Big changes happened last year in our little saga of life. We retired, we sold our house, we bought an RV, we started traveling. January kicks off a year of planning for us. Downsizing and rethinking what we want out of every day life consumed much of our minds and hearts last year! Retiring made us think of endless days with nothing on the horizon and sounded boring and somewhat void of purpose. What do you do after you no longer have to punch a time clock, answer to a boss for your time, or get up at the crack of dawn? We soon discovered that staying in our jammies all day left a lot to be desired.
We took a trip to Europe last year which caused us to start thinking about the fact that we had not seen so much of our great country. We began thinking about all the interesting and unusual places in the US that we had never seen. Thus began the plan for spending the next year (at least) traveling and exploring. Ed loves researching geneology and I love making things with polymer clay and meeting other artists…so the plan began. We bought and purchased our Montana 5th wheel which we lovingly named DIMIR (did I mention I’m retired) and set off on some trial runs… a trip to the mosquito paradise of Myakka State Park, another trip to Gatlinburg for a big RV Dreams Rally to learn the ins and outs of living in less than 300sq feet, and then the big push at the end of 2016, a six week tour of Ohio (for the grandson’s wedding, Niagra Falls (because we wanted to), a day’s journey through Canada to see the locks in Souix Ste.Marie and then a trip to Wisconsin, coming home via Michigan again and a trip to Mackinac Island. We wanted to avoid I 75 so we traveled south on I 65 through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and ended up sitting out Hurricaine Hermine in Florida Springs RV Park. After being on the road for so long, and spending 4 days in the monsoon rains here…we were ready for home, but sad to leave the road…only a wanderer gets this part.
Aside from a couple of minor issues…hitch problem in New York and not ever figuring out how to get our electric hot water tank working, we managed quite well and our enthusiasm never dwindled. We can do this!! And we haven’t killed each other yet.
Here are some photos and from the first months.
Tube rafting in Michigan with family.
Progress photos of my first canvas in the series I plan to do while on the road. The last photo is the picture I took in Gatlinburg along the Roaring Fork River. Created with polymer clay (white Premo!) and then antiqued and then painted with Genesis heat set paints.