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.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Year of Full Time Motorhoming…What Have We Learned?


March 15th marked our one-year anniversary of living full time in our motorhome.  One year passed quicker than we expected.  Our travels led us away from New Orleans, across the gulf coast and up the eastern seaboard.  We visited small towns we had never heard of before, some we remember from childhood, and others just because we liked the sound of their names.  Some towns lured us because they looked like Rockwell paintings and others because they were the subject of Wyeth paintings.  We parked our motorhome in driveways, in wide open fields, in forests that we could barely fit in, and a few feet from the ocean surf.   

We met many, many new interesting people, managed to entice old friends to visit us along the way, and spent time with family.  Our loyal companion Otter departed us in Maine but we managed to find her “Spirit” to accompany us the rest of the way.  Our summer was spent having new adventures like running an inn, volunteering at festivals, and learning how to fly fish.  We made sure we didn’t miss out on local foods and traditional dishes including lobster in Maine, key lime pie in the Florida Keys, Brunswick stew in Georgia, oysters in Apalachicola, and shrimp and grits in South Carolina.

A few months ago my brother asked Betsy and I what was the biggest surprise of the trip.  Within a flash and without thinking we said that it was how much we enjoy living in the motorhome and traveling.  Yes, it surprised us how much we enjoy our new lifestyle!  We don’t mind having new neighbors every few days or not having a house to go “home” to.  We don’t miss any of the “stuff” we sold or having to chase the armadillos out of the garden.  The motorhome never feels too small – not even on rainy, cold days. 

So what have we have learned in a year?

We have no regrets…
We love staying in state and federal parks…
Rabbits like herbs…
Staying overnight at Wal-Mart is not as scary as one might think…
New acquaintances are great but old friends are the best…
I don’t need 15 pairs of shoes in a motorhome…
A dishwasher is more important than you think…
Maine is hands-down our favorite state so far…
The Florida panhandle feels like home…
Lobster is good and homemade pie is wonderful…
This country is gorgeous…
Splurge at times and buy a good bottle of wine...
Try to remember your neighbor’s names and not just their dog’s names…
Carry a weather radio and know the name of the county you are camped in during tornado season…
We love our motorhome…
Life is too short to lose patience…
I love building camp fires…
Every child should go camping at least once…
Having a dog in a motorhome is hard, but not having one is much harder…
Don’t forget to watch the sunset…and rise…
Keep family close…
Learn to ignore the alarms, beeps, buzzers, and bleeps that go off in the motorhome…
Find new things to do…
Love your partner…
There is a kindness from strangers…
Spend time doing nothing, especially if it is on the beach…
Live, laugh, and love like there is no tomorrow…

Thanks to all the people that read our blog.  We hope you enjoy traveling with us.

7 comments:

  1. As two that are close to starting our full timing, this is encouraging and heartwarming to read. Many lessons also apply as we are about to sell our house. Thanks so much

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  2. Happy anniversary! I had much the same feeling staying in my little trailer with my 92 pound lab, traveling out west for 6 months. I didn't want to come home, but had to for family reasons. I've regretted it ever since.

    I never missed the house, and I loved not knowing where I would be every night.

    Hope you enjoy your lifestyle forever. I enjoy your blog.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! April 21 is our on-the-road anniversary, and it will be one year, also.

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  4. Happy Anniversary! It's always interesting to read these "anniversary posts." And very encouraging as we prepare for getting on the road full time. Here's to many more years of safe travels.

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  5. although Ginger and I won't ever be full-timers your great blogging about your experiences this past year
    definitely helped us decide to join the part-time RV life. so far, so good. maybe we'll cross paths one of these days.

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  6. Just checking in to see where you guys are now. I left Arizona several weeks ago and today just pulled into Pensacola, FL. Thought our paths might cross ??

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