Friends, Mimosas and a Tiger

Today, we start on our journey to explore the world. I had joked with Dan the other day that I wanted mimosas at our last breakfast in Texas.  I guess he must have told his parents, because champagne and orange juice is sitting on the counter in the kitchen when I walk in.  With a huge smile on my face, I pour myself a big glass.  I feel so loved and also a little relieved that I was going to have a little alcohol in me for our final goodbyes.

After breakfast, we load our bags and give our final hugs.  I, of course, start crying again. I know that it is ok to be sad, but I still feel a little bit bad that I keep crying. I feel like it is my body telling me that I really don’t want to take off on this adventure.  However, I know that isn’t really true and I try to let myself be ok with being sad and happy at the same time.

We hop in the cab of the moving truck and start the engine.  We are finally doing it!!!  We are moving onto a sailboat to go sail around the world!  I wonder how long it will take me to really accept the fact that we are living the dream we have been working towards for 10 years.

As we travel the 650 miles from Dallas to Pensacola, my mind is racing.  I feel like I should be relaxing but all I can do is worry.  What I am most worried about is not remembering all the things I need to do.  I don’t have a pen and paper or my computer in the cab of the truck to write them down.  What the heck am I going to do?!?

I have to laugh at myself.  Here I am, taking off on adventure to see the world and live a more relaxed, simple life and all I can do is stress.  I wonder how long it will take me before I stop being so frantic all the time.  I cannot wait to live a life where I am enjoying every moment (or you know, at least being present in the moments).

We turn on the radio and jam out to “my” music.  I think Dan knows that I am stressed because he is pampering me.  See, I believe that if you are driving, you get to pick the music and since Dan mostly drives that means we pretty much always listen to Dan’s music. He hates my music so it really means a lot to me that he suggested that we listen to my music.

We go for a couple hours listening to music and talking. As I start to relax a little bit, I think, how can we make this long drive more enjoyable?  My sister, Sherry, told me about this Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana, where there is a live tiger at a gas station. She has told us about it several times and we figure that we have to see it so we deviate from our normal route to Florida.

The Tiger Truck Stop is along I-10 in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. I am not sure of all the history behind this truck stop but they have a tiger in a big cage at the gas station.  Apparently, they have the same license as a zoo.  They just happen to have a truck stop at the tiger exhibit. As you can imagine, there is some controversy surrounding this place.   Some people feel it is inhuman to keep the tiger there and some people think it is being better taken care of then at a zoo.  Also, a new law may make it so they lose their license and have to get rid of the tiger so there were signs up everywhere to protest the law.




I am a little afraid as I take Dillion, our dog, out of the cab of the truck. He tends to act aggressive toward larger animals. I think it is because he gets scared so he has to act bigger than he really is.  Luckily, Dillion doesn’t react at all. He does his business and Dan and I decide to walk him over to the tiger exhibit.  Dillion could care less about the tiger, who is sleeping just a mere 10 feet away from the edge of the cage.

We take some pictures and then back in the truck and continue on our journey toward Todd’s house in Pensacola.  Google told us we would arrive at 6:52 pm.  It was actually 8:31 by the time we got there.  After a long day of driving, we are exhausted but excited to see our friends.  They open the front door of the house before we can even get out of the moving truck.  What an amazing feeling, to have people excited to see you.

We give hugs and head inside to find dinner sitting on the table waiting for us.  I cannot believe how much we have been taken care of today.  I feel so incredibly grateful to all the friends and family we have looking out for us.

We share sailing stores and try out some interesting drink concoctions.  Who knew key lime rum and orange juice would turn into a thick milk shake type drink instead of a more liquid shot?  We laugh into the night and someone mentions they are taking their boat out tomorrow and also need to test their jet ski’s max speed.  Supposedly, they can get to 120 but they aren’t sure. Dan cannot pass up that challenge so we decide to stay for another night.  YOLO!!!!


I guess we are setting the tone for the rest of our life. We want to go where the wind blows us and live by the seat of our pants.  I feel a little nervous about waiting one more day to get to the boat, but I go to bed content that life is great and feeling free from responsibilities.





  1. I’m intrigued and so impressed with your courage. So many live sheltered and predictable lives. I being one of those. I wish you well. Maybe I’ll step out a little more in ode to you. Many blessings!

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      It is scary jumping into the unknown!!! Every time I do something that scares me, it makes it a little less scary 🙂

  2. Brandy!!!!! You should have been blogging your entire life! I love reading your writings and the style of it. So excited for you and Dan! Love you!!!!

  3. I love this… looks like signs of confirmation all over thst you’re doing the right thing! Thanks for the update, I look forward to hearing more and more! (By the wat, how fast did they get?!) Love you and miss you already. Looking forward to out deep sea fishing trip!

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      Dan got the jet ski up to 70! He could barely read the odometer at that point haha!

  4. Hey Brandy! I’m so excited for you guys and totally know how you feel. Leaving behind everything we knew and had In Texas was so scary. But we have felt so free from stress and living the life we dreamed together now in Colorado. When we plan out trip routes now (which is more often than not) we always say, “ok, why not?” When we are on top of the mountains together it’s the most amazing feeling. Cheers and best wishes!

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      I love the why not attitude! I don’t normally live my life that way so it is a little hard to get my mind in the right place to accept not doing the “normal” or the “plan”.

  5. I am soooo glad you are sharing your journey!!! I look forward to being your most avid reader!!!!

  6. Have the time of your life. Kathy and I want to follow your journey. How long is this journey going to be? One or two years or does it depend on how you feel. We think it is so cool that your doing this at an early age. We know you’ll have a life style that only a few have but many dream about. Keep us posted. God be with you every step of this journey.

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      We plan on doing this as long as we are having fun and can afford it 🙂 I hope it lasts for 10+ years!

  7. I can’t wait to read your blog. And I cried a lot when we moved too. Good luck to you both and maybe we can meet up at one of your sailing destinations one of these days.

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      I would love to meetup sometime!!! I know you get seasick so you can stay in a hotel and we can hang out on the beach while the boys take the boat out 🙂

  8. So excited for you friend! Let me know when you’re ready for our first FaceTime Happy Hour! 🙂

  9. Yay! Was just wondering how y’all are doing! So excited to read more about your journey!

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