Many of you asked me what was the first thing I was going to do when I got to Key West and I didn't have a good answer. Well, I thought about it as we rolled into town around 8 AM the morning of Sunday, September 1st and really the first thing I needed to do was take a deep breath. That was it, just simple. I needed a deep breath for 3 reasons...
1. To let go of all the things I left behind. Some things were left behind permanently like apartments, cars and furniture, but it was those things we left behind only temporarily - family and friends, that were so much more difficult to let go.
2. To let go of the stress and anxiety of the last 1,284 miles. Mark was wonderful and drove the whole way. We left late Friday night, spent a bit of time in a hotel and then just napped very uncomfortably in the truck when we needed it from there on out. I really had the easy part as navigator, food handler, radio scanner and cat wrangler, but with the four of us (Mark, myself and the cats) in the cab of a 16 ft moving truck towing a trailer with a Jeep on the back I don't think I actually breathed or blinked the whole way.
3. To embrace the now (and the future). We had arrived. We were driving over the last bit of the Overseas Highway - which, just as it sounds skips over the ocean hopping from one little spot of land to the next. I needed to soak in my new home and prepare for all the new experiences to come.