Inertia And Movement (And Love)
A few nights ago we raised our jacks and made our first RV move of 2016. Our destination was somewhere in the boonies and it got me thinking, as these things always do. I thought about travel and love and how things go. I get philosophical when I hang in nature and I also get hopelessly mushy when I think of love (I am and always will be a romantic, ya know) and in my random brain the two things meshed perfectly for my post today.
You see the morning of our departure I was reluctant to leave. The weather in San Diego was sooooo darn nice and we had such a great spot and there were soooo many good breweries we still hadn’t tried….and after 2 months we’d gotten into an easy rhythm -> morning walks by the beach, afternoon bikes on the bay, evening sunset by the water. Life was good. So our impetus to move was low and it seemed such an effort to pack up and go to the next stop. Why move? Why go somewhere else when it’s so perfect right here?
When you’ve been living on the road as long as we have you’d think this traveling business would be second nature. After all we’ve been fully nomadic for 6 years now and we both had 15-20 years of travel experience in the USA, Europe & Asia before that. Shouldn’t it all just come naturally now? But in reality travel can be like getting back on your bike after a long absence…you’re a bit rusty and it takes a little while to get back into the groove of it.
It’s a phenomenon I call movement inertia and in many ways I think this is a natural human thing. As a species we evolved from nomadic hunter-gatherers to semi-settled agro-communities over 10,000 years ago and I think it’s somewhat in our genealogy to seek out that environment. We like to settle down and get comfy, and the longer we’re settled the harder it becomes to get going again. Just like Newton’s First Law, once we’re on a given path we tend to stay on that path, and there’s resistance to change.
Traveling is the exact opposite of all that. When you travel you throw security to the wayside and seek out everything that is new and different. Sure, you carry your house with you (if you RV that is), but every drive is a new drive, every place holds new challenges. You’re pushed outside of your comfort zone and you have to work harder to do all the “normal” stuff in life-> find a place to shop, locate a dentist when you have a toothache, fix a flat tire when you puncture it etc. The places you know and count on are all gone, and for some folks that can be a big barrier to overcome.
Which begs the natural question, why go at all?
As I sat in my rocking chair in the boonies, wine in hand overlooking the golden colors of the setting sun spreading across the desert, my honey beside me, my furry family lounging in the warm sand I had my answer. For THIS.
Travel is deep in my soul and no matter how comfortable I get, at some point I always start to feel that itch somewhere deep inside -> the urge to move, to urge to explore, the urge to experience something different. And once I’m on the road I feel complete, at peace, in the moment. I know this will sound corny (it truly does) but travel renews my faith in the world.
Which brings me full circle back to my initial philosophical thought.
Inertia, even for us “hard-core” nomads, is a normal thing. We all feel it and we all deal with it to different degrees. For some the urge to move never develops, or it changes over time, all of which is perfectly normal too. We can’t all be movers & shakers all of our lives, right?! But I do feel movement is important, even if it just remains a small part of your existence.
If I hadn’t moved from home when I was 17 I wouldn’t have lived in Europe. If I hadn’t moved to the USA after college I wouldn’t have met Paul, and if I hadn’t asked Paul to marry me ~19 years ago I wouldn’t be here today -> sitting in my rocking chair, wine in hand, my honey beside me…I do believe that overcoming inertia, no matter how small your steps to do it, will always lead to something interesting in your life.
So, on this Valentine’s Day, this beautiful day of love, I hope you find yourself in movement and if you aren’t right now I hope you will someday, even if just for a moment. Who knows where it might lead you?
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Cheers to 19 years of love and bliss!
Your green tops makes you blend in in the desert in that last photo.
Yeah, we went cheesy and wore the same fleece today 🙂
You captured my feelings perfectly. My deisre to go is matched only by my desire to stay put.
Love it! Traveling with someone you love, and actually like is a wonderful thing. I wouldn’t trade it. Did you land near Quartzsite at all? We are, and would love to see you if you’re nearby.
You are so right! Paul is not only my soul mate, but also my best friend and its very fortunate that we enjoy spending 24/7 together. Sure makes RVing a breeze.
Location-wise we went south of you and are heading East towards Tuscon. Planning some big projects soon 🙂
Janis Walker says
You nailed it girl! We left home last August and have loved every moment of every day. We have stayed in every kind of park but boon docking is by far, our favorite. Thank you for your words of encouragement.
hanna soule says
I think your writing in general and your revelation on this Valentine’s Day might touch in all of us the romantic, mushy, corny, yearning, forever-searching, forever soul-honoring wanderer… For sure in me…
And for that ‘internal movement’, triggered in me right now (and who knows where it might lead to?) a big Thank You!
Lovely words! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I’m glad I could touch that mushy part of you 🙂
Jil mohr says
Yes congratulation to 19 years and counting… We are starting 42 and counting… Travel has been a big part of out life together and has helped shape our relationship…I wouldn’t change one minute of it… I love and respect the words you use to say what you do….thank you… And a Happy Valentines day to you both….and your fur family.
Thank you much, and Happy Valentines Day to you too!
Bob Wells says
As usual, another brilliant post. I’m not at all romantic, but you managed to touch even me. Thanks you so much!
Well I’m touched that you are touched…feeling a little mushy actually 🙂
A very pleasant walk down memory lane for me. You brought forth some very pleasant memories of my deceased wife, and past and future plans and memories Of wandering this beautiful country of ours. Thank you!
My wife and I just retired and decided to buy a used RV and head south for the winter. I’ll be candid I’m not loving it. It seems everyday there is something going haywire. Not big stuff but enough to keep me on pins and needles. I just finished flushing out a black water tank, ugh! After each challenge I look at my wife with pleading eyes begging her to go back home. It is at that point that my wife whips out her iPhone and shows me the temp at home, and the temp where we are in southern Florida. Ok what’s one more overflowing black tank compared to ice and snow?
The first year out can be a bit overwhelming. When we first started RVing I loved the lifestyle (instantly), but Paul took a while to get into it. In fact 3 months into our adventure he told me he wanted to quit! My response at the time, which is the same advice I’ll give to you is “give it a little more time”. After 6 months Paul started enjoying it and a year in he was hooked. Hopefully the same will happen to you and if not…well there are always other adventures in life 🙂
Doug Tally says
All lovely sentiments incredibly shared from the heart. I love Rae and she loves me too.
Just found you guys a few weeks ago. Beautifully written blog. My partner of 19 years Dean and I are starting FT very soon. We have always traveled extensively for business and I have always taken our dogs. Question…if you don’t mind. Have been looking at 5th wheeler (smaller for mobility) since we want to boondock much of the time but we just looked at a used couch…same make as yours. Are you happy with it? It seems like a good deal…but obviously a different setup. Thanks for any info.
We love our coach! It’s bigger than we’d like, especially for boondocking and more remote campgrounds (in retrospect we should have gone smaller), but other than that we’ve been very happy.
Jerry Ericsson says
We too are thinking of leaving our winter digs here in Topock Arizona. Having “lived” here in our 35 foot Motor Home since November, it has taken on the real feeling of home, and our fellow RV’ers are more like family then neighbors. But time has come to resume our finding America one stop at a time life again. Although we are beginners at full timing it, as I say November, we already feel that our rig is our home. We may have to stay a bit longer then we had planned since our kitty has become very ill and is in hospital with liver problems, an expensive problem indeed, we sit out here in our RV waiting and worrying over both is fate, and that of our pocket book. We had to put down 600 bucks up front just for his check in and deposit on 3 days in hospital care. Admission on a Saturday insured a weekend stay but the doc said she would call us on Monday with the results of a couple days care with IV’s to rehydrate him, and meds to kick his liver back in order. Guess it would have happened at home or here either way, and Smokey is over 13 now so he is getting old, much as his 65+ YOA owners. But if we can get moving once again, we will head Texas way with stops at Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon, and other sights east of Golden Shores and Topock Arizona.
I’ve dealt with kitty liver problems before and I know how scary they are. So sorry you’re going through that. Paws crossed that your kitty recovers fully and you get on your way.
Ed@Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets says
19 years says a lot in this day and age. Next week, we will be celebrating 35. Being on the road for extended periods, let alone fulltime, will certainly quickly establish that you are made for each other…or not. First priority in my opinion, is after all these years, are you still best friends. In your case, and ours, the answer is “yes”.
Happy Valentines Day!
Very true. RVing is one of those special life experiences that will truly test how well you mesh with your partner (if you travel with one). Nothing like being together 24/7 in a small space with nowhere to hide. We love it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Nina- if we had you as a philosophy instructor in college we would of made better grades. Going home to family and friends and seeing those who never left their cave reminds us our enriching travel has been. Rolling forward and Happy Valentines Day!
I think I’d have to run my philosophy classes out in the boonies…that’s the only place I get these crazy musings LOL. Of course nature is really the best teacher so maybe the answer is that all philosophy classes should be run out here?
You two have definitely enriched and broadened your life through your RVing adventures. Still remember the first time we met in Cape Blanco back when you were still thinking about it and trying to figure out how you’d make it work. What a way you’ve come! I love that you made it happen and you both love it!
Sue Vess says
There is an excitement to moving but also that unknown is scarey to me. I guess after so many years not knowing what the road ahead is like, maybe it’s just a part of life now. Nice article
Those are totally normal feelings IMHO! There is always fear in the unknown, but overcoming that fear can lead to an amazing sense of freedom both within yourself and in your life.
This actually reminds me of a popular self-help book that was roaming round in the 80’s with the title “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” (it was recently re-released 25 years on). I read it when I was a teenager and I’ve attempted to live my life with that very approach. It’s not that I’ve never felt anxiety or fear, it’s just that I’ve chosen to do it anyway. The results have always been worth it for me. Hopefully they will be for you too.
Sue Malone says
Happy Valentine’s Day to both of you. You two are such a great example of life well lived and fun to be had everywhere. I laughed with recognition as I read. I get that inertia as well, in our part time RV life. Inertia makes me think I really don’t want to leave home, and then again it makes me want to stay out once we are out there. Too funny, and very very real. So glad we manage to overcome that tendency to stay put all the time. Makes life so very much more fun and beautiful.
I truly think inertia is something everyone feels, no matter how much they travel. You two are also very inspirational and have found a great home/travel balance in your lives. Your love for both shows clearly in your blog.
Devora Clark says
Perfect sentiments for Valentine’s Day – you are blessed to find your travelling soul mate:). Mine will have to be in my band and also love Messiah. A hard find but worth the wait❤️ Just bought a new toyhauler TT to create space for band rehearsal in the cargo area:). This nomad life is new to me (3rd year) … wondering about options for ethernet on the road? I have a radio broadcast and interview people in Israel. Wi-Fi does not suffice -drops off too much using Skype phone.
Most of the nomads I know get their internet needs from cellphone data plans (e.g. Verizon, ATT etc.), either hot-spotting from their phones or with a MiFi. We have both Verizon (MiFi) and ATT (on our phones), and as long as the signal is good I’ve had no problems at all with Skype (I use it weekly to call home).
Some longer-term RV parks will allow you to install/hookup to cable internet, but it’s unusual. You need to call ahead to find out and then you need to plan the installation with the cable provider. This really only makes sense if you’re staying longer term in one spot.
Free WiFi spots generally aren’t great. You can usually get decent WiFi at Public Libraries, and some coffee shops, but those probably aren’t great places for conducting phone interviews. Also RV park WiFi tends to be terrible across the board. Just too many people trying to use too small a system. We almost never use park WiFi. p>
For more info I highly recommend our good buddies Technomadia website “RV Mobile Internet Resource Center”:
They are also just about (within the next month) to come out with the 2016-updated version of their “Mobile Internet Handbook”, which I also highly recommend. Both are excellent resources for figuring out your mobile internet needs.
Steve Christensen says
I finally got fed up with the rate increases for our home ISP, and switched to a hotspot. Too early to tell for certain, but so far my wife and I are very pleased with it. The provider’s reception map appears to be pessimistic so far, giving us a better signal that we expected.
Many of the plans offered do not charge you for the mid resolution (DVD quality) audio and video data streams, so we are actually getting more (and more reliable) service than we were with a cable ISP, and we are saving money to boot.
Not saying that a *-****** hotspot is the best option (as we have not checked all the others out), but from our experience it is certainly worth considering.
Beautiful post from a beautiful soul, that rings so true. Sometimes I crave being still for a while, more continuity of things in my life.. but everytime I stay still a while, I get the urge to move. And I feel so much more alive with new experiences and new places.
Speaking of being in motion today… we waved as we passed you. See you at the next stop 😉
I crave both too, and sometimes (depending on time of year and what’s going on in my life) I crave one more than the other. And who knows, as I age I may crave something completely different again? I think finding that balance is pretty much ideal, and I do love that our lifestyle offers us both.
Else and kim says
Wishing you both the happiest day! Even though I have not commented much on you blog, know I love to read it. As you know Kim and I settled down in Napa, a year ago, and sold our beast. Love our small home, however after a year got the travel bug, again. Just bought a Winnebago view, which is what we started out with, 7 years ago. Getting ready for our first trip to Santa Barbara, to meet the woman that got us going on kefir. After 51 one years of marriage we are happier than ever. Hope to meet you one day on our travels. Happy travels to the two of you, and your furry friends. Buddy sends his love.
I discovered your site yesterday and I’m pretty sure I have read all of your posts already. They have been especially helpful in getting me over my anxiety of leaving for my full time RVing adventure. Unfortunately, the only valentine I will travel with is my cat Boris. But after reading about your adventures I am now ready to go. Maybe our paths will cross as I travel westward this spring and summer. Happy Valentines day.
Kitty cats do make great Valentines 🙂 Sounds like you have some exciting adventures ahead of you and I’ve no doubt they will lead to some amazing experiences. We know lots of great solo RVers and even a few solo’s who found their partner on the road. Anything is possible. I wish you the very best in your travels and hope we cross paths down the line!
Happy Valentines Day to you both.
We have been full time since last august. Love it. Except for the occasional problem from buying a used coach at a jerk dealer.
We started our trip very scared but excited. We started our trip as best friends and we still are! In fact we are getting married on February 29th in Sedona.
I so enjoy your posts and hope to meet some day.
We just pulled into Williams and plan on spending the next week relaxing and enjoying the trees. Being from Oregon we have missed trees in southern Arizona.
Our 2 doggies are doing great and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!
You are an inspiration to me. Thank you.
Well a huge congratulations on your upcoming big day!! How exciting! So glad you’re enjoying the lifestyle.
I’m starting to yearn for trees too which is usually a sign that it’s time for us to start moving north. It may be a few more months before we hit them, but I’m already looking forward to it. Enjoy your time in Williams. With this crazy heat wave we’re having in AZ it should be nice up there.
Bob Burton says
Welcome back to the wonderful world of traveling. We to have been hold up in the boonies outside of Yuma for over the last three months and are looking forward to hitting the road again the first of the month. Been great here meeting new friends and exploring all the wonderful adventures that have awaited us. Now it’s time to head out and look for new adventures in our wonderful country.
Staying still is wonderful, and moving again is superb. It’s great to have a balance of both. Good travels to you!
Box Canyon Mark says
“This beautiful day of love” caused us to throw some clothes in a bag , lock up the RV, and head west. We landed at the ocean, of course, and spent 4 hours walking on the beach on the other side of Mission Bay 🙂
Happy Valentines Day!
Box Canyon Mark
No way! This must had been the 30th time we’ve just missed you. Hope you stopped for a few brews too? Perchance a nice stout or two? In any case sounds like you had the perfect day.
I always enjoy the knowledge and experiences you share and now you are sharing what’s in your heart. Thank you for writing and thank you for sharing
Jennifer Nealy says
I think I’ve got a little “travel inertia” going on now also. I want to go out west again for sure….but at the same time I’m loving our slow travel pace right now. Longer stays and shorter travel days. Not sure I’ve got it in me to traverse the country yet again this year. But, I’m also known to change my mind quite frequently….so I have no idea where we’re going to be after April!
I don’t blame you! Going cross country has been a huge inertia point for us for the past 4-5 years. We keep talking about it and not doing it. Part of the reason is that I love slow travel just like you, and there’s some serious miles involved when you cross east-west which means you can’t go as slow as you like (if you want to hit the right weather that is). This year we’re finally, hopefully going to attack it but I can’t deny I have a wee bit of trepidation about it.
My motto is, not to make anything too concrete. No time shares, no buying holiday houses. You just never know what you might want to do a year from now, 2 years from now. My husband is talking about shipping our 4WD over to Africa in a few years, I never saw that coming…and then again it might not happen. But it’s good to dream.
Wow…Africa! Now that would be quite the 4WD trip if you decide to go. I went to Kenya once, many years ago, but Paul has never been. I’d love to go with him one day. Dreams are indeed good
hector lopez says
What a wonderful and romantic thing to write. Hugs to both of you!
Haha, this is the story of my life — craving the comforts and security of home and the adventure of travel — both equally compelling. Traveling full time and having our home on wheels has been the perfect solution, since I haven’t yet been able to figure out how to live parallel lives….
Very true! RVing is the one form of travel that kind of gives you both. The comfort of your own bed and your own stuff goes a long way towards satisfying that “homesteading” urge, at least for many. We still crave stillness (not physically moving) every now and then, but we love (love, love) having our home with us when we do move.
LOVEly! Happy Valentines Day to you two.
Comforts of home, familiar surroundings in unfamiliar surroundings….This life lets you have it both ways! And its most wonderful if you have the love of your life by your side. This you know.
Happy Valentines Day!
Did I read you’re heading to Tucson in the near future? We’ll be at Catalina SP in a few weeks, where will you be? Or….will you be in the Phoenix area?
So very true Sue! We’re actually headed down to Benson so we’ll not be too far from you. If we head up to Tuscon for a day trip I will definitely let you know. We’d love to see y’all again.
Tammy Sajak says
I am beginning the 4th week of retirement and thought I would be working like a whirlwind to get out on the road – instead I have found myself enjoying looking out the window to my backyard and listening to the birds – stuff I never took the time to do when I was working – and taking my time to sort thru a lifetime of possessions and memories – I know by next month I’ll be past this transition of letting go of the old and embracing the new – and ready to begin the journey in my motorhome – seeing your posts and the beauty of your lifestyle is very inspiring – and helps me to get sorting and packing so I can get out there!
Sounds like you are embracing your new life in a most positive and healthy way. Taking time to enjoy still moments and working through the process of sorting is actually tough for many folks (it can be hard to disconnect from an old routine, and sorting stuff can be tough/exhausting) so it’s wonderful that you’re able to do it in such a positive way. I think you’ll love your new lifestyle!
Enjoy your blog. We are still new started last August. Love it. Where do you stay in San Diego thought we may hit that next year. Thanks jim
In San Diego we either stay at either Mission Bay RV Park (if we want to be right in town), or Santee Lakes (if we want to be slightly out of town with more green). I have reviews of both parks on the blog (just search on the side-bar).
Tamara R says
Totally and absolutely get this. At times I look at people that seem content to just be, no change of scenery required, and I wonder how they do it.
Like you, I crave the stimulation being in unknown surroundings delivers. I simply love it, and it’s one of the experiences that makes me feel fully alive. Home too long, and I get really, really restless, regardless of how many daily miles I might log running, biking or hiking.
I am typing this response from our Valentines weekend location overlooking the ocean at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. Last night’s sunset was sublime, and this morning we are hoping to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. As you so beautifully expressed in this post, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Yeah, I’ve just always had that restless itch. Even when I was living/fixed in one place I would always plan weekend hikes or car adventures to go see stuff, both on my own (back when I was single) and with partners. And vacations would almost always be abroad. I just love the travel experience, especially when it involves getting into nature.
Sounds like you had a perfectly sublime sunset!
Tamara R says
Update: The grandbaby that has altered our travel plans since her birth 16 months ago is now moving to the east coast with her mama and papa (job transfer). We are now giving serious thought to spending 2017 on the road as a result. The current very loose thoughts are to work our way east via Canada, then head to their place for a spell, then out again to explore the entire east coast, stopping back in to see them every couple of months, before heading back to the west coast again via the southern route. So excited to follow behind you via your blog in 2016 as a result. 🙂
Perfectly stated as always, thanks for putting it down “on screen” for us all to enjoy and ponder. On moving days we are always happiest when we’re sad to leave, and excited to go, at the same time. Great pic of you two – looks like love to me 🙂
BlaNics Waypoints says
The Gemini in me seems to always be in this mode:
stay or go / here or there / hike a long trail or hang out and read / beer or wine or margarita or whiskey or …
I was fortunate to also marry my best friend and together we manage to navigate the between movement and inertia quite well. Thank you for putting into words so perfectly this quandary….one we are all so fortunate to be in, don’t you think? Enjoy your “project time” in Arizona. Are you still heading north along the coast?
Reminds me of the classic song “should I stay or should I go” by The Clash. I was a bit of a punk rocker in my youth 🙂
Yup, we’re still planning to go north along the coast. Taking a small 2-3 week detour to Tuscon/Benson area (for our next big super secret upgrade project), but then we’re headed back to 101 for the drive north.
Jeff T. says
This post really hit home for us. We have both the MH and a S&B place. Currently in the 3rd month of a 4 month outing. Sitting in Quartzsite now and loving the peace and tranquility. Cheryl and I discussed what you had to say about being on the move vs bring in one spot. For us getting to the S&B place provides a calmness after several months traveling, seeing what this country has to offer. After a couple of months though thoughts of being back in Gracie, seeing different sights and waking up to different views becomes enticing. Cheryl will say to me “Shouldn’t we be going someplace in Gracie?”
Regarding fear, this is a very real part of the RV-ing. Breaking down on the side of the road, water leaks, tire issues and other things will raise their ugly heads to scare and urge us to “give it up.” However, I’ve told Cheryl many times “I WILL NOT LET FEAR RULE MY LIFE!!”
The picture of Taggart and Rand is grand and the photo of you and Paul says it all, ain’t love grand?
Thank-you for all you do for us, knowingly or not.
Word! I think fear is a big barrier in life no matter who you are or what you do. There is *always* fear of the unknown out there, and for some folks it can be paralyzing. I try to live my life like yours and not let fear rule it. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
So grateful for this beautifully expressed blog-post today.
As we inch closer to our dreams of traveling, taking our home with us wherever we go, following your blog has helped us see that we have all we need within ourselves. The rest is just technical details.
Hope to meet you on the road and have a beer someday,
Very happy I could help inspire you on your journey. I love to hear that 🙂
Aurora Saldana says
I’ve been following you for about a year now, love your writings, pictures and lifestyle. I so wish we could go on the road…. gosh I so wish we had an RV!!! The reason I started following your blog is that we were going to join the lifestyle, but life happened to get in the way and we had the opportunity to be the recipients of this s&b house which we could not say no to. A gift from above. Still hope to at least part time when we can afford at least old DP, and live our dream. Enjoy your dream lifestyle and keep on writing and taking these gorgeous pictures
Sometimes life sends us on other roads, no doubt. We may not always be able to “move” even if we want to. I hope you get to live your part-time dream at some point, even if it’s a few years away.
Randy Pickelmann says
I always enjoy your blog and this one struck a chord. We have been overcoming inertia for ten years now, full-timing cruising on our boat. But inertia is inertia. We are still a couple years from trading the boat for another RV. After sitting in one place since mid November, we will again be under way n Mar 1, heading to the Keys for a few months before going back to Maine.
One of my favorite poems is “The Double Life” by Don Blanding. Google it if you aren’t familiar.
Have fun out there!
Sounds like you’ve found a perfect balance. Cheers for the tip on the poem. I will definitely look it up!
I may have been born with the inertia itch and after 20+ years of living in one RV or another wouldn’t change it for anything. Seems love has recently become part of my life. I’m working on Bill to enjoy the RVing thing. Maybe this trip to Death Valley will do it.
Oh sweet!! I’m super happy and excited for you Gaelyn. Go nomadic love!! By the way the “super bloom” that’s currently happening in Death Valley should be amazing. Can’t wait to see your pics.
Oh you are so mushy, Nina. And so elegant with you emotions, too. And thanks for sharing with such honesty.
Congratulations to you and Pual for 19 years of marital bliss, and wish you many more years than that in the future of your blissfully love.
Happy valentines Day to you both! 🙂
Pam Wright says
Wishing you and Paul many, many more happy, wonderful years together:) We are both so lucky to have found such a special person to spend our lives with as we enjoy this beautiful country.
It is tough to move on when you are settled in and enjoying the place you presently are visiting. But once those wheels start to turn, I look forward to the new adventures we’ll have. A lot of us are heading to Moab for April!! MonaLiza, Steve, Sue, Dave, John and me…Hector and Brenda are probably coming through for a few days. Try to turn your wheels that way:)
Oh gosh, Moab in spring. That does sound mighty tempting, especially with such a great convergence of RV buddies. I think we’ll stick to our coastal plans, but I’m looking forward to everyone’s blog reports from the area. Should be a blast.
When you left San Diego you went where in the boonies? The pictures look great but you don’t mention where?
We went to Yuma and hung out on BLM land just West of town. It’s an old fav spot of ours (Ogilby Road). I’ve got a review in the blog archives if you search for it 🙂
ahhhh OK I know where you were now! Thanks. We are now at the Fountain of Youth near the Salton Sea in the dry camping area getting our Hot springs and activity fix! Have you been here ?
We have not actually! I’ve driven around the Salton Sea many times, but we’ve actually not camped there in “the beast”. Sounds like you found a lovely spot!
This is our first time here but it is really well set up. You can of course opt for full hookups but in the dry camping area you have really clean showers , a place to wash your dishes, a doggie wash complete with fur dryer and a dump station with pretty good drinking water and an RV / car wash , a couple of swimming pools and hot tubs all filled with mineral water along with great facilities and entertainment. Makes for a nice change from total boondocking on BLM land etc. Check it out!!
As usual, another wonderful blog post that speaks to so many. Congratulations on 19 years with Paul! Having met you both I think you make a great combination.
Why thank you 🙂 I think I definitely found my soul-mate when I met Paul. Hoping for many, many more years together.
Karen Hazlett says
We hit the road in 2006, and know exactly what you mean. Love our winter home in the Rio Grande Valley. All of a sudden spring is in the air and we’d love to stay in South Texas, but we get they feeling love to stay but got to go. New horizons beckons Bill and I to plan another adventure. As always your blog is an inspiration. Thanks the Hazletts
Sarah @ the frugal millionaire blog says
I LOVED this post!! Thank you for writing!! I think it’s honestly very rare to be best friends with your spouse in this day and age. Congrats to you both 🙂 My husband and I are also the very best of friends and we want to RV together in the future, hopefully FT. Do you have kids? Did you ever take them RVing or know anyone who did? We have two little ones – ages 3 and 2 – and have debated getting an RV for weekend excursions right now. However, I will be the first to admit that taking the girls out of their environment could be more trouble than fun, hahaha. Just thought I’d get your input!! Thanks!!
We have no kids (unless you count the furry kind), but we know LOTS of families that travel fulltime with kids. Check out these links:
That should get you started! Also if you’re not already on Instagram you may want to check that out since there are lots of fulltime families who post on there. It’s quite the tight-knit community.
Thanks for the tips! Checking out these blogs now 🙂 And I am on Instagram! I’ll start searching for some full-time RV’ers! Thanks again!!
Kim & Don Greene - Harvest Hosts says
Caught my feelings exactly! We celebrate 25 years next month, many of them on the road. Thanks for your lovely words!
Jeff Engle says
Post and comments hit the spot. We are in Hawaii now – our last vacation before full-timing in May. With 3 big dogs this is our last chance to escape 😉 by ourselves. Found a great sign here in Maui… Falling (in love) Rocks(!). Items in parentheses added by a romantic. Love your posts and looking forward to traveling at our speed… Inertia and Movement!
Great post Nina. Here’s to many more years of love and travel for us all. 🙂
Just discovered your blog and love it. We are just getting our first RV and are very interested in boondocking. One thing I have not seen covered in most RV forums is security, probably for the obvious reasons. What do you do about it in very remote areas, especially some that seem riskier (i.E.near the Mexican border), etc.? I am sure that cell coverage is spotty. 911 responses might be non existent.
I have always lived in very safe areas, and have not used or owned firearms since I was in the military many years ago. But in the NW region of WA, it seems we are frequently reading about park and forest rangers getting killed in remote areas. Reading these stories causes some concern.
When hiking or tent camping, I carry a large can of bear spray, which is great out of doors, but would incapacitate all occupants of the RV, not just the intruder(personal experience from accidental discharge!!).
What do most people do about security? This is a practical, non political question, NOT intended to incite any flaming or 2nd Amendment debates.