Where are we today ?
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This map below is the general areas we have travelled in our 11 years full-time n our coach and of course many places in between.It was 11 years ago today August 18th 2006 that the sale of our house closed and we were officially living in our coach full time. A lot of people thought we were crazy, wanted to know how long for and where would we live afterwards? I had just turned 57 and Suzie 49 and more people said we are too young to retire especially with no pensions. But we had been planning this for years and had a few bucks tucked away and have lived a pretty frugal lifestyle. So on this day we were excited about to embark on our a new journey of adventure and exploring and see what we can see.
We purchased this house below in Plattsville in 1992 and renovated it over the years inside and out, until it was just the way we wanted it. But renting the house was not an option, we wanted to be free, so sold it we did, urged our possessions and not paying for storage, more capital to invest and live off the proceeds. I have had rental properties over the years and can be a headache.
|this was our house in 1992|
|this same house we sold in 2006|
our last day here
|we are ready to hit the road|
We hung around Ontario until October visiting family etc and crossed the border mid October, we are only allowed 6 months in the USA and we wanted them to be in warmer weather than here.
Sept 16th we had a retirement party for us and celebrated Suzie's 50th birthday at the same time lotsa of family and friends were there to wish us well on our adventures.
What a celebration it was and great send off for our new lifestyle.
|Our first night free camping on the beach 2006|
Mustang Island Texas
|sunset on the beach 2010|
|Sea of Cortez Mexico when we spent|
3 months in Mexico, 2009 and 10
I began blogging in 2006 just new to blogging and took me until 2010 to get to doing some regular postings that I was happy with, but at least we have a record of most places we went to and a few hundred thousand digital photos to look back on.
|where we park in Plattsville|
I have lived in this village since 1982, ran my restaurant in town for 10 years, active member in the Plattsville Bright Optimist club for 18 years so I knew and still do know a lot of people in the area. Suzie's family is close by as is daughter number 2 with 3 grands and another on the way so is a very convenient place to park for a week or 2. Another daughter 90 minutes away with 3, and son an hour away with 1.
The way we like to live is constantly change scenery every week or 2, tried staying in some places for a month or more, but not what we want to do yet. Of all the places we have been we love the south west the most. Just something about the desert that keeps calling us back.
|we love boondocking in the desert|
this is in Quartzsite Arizona
We have been wanting to travel across Canada for a long time and looked like the fall of 2015 would be the year. It did not work out, still plan to do this in the future.
So now entering into year 12 on the road, and still loving every day of this exciting life together. We have had a few issues, but nothing real major, regular maintenance and repairs on our coach (now 18 years old) and our car (15 years old). Our coach had 35k miles on it in 2006 now 135k miles (we have travelled 100 k miles in 11 years) and still runs great. The 2002 saturn had 21k miles on it now 149k miles on the odometer plus towed another 100k miles so 298 k miles on the chassis.
Now we are looking forward to many more years of this lifestyle, and for as long as we can. The only thing that will slow us down will most likely be health issues and so far we doing awesome! But being fairly active keeps us young and feeling alive.
Living in our small house 24-7 has never been a problem for us, we do our own things, I love to cook so I do the shopping (Suzie hates shopping) I take lots of walks she loves to read we both do our computer stuff, me mostly pictures and blogging. And we do things together as well sightseeing and visiting, hey works perfect for us.
Looking forward to seeing new places and new faces, as well as running into people we have met over the years in our travels. And making new friends on the road.
Today just puttering around this morning after a few walkabouts I helped Diane and Don set up their satellite dish again, a few issues were taken care of, and some help from a neighbour Greg.
Checked out Walt (our flooring guy) finishing up the assembly of a shed for a seasonal site here and even had Gerry working with him again,(that's amazing to see Gerry work , lol)
A quick trip to Forest for a few supplies and check out the farmer's market and back to Rock Glen to relax in the shade with Suzie and our e-readers. After Lunch and Suzie tried this Donut Peach and she enjoyed it. Looks like s green donut, no fuzz, firm like and pear but tastes like a peach. Supposed to to even healthier than a peach too.
|all looks good|
|still have fresh local strawberries here too|
|We being happy|
|one more treat for Tucker|
|Kim making to dough|
|Stephanie putting them together|
|this is mine, before frying|
|sealing it up like a pro|
|Mike doing the frying, 2 deep fryers|
|this mine , huge and so tasty|
|enjoying our meal|
|then desert, small cherry and raspberry ones|
Thanks to y'all for following us on our travels, (over 2,800 postings so far) some of you have followed us for the last 11 years, it has been a journey and we both hope for many more wonderful years of travel,living this lifestyle.
Where have we been this summer ?