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Old 05-14-2015, 08:13 AM   #43
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We are not full timers, averaging 7.5 months a year on the road but definitely I have a full timerís mentality. I wrote that Buckminster Fuller, one of my involuntary mentors, had a lot of free time, thinking time, learning time, exploring time. Free time is the most valuable part of retirement. It is time where you can extend yourself, most important extend yourself in new ways, in new areas.

Ginny always says full timing is not for everyone. I intuitively agree with her. Many canít or wonít give up what they are, they are not interested in extending themselves in new ways. Instead they may seek to make the perfect quilt, plant the best garden,... or simply continue who they are.

The excitement in life for me is in learning. There is so much to know and to see, so much unknown to me and much unknown to any one.

Our family, I love them all, can not always understand our road joy. This week one of Ginnyís sisters went to the Grand Canyon. She was overwhelmed, ďno picture does it justiceĒ. She spent two days and is on her way to visit her grand kids. Now she knows why we travel, we are seeing ĎGrand Canyonsí every day.

Of course our everydays are not all as visually spectacular as the Grand Canyon but they may be just as mentally spectacular like a field of 500,000,000 year old fossils or a 65,000,000 year old crater. All sparking mental wonderings.

Not critical of those who chose restricted travel, just thinking about why I like our extended travels. Itís also why when Iím home I ache to hit the road again.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:33 AM   #44
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Selling time

I wish we had sold our NH house on day one. I would have been a lot younger and more able to cope with the effort.

Today was picture day, looking through old albums and scrap books. I used to be overweight. One of the things I've learned about living is that it would be wonderful if you could see yourself and hear your self. It's all too easy to be responsive with out being conscious.

Our time on the road has improved my hearing and sight, though I now wear bifocal glasses and occasionally a hearing aids. Even when writing on this site I am sometimes saddened by my written tone.

I've often said that I wished someone had followed me around through my life recording why I am who I am. I am becoming that person.

Reviewing old pictures is educational beyond awakening memories. It also makes you consider past actions. It's a little form of education.

One aspect of full timing I love is time to think.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:51 AM   #45
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I wish we had sold our NH house on day one. I would have been a lot younger and more able to cope with the effort.
I have been thinking a lot about this topic over the last couple of years since Mom down-sized from a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage house to a 2 bedroom apartment. She spent 5 months working 7 days a week disposing of a lifetime's worth of accumulation. And some of it came to my house! I was telling a bud the other day I see a nice largish metal building with smallish apartment in one end. Just enough to be comfortable when (rarely) home and off the road.
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Tim, We've been at it for about two weeks and 50 years of stuff is a lot. Much should have disappeared years ago. We have managed to give away most of what we own in terms of furniture. It's truly amazing what people want, what their memory of us is, what's important to them. I love the children's wants the best, memories not practical stuff.

We've had similar thoughts about downsizing every year and often wished that Escapees had built a Co-op park in the Northeast that would give us a place to stay for a few months to visit family and friends. We've considered a little lot some where for our rig that would be a little more personal than a campground but never taking the leap.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:28 AM   #47
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I've enjoyed reading through this thread. We're about to embark full time, and though I know you are only out 7.5 months as you said...I did want to ask: What are some of the most important items you've taken that have proved indispensable? And what is the park in Oregon attached to the drive in?!?! We will have to go there for sure! I can't remember the last time we had spare time to see a movie. We did what you guys started to do once when you bought a trailer before you ended up going to Nice, France. Although, I have to say if someone offered to send us to France for work I'm sure we might switch directions too Like you guys we are busy downsizing...and it's amazing how much stuff we have! But we won't have a home base, so it's just us and our little trailer. We are so excited to go tiny though, and the more stuff we let go of the better, lighter, and more free we feel. I loved your comment about having less choices. Sometimes I'm in a big store, and it's difficult because there are 100 different detergents or peanut butters. Too many choices can be overwhelming. I lived in Italy for a while and I enjoyed how much more simple it was. Thank you for all your writings. It's made me feel a little less nervous about our big adventure.
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I've enjoyed reading through this thread. We're about to embark full time, and though I know you are only out 7.5 months as you said...I did want to ask: What are some of the most important items you've taken that have proved indispensable? And what is the park in Oregon attached to the drive in?!?! We will have to go there for sure! I can't remember the last time we had spare time to see a movie. We did what you guys started to do once when you bought a trailer before you ended up going to Nice, France. Although, I have to say if someone offered to send us to France for work I'm sure we might switch directions too Like you guys we are busy downsizing...and it's amazing how much stuff we have! But we won't have a home base, so it's just us and our little trailer. We are so excited to go tiny though, and the more stuff we let go of the better, lighter, and more free we feel. I loved your comment about having less choices. Sometimes I'm in a big store, and it's difficult because there are 100 different detergents or peanut butters. Too many choices can be overwhelming. I lived in Italy for a while and I enjoyed how much more simple it was. Thank you for all your writings. It's made me feel a little less nervous about our big adventure.
Aimee.

The drive in park is just off I-5 at the Sutherlin exit, on the west side of I-5.

You certainly know what's indispensable, I would say Ginny and she just responded her driver, but followed it up with my wi-fi.

It's funny since we began RVing I doubt we've seen more than 2 dozen movies in 15 years and most of them at our Escapee park, $0.50 with popcorn. Now that we have Netflix that is changing. WE tend to go to sleep with the TV on. When Ginny snoozes off I pause the TV and take off her glasses. I could watch until the end without disturbing Ginny but I rather keep us in sync. If I'm not sleepy I read in bed or go on the net with my Chromebook.

We've had a number of computers over the year and the Samsung Chromebook has been the best. It cost the least ($199), has the longest life battery, has no failure prone hard drive and is really light.

We're cleaning up our cellar and the amount of stuff is enormous. I think we have enough towels for a small motel. On the road we only have four and two are beach towels.

I'm certain you're nervous by jumping off, for us we would do it again without hesitancy.

Back to the most items, smartphones, camera, phone, alarm clock, night clock, night light, ebook, gps, email, netflix, .... small Compressor, tire plug kit,

The reality is attitude, recognizing that there's adjustment involved, that change doesn't happen in a minute, allow it all to be fun. Sharing is key, looking for ways to be one.. right now I'm reading a book on the source of the earth's magnetic field.. what I can, I explain to Ginny. The world is full of so much, you'll never see it all and will want to see it all.

We have become minimalists in many ways but particularly clothing and food.

Our trailer is not very dissimilar from yours, our's has been more than adequate.

We will be in FL in Nov and December at the Escapee Park in Wauchula. I will send you a PM with our information. You would be welcome to stop by. Friends are allowed to stay in the park on a space available basis and there's usually always space for a small trailer.

If I missed something contact me. ALways glad to help.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:57 AM   #49
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Aimee

Ginny suggested two more items.

The first is he travel log, really a bound booklet where she records every place we have stayed for 15 years. She puts comments in about them. This is handy because we often return to an area, 5 or 6 loops of the USA. She's religious about keeping it up.

Another handy item is a book, the Western Mountain DIrectory. It lists all severe grades and roads in the west by state. It allows Ginny to know before we get there what to expect. It means I don;'t charge down severe slopes but down shift early. There's also an eastern mountain book we own but really don't need.

If there's a question of needing it either ask or don't bring it. Our rule is if we haven't used it we get rid of it for the next rip except for potentially necessary tools.

We used to use campground directories but now use our cell phones.

Ginny loves maps and we have a map of every state. We get new ones at welcome stations as we travel. We also have a large print map book.

When going to Canada we always email the tourist bureau for a map and booklet, thought hey are always available at the border.
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Changing yourself

I've written about this a little bit in this thread and other threads. Becoming full timers is an opportunity to separate yourself from your past in the most positive of senses.

It's like moving to another country, it can be a starting over on many levels.

Most people you meet will be new to you, most places you go will be new. The old limitations 'can be' left at home.

Most people, sometime wish for the opportunity to change something, it might be to lose weight, to read more, to walk more,...

As we clean out our house to sell and look through old pictures it's very obvious we're healthier (and older). I've wondered how I got so out of shape (and round). Was I invisible to myself? We didn't sit down and say we're doing this to lose weight, we actually did nothing except live better. No crash effort juet a continuous change.

When I started my last company I had to hire about 150 people. Now new companies are risky. I sold the opportunity to people. Few real opportunities come along in life. Worse than their small number, is the fact they often go unrecognized. Full timing is an opportunity.
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Contentment

Cleaning the house of 50 years of our lives together on covers a lot of memories hidden among the stuff. I just came across one of Ginny's favorite sayings. When younger I should have said it every day.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want,
but the realization of how much you already have.

Bless the woman I married.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:10 PM   #52
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Love to read your stories. have you wrote a book ?
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Rich and Linda,

We have not written a book though over the years I've considered it, particularly before I stopped working. I like to write and over the years have written 100's of pages on this or that but never really had the time to do a book before retiring.

One of our best friends was a rather famous book editor but she's died. I worked with her a little on a couple of her books and could see it's really work. A couple of years ago my daughter in law challenged me, and other family members, to write a book in 30 days. No one took up the challenge except her. She wrote a 200 page book in 30 days.

Basically I decided to retire however in fewer years than I can contemplate we'll be slowing down, not traveling as much. Maybe something would be possible.

Ginny has encouraged me as well. You know it's Ginny that should write. She really is a one of a kind.

Thank you for the question.

By the way whether you get a Casita or a Scamp or ..., the brand does not diminish the joy of the road. It's in the getting out there...

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Norm and Ginny

Thanks so much for writing this post. I just logged in today after not following any RV forums for a while. I've been on the fence for a while now about traveling with a bloodhound and two basset hounds. I still feel it's possible, even in a small fiberglass trailer. I retired April 2014 and certainly agree with your statement about there is nothing better than freedom of time.

After 4 pages of great information, your last statement says it the best ... "It's just getting out there ..."

You have inspired me today to rethink my decisions about my paid off house, and traveling with the hounds and I want to thank you for that.
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Getting to Know and Appreciate.

Being together 24/7 is a marvelous opportunity to get an know your travel companion better. Itís not a time to think about negatives, at least not often. I relate it to being alone on a deserted island and working together to make life as good as it can be.

I fear for some that life on a road becomes a continuation of whatís not right in the relationship even though much of the negatives of life like stress and schedule have been left behind

Itís also a chance to consider yourself. A smart person continually evaluates their behavior, looking to find easier happier ways. The environment of the road is empty of life stress, a good time to consider oneself.

For me extended RVing was like being dropped onto Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) with all kind of possibilities before us, away from the world and itís troubles (in the book the American Civil War). A huge opportunity to seek good in each other, to foster its growth to disown the negative.

Obviously Iím a fan of being alone on an island, mostly because of the possibilities for creating something better, not that yesterday was not good. Feeling that if Iím living I should seek the best.
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I enjoy reading your posts and am looking forward to the time when we can full time it also. Only 7 more months!! Sure hope our paths will cross. Would love to share stories with you. Best wishes, safe travels
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