We have completed our first year as adventuresome nomads!! It’s been an amazing year with many, many ups and a couple of downs. Within a month of hitting the road Bob was hit with a kidney stone resulting in our first experience with the healthcare system. We learned a lot and Bob got over it quickly.
We started to visit the national parks on the second day of our journey and have continued to visit throughout the year. We have been to 40 national parks, monuments, and historic sites. We have loved every minute and are as excited as children every time we approach a new park. We’ve hiked canyons and glaciers, forests and deserts, and beaches galore from Florida to California. It’s been a dream come true and we’ve only just begun.
Living in our tiny space has been interesting and we love it. We ask ourselves why we ever needed a big house. We have become minimalist and don’t buy much in the way of home decorating and yard art because we have no place to put it. The most difficult part of that is not being able to purchase some of the art we find in our travels.
On the other hand, we invest routinely in our hobbies. We started gold mining in the desert last winter and found that we enjoyed it so we invested in the equipment and plan to return this winter to find the mother lode…ha Another hobby is fishing. We decided to learn fly fishing and sought advice from Bob’s brother Randy. He met us in Montana and we learned enough to have a great time! We loved Montana and the RV resort is a favorite. Stop and see Chan and Pam at Yellowstone’s Edge RV. We’ll be spending 3 weeks in the fall there.
We’ve been able to see our family throughout the year which has been such a blessing. We spent the holidays with family in Florida and then New Years with Julia and Heath in New Orleans. It was a blast! We have family scattered through the US and even though we couldn’t see everyone we did spend time with quite a few. We had a mishap with the bus while parked at Bob’s second cousin’s house. He accidently backed into us causing $9000 in damages and we had to take it to a repair shop in Ft Worth because of their expertise. We were also homeless for almost three weeks so we had to adapt a bit. We got through it and you can’t tell anything happened to our bus.
It’s been a blessed year and we look forward to more adventures in the coming year. We can’t promise to do better with our blog but we’ll try. We hope your holidays are merry and bright and a Happy New Year 2017 to all.