Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Second Anniversary

May 1st was the second anniversary of our fulltime RVing life. With all the excitement of buying the new truck, I actually forgot about it until two days later.

Upon reflection of the last two years, I can honestly say we have zero regrets and are so glad we decided to take a risk and pursue this lifestyle. We are so happy!

When we originally told people what we planned to do, so many expressed fears. The phrase I heard over and over again was what if. What if you get sick, what if you don’t have enough money, what if you don’t like it, what if you don’t get along, etc., etc., etc.

I finally began responding with what if we have an extra ten years of retirement and enjoyment. Although we are not completely retired, we are semi-retired and free of the stress of our previous jobs.

So now we have two of those extra ten years behind us, and they have been fantastic. As in any lifestyle, we’ve had a few minor problems. But, overall, it’s been excellent. I have no reason to doubt that the future will be just as wonderful!

If only the weather would improve. We’ve had mostly cool and rainy weather since we’ve been back in Wisconsin. Every weekend has been lousy. Two days last week were finally warm, but with the 80 degree temperatures came very high dew points. Now we’re back to cool, cloudy and rainy. I miss the sun!

We’ve also had some storms. With the hot and humid weather on Thursday came some severe thunderstorms. They were predicting hail. We sure didn’t want our two day old truck to have hail damage. Luckily, we have a Quonset hut on the property so Kevin pulled the truck inside. It barely fit, but it was safe and sound.

The hail was small and didn’t cause any damage to our RV or car. But, better safe than sorry with the new truck. It was nice and cozy parked inside this building.


Today was opening day of the fishing season. The boat dock across the road from us has been pretty dead up until today. When I got up this morning, there were already lots of cars with boat trailers parked in the parking lot. These people take their fishing seriously! The parking lot was almost full and it was only 7 am.


On Thursday I went to Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam for a mini-class I had signed up for. The first weekend in May is their special sewing weekend. Nancy has a show on PBS called Sewing With Nancy. She’s been on the air for 30 years.

The class was on machine embroidery. My machine has limited embroidery capability, but I’ve never tried it. I was hoping the class would teach me how to do it. It was basically a sales pitch to buy their $1,400 machine. I didn’t learn much, and I certainly don’t plan to spend that kind of money on a sewing machine.

There were tons of women at the shop. I had to park quite a ways down the road and fight my way through to see any of the products for sale. They did have some pre-cut yards of fabric for $5 a yard. There was no way I would have stood in the line to have bolts of fabric cut. The check out lines were equally long. I did spent $15 and was able to go to the express check out line which wasn’t as bad.

I don’t like crowds or long lines. I was definitely out of my comfort zone with all of these people. I doubt I’ll ever go again. After that I went to Beaver Dam Hospital to get signed up for volunteering again this year.

Last year I volunteered at their daycare center rocking babies. I was ready to try something new. So, this year I’ll be at the reception desk on the second floor to guide people to the outpatient and imaging departments. I’ll be volunteering on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 4 pm. We’ll see how it goes.

I sure do hope these clouds clear out so we can see the super moon tonight!

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