Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Anniversary To Us

Sunday, May 1st, was our one year anniversary of being fulltime RVers.  The first year certainly has flown by!

We had a fantastic first year.  We saw so many awesome sites, enjoyed time with family and friends, appreciated the time we had to relax, and treasured the time we were able to spend together.

Of course, we had some problems as well.  A step-stool on the interstate that put a hole in our trailer, a tire that lost it’s tread and put a dent in the trailer, and hassles with DirecTV.  However, life brings problems no matter where you are.  And, none of them were earth shattering.  Mostly, just annoying.

We learned some things about our preferences, as well.  We discovered that we prefer staying at a mix of places.  RV resorts with activities and pools are fine for a month or two.  But, then we are ready for some quiet time again.  We enjoyed seeing the sites, but we plan to slow down the pace this next year.  After all, we have lots of time to enjoy all the regions of this beautiful country.

Our second year will bring some new adventures.  Kevin has just started his part-time job as park caretaker. He’s out mowing grass at this very moment.  I think he’s happy to have something to do and earn some income.

I’ve signed up to volunteer at the Kid’s Zone through Beaver Dam Hospital.  I’ll continue to work online as a virtual assistant.  I’ve actually developed a network of jobs that will bring me as much work as I want.  I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve turned some work down.

We’ll be working at Amazon in Kansas this fall.  That will definitely be an adventure.  We’ll have to see if our bodies can take it.  The income will allow us to take the winter off and explore and enjoy. 

So, overall it’s been a fantastic first year.  We’re looking forward to many more years of this life.  Neither one of us can imagine going back to the old life!

The weather has still been cold and dreary.  The sun shines for a day or so, and then back to clouds and rain.  Oh well, it is what it is. 

Our DirecTV is finally working again.  After numerous calls and frustration, I was finally contacted by a manager. He sent out a repair guy this past Sunday morning.  The repair guy had things fixed in no time at all.  We needed a new part outside.  And, they’re covering it under our service plan.  If they would have just sent someone in the first place, we wouldn’t have been without service for eleven days. 

As the repair guy told me, the company is such a massive beast, customers are constantly falling through the cracks.  Once you get a manager, things happen.  But, getting to that point is a frustrating process.  We were given a phone number to call for the manager with a pin number.  After five days, your pin number expires and you can’t call the management center again.  What a joke!

Our Mi-Fi is still not working.  It turns out our SIM card was bad.  They’ve sent out a new one, but it hasn’t arrived yet.  Since our mailing address is Eric’s house, we have to drive over an hour to his house to pick it up.  We’re planning on driving into town on Thursday to take him out to dinner, so we’ll pick up the SIM card at that time.  Hopefully, it will solve the Mi-Fi problem.

Eric has been so wonderful taking care of our mail this winter.  We were able to take care of most of our business using the internet, but there were a few times where he needed to send us some mail.  He never complains that our mail is a pain.  What a guy!  We’re planning on helping him with some home repairs this summer.  It’s great when family members can help each other out.

No pictures today.  I didn’t think you wanted to see more gray skies :)

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!


  1. CONGRATS on your 1st year as fulltimers!

  2. We have made that one year mark too, just haven't had time to reflect on it yet. I'll be interested to hear how the Amazon thing goes, it is something we may consider n the future.

  3. Oh Congratulation! You aren't too far from me now...I'm about 150 miles nw of you near Marshfield. Sounds like you have a great plan for your 2nd year and it's so great your husband has that park job. We've been getting snow flurries on and off since last about you guys?

  4. Glad to hear that overall you are happy with your first year!

    I too, will be interested to hear what you have to do for Amazon.

  5. Congratulations on your first year. You guys both have the right slow, work when you want to..good for you!

  6. It's hard to believe it's been a whole year. Although I have gotten a lot done, I really don't feel any closer.

    I still have your post about dreams coming true up on my studio wall.

    I'm so glad to hear you are very happy with the life.

  7. A little slow here, just trying to catch up again on blogs. Congratulations on your first year! Glad you are loving it as much as we are. We think the same way, can't imagine going back to our old life.

    Glad you will be able to take the winter off again to explore. We found that we did far too much travelling our first year as well.

    Good luck with the MiFi, hope the new SIM card fixes the problem. We are still having issues with ours as to being able to change our plan online.

    Kevin and Ruth


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