Monday, December 17, 2007

One Year On the Road

On December 17, 2006 in Colorado Springs, the city was bracing for the 3rd major snowstorm of the season. We had intended to leave on the 18th for our trip to California that had been planned since summer. (That's another story for another day). At any rate, we decided to leave a day early to try and outrun the storm. We pulled out of the driveway and didn't look back. We never moved back into our house! When we returned from the California-Arizona trip in March of 2007, we parked the motor home next to the house so we could concentrate on the work that we needed to do to get the place ready to sell.

This picture was taken during one of the earlier blizzards in Colorado Springs in the fall of 06, probably in late October. You can see why we don't want to be living in cold climates in winter any more.

At the end of April, we signed the contract papers with our real estate agent and the house was listed a few days later. The listing ink hadn't dried, and we had a full price offer. We had already left town again by that time.

It hasn't been a perfect year. We've made mistakes that cost us in time and money. Jim's mother became ill and passed away. We didn't travel as much or as far as we thought we would. In other words, life has gone on just as it would have living in a house.

But, we've also seen some very beautiful places, and we've met some really great people. We never know what may happen in the next day, or even the next hour. The key, for us, is to savor each moment, staying in the present as much as we possibly can.

Everyone who makes the leap into fulltiming has their own plan and their own style. Some of us live in 5th wheels, some in pull trailers, some in motor homes. The sizes and price ranges vary immensely. Whatever the plan, whatever the means and method, we all share a love for traveling and exploring and experiencing what this nomadic life has to offer.

Speaking of what this life has to offer, we are continuing our journey to California after a great 4 day stay in Tucson, Arizona where we had the opportunity to rest, get the laundry done, stock up on some groceries, and meet some more wonderful people.

Here's a view of sagauros in the Tucson Mountain Park



We left around 10:15 for our 250 mile drive from Tucson to Brenda, Arizona where we're staying at Black Rock RV Village. Even with construction on I-10 we had a pretty easy 4 hour travel day.This is the view near the recreation hall.

You can see our rig in this picture, looks a little different than in the picture above, doesn't it?

Here's another view of the park from in front of our site.

Right now, this is a great place to stay. There are a lot of empty sites so it feels very roomy. But it's early in the season and I'm sure it will be full come January. We may be back through this way in February, which might give us a different point of view. Our one night stay cost $33.00 - the most expensive night on the road so far. We must be getting close to California!

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Happy Anniversary again, Ellie & Jim. Hope you had a good trip today.