Mother Nature

Louisville tomorrow

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On my way to Louisville, Kentucky, tomorrow for my corneal transplant.  This is my second one and after the pain of the last I’m not all too excited for the experience but, I am excited for the results.  None of what Austin and I have done the past couple of years would have been possible had I not had the surgery in my left eye in 2005–no driving for sure.  Which means it would never have been possible for us to have lived on the road fulltime and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the country.

So with the New Year at hand, I hope to begin it with the ability to see the world with both eyes, clear and beautiful.  Only another reason to be out there and enjoying all that Mother Nature and the road have to offer.  And to think of how much more fun my photography hobby will be with a new lease on how I see the world!

So wish me luck, good blessings and adieu for awhile, with hopes of still making our plans to be in Chicago by the second week in January!

One of my favorite photos, taken at my parents' home in Ohio
One of my favorite photos, taken at my parents’ home in Ohio

Why I’m getting surgery: https://travelingtuusome.com/2013/11/25/keratoconus-ker%c2%b7a%c2%b7to%c2%b7co%c2%b7nus/

The Fates have finally eased up!

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It’s been two weeks with an ER visit, broken window woes, and a winter storm from Mother Nature.  But now we are finally getting back on track and back on the road.

New Year’s day was to be our ‘send off’ day, but Austin had a bad cold that got so severe that we ended up spending the day at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center Emergency Room.  He still has a cough, but I finally let him break out of our tiny camper for some errands today with me after a week of being couped up.

In November we had a broken dinette window.  That was a fun one!  I went to open the window the day before Thanksgiving and just as I slid it about three inches out it shattered.  The glass company came about a week later, and now, after two previous misfits, they finally installed a properly fitted working window today.  (Yes, that’s right, over a month later!)

The first El Paso snow in 2013
The first El Paso snow in 2013

In the meantime, between the ER visit and the window being installed, Mother Nature picked the perfect timing to send us our first winter snow here in El Paso.  Of course, so rare is the snow and ice here that the roads are never cleared and the drivers are without enough practice.  The main juncture here, affectionately called the “Spaghetti Bowl” has steep and twisting angles not meant for days without sunshine.

But today we find ourselves ready to roll.  We’ve gotten things organized and stored and squirreled away, ready for travel.  Austin keeps talking about tomorrow like it’s Christmas all over again and even the dog is looking at me like he truly understands our imminent departure.

One last dinner at Chico’s Tacos, one last glimpse of our beautiful snow covered mountains, and one last drive west out of our city for 2013.  Our journey has begun!