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Promised Lang New Adventures into RV Life

Promised Lang New Adventures into RV Life

The show “Promised Land” inspired me. It would be so cool to pack up the kids and live out of a travel trailer.

My husband laughed at the idea – out loud . . . right in my face.

Still, I persisted. If you’ve met me you know persistence tends to show up when I’ve determined something needs to get done.

My husband will tell you I’m stubborn . . . and obstinate (or maybe he read that in my baby book – apparently, I’ve had years of practice).

In the show, the father loses his job so he packs up his wife, son, daughter, mother, and nephew into an Airstream travel trailer and they are off on adventure. It turns out you have to really like your family to be packed in together in that way.

But, the thought lingered in the back of my imagination daring me to let it out.

On Easter evening, 2020, my husband, my son, my dad, and I were all sitting together flipping between Huntsville weather and Birmingham weather – not because they weren’t covering the weather well but because we live in a kind of no-mans-land of radar so we have to watch both to understand what’s going on.

A small spot appeared on the radar – what the weather reporter suspected might be a debris field. We took cover in the hall just before the whole world exploded.

Now, we are living the hotel life as we prepare to make the adjustment to our own “Promised Lang” experience – although I guess this will be the Promised Lang Experience. The fourteen trees that fell on the car, around the house, on the house, and yes, IN the house which means we will be out of pocket for at least 8 months (and at the reate things are currently going it might be longer).

My husband isn’t laughing now.

It may turn out that hotel living provides the perfect practice run for the travel trailer living. We are all in one space . . . almost all day. We are learning to sleep through the late night watching habits and the before dawn reading habits – I’ll let you guess who is who. Soon, the only way apart will be to wander outside, but maybe that’s a good thing as well.

Hope you’ll join us as we take this next step in the TraveLangs adventuring.

Since most of us have been living in close quarters the last few weeks, share your favorite tip for getting along or getting by in the comments below.

The Mom  

Mystery Rock – Family Tourism Adventure Novel

Mystery Rock – Family Tourism Adventure Novel

Mystery, adventure, letterboxing, my love for the beauty of Alabama and the Gulf Coast all ran into each other. I won the 2012 SELTI Short Story Contest and wanted to turn that story into a tourism literature work.

Although I did find a way to expand it into the third book of the Big Springs series, it lost its tourism feel for me. I tried forcing the tourism aspect, but the characters were not cooperating.

That year, I determined to win #NaNoWriMo – which means, I determined to finish the National Novel Writing Month challenge of crafting 50,000 words in the month of November. I had read recently about a boat that was uncovered on the Gulf Coast after a hurricane. It lead me to wonder what else might be uncovered and that is where Mystery Rock was born.

As the story grew and I focused on the locations along the Gulf Coast, I begin to think of ways to could shine the spotlight on the locations. Adding the links to the sites seemed natural. Adding letterboxes to the locations seemed BRILLIANT.

Mystery Rock from the Scouting Out Adventure series

I worked with SELTI and Alabama Tourism to begin making contacts at the different locations. My family began making plans for a trip to the beach – the fact that we needed to go was of little importance. It took time. It took patience. Eventually, the plans came together.

We visited the Gulf Coast and toured some of the sites. The trip had two purposes in my mind – to scout out locations and to determine the validity of the story ideas. We returned home and began the process of finalizing the project.

My family was greatly disappointed when I informed them that we had to make a second trip to the coast. We plotted out our tour. We designed our letterboxes. We even worked with a stamp carver to get special stamps – when they are all four put together they form a single image from the book.

The trip to the Gulf Coast helped to stir the fuel of excitement about “Mystery Rock” for my family and for the locations where we hid the letterboxes. We took pictures of the locations, but sharing them was vetoed by the oldest son. “It’ll make finding them too easy.” We wrote the clues and tried to create the same excitement and challenges that the boys faced in “Mystery Rock.”

“Mystery Rock” shares the adventure of a family in a way that will allow your family to share the adventure. Read the story. Visit the sites. Discover the letterboxes. And in doing all of these, discover a part of Alabama that you may not even know was there.

Get your copy of “Mystery Rock” today!