After 2 1/2 years of planning, here I sit in the only home I own, with all my worldly possessions and my Willie Cat and write our first blog as full timers!! Wahoo!! We are at a fairly large resort, as the other two places we wanted to stay were booked up because of an event happening in town...something to do with horses and cowboys. So, it's on the expensive side...but our spot in Arizona will even things out. We're at Horn Rapids RV Resort and I think over half of the people here work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Lots of trailers have skirting and large propane tanks out in front. Also quite a few toyhaulers and Harley's here. We even saw one of those new 3-wheelers called the Can-Am. Pretty nice looking...um...scooter? bike? car?
Poor Pirate still has to go back into town and finish up work on the condo, but I'll be staying here with the 'kids.' At least we'll be able to ride the Harley out here to load her up. There was just no way it was happening at the condo...too squished in. We have almost all of our things in the trailer now, other than the Road Glide, so now I can really get down to 'arranging and re-arranging' things.
First things first, though...cleaning! I had cleaned and vacuumed just two days ago, and I'm really surprised how much got tracked inside by bringing load after load in and just moving in the slides. A lot of 'stuff' ends up coming in on Scooter's feet and beard, too. She's a pine needle magnet, I swear! We have full hook ups and 50 amps of power, so I can run my vacuum and AC at the same time to my heart's content. =)
When we packed up Willie, I only used his transfer bag, since we only had twenty miles to travel. I'll use his tube from now on out. He did extremely well, though. He did try escaping the bag while Pirate got us all hooked up, but after only a few meow-bellows he quieted down and was very, very quiet when we were backing in and things were a tad tense. The 'helper' that was guiding us apparently wasn't used to the big rigs and had to go get help. When the other nice man showed up, he looked things over quickly and steered Pirate right in!
Twelve more days and we're officially on the Road and sightseeing begins! I think I'm kind of in shock after planning for such a long time...but I am so glad we did. I can't even imagine the stress of trying to rush through all of the necessary steps to become a full-timer. We met a couple who have been full time for 3 years, and they did the same thing as we did, taking a couple of years to plan, selling, giving, donating away the trappings of the 'good life.' The feeling of freedom...you just have to experience it for yourself. No lawn to mow, no lawn mower to own and maintain...no things tying you down with payments, insurance, upkeep, worry...just what we have, our pets and our best friend and we're good! Give me simplicity every time...I never did like keeping up with the Jones.