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We’re home in the PNW - and wondering what’s next

Dinner around the fire at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Ariz. (John Nelson)
Dinner around the fire at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Ariz. (John Nelson)

Home.

We've returned to the Northwest after nearly seven months on the road, the last two months spent amid a global pandemic.

It was difficult to be traveling during a crisis, no question. And it feels incredibly soothing to be back in the  Pacific Northwest, even if we're living in a lockdown.

But our return here has got us thinking about the qualities of being home. For the last two years, we've spent very little time "home" in our condo, effectively making our RV our real home.

We learned a lot as we traveled the West in our 23-foot RV. We spent as much time as possible outside in camp chairs, sitting around fires, eating on picnic tables. It's pretty awesome to have the ocean, the mountains or the desert as your living room.

When we were indoors, we kept our vehicle tidy and clean, managing to give each other space most of the time. After our second year on the road, it's clear we're getting better at this kind of lifestyle.

Now, as we ponder what's next, we need to ask ourselves: Is the road really our home? And if so, where will it take us next?



John Nelson is a freelance writer.