It was one year ago that I woke up in my house in Durango, CO from sleeping on a camp pad, threw all last minute stuff into Minnie the Motorhome, went to the Title office to sign the papers for the sale of my house. Then I drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico to my Mom’s to repack the motorhome and sort my possessions out.
This first year brings about a range of emotions from fear to joy about living a nomadic life. When I hit the road, I was still in recovery from losing my beloved Dad and dog, Minnie. The desert helped me heal, the wide open spaces, walking in beautiful golden light between cacti opened my eyes to a world without cold and snow.
Wow, what an amazing ride it’s been. I started out the new year in Phoenix, AZ, wide eyed about living in a motorhome with no home base. Everything I did was new, new landscape was overwhelming, every person was new, every place I drove was new and some places had scary traffic. I didn’t have a car, so I drove the motorhome everywhere. My friends thought it was all fun and games for me, but it was a lot to keep together those first few months, sometimes it still is overwhelming being in a new place each week/month. I can see that fulltime RVers that have been on the road for a few years, have eased into this and of course return to places that they like and are familiar with. I’m getting to that stage with each passing month.
I am meeting new folks all the time and I have a little posse built so I have more company now, fun folks to do things with, I like that a lot. One of the best parts of this lifestyle is spending time with people, real time, not a day but a week or two, getting to really know someone, their hopes and dreams, their pain. It means a lot to me to make these connections and hear their stories.
January and February & part of March I spent in southern Arizona. Mesa, Tucson, Tubac, Bisbee were all wonderful places to enjoy the beautiful Sonoran desert. Each place has its special gifts and people to offer. Hiking in the colorful and lush desert, amazing sunsets, and great new friends made it a winter to remember.
March took the boys and me to Baja to my beach camp where we had our first beach visit of the year. My little beach camp is a lot of work to keep going, but there is no place that I know of to compare to this little desert beach gem to. Next to Jojoba Hills an Escapee Park 14 miles east of Temecula, CA (between LA & San Diego). I got the taxes done there and met some fine people that are now good friends.
April brought us to the most beautiful place, Sedona, AZ to cat sit for my good friends Diane & Eric. Then my good buddy, D. flew out from the East Coast for a week of hiking, eating and kitty sitting which was one of the highlights of the year.
Work with Sojos Pet Food came to me in May and I started doing demos in Santa Fe, New Mexico and celebrated my Mom’s 85th birthday with a fun party. So nice to have the family together and enjoy one of the wettest and most beautiful springs in New Mexico. I love working and spreading the good word of whole nutrition for pets, I strive to have more steady employment in the coming months.
Minnie Pearl, my Mini Cooper came to me in May and changed the way I travel. Driving when towing is a different ball game, you can’t back up while towing so it changes everything. It’s worth giving up options when traveling to have the flexibility when parked. I love having a car and wouldn’t be without it.
In June I visited my friend Jennifer in Salida, CO and stayed on the mighty Arkansas River. One day Jennifer captained 5 gals down the river in a paddle boat at flood stage; it was a very exciting run with giant waves and 3 bridges that we had to flatten ourselves in the boat to go under. Yikes!!!
Then off to Golden, CO for 2 weeks to stay at my oldest friend’s house. Lisa not old; we are both the same age! Lisa & I lived in Houston, Texas for Kindergarten and 1st grade as neighbors. Then her family moved to Kentucky. We pen-palled for years and we both have a stack of those letters. We met up at places along the way in life, her living with me in Telluride for a semester in college. It’s nice to have someone in your life that knows you from waaaaay back and have similar values. I had the pleasure of visiting her parents in Portland, OR this fall which is a highlight of the year. The time in Golden was absolutely magical; green grass, rolling mountains, delicious garden meals, yoga, enlightening conversations and lots of work for Sojos.
August brought the boys and I back to Santa Fe to make a doc and dentist appointment, sometimes you have to stop to take care of life. It was a great time with my Mom, hanging in the beautiful high desert, greenest summer ever in the mountain west!
Mick, Romeo and I made our way to Oregon through Durango, Telluride, Utah and Idaho. The time spent with friends is the most special and memorable and I enjoyed seeing very dear friends in Colorado.
2 months in the great state of Oregon, wow, this place is something! High desert, dark green forest, water everywhere, crabs (yum!), coast line to make you swoon, the funkiest city ever, mountains of gold, and so much more. I will be back and back to Oregon, there is so much more to see and this is one of the most dog friendly states I’ve ever seen. It’s really a special state, I highly recommend a visit, it doesn’t matter where, it’s all amazing.
And now, one of the places I had most wanted to visit, the central coast of California. The weather here is 65° in the day, 48° at night, year round!!!! Yes, it’s nirvana and I could stay here a long time, but the desert calls so we’ll be off to Borrego Springs to meet some single RVers for Thanksgiving, then to the Palm Springs area for a couple of weeks to explore and hang with new friends. In mid-December I’ll leave the Minnie Motorhome and drive the Mini Pearl car to Santa Fe for Christmas.
2016 here we come, I have no plan yet, but something will form soon. I hope you plan some fun travels for 2016. Let me know your favorite places to see.