I think it is going to be a lovely home. We arrived 2 days ago and are in the midst of unpacking, water heater replacement, cable installation, etc.
The drive was as smooth as one could hope and all the dog friendly hotels were indeed friendly and nice. We drove across part of Georgia, Alabama, a tiny bit of Tennessee, Arkansas, the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, New Mexico, Arizona and the finally California. The dog turned out to be a champion traveler!
Lots to do here so just checking in now that I have internet service again. Thanks for all of the well wishes and encouraging words.