As full-time RVrs, living and traveling in a motorhome without a “sticks and bricks” home base, we used to say that we are houseless, not homeless. After nine years on the road, it’s time to have a home again, one that’s made from sticks and bricks. Our news: we’ve moved out of The Dip into a single story villa/apartment in a 55+ complex in Olympia, Washington.
A combination of things led us to this change. We’re in good health, but not getting any younger and just couldn’t see ourselves aging to the point of needing assistance in the motorhome. A broken leg or stroke or even Covid would create an incredible hardship while living in The Dip.
RV travel has changed in a number of ways since we started in 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession. RV parks averaged $35 a night back then. Today, they range from $45-60 per night. When we started, reservations could be made a few days (or even a few hours) in advance. Today, reservations need to be made months in advance. It’s gotten crowded and crazy out there now. (Covid has changed this, but once people can get out again, RV parks will be very busy.)
This isn’t the end of our travels. Instead, it’s the beginning of a new way of traveling, one that will take us to the far ends of our earth after Covid-19 calms down. We have a trip to Antarctica scheduled for next January. If not 2021, then 2022. We also want to spend extended periods in one place. Riley has a cousin that owns property in Malta that we would like to visit. We also want to return to Africa, Japan, Europe, and many other places.
It’s the beginning of a new chapter for us….
More later about the challenges of moving during the Covid-19 crisis with minimal furniture.
Happy for you two! I love your front door, looks very welcoming. Very wise decision to come off the road.
Thank you so much Vicki. Safe travels north….
Congratulations on your new place and the changes you’re making in your means of travel. I sure we will still enjoy your pictures from your new adventures.
Thanks Greg. Hope all is well on Vancouver Is.
Wow! A bit of a surprise, but to us older folks who dropped out half a decade ago, good idea. Living the cloistered life in Ohio, Desert Abba.
We’re trying the cloistered life here in Washington but it is tough when you don’t own much furniture ;>)… Our best to you and Jane and please stay well.
I think you have made a wise decision considering the changing times and restrictions on travel now. I imagine the only way to obtain furniture at present is to rent it until the stay-at-home orders are lifted and you are able to go to stores and buy things again.
Stay safe and well my friends.
Thanks Barbara! We have a few pieces and have been able to order some pieces online. We even ordered a TV through Best Buy then drove over to the store and they put it in the back of the car for us. So, no contact with another person. We’re comfortable and making it work.
So excited for the next phase of adventures for you two and the best thing – we get to enjoy your pictures. Can I hide in the luggage the next time you go to Africa???
Thanks Cindy! Yes, you can hide in the luggage… 😉
That’s exciting news! So glad you guys are healthy and happy and doing what feels right to you at this time. We look forward to seeing you in your new home when we finally make it back to the west coast. Have fun settling in and planning your future adventures! Love and hugs from north Florida…Laurel & Eric
Thanks for the love and hugs, same back to you guys! We’re looking forward to the day that we can share stories over happy hour and dinner.
All our best,
I think it is wonderful you are traveling to Antarctica in January. If all goes well, we are doing it over Christmas and New Years. This is what retirement is all about. Great post.