Well, I thought I wanted to be a blogger, and I thought I wanted to live on the road. And I have found the following to be my reality.
I love ‘living small’ in my 5 window Skoolie. And I don’t love living on the road. And apparently I have not been motivated to blog!
I want and need roots. I want and need to be ‘useful’/to have a purposeful life. And I want community. I think I pretty much knew that when I hit the road. I’ve been a member of The Foundation for Intentional Communities for several years. This reality really sunk in over the last 7-8 months. I’ve been doing house with dog sits as well as helping someone who had a medical issue and needed someone to live with her for a while. So I haven’t really been living in my bus most of the time since April. I do miss ‘living small’ when I’m not staying in the bus.
I’ve been more intensely researching community living in areas where I think I want to live. I really do want to get out of the rain. I’ve come to realize that cohousing is the best solution for me for a variety of reasons. One being that it’s hard to integrate dogs into an existing household if that household would even entertain the idea of adding two dogs with the person. I am committed to keeping my 4 legged family.
I believe I might have found where I’m going to ‘land’ but I’m not saying till I know it’s going to happen. I’m looking at communities that are not yet built, or are in the process of adding a 2nd phase to the existing community. Once I know for sure, I will likely move to the town where the community will be built. There is no existing cohousing community that has for sale a small space that is affordable and that is my criteria. Small and affordable. I’m going to have to do some creative financing but that is also in process and when/if it comes to fruition, I will reveal all.
Assuming this all comes together, my bus ‘E-nuff’ will be for sale as soon as I find a rental in said community. If your interested in seeing my bus, Bob Wells of Cheap RV Living just posted the interview of me that he videoed in February 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTCxyoJknOU At that time I was still in the honeymoon phase of having left the full time + work of running my own business. As stated above, my thinking has obviously changed. The tour however, will give you a good idea of the features of my bus. I will likely offer my ‘toad’ for sale as well if someone wants the whole package that they can hit the road in immediately. So stay tuned and also email me if you think you might be interested. As you can see, it is an aesthetically pleasing interior that is functional and adaptable.
Other things going on with me include re-connecting with my husband who I have been legally separated from for the last 12 or so years. We are actually on vacation together as I type this. 12 days in AZ, a road trip in a rental car, having flown into Phoenix. We are having a great time. We have both changed a lot. Hiked down into the Grand Canyon a couple of miles. Tomorrow we go to Canyon de Chelly and the petrified forest. On to Tucson on Monday. Dog are at my friend Patty’s in Clearview. Having a great time playing with Lulu and running the pasture.
OK, enough for now.
When in Parker and according to the “All Trails” app. I went on a 3.8 mile loop trail designated as easy. And it was anything but LOL. I was with 2 women from the Caravan and we were trying to o a hike that would take us down to Lake Havasu. We struggle to find the beginning of the trail off the side of the highway for maybe half an hour. Once we figured it out we walked through an Aroyo for maybe half to 3/4 of a mile. It was beautiful red rock. However there were places where it was so brushy that we really had to bush wack our way through . It reminded me of bushwhacking through the Canadian Rockies back when I used to work in the Sierra Club National Outings program. We hiked a total of about maybe 3 1/2 hours and it was beautiful and we were along Lake Havasu for part of it and we luckily happened upon a road and found trail markers that lead us back to the highway where the car was . I was very happy that the day was somewhat cool and that I had left the dogs back in the bus. It would have been really tough on them. We logged more then 5 miles. I’m glad I can still do this kind of hiking with my two hip replacements and a sort of bum knee.
Friday morning the 22nd I left the women’s caravan in Parker and joined up with Bob who I met volunteering at the ‘free pile’ during the event I attended in January in Quartzsite. Nice fella from New York who has been on the road for I think about three years in his pop up truck camper . We went to Vulture peak BLM land near Wickenburg. The drive there was nice, I think they grow a lot of hay out in the desert where they can get water from a river. That is certainly the case around Parker Arizona. As far as farm land, I think there should be a law that when you’re growing things along a freeway or highway you have to label what’s growing. I’m always curious what it is growing, and rarely find out.
The desert continues to be in bloom. I’ve seen a lot of California poppies on the sides of the road as well as going up mountain sides in the distance.
So I spent a week with Bob, moving up to the Sedona area the second day. His Agenda was different then mine however, he is looking for a partner, I am not. We had a good time though. Did a few short hikes, sat through a presentation by Diamond Time shares in order to get a discount on two tickets for a balloon ride which Bob treated me to. It was amazing! Hard to decide which pictures to post! And my computer is not cooperating so they will come in the next post I guess!
When I left Sedona I spent two days getting to ParkSierra about 40 miles SW of the South entrance to Yosemite. It’s a beautiful co-op RV park with dry camping for dirt cheap. It’s run by Escapees RV club. I could and might consider getting on the list to take a lease on a site. The folks are super friendly and they rely on required volunteerism [during times that you are in residence] to get most of the maintenance etc. done. It could be a good location to spend spring and fall, and it’s actually not too cold in the winter most of the time either.
I left on Monday to head to Berkley to spend some time with my friend Anne before starting my wander north. We had wonderful conversations. She is the friend in my life that I have known the longest, since she was 12 and I was 16.
Our visit wasn’t nearly long enough. But she was headed out of town and I need to be moving towards PDX my the 2nd wk of April for Mozarts NW3 trial in Centralia. So now I’m headed to Bend, Sisters, then back “home”. I’ll be staying in La Center when I’m not house sitting, etc.
I am completely frustrated with my inability to get pictures of the balloons and Sedona up. Sorry 😦