Best laid plans sometimes go awry and yet oftentimes it works out for you better. Life should allow for some serendipity, don't you think? Our original plan had us leaving on our road trip the beginning of February. That deadline has now been extended at least twice and is seemingly still fluid, or as my husband is fond of saying lately, it's going to be a "dynamic decision". Roughly translated, we are making this up as we go along.
The delay in our plans has actually worked out to our benefit for multiple reasons. We've had to hire and train new personnel for my husband businesses, ensure the completion of the house we are renovating, organize the remodel of the condo kitchen, and take care of personal things such as taxes and health. In the middle of all these things, we've been battling cold and flu season! Working with and having kids makes us pretty much ground zero for most things that come along. Thankfully we are healthy and it's typically nothing too serious.
And then there is the Coronavirus..... I'm not one to panic, but seeing the "panic buying" going on around us is a little surreal. We aren't quite sure how this is going to impact our travel plans. Thankfully we are flexible, and we can adjust to whatever we need to. Whether that be shortening, adjusting, or rescheduling our plans, we are prepared to do what we need to. Meanwhile, I'm on a quest to find toilet paper, which evidently is the key to conquering this particular virus, at least if the empty shelves are any indication. If there was ever a time to miss my old home with all of the disaster preparedness we had there, I'm guessing it's now.
Beyond the actual reasons for having to delay our departure, it's allowed us to really enjoy AZ as Spring starts to make it's appearance. We've been making lemonade and enjoying our time outside. We took advantage of free first Tuesdays at the Desert Botanical Gardens, which was lovely! With beautiful sunny weather in the 70's, it doesn't get much better.
It's been a little stressful, but it would have been insane if we would have had to leave earlier. In retrospect, I don't even know how it would have been possible to leave the beginning of February, and I'm thankful we aren't trying to handle the current world health crises while travelling.