We made it. Seems like just yesterday we set out on our adventure to find a new home. We soon realized our home was with us all along. Home is not just a place but is the people we spend it with. Our family of 3 and a our princess dog have been away from our stick and brick home for 365 days and nights. We have celebrated 3 birthdays, We celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary, and visited 15 states. We went to Alaska on a 7 day cruise. Amber has flown “home” twice. We have had a broken ankle, a visit to Thor Warranty, seen snow, seen both the Pacific and Atlantic, and seen Bigfoot in Oregon.
We lived everyday to the fullest and with minimal stuff. We eat at home most nights and play most weekends. We learn how to make do with what we have, we worry about the weight of our bus, we learn that we have to work as a team to get anything done, but most importantly we smile more and love more.
Being on the road almost a year now, we have eaten at many different local restaurants throughout. We usually ask the RV park staff to start on where to go. We have been going to our Facebook Groups and ask their recommendations as well. They give all different eateries that we have to pick a chose which ones we will visit. We use these recommendations for family dinner night or even a date night. It is always fun to get the first impression and order something that sounds good all while walking away full and wanting more. Sometimes, if we have time, we will go back twice!
We have a small list of our favorites. These are in no particular order. We can’t rank them because they all have their own unique menu.
People think that we are already on some sort of vacation. We have heard from others that they feel the same way. We work and school on the road during the week and there is really no time for a vacation. We live normal lives of working and exploring on a daily basis and we have to build real vacations into our routine. Sometimes, this is really difficult because we travel so much. But we made it happen.
We started cruising several years ago to vacation as a family and take a break from our electronics. We have been to the Caribbean several times, Mexico and Honduras. Where we really wanted to go to was Alaska. Now that we live in a RV and we can take it with us, we could drive there, but we decided when we were in Las Vegas, to book a cruise for September to cruise out of Seattle.
Besides Field Trip Friday’s and exploring on the weekends, to pass time while we work, we like to have a little fun. This week it just happen to be Izzy’s turn to be our muse.
She is having a tough time eating, sleeping, and getting around. She seems to use her eyes to bring us in to care for her just a little more than usual. She is our little Martian and is doing much better. Amber said she looks like an ice cream cone and all we need is the ice cream. Her prognosis is looking great.
This is a common question for both human and four legged family members. All of home doctors are back in Florida and we are planning a trip back there soon but in the meantime, we might need to see a doctor along the way. As we journey throughout the nation, we plan for regular check-up in the cities we are visiting.
We have all had our check-ups in Salt Lake City, and all the doctors there were really excited and wanted to know more about our nomadic lifestyle. When we were in Flagstaff we did our 6-month teeth cleaning. Also, in Flagstaff, Amber broken her ankle and we were able to visit with an orthopedic doctor to get her straighten out. Our insurance allows us to visit doctors not just in our home state area, but anywhere as long as we chose an in network doctor. So far we have not an issue with visiting a doctor.
Headed East to get warranty work done, we had a week stay at the Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park, 35 miles to the North Entrance. While we were enjoying the community over the camp fire, we were excited when a fellow RVer informed us that we should visit Yellowstone National Park more than once.
We only planned to stay one whole day in the park, but we ended up spending two evenings and a whole day in the park. It was all surreal and an awesome experience. We all highly recommend you visiting this National Park and plan for a few days of adventure.
Buffalo grazing at Yellowstone. Everyday we were there that week we saw plenty of wildlife. Mainly Buffalo and Elk.
In 2015, we set out on a journey that we needed to sell out home and move into something smaller. We put our house on the market right before the summer break. At this time, we were looking at smaller homes, condos, and townhouses in the same school district, so our kids can finish school here in the county they have grown up in. The house was on the market for 7 months before we decided that we needed to take it off the market wait until our oldest graduated to try again. Our search was over for now and we know that God has plans for us and we must be patient.
It’s amazing that almost 3 months ago, we started this new adventure. I have been to places on this adventure that I have only dreamed about and thought they only existed on TV. Russ was stationed in California when he was in the Marine Corp, Amber has never lived outside of the state of Florida and I have only been as far as Houston TX my sophomore year of high school 20+ years ago. Now, this lifestyle gives all of us to see parts of the United States that God has put here for all of us to see.