I want to thank Jerry so very much for taking the reins last week to write the blog whilst I spent some much needed time catching up on the Real Housewives. But, now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
We are still in Darby, Montana for another two weeks and have been enjoying the area, fishing, riding our bikes and spending time getting to know Darby and the surrounding areas. All things you have heard about in previous blogs. So I wanted to write this blog about how much our lives have fundamentally changed since selling our house and living in a giant house on wheels.
Routines were a huge part of my life, as I am sure they are a big part of most people’s lives. Before RV’ing (BR), Jerry would leave for work around 4am and be back around 1:30 – 2:00 pm. I had all day to walk, work, cook, catch up on my shows, run errands, etc. It was a routine we have been in for many years. But being in an RV and traveling, it feels like a permanent vacation. It is important to still find routines, no matter where I am. Walking is a big part of my life and it has been exciting to find new paths and trails to walk every morning.
BR, I would cook every week and we only went out to eat maybe once a week. In that permanent vacation mode, it is so easy to just say, “let’s go out to eat”. When we are in a new place, we want to explore and try all the local food. But again, it’s vital to keep a cooking routine. Both to stay healthy, and save money.
Additionally, BR, and as I mentioned, when Jerry was at work, I had the house to myself. I value my alone time. And we have come to realize how important it is to set aside time every week to have that time apart. You can’t spend every waking minute of every day with another human. It is unsustainable and why divorce lawyers made so much money in 2020. We are working towards a routine of a balance of alone and together time in our 500 square foot RV.
Our lives have also changed in other ways. Gone are the days when I could call up a friend and ask to go to lunch (not that that was a thing in 2020 anyways, but still). We dearly miss our friends and family in California. However, while in Darby, we have been able to spend so much quality time with our friends, Lisa and Kenny. If we were not in their hometown for so long, we would not be able to spend so much time with them.
We love to spend a good chunk of time in each place for a variety of reasons. First, we want to get to know the area and experience the local food, people, geography, and culture. We also want to establish those routines I love so much and that is very difficult to do when traveling to a new place every few days. Gas adds up when we are driving the truck and towing the rig. The longer we spend in a single space, the more we save on gas, which is one of our largest expenses. We plan to have similar trips like this one, where we visit friends across the country and can spend a lot of quality time with them.
All in all, our lives have changed so much from the times of living in a stationary house. But we are loving our house on wheels. We are seeing such beautiful parts of the country that we would never have the opportunity to without having our house on wheels. 10/10 would recommend. As long as you can make those routines and not murder your spouse.
Just One More…life changing decision!
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Great update and honest thoughts about living 24/7 together in a rolling shoe box! Unlike most new full-timers, you have already learned that you don’t have to move the wheels constantly. Discovering each new location will give you that experience and not one you will have to return to because you missed the unique offerings of a community.
I’ll see you in ABQ and hope you will explore Old Town and surrounding attractions.
Love your blogs. Look forward to seeing them every week. Keep them coming. Love your adventures.
Sounds like you are really learning what’s important to stay “comfortable “. You both seem to be blessed with flexibility and a sense of humor as well! And then there is keeping up with the Housewives shenanigans…..A definite must!!!
Life is a process no matter where you are or how you live it. Enjoy.