HI! My name is Nanette Cole…
And there will always be the food!
I was not born to live in one place my entire life, I was born to be on a perpetual adventure.
This is my adventurous life…
When I graduated from high school in 1982, I wanted to get in my car and travel across the country, driving down the back roads through small towns, and meeting who I consider, “The real people of America.” Everyone has a story, I wanted to hear yours. In the end, a book was to be written about the places I went to, the people I met and the stories I was told.
I was young and broke and I planned on sleeping in a tent or in my car while working my way across the country doing odd jobs. It seems so simple, right?
Then life happened…
Instead of taking off on my “nomadic adventure,” I got married at the age of 19, had my first son at the age of 22 and my second son at 26. I divorced at 31 and raised my boys alone. I’m not complaining, we have had a fantastic time, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. (Well, let me think on that one…) Basically, between marriage, children, divorce, children, business and children, my dream remained just that, a dream.
April 16, 2010, my life took a big left turn when I was told I had malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. There was an egg size portion of my leg cut out, and so far, all is still well. I was reminded just how short life is. You don’t get this year, month, day or minute back, and I damn sure don’t take any of it for granted.
I posted on my Facebook about my dream of just taking off and living a life on the road, and I had an overwhelming response from my friends. I knew it was time to turn my dream into a reality. The ball was put into motion when I gave to my boys, sold or donated everything I owned. I then sold the last of my business.
Some dreams never die. If you hold onto a dream for 30 years, you need to make it happen somehow.
The stories I wrote for the first year were to give you an insight as to who I am, how I think, what I do/did, and what I love. When I started to venture out, I wrote and videoed about the places I visited and people I met along the way.
When I started this adventure, it was to last five years. Now, I can’t imagine it ever ending. This has turned into a way of life that I love more and more with each person I meet and place I see. I am not a tree, and when I think of living in one place for the remainder of my life, I can’t breathe. There will still be a book or two written, but I plan on continuing my life of exploring for the rest of my days.
As I wrote earlier, I have two boys, (young men) that are grown and gone. My oldest, Austin, will be 35 in August, and my baby, Cameron, is 31. Austin served his country in the Army and did 18 months in Iraq. He got out in 2010 and moved to Colorado. That lasted one winter and he is now living in Dallas, Tx. Cameron, my mini-me, moved to Texas and is the executive chef at The Mitchell, in Dallas. (I said he was a mini-me.)
Last but not least, my Callie Cole a.k.a. Princess Cocoa Puff. Callie was a rescue dog that Cameron brought home one weekend while I was camping. She has been the best and funniest dog I’ve ever had, but with my crazy travels that now include Europe, I realized my lifestyle was not fair to her, plus, her breed isn’t allowed in RV parks, State Parks, nor National Parks. She now lives with a very dear friend who loves her as much as I do. So basically, he gets all of her loving and I get the bills.
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