Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Word from the Wife... by Cait!

     I've been thinking about what we do and don't want from fulltiming.  We're still figuring things out, and I'm sure much more will be revealed once we're actually out there, living it.

     Being around people is important to my husband.  He needs the juice of human interaction, the hum and the buzz of other people to talk to (in addition to me).  Some time out in the woods alone is fine, but then he wants to go into town.  He loves to shoot the shit, press the flesh, rub elbows, trade stories, hear opinions, ask questions, break bread, maybe get in a game of pickle ball.  He's a people person.  So I think we will want to stay in campgrounds and RV parks at least half the time, and boondock alone in the middle of nowhere once in a while.


     My family is what's really important to me.  I want to be able to spend a good amount of time with them several times a year, at least.  So even though I want to see the far reaches of the country, I don't want to be too far away for too long at a stretch.  Or maybe traveling half to two-thirds of the year and wintering near family would work. 

     This will all require some balancing and some compromise on both our parts. One thing I know I need to do is re-calibrate my idea of where "home" will be.  Home won't be back in So Cal.  It will be on the road with my honey.  We will get used to it, and if parts of it aren't working for us we can make adjustments.

     There's a lot to do to get ready, but I wish we could leave right now!

5 comments:

  1. It's great to hear from you too, Cait!

    Hans is the social butterfly in our home on wheels and I need more alone time. I do fine until we spend a long stretch in our former home town (2.5 months this year). By the time we leave the continuous whirl wind of social events has me craving peace and quiet and wide open natural spaces. This is something we work on equalizing every year!

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    1. Thanks for your reply. I hope we'll be able to get the balance right too.

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  2. It may be hard to believe when you read my blog, but Jim really is the more social one in our house. But it's really easy for guys to be social in an RV park. They seem to spend a lot of time outside doing "stuff" and all the guys seem to stop by to check on what he's doing. I like to read without too much interruption. And believe it or not, you can get a lot of solitude in an RV park if that is what you want. When we are boondocking in January we are surrounded by people and I can hardly wait to get back to the park and hibernate. I have also found that when visiting family, they have such busy lives that they don't have a lot of time to spend with us. So it's good to see them but after a couple of weeks I'm tired of the scenery and ready to move on.

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  3. One thing we plan to do related to family is to find an RV spot nearby where we can spend an extended stay. Knowing family will be busy we expect not to visit them everyday. We are visiting RV spots in the area as part of our planning process.

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    1. Yes, that's an excellent idea. We have a couple of places near family we plan to stay most winters. Thanks!

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