Berlin, OH - July 10, 2013
As has been our custom, we would like to pause on the anniversary of the start of our full-timing adventure to reflect on the past year to remember where we have been and think about where we are headed.
It's hard to believe we have been homeless for 7 years. Well, we're not exactly homeless. We do have our 37' Tiffin Allegro Bay motor home to live in. Our motor home has served us well taking us a total of over 61,500 miles in those 7 years.
This past year, we took it easy in our travels, and we covered a distance of only about 2,600 miles in the motor home. We made only 25 stops in year 7 for an average stay of about two weeks per stop. That compares to about 6,600 miles in year 6 with 34 stops and a whopping 15,200 miles with 79 stops our first year! The average stay our first year was only 4.6 nights per stop. As you can see, we are slowing down and staying three times longer at each stop on average. However, we do have a little more ambitious travel plan going to New England in the upcoming months, but we'll be nowhere near the 15,200 miles we went in year one.
In year 7, we concluded our tour of several southern states with stops in Tennessee and Kentucky before drifting north into Ohio where we spent a month in Amish Country before heading to Pittsburgh in late September for visits with family and friends and for our annual doctor and dentist appointments. After that, we spent another 10 days in Amish Country then meandered back south to stay about a month in Summerdale, AL. From Summerdale, it was on to our snowbird roost at Blueberry Hill RV Park in Bushnell, FL for 4 months. When we left Florida this past spring, we spent another month in Summerdale on our way to New Orleans. We then headed north with stops in Little Rock and Nashville before returning to Amish Country in Berlin, OH several weeks ago. We are really enjoying the slower pace compared to the frantic one we set our first year.
Changes in year 7 include a new car and a new smartphone. We love our new Equinox. It is a lot more comfortable than our old Saturn Vue, and it has a lot of improved features. Our favorite is the power liftgate. We are slowly getting up to speed with the smartphone and are learning to use its many features. One of our favorites is being able to use voice to dictate text messages and also to dictate search terms for internet browsing. The phone doesn't always get every word right; but even with having to make corrections, it is a whole lot easier and faster than typing. We also like being able to use Bluetooth to send photos to our computer (and vice versa).
Although we occasionally think about settling down, we have no plans to do so in the near future. Even though Margery would like to be able to quilt (some do it in an RV, but it takes a lot of space so everything usually has to be put away at the end of the day), and Paul would love to have a small garden and a workshop, we still enjoy seeing and learning about new things. Not only that, but we don't know where we would settle if we did if we did decide to buy a house, so we'll just keep rolling on for now.