On the road in Texas
My wife and are taking the plunge to full time, after returning a bit early from a three year mission trip to Uganda.
We’ve been downsizing steadily over the past five years, originally with the intent of buying a Flagstaff Forest River and traveling the USA.
It’s a long story, but Uganda and working with special needs children and adults came up sort of unexpectedly. We gave up the lease on our small Fort Worth apartment, asked a friend if they’d store/sell our pick-up, quite literally gave away everything we owned except for what we could pack into four suitcases, and flew 36 hours and nine time zones around the globe, to Nkokonjeru, Uganda, Providence Home, and the Little Sisters of St Francis.
A health issue, pretty much untreatable over the long term in Uganda, surfaced for Bonnie so back to America we came; with the same four suitcases.
At that point, last Tuesday, we had to make the decision whether to sign a new lease, buy everything we needed to equip a new apartment, and basically resume the life we left behind for Uganda; or to follow through on our other dream of picking up stakes whenever we wanted, and moving on to the next adventure and location.
We purchased a 2016 Forest River Flagstaff 21DS yesterday, and expect to pick it up next Tuesday the 19th. While Bonnie is receiving care and treatment in Fort Worth, we’ll stay at the KOA in Weatherford. After that, we think we’ll move over to the Escapees site in Livingston to set that up as our home base. And, after that, who knows? We’re both putting together lists of the top 4-5 places we’d like to visit our first year on the road, and anticipate staying at each place thirty days to explore.
I’ve owned two other bumper pull trailers over the past 30-35 years; the first being a half-ton Chevy and a small (18-ft?) trailer and the second a 3/4-ton GMC and a 27-ft travel trailer. The second one was at least twenty years ago, and it seems a lot has changed…other than me getting somehow older.
Hope to see many of you down the road somewhere. Don’t mind the small dogs (a Chihuahua rescue and a Rat Terrier mix rescue). Their bark is a lot worse than their bite.