Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Four Fabulous Years

It’s so hard to believe, but yesterday was the four year anniversary of our fulltime RV life. And, what a wonderful four years it has been!

When we began our journey, we were about ten years younger than the conventional retirement age. Most people were very excited for us, but there were those who expressed the what ifs. What if we got sick, ran out of money, didn’t like it, etc. etc. Our answer was what if we have an extra ten years to enjoy life the way we wanted to.

I’m happy to say we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first four years of our new and unconventional lifestyle. If something bad would happen, we will deal with it. However, we’re looking forward to many more enjoyable years.

I’ve been reflecting on what my favorite memories are of the past four years, and I can’t narrow it down. We’ve very much enjoyed the time we’ve spent with our family, the additional time we have to spend with each other, and the many new sites we’ve seen. We’ve balanced working to earn enough money for our living expenses with a relaxed pace of seeing more of the beauty this country has to offer. What more could we ask for?!

The last six days have been rainy and below average temperatures. We’ve been getting lots of use of the fireplace and heat pump in our new home. The only good thing about this weather is that its too cold to have any severe storms. My heart certainly goes out to those people affected by the tornadoes this past week.

Yesterday we helped my mom move the rest of her things to her new home. She had movers do the majority of it, but needed some help finishing up. She is moving from an 80 acre farm to a condo. You can imagine how much stuff she had. She did a good job getting rid of much of it, but has realized she still has too much. So, she will continue to downsize some of the stuff out of her new home. She has realized that too much stuff is not a blessing and vows to live a simpler life. It’s worked for us; I hope she can follow our lead!

We have a camping club staying in the park this weekend, so are almost completely full. I’m happy to say, the weather is supposed to be a bit better, but still cool. I’m thinking we’ll be selling quite a bit of firewood.

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


  1. Nice, good for you guys. We're into year seven of an unconventional lifestyle, and loving it!!

  2. Yes, it is hard to believe that it has been four years since you wrote the post "Dreams do come true." I printed it and had it on my wall for most of that time.

    We have been free for a whole MONTH now. I still feel like I'm waiting because we are still in California, but it is a good kind of wait.

    I am going to a water aerobics class this morning and we are going for a short hike this afternoon. Short because it might be hot.

    Hope you enjoy the next four and that we will cross paths again sometime.

  3. Haven't heard much from fellow bloggers in the Florida Panhandle. Glad to hear all is well. Curious, how old is your mom? Just thinking about when people make that downsizing decision.

  4. Happy Anniversary, yesterday was our 1st, couldn't imagine a better way to live our lives.

  5. Happy Anniversary! Starting our third year. Time does fly when you're having fun. Look forward to meeting you on the road.

  6. Yeah, congrats! We pick up our truck and trailer this week and hope to head out FT this summer! I hope we enjoy it as much as you have!


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