Well, all immediate family has been informed, plus my Nana and Papa – most of whom took the news better than expected. Honestly, most of the feedback we’ve received so far from family and friends has been very much along the lines of:
“Man, I wish I could/would/did do that.”
“You only live once. Do it before you have kids while you’re still young enough to get the most out of it!” (This one bothers me – anyone of any age could do it if they wanted to! It just depends on what they’re willing to give up to achieve it, if it really is their dream)
“I wouldn’t do that, but it will be an adventure.” (That’s cool too – Rhys wrote the “New American Dream,” but I don’t know that it’s accurate. It’s our dream, sure – but it isn’t for a lot of people, and that’s okay too.)
And we’ve gotten a few “Are you crazy?” responses as well, though less than expected. I guess the overall answer to that would be “Yes” anyway, so it’s all good.
We’ve got a realtor lined up who will list for us in July, and we’ll be going through Estate Sales of Tulsa to run our estate sale, also in July.
It feels a bit like shedding your skin – I know how a snake must feel.
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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