Embracing life’s changes! Nothing ever stays the same.
Life’s about changes nothing ever stays the same. Isn’t that how the lyrics of the Patty Loveless song go? It might sound cliche but only because it’s true. Good, bad, planned, unplanned, change is a fact of everyones lives. Changes are on the horizon for The Husband and I. After 3 1/2 years as full-time RV’ers we’ve had the opportunity to examine how we travel. What we like and don’t like as well as what works or doesn’t work for us. We’ve gone through one winter in northeastern Washington, one winter in southern Utah/southern Arizona and one winter in southern Arizona.
RV Life In Sub Zer0 Temperatures? No Thanks!
RV living during northeastern Washington winters isn’t fun. It is doable and there are people who do it every year (hats off to them, they are hardier souls than I.) However, being retired we have the option to choose where we want to park and following the sunshine when living in an RV makes life considerably more comfortable. Snow and temperatures dipping below 0° Fahrenheit make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the RV. Life in southern Arizona in the winter is absolute perfection temperature wise. Taking the RV from WA to AZ means we need to leave WA no later than early November to alleviate pulling this beast through mountain passes in possible snowstorms. In the spring we’re faced with the same problem. Pulling the RV north any earlier than late March or early April and we face the possibility of snow covered mountain passes again.
Family Trumps Everything Else!
November to April in Arizona works well for many but that’s half the year that we are a long way from our kids and grandkids. That’s a lot of their life events we miss. The Husband and I are both family people and half of each year without our family just isn’t us. We don’t want to miss out on all the “growing up” years of our grandkids.
So….all that to say, the decision has been made to sell the RV. Oh, we’ll still travel. In fact, we may even get to travel more. We just won’t be limited by weather constraints or limitations imposed due to the size of our RV. As I’ve mentioned before, many parks in the U.S. were developed years before RVs became so large and luxurious and those parks haven’t been enlarged or updated over the years. While I relish the peace and quiet of boon docking locations, the boon docking lifestyle? Yeah, it just isn’t somewhere I want to go again. As in, been there, done that. Many years of tent camping with littles in the boonies was great fun in my 20’s and 30’s. That was then. This is now. While I relish the peace and quiet of boon docking locations, the boon docking lifestyle isn't… Click To Tweet
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Many many future travel plans on the horizon!
Our current plan is to sell the RV and our current truck. No need for such a large, heavy duty truck once we aren’t towing our 38′ house across the country (although The Husband does really really love this truck!!) We’ll move into the little stick built house we bought last year in Spokane, Washington. That will be our base. Plans are in the works to travel to a wider variety of locations in the upcoming months and years. The good news is that means we’ll have even more experiences and travel stories to share here with you on the blog. Hopefully you’ll continue to follow us and share us with your friends and family as we embark on these new adventures and embrace life’s changes.