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At age 47, I left my “normal” life behind and adopted the nomadic lifestyle of a fulltime RVer.

This is actually Adventure # 2.

Adventure # 1 began on my 40th birthday, exactly 7 years ago today.   I quit my most excellent job to the dismay of many, rented my excellent house, which I sold a year later, and left my somewhat excellent (certainly contented) life in Raleigh, NC, got in a car with a friend, his 2 year old son (who was in the middle of potty training), and my two dogs (who were already potty trained), and headed north to Alaska.  16 days and over 6,000 miles later, we arrived and began looking for work and a place to live.  I have never looked back.  That was the best move I had made in life to date.  These past 7 years, through ups and downs, have been indescribably wonderful.  I am indeed most fortunate.  If it weren’t for  a perfect storm of circumstances, I would not now be leaving Alaska on Adventure # 2, but am most excited about the prospect.

As mentioned earlier, I am a single, 47 year old, who will be traveling around North America and possibly Mexico and Central America with my two dogs, Misty and Mosely.  I am not retired and have no pension or other income to rely on, so I will be working as I go.  I have been a professional, business to business salesperson since graduating from college and plan to employ these skills as I travel.  (more on this plan another time)  Additionally,  I have never been RVing and have never even spent the night in an RV.  Crazy, huh?

Many months ago when I first began to research this idea, my first post on one of the RV forums asked for help regarding Income vs Expenses for fulltime rvers.  Fulltimers are described as people who live in an RV all year long and have no other residence.  While looking back I do see my initial questions were naive for sure, it is interesting however to see the responses I received.  One person wrote, “…but you sound like a very naive young lady headed for potential financial disaster”  while someone else wrote, “If I was 40  and single with no obligations, I’d jump on your idea like a frog on a junebug….I admire your guts!”  Jumping in headfirst with absolutely no experience is certainly not recommended by those in the know, it is just working out that way for me and I am positive Adventure #2 will be as fulfilling as Adventure #1 has proven to be.

 

Jumping ahead to 2015, I am now living and working in Asheville, North Carolina having moved here in the summer of 2014 to be near and of service to my aging parents.  After a long respite, I have restarted my blog and it is now all about Backyard Chickens!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    May 1, 2010 8:11 pm

    Again. . . I’ll look forward to following your “fulltimer” journey. Perhaps our roads will cross some day. Meantime, here’s wishing you safe and happy travel.

    Sam

    “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us!”
    — Joseph Campbell

  2. Dalene permalink
    May 2, 2010 6:30 pm

    Hey Marge…sooner than I expected, so this was a surprise. We are in Asheville in the process of selling our RV and moving to Boone for the summer, then who knows. We served at the Vipassana Ctr. for 8 days in Jessup and it was a great experience…going to another soon. Looking forward to following your adventures. Enjoy! Dalene

  3. January 31, 2011 2:04 pm

    Muuuahhh! I found YOU!! I knew i loved you instantly for some reason….you are a traveller amongst other most wonderful things! Im so glad our paths crossed! I will be excited to see what your life brings. I love your wildlife pictures, in the words of S.N. Goenka “sooo wonderful!”

    lots of love!
    Lindsey

  4. Jack & Carolyn Harrell permalink
    February 22, 2011 10:22 pm

    We met you at Lake Jordan State Park just West of Raleigh, NC. It was in October 2010 I think and you and your canine friends were our neighbors in the adjoining campsite.

    We are enjoying following your travels on this website. I had lost the link and just found it on my laptop.

    We will keep following your “dream life” as you travel around this great country. Perhaps we will cross pathes with you again sometime as we also continue to travel.

    We are still planning to go West in late summer perhaps as far as Nevada and then North to Utah and hopefully several states that we have never seen.

    Jack & Carolyn Harrell

  5. Mark permalink
    January 25, 2012 5:52 pm

    Hey! If you are still out there RVing around and you come through Louisville KY stop by for a visit.

    Mark from the OB Alaska Trip

  6. July 20, 2013 6:57 am

    Hi there. I came across your blog researching Skyland Camp for my daughter who is there now. Looks like Skyland helped mold you into the person you are now. Enjoyed reading your story. Hits close to home for me.

    Jim Dunton

    • July 20, 2013 12:06 pm

      Hi Jim,
      I sure hope you sent your daughter to Skyland! A few summers at Skyland is some the best stuff money can buy for a young girl. Thank you for your comment.

  7. Dene permalink
    October 13, 2015 3:17 am

    I have no cluue how I came across this blog, but it looked interesting. Must have been a RV search and Alaska travel. Anyway, I started reading and looking at the great photos. I just thought, way cool! Just a question, What happened to Misty and Mosely? Seems you never mentioned them again after Nov 2 2012 in a response to a comment?? I see you have another dog Bodhi and a cat Stella? Hopefully they are still your travel companions? There were some cute photos of them and fans in the RV. Just wondering? No matter what, keep enjoying and having fun. You seem to have the soul of a true traveler. Enjoy life!.

    • October 14, 2015 2:50 pm

      Hi there. Happy you stumbled upon my blog and have been enjoying it. I’ve just today gotten back from South America, so I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences soon. My Misty and Mosely left me almost together when they were in their 14th year. It was a very sad time, but they added so much fullness to my travels and to my life and for that, I will forever be grateful. Thanks for checking in.

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