Getting internet access – or even a decent network connection – has been incredibly difficult while we’ve been on the road. And the few times we spent the night in a hotel we were usually so exhausted that we passed out well before midnight. That’s what we get for being busy from 8 am to 9 pm almost every day, but it is a good kind of busy. The kind that makes you sleep like a rock every night, no matter how uncomfortable you might be on your thin sleeping pad. And for once in my life I’m waking up feeling fully rested even if it’s only 7 o’clock in the morning. So we’re definitely doing well. Incredibly well.
I quickly realized that camping and road tripping is a very acquired taste. It’s not very comfortable. You get dirty, sweaty, and cramped in a small tent and a small car. Some times you get stressed out because there is so much you want to see and do and hardly any time to just relax. Then there are endless hours of driving where you’re torn between the excitement of getting somewhere and being tired of being in the car. But at the end of the day I think I have gotten much better at just enjoying the moment. Being uncomfortable doesn’t bother me, I have learned to dress comfortably instead of fashionably (I think I have worn makeup only three times since we left Athens), and the lack of signal and hours of driving have given us plenty of time to just be together and talk, or listen to music, or think and just enjoy the change of scenery around us.
Right now we’re taking two full days off from traveling and have no other plans than relaxing. Andy’s uncle has a cabin at June Lake, only two hours away from Yosemite National Park, and he’s been generous enough to lend it to us for as long as we want. The weather here is gorgeous and we’re currently sitting outside a cute little deli in town, drinking coffee and taking advantage of their internet. We’ve used our electronics very little on this trip, but I think we’ve earned a couple of days of phones, computers, and tvs.