Even as a kid I always loved to travel, or at least move. I left home when I was 13 yrs old and hitchhiked all over the US for 2 yrs. In 2011 when I moved to Alabama it was actually not my true desire. I had wanted to purchase a 35 to 45 foot sailboat move on to it and just spend the rest of my life traveling anywhere Janit and I decided to go for whatever amount of time we had left on this earth.
Jan was nervous about this idea as she did not like being on the water when you couldn't see the land.
So we discussed it and decided to purchase a Motorhome and just live in it so we could travel around to see the US. So many places Jan has never had to the ability to see during her life. So when we started looking at Motorhomes, Jan's daughter, Katie, had her second baby. When we went to visit her in the hospital the conversation came up of traveling an Katie told her mom that they would be moving back to N Alabama after her husband Adam retired from the USMC.
Jan then decided she didn't want to travel anymore, she wanted to buy a home in N Alabama to be closer to her kids and grandchildren. So we eventually purchased this home in Rogersville, AL. We have put a lot of time money and sweat equity in the home and it is a nice place. However, as the years have past, we both are getting older, and I again want to travel. I am getting too old to just sit at home day in and day out, looking for things to do daily around the house that need to be done to maintain the home, and rushing around putting out fires caused by unexpected problems.
I have decided that maintaining the home is actually not worth the effort. Why spend the rest of my life, working on a home I will never fully own, struggling to make ends meet because a home is a never ending money pit. I don't have anyone I want to leave my home to when I die, and I personally can give a rats ass what happens to it when I die.
So Jan and I have decided that we are going to sell the house, payoff all our bills, purchase a motorhome and do what we started to do 9 yrs ago and just travel. When we are tired of being on the road, we'll find a nice comfortable place to park and just rest. We can move with the seasons. I love the snow, but I hate the cold, so you will probably hear from us from somewhere south of the Coconut Tree line especially during the winter months.
On our journeys, I am going to make it a point to help others as well. There are a lot of people in the US that need help. I have always liked doing things for others, from offering a place to stay, to food, or just a warm shower. As we move around, I want to seek out people that are in need and do things I am capable of doing to help. I can't think of anything else short of sailing around the world I rather do with the time I have left on this Planet. I have seen a lot of the US, but I have a wife that has seen very little and it's time to change that for her.
I took her once on a back alley trot through NC, and the western half of Virginia through Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Appomattox, stopping at several of the Confederate Battlefields and Cemeteries as we progressed to Washington, DC. Jan had never been and it is a trip she has never forgotten. On our way home we went to Arlington and Mt. Vernon, two more amazing places to see in your life if you've never been.
This Nation has so much to see, and so much to do, you just have to make up your mind, decide what in your life is most important to you. At our point in life, we aren't concerned about building an empire, or progressing in a career. The time to make a decision for us like this is now and comes down to health, togetherness, and a shared love of adventure.