My husband is notorious for his crazy ideas-it’s what I love about him. Nothing is out of his reach or impossible. For me, everything is impossible, so I admire his ambition and courage and I have had some amazing adventures because of him. That being said, every now and then I have to seriously question some of these ideas. Is quitting our jobs and moving to South America a good idea when we’ve never been there? Is buying a farm in southwestern Virginia wise when we know nothing about farming? These are just a sample of questions I have asked on numerous occasions in the last few years. So, you can imagine my response when Chris said, “Hey! Let’s sell all of our belongings, buy an Airstream, and live on the road!” Of course, I did my typical response of, “You’ve truly lost your mind this time, Pokrana” because we had never been in an Airstream nor do we know anything about RV living. His Airstream idea seemed immature, crazy, impractical, and surprisingly, irresistible. While I had fears, the excitement of it all buried those fears quickly and I was onboard with this idea. Approximately 160 sq. ft. of aluminum bliss and the country as my backyard…who wouldn’t go for that idea?
The idea started in January. By April, we were the proud owners of a 2008 Airstream International CCD 23’. By the end of May, we had sold the majority of our belongings and had put the rest in a storage unit. During these few months, our family and friends asked the same questions: I’ll take a moment to answer each briefly:
Why not? Chris has the great opportunity to work from anywhere (providing there is internet). He travels a lot for work so I might as well be with him, right? It seems like a good time in our lives, especially since I just finished graduate school and we recently sold our home. Lastly, we crave adventure and the open road.
For how long?
Indefinitely, I suppose. Or, at least until we get tired of this lifestyle.
When will you ever settle down and have children?
Hmmm….eventually. Don’t worry!
What about your dogs?
They like a good adventure and will be joining us. (If Buddy’s barking gets us kicked out of campgrounds, we may have a dog up for adoption.)
Have you lost your minds?
To some, probably. To us, not yet. But, living in this small space may take us down that path. Only time will tell.
On June 1, 2009, after a whirlwind five months, we departed Blacksburg, Virginia and set off for our new adventure. Since I am late starting this, here’s the summary to date:
- June 1- 4 – Stayed with my parents at their home in Villa Rica, GA. While Chris worked out of his Atlanta office, I went to Six Flags with my mom and nephew and rode all of my favorite childhood rides. It was a blast!
- June 4-6 – Headed down to Florida to establish residency but just barely. Here’s a shout out to the kind DMV folks in Marianna, FL who stayed late on a Friday to process the drivers’ licenses. My stupidity caused us to walk into their office at 4:56 p.m. While in Florida, we stayed at Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, FL, which had clean facilities and nice campsites. As novice RV owners, we encountered a few embarrassing moments but our camp host kindly answered our questions. When water is not coming out of the city water pump, pull the lever up harder. Who knew?
- June 6 – Drove to Beaumont, TX and “boondocked” at a Cracker Barrel. Along the route, we made a worthwhile stop at Coffee Call in Baton Rouge, LA for beignets and iced coffee.
- June 7-13 – Drove to Canyon Lake, TX and have stayed at Potters Creek Park for the week so Chris could work. The week has been incredibly hot with temperatures in the high 90s. Highlights of the week include a great night out with friends in San Antonio and a relaxing kayak trip around Canyon Lake. The campground is clean and spacious and offers a beautiful view of the lake. The challenging part has been the distance from any stores, laundry, etc.
So, there’s the trip so far. We continue to learn new things about RV living daily, if not hourly. Stay tuned!