Saturday, March 13, 2010

Watching Storms Go By...Dreams...and The Great Mud Mess...

Today we watched as severe thunderstorms kept passing us by.  We did get a lot of rain but no rough weather -- thankfully!

I received an email this morning from a reader explaining that he and his wife were getting discouraged trying to get things ready to go full time.

The reason for the discouragement was that their friends were telling them they were making a big mistake selling their house and going full time.

This issue has come up from time to time -- I even saw it today on the RV-Dreams Forum as well.

As we were making our transition we received a great deal of support from friends.  All of them felt what we were doing was exciting and would be a great adventure.

For some it appears it is not so smooth.  I have received emails telling me that family members had been some of the greatest detractors.

We have been asked what to do when this happens.  We don’t give advice on things we don’t know anything about.  The advice we might share on things we do know about we always try to qualify as only our opinion.

We have only been full time for about 3 months.  We are the last ones to claim a great deal of experience.

When we decided to go full time we had times that we just wanted to throw our hands up and quit.  It seemed it would be easier than to continue to grind away at all the ridding ourselves of our stuff and trying to solve the logistical challenges.

We did not give up however.  We had done our research and discussed all the possibilities -- both good and bad.  We knew what we wanted.  We also knew what we didn’t want.

The amount of faith we had to employ was not a small measure. 

We did talk to as many people as we could find to help answer our questions.  While we realized that everyone’s situation is different we were able to pull out the things that we had in common.

The credibility of the people that had been on the road for many years meant a lot to us.  Most had seen it all.  They were very open with us and shared the good and the bad of their experiences.

In the end it was of course our decision and our consequences to face -- but in addition it was also OUR dream.

We can’t tell anyone IF they can do it -- only they know that.  What we can tell them from our perspective is -- it was the right thing for US.

Each day brings new opportunities -- new perspectives -- new discoveries -- and new contentment.  There are challenges -- those help us grow.

While we are still new at all of this we do know this.  The things we learned about ourselves through the very process of making the transition were priceless.  We will never look at life and priorities the same again.

For us -- even if we went off the road tomorrow -- we would not trade what we have gone through for anything.

Now a little story for you...

This particular event is one that for many years I have remembered any time I saw someone stuck in the mud. It always came roaring back into my mind.

As many of you remember I grew up on a farm in rural Missouri. 

On this farm of rolling hills there was a creek at the bottom of one of the hills that led up to the house.

Along this rock lined creek was an old well.  There was a cast iron pump for drawing the water up from the well.  It was very old and rusted to the extent that none of the moving parts would move.

My dad decided the pump needed to be pulled and replaced.

This story involves two components from some earlier stories I shared.

One was the 1952 pickup -- the one my dad pulled the bumper off of.

The other is my uncle -- the one that never learned!

So -- down the very steep hill my dad went bouncing in his pickup truck -- without the bumper I might add -- to where the well was located.  The truck was loaded with tools of all kinds to tackle the well replacement job.

You see this story is not about replacing the well.  Actually it has very little to do with it.

What it has to do with is AFTER the job was done.

I should tell you that it had rained a lot the week leading up to this -- actually the creek was flooded.

I should also tell you that my dad believe any vehicle he was driving was basically a tank -- impossible to stop if he was driving it.

My dad got into the truck, started it, put it in gear and it moved about 3 feet and promptly sunk to the axles.

Well...I was told to run up to the house and call my uncle -- the one that never learned not to answer the calls of my dad.  So I did.

I was told to tell him to bring his truck down to the well to pull my dad’s truck out.

He agreed to come right away -- another First Mistake!

He comes down the hill -- backs up to my dad’s truck -- hooks the chain on -- and promptly sinks to the axles.

Great! Now we have two trucks stuck.

So my uncle goes up to the house and calls a neighbor that is about 5 miles away for assistance -- he responds.

He comes down the hill -- hooks onto my uncles truck that is hooked onto my dads truck and he also sinks to the axles -- Three trucks stuck!

The neighbor calls his brother that is about 20 minutes away.  His brother shows up with a truck with a trailer hooked onto it and on that trailer is a tractor.

So....his brother comes down the hill and goes to turn around to unload the tractor...

Well...

Now we have my dad’s truck -- my uncles truck -- our neighbor’s truck -- his brothers truck with the trailer on the back with a tractor on it - you guessed it -- All Stuck In The Mud! 

Kind of reminds me of the “Hole in the bottom of the sea” song.

I sat there looking at what was nothing short of a parking lot.

We had run out of trucks!

A good decision was made to not unload the tractor since it would had ended up like the rest -- they did unhook the trailer from the truck though.

So I watched as all these men did what men do when they have created a situation such as this.

They all sat down and talked about it.

My dad -- the one that started this chain of events -- no pun intended -- came up with an idea.

(Those of you that have read my stories know by now that when I dad had an idea -- the fun was really only beginning - right?)

His idea was to rig a winch to one of the nearby trees and simply winch out the first truck.  I mean no tires to get stuck with this plan.

So the winch is drug down from the barn -- it is hooked up to the last truck that was stuck  and to a very large Cedar tree that was about 20 feet way.

The last truck was the brother’s truck -- the one that had the trailer on it.

The brother began to take up slack on the winch -- my uncle got into his truck and was going to assist in trying to drive the truck out while the winch pulled.  The brother cranks and cranks and then his brother comes over and now two of them are pulling with all the strength they had -- just knowing the truck would break free at any moment.

It never got that far....

The rope that was holding the hook onto the tree -- well it snapped -- the hook immediately went flying through the air -- but fortunately it was stopped by the passenger side of the windshield of the truck being pulled out.

Well it wasn’t actually STOPPED since it went clean through it. 

The hook ended up on the seat next to my uncle. My uncle had the “I can’t believe that just happened” look on his face -- again.

My dad -- well my dad -- just looked. 

A blank stare actually.  Me -- I was stunned at first -- then amazed -- then somewhat amused at what I had just seen unfold.

As we were all walking back up to the house -- defeated -- my dad said something to me I will never forget -- I never questioned it -- oh no -- I just have never forgotten it. 

He said to me...

“Go back down there and get all the keys out of the trucks so nobody steals them.”

All of those vehicles sat on the hill by the pump mired in the mud exactly where they had stopped for almost a week.  That is how long it took the ground to dry enough to get them out.

So there you have it...that is all for today!

Ken and Nanette

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bad Weather Didn’t Come...But What If It Does?

We did get some rain but nothing like they had predicted.  It cooled off some and we have some wind but overall it was still a very nice day to be outside.

Someone commented and I received a couple of emails asking what we do when there is bad weather in an RV.

We are coming up on the storm season in Kentucky.  We see the lines of storms marching in from the west -- and there is no telling what they will turn into by the time they get to us.

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Before I get into some thoughts on bad weather here is a suggestion.

I think a wise thing to do is to get all of your essential papers in a location and a container that should you have to evacuate your RV quickly they can be grabbed fast as you head out the door.

RVs can be very unstable things.  They are not bolted down of secured to the ground with a foundation.

In regard to staying safe during bad weather -- In my opinion the number one thing is awareness. 

Once a storm is upon you then it may be too late.

We have a couple of sources for awareness.  We have a weather radio that is programmed for not only the county we are currently in but the surrounding counties also.

This allows us to be alerted if bad weather is possibly on the way.  I have it programmed to include about 5 counties in each direction.  If we receive an alert from those counties we know to get to a weather station or get a look at radar to see what is coming at us.

Another thing I have is alerts set up on my phone (Blackberry).  These alerts are provided by three different services.  They do essentially the same thing the weather radio does except it is with me 7/24 so even if we are outside I still receive the alerts.

The next thing is to decide what your RV can take in terms of wind.  If it is a tornado of course it is time to find solid shelter.  An RV is NOT the place to be in a potential tornado situation...period!

Other than tornado’s there is something called straight-line winds.  They can be just as devastating.  If you hear that straight-line winds are being experienced in your area seek solid shelter immediately. twister2

Knowing the winds that your RV can safely take is essential.  If you have personal experience with your RV in high winds that is a good way to know how it will handle.

For us -- high winds -- jacks come up -- allowing the suspension to let the RV roll with the wind. 

Another thing that can be done is you have time and space is to get the RV headed into the wind.  Taking high winds broadside is very different than taking them head on.  In my opinion taking them head on is much better.

Of course awnings and slides need to come in during high wind conditions -- you don’t need stuff hanging out there that wind can get a hold on plus you want as much weight as you can get over the center of gravity of the RV.

If I could give you just one piece of advice it would be to listen to your instincts -- even if nobody else is leaving or heading for cover -- follow what your instincts tell you.

Don't feel embarrassed or think that everyone else is more experienced and if there was a concern they would leave.  Do what your senses tell you. 

On the other hand find out the limits of your motor home and don’t get yourself into a situation that exceeds them.

I have seen people say that they “bugged out” when bad weather started to approach.  In my opinion that is probably not a good idea either unless you are trying to get to solid shelter and you are able to get to it quickly.

Remember a lot of injuries occur due to flying debris in high winds.  Probably not a good time to be trying to hook up a rig or bringing things into the motorhome.

fire018 Regarding lightening -- since RVs are so different in make and model I can’t offer any real opinions on what best to do but are here some general ideas based on an open source article I found here: Lightening and Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

It is a .pdf but there is some good stuff in the article and may be some good reading -- like what happens if lightening strikes a metal RV opposed to a fiberglass one.

Here are a few highpoints:

  • If parked, make sure the RV jacks are retracted and the shore power lines are stored and disconnected.
  • I would also suggest you don’t just lay your power cord on the ground since a close ground strike could travel up the cord laying on the ground into the RV.  Best to store it in the RV.
  • Retract and store all deployed antenna.
  • Disconnect external TV/Satellite antenna wiring.  The idea here is to make sure there is no path available from the outside of the RV to the inside.
  • Reported incidents and related injuries make it clear that a person inside a fully enclosed metal vehicle must not be touching metallic objects connected to the outside of the vehicle.
  • Door and window handles, radio dials, CB microphones, gearshifts, steering wheels and other inside-to-outside metal objects should be left alone during close-in lightning events.
  • Do not wash hands or take a shower during a storm.
  • Do not get close to electrical appliances such as the TV or plug in laptop PCs.
  • In no circumstances, during close-in lightning, should you attempt to step off the RV to the ground in an attempt to find another shelter. 
  • Do not get on the roof of your RV when a storm is nearby!
  • Don't be an isolated tall object, and don't be connected to anything that may be an isolated tall object.
  • To further lower your odds, don't park your RV near the tallest trees or utility poles.
  • Rubber tires provide zero safety from lightning. After all, lightning has traveled for miles through the sky: four or five inches of rubber are no insulation whatsoever.  There has been a lot written about this issue of rubber tires protecting you.
  • People should get into a safe shelter. If not possible, make sure all windows are closed and the "hands on laps" rule is observed.
  • Avoid unprotected open structures like picnic pavilions, and rain shelters.
  • An open-framed vehicle, which includes most RVs, does not count as a lightning shelter. If lightning is imminent, it will often give a few seconds of warning: hair standing up, tingling skin, light metal objects vibrating, seeing corona discharge, and/or hearing a crackling or "kee-kee" sound.
  • A vehicle with a metal roof provides good shelter, and is much better than being in the open or in an ungrounded building, but the vehicle is not as good as being in a building that is grounded by wires and pipes.

There you have some ideas regarding bad weather and an RV.  There is much more I am sure but I thought I would share some ideas.

No advice I am giving here is in a professional capacity of any kind.  The best thing to do is do your own research regarding awareness and preparedness.

Tomorrow I am going to share a little more about my childhood -- I think you may find it interesting!

Thank you for stopping by!

Ken and Nanette

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lots of Rain Coming and Getting The Rig Ready To Roll...

Today was another beautiful day -- Sunny and close to 70 degrees!

We just got a weather notice to expect close to 2 inches of rain over the next 72 hours. 

Also looks like thunderstorms are very possible.

We haven’t been through any of those yet in the motorhome so if they happen it should be quite and experience. 

The thing that we must watch is the river that sits about 20 feet off the rear of our motorhome. 

It can rise quickly and it is not out of the realm of possibility to only get 2 hours notice that we must get out of the campground.  They do have alternate facilities setup very close that we all can relocate to if needed.

I looked at the forecast over the next 15 days and it looks like spring is certainly coming!

I continue to get things on our motorhome ready so that we can pull out as soon as we land a job.  There are some great opportunities showing up over the last couple of days.

It is actually getting hard to decide which ones to go after.  They are diverse in nature and geographic location. 

Even though we have been watching Workamper and other sites for opportunities for a few months -- the scope of the opportunities is very surprising!

So back to the getting ready to go.  If we were called to leave tomorrow we could certainly do so. 

There are a few things that I want to make sure are in tip top shape before hitting the road.  It helps keep me busy too -- which is a good thing.

As with any RV there is always something to do if you look hard enough.  It is usually the little things that go unattended that can cause the problems down the road so best to attend to them now.

I would like to take a minute and sincerely thank everyone for visiting our blog. 

We are seeing growth everyday.  I can’t always tell exactly how we are being found but we are sure glad we are.

I did notice today that our blog is now being listed on a bunch of blog aggregator sites so I am sure some of the new visitors are coming from there.

I saw one person that ended up here by searching on “Sleep Talking” on Google.  We were listed there apparently due to the post I made about Nanette talking in her sleep.  Imagine that...

We have met so many great people since we started the blog and fully expect to see some on the road very soon.  We wish we could meet everyone of you at some point. 

The funny thing would be -- you would know everything about us when we would meet!  That would be rather different.

So here is a little something interesting...

We have, right here in the campground, a fantastic investment opportunity.  With a return that certainly beats Wall Street.

You see we have this soda machine that is right across from us in a pavilion.

The drinks cost 75 cents.  Now what happens is this...

You put your 75 cents in the machine. 

You then push a couple of the buttons for the drinks.  You will get no drink!

That is the investment part!

Then you hit the change return lever...and here comes the return...

You get $1 back.  It does it every time.  So for a 75 cent investment you get a 25 cent return on your investment!

Before anyone gets upset -- no we haven’t invested in this opportunity many times.  And when we did we did give the money to the right people.  Although if someone wanted to sit there all night I am sure they could make it worth their while.

I am sure they will be getting it fixed soon!

Well we have battened down the hatches for the rough weather tonight...

...after we had some fantastic hamburgers that yours truly cooked on the grill this evening.

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Until tomorrow!

Ken and Nanette

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another Nice Day...Walking In Circles Around Our Stuff...

It was another beautiful day today -- so I did some little things on the RV...Nanette held class outside with the boys...and we just enjoyed the weather.

At about 4 PM it started clouding up -- it is supposed to rain off and on the next couple of days so I guess this is the start of it.  It is still about 65 degrees so I am not going to complain.

It is supposed to be warmer tomorrow. 

We have set records in Kentucky for coldest temperatures and amount of snowfall.  As I said it has been a rough winter.

Nanette and the boys had school outside today in the sun.  I think they all really enjoyed getting out.  To my surprise both boys stayed focused for the most part even though there was plenty to steal their attention.

If I would have had a teacher like Nanette in school -- I am thinking I would have spent a lot of time in the principals office.  She has a way of getting their attention and keeping it.

Many have asked about homeschooling and I will say again -- it isn’t for everyone but I am amazed at the success Nanette has with the kids.  She just has a way about her that keeps the kids interested and focused.  She is not someone that hollers or anything -- usually a “look” does it -- and everyone is right back on track.

I wanted to show you where the campground is from an old picture I posted yesterday.  Here it is.

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Walking in circles...

For those of you that are full time or those that are in the process -- I am sure some of you went through that time of getting rid of stuff.

When we were going through it we hit many different phases.  One of them was when we got so tired of going through things and had so much scattered around us we basically began waking in circles.

We would pick up items and then put them down -- pick them up again -- put them down.  This process went on many times for us.

When we left the house we left with our motorhome and a 18 foot Bass Boat.

Guess what was in that boat?

The stuff that most people would probably put into storage.  There isn’t anything of great value but stuff that was more utilitarian -- stuff that we thought we might need for motorhome maintenance --  a few yard items -- some camping equipment -- stuff like that.

So today I pulled the cover off the boat -- pulled everything out onto the ground -- and told Nanette that her and I needed to go through what we  had and get rid of the stuff we now knew we didn’t need.

She finished school and we started going through the stuff on the ground.

After about an hour we found ourselves transported right back to the “walking in circles” thing.  We would pick something up look at it and put it right back down.

When we were finished I think we moved 4 items to the motorhome -- had on small trash bag of stuff to be thrown away -- the rest when right back into the boat for another day.

I guess you never get used to getting rid of stuff -- we know we have things in the basement that we will get rid of -- we thought the stuff in the boat would be easy.  It didn’t workout like we thought.

One last thing...

We seemed to have gotten some people really interested in this full timing thing with our blog. 

Over the last week we have been receiving a lot of emails asking us questions of all types. 

We have done our best to answer based on our view of it.

Through these emails back and forth we have made some great relationships.  I have to say I am somewhat surprised at the diversity of the people that are in various stages of either going full time or going to do extended travel.

As we sit here we are so eager to meet some of the people we have gotten to know through our blog. 

We have also been asked about our working situation.  We are still getting and considering various offers.

Just so everyone knows we are looking for work that would be very close to full time.  There are a couple of reasons for this but one of them is -- I don’t think I would be able to just stop working.  I am someone that needs to stay busy.

This is not a bad thing for us.  We are looking forward to it.  We don’t mind having a schedule to follow. The point is -- full timing can be many things.  No work at all -- volunteering -- minimal hours workamping -- or full time workamping .

This is one of the things that makes this lifestyle so great.  All types of people can do all types of things or do nothing and all can be happy.

So...we thought we should clear that up a little so that people know where we are coming from as we write.

Well that is it for today -- I hear rain on the roof.

It is going to be a great night for sleeping I think!

Ken and Nanette

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An Old Bridge and A Beautiful Day!

You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day in Kentucky for this time of year.

I am always looking for signs of Spring...well here is one for you.

The Pepsi Guy filled the vending machine today!!!

Kind of a weird sign but one nonetheless!

With the weather as nice as it was I couldn’t stand not taking a walk -- a long walk actually.

I seem to do some good thinking when I do that.

Well down the river a piece there is an old bridge that we can see from our camp site.  So I headed down there. Now I should tell you that the following pictures were taken with my phone. Why? Because the Nikon is still under the bed along with all the lenses and all the really good picture taking stuff. The reason it is under the bed is because somebody hasn't gotten around to getting it out yet. Hmm...wonder who that would be?

This is the entrance to the bridge.  The floor of the bridge is safe to walk on -- just not for vehicles.Bridge Entrance

As I went across the bridge I took a picture down river.  Although this isn’t the best picture -- you can see the palisades in the distance.Down River and the Palisades

This picture gives you some perspective of how far away the palisades are.Some Perspective 

 The old concrete railing.  I wonder how many cars passed this railing over the years?The Railing

This would be a good reason to NOT try to drive a car across the bridge.  Notice the separation of the floor and railing of the bridge!Not A Good Sign.

This is the bridge from the other end. The Other End

This is looking up river from the bridge.  What you are looking at is the old foundation for the old two lane wooden covered bridge.  It was taken down by a house floating down the river during a flood.Covered Bridge Foundation

Now that you have seen the current shape of things -- here is what it looked like when new.   Also notice the Covered Bridge before it was washed away.

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It seems anytime I explore something old like this I try to imagine what it would have been like back then.  Same thing happens with old towns or Civil War Battlefields...I try to transport myself back in time in my imagination.

Of course it isn’t possible to know exactly what it would have been like -- but it is fun to do.

Nanette really likes old barns.  They have a fascination for her.

I am sure our travels are going to take us to many old things...that is the plan anyway.

We have even thought about a theme journey.  You know, like to see all the old Civil War Battlefields -- well probably not all of them but the big ones.

We have also talked about using this form of travel to enhance the kids homeschooling.  Pick a theme each year and let them experience it in person not just in a book.

I am pretty sure we will pursue that.

That is about it for today.

It really was an enjoyable day today -- I know you are probably get tired of seeing us write this but -- we really love this lifestyle.  We can’t wait to get on the road and really expand our adventures.

Ken and Nanette

Monday, March 8, 2010

First Day of Camping in Our Camper...Interesting Emails...and All Our Stuff...

Today was our first day of getting out and doing what campers do.  We actually got to sit outside...grill some steaks...and have a campfire!

Strange that we had been here for 2 months in a campground and never used it as a campground!

The Steaks were awesome --  even though I made them myself -- but the sautéed Portobello Mushrooms and Onions that Nanette whipped up really made the meal. 

She is an awesome cook by the way!

The campfire and the associated smell was something we have wanted to do since we got here.  Isaac used his scouting skills to get a great fire going!

Emails...

Today I got two different emails asking essentially the same question.

What went into your decision to go full time?

This question has been asked of us many times and I won’t bore you with all of the details of my answer but I do want to share one part of what I think we have learned.

There is a saying that airplane pilots use...

“Good Approach -- Good Landing.  Bad Approach -- Bad Landing.”

I find this saying very appropriate for those considering either the full time lifestyle or extended travel lifestyle.

From what we have learned so far about ourselves and others that are doing what we are -- there are a few areas that need to be explored.

What is your risk tolerance level?
How important is predictability to you?
What is the your level of resilience when setbacks occur?
How imaginative and creative are you?

The reason I bring this up is because we have found that these areas of your personality will be tested.

The number one reason we get for people wanting to enter this lifestyle is for the “freedom” of if.

Here is the thing -- the freedom that people desire must not only be in the ability to travel but also exist between the ears of the person traveling. 

Getting into an RV and traveling is fairly simple.

Being in a situation emotionally that when you lay your head down at night you can sleep soundly free of fear and worry is something else altogether.

Those questions I asked earlier are part of the equation as to how free you are emotionally. 

We have found that the mental adjustments for us were much bigger than the logistical ones. 

The good news we think is that all those things I asked about -- tolerance, predictability, resilience and creativity can be learned or improved if required.  We just feel they are things that need to be examined by each person pursuing this lifestyle.

Stuff...

If you go back to our original posts on the RV Dreams Forum you will see that our timeframe for getting out of our house was accelerated.

We sorted...tossed...sold and donated our stuff in a very quick fashion. 

Likewise we packed up the stuff we kept also in an accelerated fashion.

With the nice weather today for the first time I got into the basement bays of our motorhome. 

No particular reason other than to look at what we had under there.

Wow...we have a lot of stuff with us!  We are going to have to go through each one of the containers in the basement.

What I have realized is we were looking from the “house side” of things trying to imagine what we needed in the “Motorhome side”.  Now that we are out here -- I think the picture has changed dramatically.

We were told to make sure we go through one summer before we start tossing a lot of stuff since we have only experienced a winter so far.  This advice is very wise.

I already know though that regarding the winter things we have -- we have too much!

I can remember thinking that there was no way we would get everything we “needed” into the motorhome.  Now -- I can’t believe how much we have that we don’t need!

Well...that is it for today!  We hope everyone had a great weekend!

Ken and Nanette

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Very Nice Relaxing Day and The Reader...

Today was sunny and in the 50s.  It is supposed to be very nice weather for the next several days.  While 50 degrees may not sound warm to many -- for us we are really going to enjoy it.

This winter has been a rather rough one with all the snow and very cold temperatures.  To get a sunny day and temperatures like we had today is very nice.

We didn’t do anything of significance today other than just relax and watch some old movies.

Nanette has been reading a lot lately. She is a veracious reader when she finds a book she likes.  I have seen here read an entire book in a day or two.  Once she gets into it -- she doesn’t stop until it is done.

I think that is kind of neat actually -- to enjoy reading that much.  I suspect when the really warm weather gets here or we get to it -- she will find herself reading more.  Get herself a comfortable chair and a shady spot and read away!

We are seeing the fish start to get very active in the river.  Christian and I watched them this evening feeding along the bank.  We could see the surface of the water breaking as they slowly moved along the shore feeding.

There is one other subject I want to touch on before I finish for the day.

Yesterday we wrote about working on the road and we received a number of emails regarding this subject.

There were a few people that wrote to say they truly enjoy having something to keep them engaged from time to time.  We were also told that about some of the locations they had worked -- and how much they enjoyed having a common goal to work on with other people.

I thought about this today.

I think if I had to come to a complete stop and had nothing to keep me busy I would probably not do well. 

I guess I am wired in such a way that I need to have something in front of me that gives me something to complete. 

I am very goal oriented by nature -- I am sure from the kind of work I have done in the past.

I think the idea of working on the road will fill this need.  I am interested to see the difference between workamping or working while traveling and the normal 9 to 5 job. 

I am hoping it is more of an informal pace with a lot of diversity involved.  The idea of doing something different each day is exciting to me.

Maybe it is all these things that makes working on the road so interesting to me.

As I wrote a couple of days ago -- I love to learn -- and I think there will be a lot of opportunity to learn new things, see new things and meet new people. 

I guess I see the opportunity to work in different areas as simply an extension of the full time lifestyle.

I know people that if they were to take on full timing it would probably drive then stark raving mad.  To not know for sure where they would be in 6 months or to have the same scenery everyday would not go over well.

As it has been said many times this lifestyle is not for everyone.  I am not saying that people cant adjust to it -- but it could certainly take some recalibration and change in habits for some.

I have found that the more narrow the comfort zone people have the less risk they are willing to take. 

As I wrote about when we were first making the move to this lifestyle -- it is a head game as much or more than one of logistics. 

I still think it isn’t just a change in how you live your daily life it is also a change in your approach to life.  A change in philosophy or maybe more aptly -- putting a philosophy you already have into action.

Well that is it for today. 

Even though this is a short post due to not much happening -- I think sometimes days like this are full of more living than the days I used to have that were full every single minute with things that -- well maybe just didn’t matter as much as I thought they did at the time.

Ken and Nanette