There’s a children’s book called Adele and Simon in America. The 2 main characters, who are from France, are traveling through America by train with their Aunt who lives in America. The book takes us on a beautiful journey throughout some of America’s most iconic places, and in each place, Simon (the little brother, who is perhaps 5 or 6), loses one of his possessions, much to the chagrin of his annoyed older sister. As the amount of losses increases, so does Adele’s frustration with Simon. A consistent refrain is “Oh, Simon, why are you always losing everything?!”
This is not unlike our journey. It all started with Eli’s brand new Camelbak drinking cup, which I don’t think made it past New Jersey (our first stop). Since then, we’ve all left things behind in one location or another. Some things have been minor (like an odd sock), some not so minor. Some have been a real problem or a real heartbreak to have lost. Many, we have figured out after we have left a certain place, and been able to have hotels or hosts ship them to us.
So, I’ll take a moment now to recount the lost and the found.
|Eli’s camelbak drinking bottle||New Jersey||Gone|
|Dylan’s backpack (camera / books / swiss army knife, etc.)||Nashville||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|My baseball cap (beloved)||Santa Fe||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|My camelbak water bottle
Jake’s camelbak water bottle
|Dylan’s hiking hat and 1 walkie talkie||Oklahoma City||Mailed back to us in Colorado|
|Lucy’s drinking bottle||??||Gone|
|My wallet (2 bank cards & 1 license, that’s it)||Louisville, CO||Gone|
|Eli’s shoes||Aurora CO||to be mailed back, probably meet us in Chicago|