18 May 2009 @ 16:18 

It has been established we would love to RV between WA and FL, had hoped to do it sooner, but it turned out public insurance adjusting does not always move quite as fast as we had imagined. (Yes, oh son of ours, you were correct.) So leaving each summer would not be a wise move for us — yet. We processed, chewed on, and swallowed that — without choking too much.

We wanted to get an RV and live in it down here rather than spend money on rentals, but there are not any parks that we either like or can afford close enough to the area Leon wants to be. That we processed, chewed on, and swallowed – finally, but we had a few coughing fits getting it down.

With our lease coming up and wanting an RV to ‘run from the storms’ if it were to be an active tropical season, we pulled out the “buy RV now plan” and rehashed it. Man oh man, it caused us a few more coughing fits, but in the end, living an extra hour and a half away from his offices and clients, considering the number of trips he makes to each, we finally forced it down.

And you know what? Though I constantly read, ‘go for your dream now,’ and do understand that ‘if you don’t go for it now — it could be too late,’ I, also have confidence we won’t get caught up in the ‘wait until the perfect time’ thing that trips most everyone up. I am far too impatient to wait for perfection, and I know it does not exist. And, though it took years to plant the RVing thought in Leon (or bring it out, whichever applies), it took hold.

So, we’ll just save a bit more money and then Leon can clean toilets at campgrounds if he wants – as long as I don’t have to — and as long as they are in the Pacific Northwest – but no more than four days a week, we will have hiking and kayaking and farmers markets to visit.

Yeah, our RV dream life will come — hopefully sans the toilet cleaning, but the Pacific Ocean and the Mountains are worth it to Leon – and as long as he washes his hands before he grabs that RV handle, it’s OK with me, too.

For now, I’m just living one of my other dreams; doesn’t really matter which one for the moment, as long as it is one of them. Yeah, some have more weight than others, but does that matter when you aren’t trying to shed any? (Could not resist, sorry.) For today, I will just enjoy the view of rain clouds and waves breaking!

Breaking Waves, Atlantic Ocean
Breaking Waves, Atlantic Ocean

Dream, it is healthy. Go for the ones you can, prepare for the ones just out of reach – otherwise you might not grab them when it’s time. And while you are making excuses to not go for your dream, check out Tales of Technomadia’s series, “Answers to Common Excuses not to Travel Full Time.” I’ve loved reading it.

Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 19 May 2009 @ 11:38

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 24 Mar 2009 @ 15:58 

Dear Mom:

I get it now. Why you wanted to live at the beach so much. I’m sorry you never reached that dream. I don’t think it isn’t that you didn’t want to reach it, but that you had no clue how to get there.

I never truly understood the big deal. The only beaches I was familiar with were the Gulf Beaches in St. Petersburg area- and as beautiful as they were, with no shade, not much breeze, and scorching sun, it didn’t add up to me. I loved the beach, but only in the middle of a cold winter – and we never knew many cold winters there, did I?

Now, I know better, for I discovered the beaches in Western Washington on the Pacific and in Eastern Florida on the Atlantic. I discovered onshore breezes and the music of waves on a quiet night.

Yep, Mom, every night that I have tightly closed windows and cannot hear the waves breaking; every day that the breeze that always is, dares to stop; I miss it. And at those moments, I know why you so wanted to live on the beach. I get it now.

So, my dreams of years gone by, to escape Florida completely, have faded a bit. I am content to be here, but only for 5-6 months – and – on the Atlantic coast. Summer belongs to Washington, along the coast or snuggled in the Western side of the Cascades. (OK, reality is, just about anywhere West of the Cascades would make me smile, but you know that!)

I always thought it a little useless to live someone else’s dream for them after they are gone. I still do, but it is my dream now, come by honestly. If you want to look over my shoulder and tag along, you are more than welcome.

How will I know? Why you could send a shooting star through the sky when I have a camera handy to document it. Or, perhaps, money could fall in my lap (gently, Mom) to get our RV now, before the hurricane season.

Just kidding. I already know you have been tagging along these years. But you can’t blame the daughter you spoiled for trying!

PS. Leon would probably appreciate an RV with a washer/dryer in it. He already does more than his share… guess he took over where you left off. Oops, I forgot I was supposed to be doing something for him. No times to insert photos now. Gotta go, Mom. Say hi to Daddy – and tell him to send me a sign.

Love to you both,


Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 24 Mar 2009 @ 16:01

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 25 Jul 2008 @ 6:04 

After nearly ten months on the market, and a market that declined incredibly, during that ten months, we have a signed contract on our home in Washington state. I know, it is not sold until closing is over, but that could be as soon as the 15th.

I would love to say that meant our RV would be forthcoming, but the market dropped so much, that though our original price was deemed correct for that market, we had to bring it down over the months, we lost 49K by waiting to long to put it on the market – and that was earmarked toward our RV.

On the bright side, we got through it, it looks like it will now be sold, and we can breathe a bit easier. We are trying very hard not to dwell on what could have been, but be grateful, for so many others either did not sell even after years or had to change locations and could not pay for both houses at the same time.

My mind is racing trying to come up with an alternate plan to still reach our dream in a reasonable amount of time, though reasonable in my mind is, quite honestly, this past May. Yes, I am a dreamer and at times less a realist than I should be, I suppose.

But, for now, the ongoing strain, both on the surface and simmering beneath, has eased for both of us. For those of you still struggling to sell, I feel for you, and I wish you luck, there are people out there wanting houses, some just can’t afford what is out there.

Now, do we hold out for a Born Free or look for something lower priced? Do we just get a Class B with a Mercedes diesel to get the mileage to make the trip corner to corner across the US?

It will be a hard decision, one Leon may have to make for us, because if I had my way, I would have a Mercedes diesel to go back and forth every year since the mileage is so much better — and a Born Free to keep in WA for our actual RVing, we won’t be visiting much South other than passing through because of the fire ant issue… his allergy is too strong. And, of course, in my dreams, we would, also, have property at either Lake Tyee (beautiful views and huge lake to kayak on) or Lost Lake RV Resort (small lake, but redone recently and really well kept up when we visited) — and on the ocean in Florida… And, to continue the dream: two lots at the first two, park models on one lot each. We have our floor plans picked out.

Ah, dreams are great aren’t they? They put smiles in our hearts.

Now, to learn how to turn dreams into goals and make the goals a reality. I’m practicing! Are you? I sure hope so.

Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 07 Nov 2009 @ 11:22

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