Category Archives: Travel

This category is a record of my dreams and planned adventures as well as a record of where I’ve been. This is a place to explore our world.

New Adventures and adjusted plans

Did you ever have a plan that you thought was just perfect? Did things work out just the way you’d planned? We’ve recently been presented with an opportunity to change directions and reexamine our plans, to follow the winds of change. I haven’t yet decided if that’s a good or bad thing, we’ll see!

Tall Ship

As many of you know, I retired (and graduated) in June of this year. My husband and I have made plans to give up our apartment and travel in an RV full time for the next several years. We’ve been looking for a Class A Motorhome and had planned on towing a small vehicle (for use when we were stationary.) We really want to spend time with our children and grandchildren who live in four different states and, we have family in the Midwest and near the East Coast. We have a life-time federal parks pass and want to visit many of our nation’s most beautiful treasures as we travel.

In our search for the perfect vehicle, we decided to expanded our options to include 5th Wheel RVs. We knew purchasing a 5th Wheel, while cheaper, would require us to also purchase a pickup truck. Our research showed us that for the same cost as a new Class A, we could get a new 5th Wheel and a used truck strong enough to pull the RV. We found a combination that we really liked. I’ve posted some pictures below.

And then, while looking for a part-time job to fill the months until we leave (March 2020), I was presented with a new career opportunity. a chance to become a Registered Behavior Technician. I’ve completed my initial training and have accepted a position working with children with Autism. The job will allow me to work part-time, enhance my skills, gain new certifications and eventually, explore working outside of Oregon should we chose to settle somewhere long-term. I am thrilled to be given this chance to serve in new ways!

So, what does that mean for our travel plans and celebrating our retirement? Only time will tell. Would you start a new career at 63 years old? I would love to know your thoughts.

Transitions

As is true with all big life events, change is hard. Last month, I had a full-time job, school and a social circle. This month, I have the joy of sitting in peace with my husband, the time to sort out my belongings and to catch up on housework. Although this may seem perfect, I find that I am so used to being in a rush and under deadlines that the quiet moments are difficult to master. I feel like I’m being lazy and unproductive. So, I’ve started packing and getting rid of our junk.

In preparation for our upcoming transition to RV living, we’ve started packing those things we wish to keep in storage and sorting out those things we’re willing to donate. I’ve uncluttered my sewing table, bought used board games, picked up plastic totes and tubs. Our small apartment looks like we’re moving. Which would be alright except that our move will take place in March, eight months away!

I am that mother who saved every baby picture, every school project. I am that crafter that saved every ribbon and button. I can’t tell you how much yarn I have tucked into bags and under tables. I have books I know I’ll never read, music I’ve stopped listening to and movies I haven’t watched in years. But, as I go through these items, I am reminded of the history attached to each object. Thank God for digital cameras, I can snap a picture of each item and preserve the memory without continuing to hold on to the physical item.

As I write this, I am planning my next project, thinking about our next adventure and feeling thankful for the people and life events that brought such lasting memories to my life! Whatever the future holds for us, I know I’ll carry them all in my heart. I have been truly blessed!

Adventure Awaits

As I write this, I am sitting with a cat on my lap, drinking coffee. While that may not be unusual for a Saturday morning, I am aware that I have had eight Saturdays this past week.

On June 12th, I retired from work. On June 14th, after 45 years of challenges, I graduated college. In March (2020), my husband and I will move into an RV and hit the road full-time. We plan on traveling a circuit around the Western United States our first year out. After that, we hope to expand our adventures to as yet unknown locations.

I would love to hear from you about your favorite locations. What places do you want to visit? What sites do you want to see? Would you ever consider living on the road long-term? Do you have plans and lists in the works?

I look forward to your responses.