Being on the road for only nine months we've barely scratched the surface of this life style. While it would be nice if every thing worked all the time, we couldn't be happier with our decision to be full-time RVers.
I often see the question about leaving behind friends and family discussed on forums. How can we possibly just "be gone"? Aren't your children upset that you're "abandoning" them? Won't you miss your social life?
Answers to these and similar questions are different for each person. The common thread that runs through most of them is "We're living our lives."
This is true for us as well, and includes living our best, most full, lives. Our six sons all have their lives as well, and while we miss the opportunity to see them more often, the reality is that when we're in the old home town we don't see most of them much anyway. None of the rest of our family live in that town, so we didn't leave any of them behind.
Instead, we feel like they're all now in front of us - all in places where we can go see them and spend as much time as we want. Like our time with Mom and Aunt Nancy in Roswell this month.
We don't miss a social life that we didn't have. Not unlike our initial life on the road, we spent 90% of our time with just each other.
The first five months we traveled for places. Just the two of us seeing beautiful, amazing locations. There were a few days with son Jeff in Seattle and time in Spokane with Bill's best friend, but until the end of September, the two of us mostly played all day and retired to our home for the evening.
Every day was filled with the wow of vistas we could only imagine before. We have had so much fun with places!
|The beauty of Fort Bragg, CA|
We still see amazing places, spend our days playing in fantastic spots, but looking back, that was a big turning point in the focus of our travels. As I started planning our winter route, the destinations included a lot more people as well as new, fun places.
A month back home for Nick and Jillian's wedding, special time with our new grandbaby Ezra, Thanksgiving with 85% of our immediate family, lunch with my buddy Laura, and dinner with daughter Megan and her hubby Chris. Wow - November was a big people month!
Our winter travels have confirmed that this life (for us) is much more social than our stationary one. All destinations but one (Organ Pipe National Monument) have included seeing old and/or new friends.
BBQs, desert runs, camp fires, a friend's granddaughter's birthday party, pot lucks, happy hours, meeting fellow bloggers, family joining us at our location, and mooch-docking at friends' homes - we have had so much fun with people!
|The joy of friends in the desert!|
A very full life!