On the Road with the Kidds! travel blog

 


Why are we doing this?

We have decided to leave our house and live on the road in an RV. When we tell people that, many say they are jealous, some think we are crazy, but most ask WHY? Well, haven’t you always had that place that you always wish you could have seen, that trip you always wanted to take, that thing you always wanted to do? Well that is what we plan on doing. All of it. We have a lot of those places we want to go to like the Grand Canyon, Alaska, the everglades. We have trips we want to make such as Route 66, the Dalton Highway, or some of the great river roads. We have things we want to do like ride steam engines, bi-planes and riverboats. So we are going to do it. We are young enough and healthy enough and ready for this.

We have actually been working towards this goal for the last ten years, or at least Mike has. I keep saying “sure!” “Sounds great” but not really realizing how close this was. This winter I had total replacement of both of my knees in January and March. During my recovery period, my husband retired. He had a good retirement plan with the company he had been part of for some time now. So when it was time, he retired. With his plan in place, he did not need me to work for that “extra year” which was part of the original plan. All of a sudden, everything got moved up. So when I went back to work, it was with a bit of sadness, as well as excitement that I announced my retirement. I did love my job, in fact still do and miss it a lot, but there is so much more ahead of us as this new phase in our lives.

So we emptied out our house of 30 years within two weeks and put it on the market. We fixed it up a bit, putting in Air Conditioning (finally), new carpet, fresh paint etc. etc. etc. At first it was a little hard to part with “stuff”, but before too long it was easy, and I was hauling things to the dumpster! We gave what we could to whoever wanted it, donated a lot to local museums, put a few items in a storage unit that the kids may want at some point…or may not! Most of my hoarding tendencies were in quilt fabric. I saved a few projects, then put the rest out on my front porch, and asked my quilting buddies to come help themselves. There is some satisfaction knowing that the fabric went to my friends, and some of it is going to charity organizations. And as a going away gift, my friends made me a laundry hamper and a messenger style bag out of some of my fabric that had trailers and forests on it! Perfect!

The hardest part of doing this is leaving family and friends behind. At least with today’s social media, electronic gadgets and gizmos, we are more in touch than we would have been, so no one is really “left behind”. It is great hope that being able to share our journey as we travel around will be able to take everyone with us! So hop on board, and let’s go see what is out there!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain





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