As some of our family, friends, acquaintances, and even some random strangers know, we are entering a new stage in our life. Embarking on a new journey. Literally. More on that in a bit.
We are starting this blog for a couple of reasons. One is to track and memorialize our travels for ourselves. Bobby has an excellent memory, but I can’t say the same thing about myself, and I want a record of this exciting adventure. Another is to keep our family and friends up to date on what and how we’re doing, where we are, etc. Finally, we’ve taken advantage of the extremely helpful insights and information that many other travel and RV bloggers have put out into the crazy world of the internet. In case we learn something that others might find helpful, we’d like to share it. Good karma and all that.
So, some background on who “we” are and how we find ourselves “here”. We are Cynthia and Bobby, and we are both young retirees. Bobby retired from the military, while I was a working attorney until recently. For several years, we brainstormed ways to accomplish our shared goal of being free to travel without the commitment of my full-time job. We figured that getting into some abode that also was a vehicle for transporting us to different places was a way that we could achieve our goals of travel without me working. We had a goal — but getting to “here” involved a lot of research and decisions.
At first, we considered a sailboat. Bobby LOVES sailing. I wasn’t as enthusiastic, but I did start to see the appeal as we researched cruising lifestyles. We ultimately decided that sticking to land might be a better way to start. So, we started looking at RV lifestyles. Because I am the primary driver, and I have no desire to drive a Class A Motorhome (although if I’m going to have a nomadic lifestyle I certainly like the thought of living in one), we started looking at small pull-behind camper trailers. My criteria were that whatever we chose had to have hard sides (I am not living permanently in a pop-up tent) and a bathroom. Bobby’s criteria was that it was capable of going off-road.
We ultimately settled on a Kimberley Kamper Caravan (more on our road to finding the right camper in another post), from AUSTRALIA. Yes, we had to purchase this camper – sight unseen – and have it imported to the US. No one ever said we take the easy road.
Our work is cut out for us – we still need to dispose of our myriad of stuff (downsizing from a 3,200 sq ft house to 17 FEET leaves no room for sentimentality), drive from our current home in Nashville to LA to pick up our camper, sell our house and begin our wanderings. Along the way we look forward to visiting with folks we know and will come to know. And while we are generally private people, we’re going to strive to share our experiences and adventures here. We invite you to wander with us, virtually, as we embark on this exciting new stage in our life.