Eight years and counting till the old man and I hit the open road. We want to do it Blue Highways style, really taking our time and exploring America close up, having little adventures along the way. No interstates and no chain restaurants.
We made the decision to start fulltiming as it slowly dawned on us that we were chained to soul-depleting office jobs that we had to do to pay for a house, car, and a pile of material possessions that we didn't really want or need. In the spirit of Helen and Scott Nearing's "The Good Life," we wanted to reduce our cost of living, work less, and have more freedom.
I hope we'll be able to strike a good balance between living simply and still having some security, being smart about the future and living for today. Who knows how long any of us has left on this earth? I have some fears about finances, but frankly the future is uncertain whether we're living in an rv or a stick-and-brick house. And I'm confident in my honey's ability to make a living wherever we are, whatever we're doing.
I think Honey and I are ideally suited to life on the road together. We started our relationship in a studio apartment so small you could almost touch opposite walls at the same time. And we love nothing better than a road trip. We have camped in a teardrop trailer in rain, snow and glitzing heat. I have bathed outdoors in a swimsuit, while Honey poured water on me. When we have differences, we work them out pretty quickly. We are perfectly matched travel and life partners.
I'm really excited about doing lots of different kinds of workcamping. I can totally see us traveling around, doing all kinds of weird stuff. Babysitting a salmon hatchery, hosting a campground in the middle of nowhere, giving tours of a lighthouse, scooping ice cream in Yellowstone. Working crazy hard for three months, then sitting silently in a forest for three months, then moving on again. Eventually I would love to have set foot in 49 of the 50 states (sorry, Hawaii). And I want to see every giant ball of twine, miniature horse, strange tourist attraction, local festival and fruit stand along the way.