When we hatched this full-time RV plan, our primary mission was to find our future home, and I wrote a little about that here. However, since moving aboard in August of 2015, we’ve been choosing our parking places out of necessity — for working on one house (Norfolk – rental) or another (San Antonio – on the market), for medical appointments, or for this current long and necessary-in-a-good-way visit with family in WA.
That changes in 2016, but not until April. We’ll be heading back to the San Antonio area for the first quarter. It’s our home base for medical needs, and we’ve both got follow-ups to manage over the coming months. I won’t go into details here, not because they’re secret, but because they’re private, and not the focus of this blog. Let’s just leave it at nobody’s dying. Fair enough?
Anyway, while we’re there, we’ll also go ahead and get the last of the furniture, left behind for staging purposes, out of the house.
After that, it’s time to start selecting places we may want to live permanently, and go park there temporarily. We’re thinking of staying maybe 6-12 weeks at a time, to get a feel for the place, its neighborhoods, perks, and people. Some of our wants and needs, in no particular order:
- Access within a couple of driving hours to forests, lakes, rivers and/or ocean
- Longer summers than winters
- Small house on large plot
- Mid-sized town with small college or university
- Military retiree friendly
- Major airport within a 3-hour drive
Yes, we regularly review various online lists with exuberant titles like “Great Small Town Living!” or “15 Places You’ll Want to Retire!” or “America’s Best Beach Towns!” And those are helpful, in that we can focus on cities that appear on more than one list. But we are also open to personal endorsements of places you’ve lived or visited, and you are welcome to put a sales pitch in the comments below. In fact, we’d prefer recommendations from friends to those generated by editors who are merely compiling statistics, and who have likely never set foot in the cities they endorse.
And since I hate asking something of you, while giving you only one photo in return, here are two more. I just… well, I haven’t found another use for them yet, so you get them here. My pleasure.