By now I’m sure you’ve read the first 2 year 3 Summaries – what do the numbers say? In case you missed them – here are links:
Bill and I’ve been out here, on the road, for three full years. Some days it doesn’t seem quite real – I feel like I need to pinch myself – others it feels almost like we’ve never lived any other way.
I occasionally get to chat with full-time RV “wanna-be’s” (for lack of a better way of saying it). Those who know me will laugh when I say this – but I can seriously talk about our lifestyle all day long. If someone wants my impressions, opinions and knowledge – Bill and I are always up for sharing. We have literally never gotten bored with it.
This past year we’ve had the privilege of meeting two couples this year who sought us out after reading this blog.
The first, Helen & Pat, opened their driveway and home to us on our way out of AK. We had hoped for more than the one night to get to know this awesome couple and their family, but weather chased us out. We enjoyed a delish home cooked dinner; and discussed living full-time on the road well into the night. Their generosity still brings a tear to my eye – they didn’t know us at all, except through the blog and a forum we are both members of. That’s RVers – most of us anyway.
The next couple we met with drove about 2 1/2 hours EACH WAY to come to our summer job and spend the day with us! AND brought the most thoughtful presents! Chris, and her husband, Frank, were curious about all things RV’ing and once again – we talked like old friends for hours!
Grateful is one word that comes to mind. Bill and I are very grateful for this lifestyle. It is the fulfillment of a dream we didn’t always know we had. Grateful for the friends we’ve met, the list is so long – it’s amazing! We don’t see each other often, but we read each other’s blogs and when we do get together – it’s like we’ve never been apart.
Having those friendships, coupled with the places we’ve gone and things we’ve gotten to do, is what full-time RV’ing is all about – and what makes it so amazing!
The question still most frequently asked – would we do this again? Sell it all, house and 95% of contents, and leave for parts unknown in a 40′ 5th wheel – towing our home on wheels an average of 11,000 miles a year? Would we? You betcha! No hesitation – no second guesses – no turning back.
The one thing a lot of people say is they wish they had left sooner, hadn’t second guessed their dream, hadn’t thought “we cannot do that!” I can honestly say, as much as it would have been nice to do it sooner, our timing was perfect for us.
We had raised our kids; they were both moved out and had been for over a year; we were confident they wouldn’t be back. I was unemployed and Bill was not happy in his job. It was time and we seized the moment – and we’ve never looked back.
Since it wouldn’t be my blog without pics – are some of our fav pics from year 3 – hope you enjoy them!
I’d like to invite my readers – YOU! – to comment below about your experience – the great, the good and even the ugly and regrets. We have found that the communication between RVers is one of the most rewarding things about our lifestyle. Sure, we have friendships that preceded our leaving “home”, and we maintain them; RVers are just a different sort. Most we’ve met, even just casually in a campground, are open to sharing their experiences and knowledge. You just never know when you might pick up a helpful hint or interesting tidbit. Cant wait to read your stories!