Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day and Six Years of Full Time RVing!

First, I'd like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day. We are going to our son Eric's this afternoon for a visit, and then meeting up with my mom and my brother and his wife for dinner.

The weather this spring has been a typical roller coaster in Wisconsin. We've had some very nice warm days and just as many cold and damp days. Last week there was a stretch of about six days that had no sun and were cold and damp. I barely ventured out, but did get some sewing projects worked on.

When I finally did get out walking again, I discovered these beautiful tulips surrounding the mailbox of one of the lake houses. Spring flowers are so pretty!

We've also had some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets since we've been back. The sun rises over the lake and sets over a farm field. This sunrise was one of the first days we were back.

Yesterday's sunset was beautiful. The terrible fires in Canada have caused some haze in our skies which made the sunset very colorful. I sure hope they can get those fires under control soon. It breaks my heart to see the video on the news.

My bird friends have been visiting the feeder quite regularly. Last week I saw the first Oriole of the season. They sure do like grape jelly.

May 1st was the sixth anniversary of our full time RV life. It's hard to believe that it's been six years already. I remember very well the planning, excitement and uncertainty that was involved before we began. And, then the pure joy as everything finally fell into place and we were free. I remember how excited we were our first evening around a campfire toasting our new beginnings with champagne. 

I am happy to say we are still just as happy with our decision as we were that first day. I'm so glad we haven't spent the last six years in jobs we didn't enjoy and paying for a house and yard that had become much too big for us. Instead, we have been very comfortable in our "tiny house" exploring and escaping from the cold Wisconsin winters.

Fate was kind to us as we found a summer gig that has been wonderful for us. We have spent each summer working for Dodge County Parks at the campground in Derge Park in Beaver Dam. Our site and electricity are free, plus each of us works 24 hours a week for pay. In addition to these part-time jobs, I have a pension from my years as a school secretary. So, we have enough income to cover our annual expenses and can take the winter off to enjoy ourselves.

Our plan is to continue working in Wisconsin in the summer for a few more years. Eventually, we do want to do some summer exploring while we are still young enough to take full advantage of the adventures we've been dreaming of. We hope to continue our full time RV adventure for many more years.

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