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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

4 years

Looking back on my RV journey...

I purchased my RV in April 2011 and began my full-time journey in November of 2011.

1st night @ Lazydays RV in Florida

Although I had looked at some RV's at dealers in IL and checked out a few on Craigslist, I pretty much just jumped into this RVing life. I found my RV on a website. The dealer sent me measurements and videos of the interior. For a small refundable deposit they held it for me until I was able to get to Florida after tax season.

When I arrived in FL, I had never driven an RV. Luckily, Lazydays RV in Seffner, FL offered a free driving class. A few hours after finishing the class, I was heading down the highway.    

                            Mustang Island, January 2012

        May 2014 - leaving San Antonio - heading to Cody, WY

      Along a dirt road in Montana

                                                                       Texas State Parks

I would like to have a "home base" someday. A small piece of land to park the RV, maybe a few outbuildings. Just a place to stop and rest between travels. I really am not interested in owning a house again. Of course, I could change my mind in the future.

    Red rocks of Utah - near Bryce Canyon

I have overnighted in only a handful of states so far... 

Florida - Mississippi - Missouri - Illinois
Kansas - Colorado - Arkansas - Texas
Wyoming  - Montana - New Mexico 
Utah - Arizona - Oklahoma - Iowa and Louisiana 

                North Rim of the Grand Canyon

I've worked at Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon North Rim and in the town of Cody, WY near Yellowstone.  I also worked at the South Padre KOA and volunteered at Laguna Atascosa NWR in South Texas.

It is an amazing experience to live/work for several months at a national park, most visitors only stay a few hours.

I work seasonally and I have the freedom to travel, explore and visit with family whenever and wherever I want. I am not limited to a specific number of vacation days and I do not have to worry about getting back to a home that needs to be taken care of.

My hopes and dreams are to travel to all the corners of the U.S. and Canada - Alaska is high on the list.

Wishing you Health, Happiness and Prosperity                                                       


  1. Happy 4 year full-timing anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Happy 4 year full-timing anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. Congratulations on your four year milestone, Teri. We full timers are so fortunate to be able to fine tune our lives to the right combination! Sure seems like you have found yours.

  4. You have set up an ideal lifestyle for yourself and your RV is a handsome one. How great to work for short periods at national parks, etc. I think the red rocks in your photo look like a dragon, facing to the right. See the open mouth and teeth?

  5. Congrats - I remember well your first post with your motor home! It was about 3.5 to 4 years when I decided I wanted a home base, too. I'm still not sure if it will be a park model or a piece of land somewhere to just park between trips. Fun to look forward to another option on our journey, right? I'm interested in what and where you decide to have your home base. I hope you will post about how you get to that decision. Great photos! :)

  6. A milestone and such a happy one. Four years is long enough to know whether you're happy with that lifestyle, and it seems that you are... that's the important thing. Congratulation! I have a big smile on my face just thinking of you.

  7. Wow, it's been four years already. You've come a long way lady, with many miles to go. So glad we got to meet and play at the North Rim.


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