this, yet…we think of you often and wish you continued health and peace😍

    • Reply Leigh April 7, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Aww Terrie. Same to you and Ray. I really enjoyed the video he recently posted on FB. xoxo

  • Reply Jeanne May 2, 2020 at 7:34 am

    I read the article in the NYTimes (May 1 or 2 publication date) about the impact of coronavirus shutdowns on the RV community. Nice work getting quoted in the NYT!

    It’s definitely a challenging time for you and others who have been living the full-time nomad lifestyle. I hope you’re doing well.

    • Reply Leigh May 3, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Jeanne! The reporter told me that she didn’t realize how big the RVing community is and said that she hopes to do more articles about it in the future. Hopefully, everyone has found somewhere to stay while restrictions are still in place.

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