This is our second "escape": The first was living on a sailboat for 2 years then leaving San Francisco Bay for 2 years in Mexico, then 2 more years in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, the Galapagos and back up to SF. We enjoyed being self-contained and living small. We never really settled back into the Bay Area techy lifestyle and became bodyworkers/massage therapists (Rich's last job was teaching massage). Sore? Aches & pains? We brought a table along and would be glad to share a thank you.
We learned on the sailboat and are finding it true in the RV as well that it's NOT about the vehicle or locations (as amazing as they can be), it's about the people along the way.
We've chosen to be guided at the moment by two simple pieces of "philosophy":
- Know what is enough.
- The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude.
Not original to us, but ideas to keep us on track when choices or challenges pop up.
Thanks for reading (more below) and hope we have the opportunity to meet.
Best regards, Hope & Rich
Rich does most all of the maintenance and carries a fairly complete set of hand and power tools for most everything that doesn't require lifting the motorhome. Both of us are California-certified bodyworkers (massage therapists) with very different styles and working modalities. And we did bring a table along! Pleased to share a little work if you're so inclined. (All our work is done fully clothed.) Rich worked in Silicon Valley for most of his earlier career and is good with computers, electronics, etc. Hope loves gardening and for few years fully fed her family from her garden. She brings the invaluable magic to make a vehicle a true home.
We are always exploring and haven't found any that we didn't like in some way. Even the challenging ones were at least personally instructive. We're trying to stay in the seasonal "temperate zones" avoiding high density locations (good luck to us with that one!).
Too many to list! We've just been reflecting that we've moved so many times (both before and after we met) that it is a great idea now to just have a moveable home ... saves paying all those moving costs each year or so. We met in the wine country north of San Francisco, moved to the redwoods south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and have lived in too many places around the SF Bay Area. And, oh yeah, and 6 years of living on a sailboat in and out of the US.
Our home! Technical details: 2005, 35-foot Fleetwood Pace Arrow Class A, towing a Smart car. A rear bedroom slide-out on one side, middle/front "great room" slide-out on the other. 8'6" closed, 13'0" open. We've boondocked for 10 days and are fully self-contained (water, power without genset, food, trash haul-out, etc). We enjoy living/leaving a small footprint. All stock on the outside. Personal changes on inside for art, livability, comfort, nothing funky.