How Did I Get Here?

 

No, I really want to know… how did I get here?

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Our odyssey began about two years ago after facing a myriad of life changes. The year 2012 began with a series of hospitalizations and surgeries (including repairs for 2 surgical mistakes) and culminated in an aggressive takeover by my business associates of about 18 years and the sale of my house.  It all seemed insurmountable but by mid 2013, I realized that I had the power within myself to make a positive change.  I decided to try to rediscover who I was and what Life meant to me.

I had the opportunity to dream big and perhaps make a long term goal of mine a reality.  I’ve always been an avid traveler and I have always wanted to take a year to travel the globe.  Since a trip around the world would require numerous flights and bringing my beloved dogs would be impossible I needed to come up with an alternative plan.  My standard poodles have been my emotional support through the roughest periods of my life, not only the mayhem and trauma of the previous 2 years, but after the sudden death of my husband, Phil, in an avalanche.  Needless to say, there was no way I was leaving without them.

After a little creative thinking I realized that a road trip was the answer… an epic trip…. something that would push me past my comfort zone, challenge me intellectually and satisfy the desire to travel through foreign countries.  My answer? Drive the Pan American Highway from the top of the North American continent to the Bottom of the South.

So on September 19, 2013,  TinTin, Nickel, Eureka and I hit the road to reconnect with long-lost friends and family, explore two continents and figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

One of the many extraordinary new experiences has been to slow my pace and view the world through new eyes.  I call it child’s eyes:  Slowing down to the point where time takes on a different quality.  where days feel like months and months feel like…. forever.

I hope you enjoy joining us on this journey.


 

Let me introduce you to my 3 amigas

You can learn more about them by clicking the photo below.

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Nickel Eureka TinTin


Oso 

Click the photo below to learn more about our home on wheels

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Where we’ve gone and where we’re going

IMG_2005Sept 2013- May 2014:    22 states, Ontario and Quebec
IMG_3289August 2014- October 2014:     British Columbia, The Yukon, NWT, Alberta and New England
Latin_America_Politic_MapOctober 2015- October 2016     Central America and South America

32 thoughts on “How Did I Get Here?

  1. Ross Minshull says:

    Hello, you may remember me, Ross Minshull, married to Patti, sister to Lisa

    Any how, it is an amazing trip that you have undertaken! You must now turn south, are you feeling pushed by the coming winter?

    I enjoy your postings. Be safe.

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    • Thanks for the comments Ross! Glad to meet you (virtually 🙂 I was sooooo tempted to stay for some of the winter but the camper its’nt set up for it… my water would have frozen and I don’t have the insulation to keep warm enough. I have some heat which has worked well in temps in the 30’s for getting the nip out of the air but for general warming it would take too much propane.

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    • Thanks Inspiringmax. I look forward to sinking my teeth into your blog…. You just gave me my topic for the blog l01 class for introducing myself… evolving from an intense fast paced pressure filled job to a snail’s pace journey with my dogs. Looks like you’re in the medical field so you understand, I was a perfusionist 😉

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  2. It sounds like you’re having a lot of fun 🙂 Your ‘About’ and the couple of posts of yours that I’ve read so far really inspire me. I’m quite young right now but once I grow up, going on a trip like yours is on my bucket list! Have fun! I will keep reading your updates and BTW I love the photos you’ve taken! 🙂

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  3. Love your beautiful dogs! And the way you took charge to create a positive result for yourself. I’m looking forward to reading your blog – I’m doing blogging 101 as well. A little slow to start, though – photography is easier!

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  4. I’ve only read your ‘about’ info so far and I’m already in awe of you! You’re living my dream! I’m working toward doing the same as you, in my green jeep. I have about 5 more years of work to be able to leave with an early pension and then I’m hitting the road full time! Until then, I’ll be taking shorter trips, exploring and looking for adventures. I’ll definitely be reading lots of your blog!

    Happy trails!
    Jen

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  5. John June says:

    You’ve had some real speed bumps in life along the way, but as true to the Vikki I know, you are not letting it slow you down. You forge ahead and take what life has presented all the stronger. I consider it an honor, to call you one of my friends. The world is a much better place, because of your inner strength. Have fun and stay safe.

    Always thought about you over the years and I am so happy we are back in touch.

    Love Ya!
    John

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  6. Maggie Laney says:

    So loving all that you are doing, out there exploring on your own with the gang. I did many solo road trips in the US when I was climbing but always wanted to do one such as you have..and are going to have. Wishing you safe travels. You are quite the gal! Hugs, Maggie

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  7. Congratulations for not just surviving, but thriving, in light of more adversity than many will face over an entire lifetime. As you know, we’re traveling with our dogs as well, and I’m thrilled you managed to find a way to live your dream while still keeping them close!

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  8. I can’t wait to read about your travelling – Yes the best option to travel with dogs, is a road trip, so good for you on pushing that boundary!
    It sounds like you have had a tough time of late, but I love your outlook on life for your future😊
    keep blogging, it is also a good companion to have💞

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    • The part I hate the most about traveling alone is not having someone later in the night to rehash the day.

      There were many times during my trip through Canada that I almost gave the Blog up. It is so incredibly labor intensive and time consuming. I wasn’t getting feed back (via comments or likes) so I didn’t know if anyone was reading it. Feed back is really important and when I started hearing from people I was recharged. When the feedback started coming in I felt recharged and knew that I had many companions with whom to share my journey. It really makes a difference.

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    • Thanks for that advice! I might not have thought about a boat trip since I have the dogs, but they could alway hang in the camper. Iguazu Falls is definitely on the list and now I want to see it by boat!

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  9. You have a new follower 🙂 It must have taken a lot of courage to up and go from what was familiar, in spite of the challenges you faced. I look forward to reading more of your blog and seeing what you are up to next. Happy and safe travels.

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