Jun 172013

Yesterday Terry and I began our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing. That’s a lot of years and a lot of miles. In those years we’ve been from coast to coast and border to border, and just about everywhere in between. Yet, we feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in this wonderful land of ours. And we would not trade one second of those years for anything.

When we made the decision to walk away from our careers at age 46 to follow this crazy dream of ours, a lot of our friends thought we were insane. How could we give up our home, our business, our things and take up the gypsy lifestyle, with no idea of how we were going to support ourselves, or even where we would park the next night? We just spent a couple of weeks in our old hometown, and those same friends who questioned mental stability back then now say, “Man, I wish I was you!”

To celebrate this milestone, we made the shortest move of our career, about 1,500 feet! A full hookup site opened up just a few sites down from us, and when the campground host asked if we wanted it, we said sure. It only took a few minutes to lay down our computers and secure things inside the Winnebago while we moved.

We plan to be here at least another week so it was worth the hassle of moving and the extra $2 a day because Terry will be able to do laundry here at home instead of making a trip to a laundromat. She hates doing that.

Once we were moved, except for a quick run to Safeway for some groceries, I spent the rest of the day and evening working on a new book project that I hope to wrap up today or tomorrow.

I also submitted the files for the audiobook version of Big Lake to ACX, and it should be available on Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes in two to three weeks. Here is the new cover for the audiobook, courtesy of my friend and fellow author, Dale Roberts. I think he did a heck of a job with it!

Big Lake audio book cover

Today we have some errands to run, and I’m going to follow up with some places I contacted previously about coming by in the next few days to get stories for the Gypsy Journal. We’ve also got some friends in the area who want to get together with us while we’re here. So I don’t think we’re going to have much time to get bored!

Thought For The Day – Sometimes when I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, I think “That can’t be right.”

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  7 Responses to “15 Years And A Very Short Move”

  1. Have you considered a CD version of the audio book to sell at shows or from your website? Another possibility is a flash-drive. Lots lighter to carry around than books.

  2. Congratulations on 15 years of fulltiming. We hope to be able to say the same in 14 1/2 years!

  3. Congratulations on a very impressive milestone.

  4. congratulation on fifteen years of full full timing may you have many more

  5. Nick; Your kinda following us. We left C.S. Elks about a week ago sure like that white pipe for our macerator although the spaces are a little tight. We went to a lot of places while there. If you get a chance go out to Glen Eyrie and just before you get up to the Castle turn left up a drive that says maintainence or something like that and you will see a circle of RV’s parked behind the maintainence shed. Those are S.O.W.E.R.’s parked there doing volunteer work at Christian Camps and Churches which is what we do but with MMAP (mmap.org).

    We are now outside of Denver in Casey’s RV park Elizabeth Colorado. If you ever come here they do not have sewer hook ups BUT if you have 100 ft of macerator hose you can dump without moving from 2 spaces.

    Hope to meet you somewhere “down the road”.


  6. Nick said: “And we would not trade one second of those years for anything.”

    George responded: Nick, are you forgetting that little burglary incident in Indiana a couple years back?

    Putting that aside. Fifteen years is a real accomplishment and just think how many people you have helped with their decision to take up the full-time RV lifestyle during those 4475 days.

  7. Congrats on your fifteen year anniversary! We have 7 years in and no plans to settle down. We still have to work (in one spot) 5 to 6 months of the year so it will take us MANY years to see what we want to see! That’s ok, we have seen so much already and I’m grateful we are able to live this life.

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