Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

One Great Year


Betsy here……..it’s hard for us to believe but next week we will have been “on the road” for one year.  Last year at this time we were packing up, selling and giving away the last of our personal items, having last lunches and dinners with friends at our favorite New Orleans restaurants, setting up mail forwarding and walking away from the lives that Nancy and I knew for the past 15 years.  Many of our friends thought we were crazy to give up what we had built in New Orleans and others gave us great encouragement to move on in our lives while we had our health, could afford it and longed for this adventure of exploring the U.S. in our “house on wheels.”  Mentally we were excited to see what the road had to offer.

When we left New Orleans we thought we would travel for a couple of years.  We are so enjoying this lifestyle that now we are talking about ten years!  Maybe even a new motorhome in 2014.  We didn’t realize how long it takes to see and explore everything that we want to.  If you have followed our blog you know we went up the east coast, spent the summer in Maine with my brother then came back down to Florida.  We have met so many wonderful people, have seen and learned so many new things, lost our precious dog Otter then welcomed a new pup, Otter’s Spirit, broadened our thinking, took up hiking, kayaking and fishing and spending time with new friends around campfires, dodged tornadoes, searched out wonderful state and national parks, put our toes on many new sand beaches, learned to live in a confined space in the motorhome that has a new back yard every week or so, learned that truck stops to buy diesel fuel can be a whole new experience and on and on.   So many things to mention.  The memories that we are creating give us something to talk about each day as we travel down the road.

We hope that you enjoy our blog and the photos and that it may inspire some of you to take on a similar adventure in your life.  Don’t wait too long and don’t be afraid.  We had never even driven a motorhome when we bought ours.  There will never be a perfect time because nothing is ever perfect.  You’re not giving up your true friends and family because they will always be there.  But you are adding new friends and experiences that can broaden your world and the fun times and feeling of freedom is SO worth it.

One goal of our adventure was to experience areas of this country that may open our eyes to a place where we might want to buy a stick house again one day.   So we will keep moving on to places where we have not been and who knows where we will be after our second great year!

After leaving New Orleans we headed to our favorite beach in Florida at Ft. Pickens (Gulf Islands National Seashore) in Pensacola to celebrate our decision to hit the road.
Sunset over Ft. Pickens.  In 2011 we became
 official Florida  residents.
The Maples Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine where we spent the summer.
We worked here for one week to give my brother the Inn Keeper a break.
Famous blueberry stuffed French toast of the
Maples Inn


4th of July parade in Bar Harbor.  What else but
a lobster!
Golden Isles of Georgia heading to Jekyll Island.
View from atop Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire.
Our precious Otter.
Our angel pup Spirit.
Betsy and her brother Mark in Maine.  Clams, butter and martinis!
Mystic, Connecticut harbor.
Portland, Maine head light.  One of so many beautiful days
in Maine.
Monhegan Island, Maine when our friends Sandy and Kim met us there.
Freeport, Maine KOA, a campground that had a moose
for a golf cart
Lighthouse and museum on Monhegan Island
Route 11 potato chip factory in New Market,
Virginia.  Nancy hugged a potato chip!
Camden Harbor Maine one of our favorite towns.  We could
sure live here.
This says it all!

7 comments:

  1. That sign does say it all but unfortunately too many people like the last part of it.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  2. It looks as if you had an outstanding year! Just think what the next year will bring!

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  3. The sign says it all, doesn't it? We started out thinking we'd be on the road for 3-4 years, but already we're looking at it perhaps being a lot longer ... and we've not even gotten on the road yet.

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  4. Your sign does say it all! Happy travels!

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  5. Congratulations on completing the first year of what we hope are many! We hope you'll explore the Pacific Northwest and visit us on the Oregon Coast this summer, but in any case, we'll be following your travels!

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  6. CONGRATS!!!!! We begin our F/T Journey on April 5, 2013 and have taken many of your adventures and put them on our list of things to do. Thanks for the insight!

    Dick & Melissa

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  7. Definitely miss seeing you both, but very excited about your journeys. (And fairly jealous)! Keep writing!

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