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Wondering who we are?

I’m Emily, the main writer, photographer and contributor to this blog. I’m married since 1992 to Tim, a retired naval officer and my resident computer guru (i.e. the guy who has little choice but to respond to my whines and pleas for help with the technical aspects of running this blog). We have two grown-ish sons doing good things in the world, one working in WA, and the other attending college in TX. And then there’s Lola, our black lab mix (we’re not experts, but we think she’s part toddler), who takes up way too much space in here, and at age 10 is starting to slow down a bit.

We did not buy these sunglasses; we just used them for this selfie, after choosing them simultaneously, from opposite sides of a display rack at a flea market. Then we put them back. It's one of many ways we own less.

We did not buy these sunglasses; we just used them for this selfie, after choosing them simultaneously, from opposite sides of a display rack at a flea market.
Then we put them back.
It’s one of many ways we own less.

Update 05/03/2016: We said goodbye to our Lola today. Her progressive kidney disease had advanced beyond hope, and we let her go gently and peacefully, shortly after our return visit to Norfolk, where we first brought her home in 2006. She loved and was loved, and we miss her.

Wondering how we got here?

Welp, we watched our younger son head off to his senior year of high school in the fall of 2014, and we realized two things:

  1. We didn’t want to stay in our 4-bedroom 2950sf suburban home after he graduated. Too big. Too much stuff.
  2. We had no clue where we wanted to live next.

Having enjoyed renting RVs for short excursions in the past, we decided in alarmingly short order that we could buy one, and live in it while we roll around the country trying to find a place that feels like home. For the first 21 years of our marriage, the U.S. Navy told us where to live. Now it’s our turn to choose, and we haven’t got a clue.

Mission: Finding Home commenced in September 2015, after a year spent selling, giving away or throwing away most of our possessions, scanning important paperwork to electronic files, and leaving only items we really, really, really wanted to keep in a small storage unit. What was left came with us in the RV, and that 4-bedroom house is for sale. Now that we own a lot less, we can take our slimmed down selves (possession-wise, anyway) to all those places we’ve been wanting to explore — for a weekend, a week, or even months at a time. Own less. Do more.

Update 03/11/2016: San Antonio house is SOLD!FullSizeRender IMG_5081

Wondering about our RV?

It’s a 2008 38-foot Heartland Bighorn fifth wheel we’ve named The Toad, which we pull with a 2012 Chevy Silverado diesel dually, otherwise known as the BFT. B is for big. T is for truck. Got it?  When we’re on the road, we’re twelve tons, ten tires, and about 50 feet of holy shit is she driving that thing? Yyyyep. Sometimes I do!

Update 05/25/2017: We have replaced the old BFT with a new BFT! Stats are in the photo caption, and by the end of June, I promise I’ll post the story about why we made the switch. And here it is, posted June 28.

2017 RAM 3500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 8′ Box
6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine
AISIN 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Dual Rear Wheels / 17-Inch x 6-Inch Wheels
Black interior
True Blue Pearl exterior

Wondering how to find us at the RV park?

If we’re parked for more than a night or two, Mary Jo will be marking our spot. She is the small, mobile metal chicken that replaced my giant, cumbersome metal chicken (Charlene), who now lives with friends in MD. If you’re thinking The Bloggess, you’re right. Her Beyoncé was totally the inspiration.

MaryJo

Wondering what we’re like in person?

We’re not big on doing our own videos (yet?), but we play well with others. In reverse chronological order, we appear in the following:

From June 2017, by Heartland RVs

From January 2017, by RV Love

From January 2017, by Spot the Scotts

Wondering where things stand at the 2-year mark?

Read this post from August of 2017. I’ve summed it up for you.

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  1. We have similar stories, with the youngest in college and looking for our next place to live. We’ve been on the road since August 2014. We are in Palm Springs, CA, thinking maybe we’ll settle here…later. For now home is where we park it.
    For the record, most full-timers would agree the RV repairs and upgrades take up your focus the first 6 to 8 months in a new rig. Hopefully it’s not too much longer in an older TT.

  2. Followed you into Nellis AFB today and noted your web page address. Retired navy myself and an avid RVer but not ready for full time yet.

    • Welcome aboard! Glad you took the time to check us out, and thank you so much for letting me know you came here because of our decal. You’re the first to do so, and I find that pretty exciting! -Emily