On our 366th day of travel, we returned home to Dallas. We’ve completed the loop around the perimeter of the United States that was our Year on the Edges of America.
In answer to the question posed by the fabulous board game our grandkids made for us in Arizona for Christmas: Yes, we can make it home.
It’s a joyous occasion. We pulled into our Dallas driveway at noon and were greeted by the same four Very Special People who saw us off exactly one year ago today from this very spot.
Here’s a short video of our return today, courtesy of Keith (who provided the video for our inaugural “We’re Off” post last March). That’s Mary Beth on the right in the video, holding the Welcome Home banner her grandkids made for us.
As you can see, Mom and I were pretty excited.
Georges and I were feeling a weird combination of relieved, happy, excited – and a touch melancholy that the whole adventure is over.
Beloved House-sitters Bonnie and Sam, as always, were gems. Bonnie provided the lovely table setting, decorations and champagne mimosas. Sam provided the ball and grin.
It’s been a long year. Seems like centuries ago that the power-tripping Canadian border agent with an attitude hated us so.
It’s also been a short year. Feels like it was just yesterday that we learned to make gaufres liegeoises (Belgian waffles) from the master in Canada … biked with headlamps through the dark forest to the Northern Sky Theater at Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin … hiked out to furthest-west point in the Lower 48 (Cape Alava in Washington State) … and so much more….
Can it really already be gone? Was it all a dream?
We’re home now, tucked warmly in with friends and family. With lots of unpacking and laundry to do, mail to open, business to catch up to….
We’ve also Aspirations to review, mileage to calculate (who among our blog readers will win this contest?), expenses to tally and final reflections to conjure.
We’ll share these things in a few final blog posts in the days to come. Please stay tuned.
This isn’t good bye. Not yet.
(And just for fun, here’s a short video sure to make you smile of Mary Beth’s grandkids making a special banner yesterday for our return.)