Monday, June 02, 2014

My First Year on the Road or Happy Anniversary to Me

Regrets... None
New Friends... Lots
Great Memories... A Life Time's Worth
What I have learned... Your black tank can hold a lot

Getting an RV and hitting the road has been my dream since I was 16. Life, family, and work kept everything on the back burner but the dream never left. Now, I am Living My Dream in full color!

From the moment I made the decision to be a full-time, solo RVer, I never looked back. I had the support of my children and son-in-law as well as my A list friends (that is a long story that I will tell you later).  All I can say is I felt that I could not fail.  I found an RV manufacturer, Nexus RV, that would work with me to build my dream RV, a women's forum, Women RV forum, that gave advice on what I needed to do this successfully.  Also, the on person whose advice and guidance made my transition to RV life almost flawless was RV Painter. With all of them behind me, I hit the road with the confidence that I could do this.

My daughter was so afraid that though I'd had this dream for so long, I'd get out there and hate it. I think my first phone call put those fears to rest when I yelled though the phone, "I Love My Life!"

I plan on making a picture book of my first year but in the meantime, my daughter suggested I make a post with my favorite memories so far.  So I am laying in bed as I write this; sipping a glass of wine and remembering all the wonderful people I have met, the places I have been, the ups and down, the joys and mishaps but never defeats in my first year. So grab your favorite beverage, go to your favorite reading place and join me on my short journey down memory lane...

Once I decided on the RV I wanted, I contacted Nexus and we agreed that I would go to Elkhart, IN on my birthday to start designing my dream. Coincidentally, I'd later pick up "Miss Kitty" on my daughter's birthday.

Photos are in no particular order... just random happy thoughts.






There were mishaps and laughs, tears and cries of joy.  However, at no time was there any thought of defeat.

I am so looking forward to year two. My next big adventure will be my trip to Oregon to meet up with other RVing singles.  

Things can only get better.


Colleen Phipps said...

So happy you are loving your new was worth waiting for.

Cheryl Lawson said...

Congratulations, happy that you are finally living your dream. Hope we'll see you in Searsport, ME in early September!
Cheryl & Hank

Cheryl Lawson said...

Congratulations, happy that you are finally living your dream. Hope we'll see you in Searsport, ME in early September!
Cheryl & Hank

Karen and Tony said...

Hi Louise!

This is Karen from tonyandkaren on RVillage. I hope you, your daughter and son-in-law have a great trip!

I also want to thank you for all of your posts about Harvest Host. I took another look at their website and decided to join. We're not wine drinkers so I'd been hesitant about joining but with the farms and other attractions I think it'll work well for us. Tonight we're staying at our second Harvest Host - a farm in Vermont. We loaded up on strawberries and potatoes. Fresh baked bread tomorrow morning!

Donna Hinsey said...

Glad you are having a great time. I enjoy reading your blog. Our wet and wild weekend is coming up in a couple of weeks. Stay safe.

Kim and Don Greene said...

Louise, Congratulations on your first year. We are honored to be a part of your dream!

Kim & Don
Harvest Hosts