Transition Times

Transition Times

Transition times can be difficult, but they can also invigorate your spirit.   Currently, we are amidst some hair pulling logistics.  Namely, minimizing our stuff and finishing up some renovations.   Specifically, we are preparing to list our home as of June 1st.   For this purpose, we are donating, trashing, or selling a plethora of stuff collected over the years.   One source of inspiration came from Marie Kondo.  Her philosophy in determining what items “spark joy” and which don’t narrowed it down.   In addition, we are painting, tiling, and cleaning our house like it has never been before.   Isn’t that the way?  We get the house to look like we always wanted it to when we sell!  Despite all the work, we find purging a liberating experience.  After every haul of stuff, we get lighter, mentally and physically.

After all our research and planning, it is starting to get some traction.  In particular, we have taken some actionable steps.   Firstly, we have lined up an Airbnb for our transition home!   It is perfect for a transition to RV life in that it is a little less than 400 square feet.   Furthermore, we have reserved a small storage unit and picked out our moving company.   Now, all we have to do is sell the house, and of course purchase our RV.   We are relatively comfortable that it will be a quick sale.   The location and small inventory lends to finding an interested buyer.

In short, we are excited about our transition.  We believe it will give us a positive effect as we enjoy the luxury of time to expand our curiosity and physical activity.  Most importantly, we will get outside in nature and find our wild.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  John Muir

 

Road Trip Playlist

Road Trip Playlist

Okay, for about three years we have been planning an epic road trip in an RV for adventures throughout North America.   It is so hard to wait, as we want to just go now!   However, we still have a lot to do to get prepared, and that can be stressful.  In the interim, it has really helped us to listen to music. Moreover, this has been a very helpful, empowering process in that we found ourselves really listening to the lyrics, igniting our passion to make our dream a reality.   Before we go any further, we want to thank Robin from the YouTube Channel Creativity RV.  Her video was our inspiration to create this list, and it has helped our psyche tremendously.

We created our playlist with 60 songs from Amazon Prime Music, and we would like to share it with you.   For the most part, it consists of mostly songs that have a travel theme to it, but there are some that just sound great for road tripping.   If you have an Amazon Prime account, click the link below to pull up our songs.

https://music.amazon.com/user-playlists/b85f28d6e5d74bccb76d7758dcde1bf1sune?ref=dm_sh_94ab-9afd-d521-5fc2-0e4a1

If don’t have Amazon Music, you can certainly take the songs that you like to create your own playlist on whatever music media tool you prefer.  Our playlist is always a work in progress.  As a result, we add new ones, delete some and change the order.   Our list is as follows: 

 

Born to Be Wild/Steppenwolf

Traveller/Chris Stapleton

Free Bird/Lynyrd Skynyrd

Woodstock/Good Harvest

Ride Like the Wind/Christopher Cross

I Got A Name/Jim Croce

Fly Like An Eagle/The Steve Miller Band

Secret O’ Life/James Taylor (JT)

Highway Vagabond/Miranda Lambert

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper/Blue Oyster Cult

My Church/Maren Morris

Another Day in Paradise/Phil Collins

Truckin’/The Grateful Dead

Hotel California/Eagles

Ventura Highway/America

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay/Otis Redding

Sweet Home Alabama/Lynyrd Skynyrd

America/Simon & Garfunkel

Route 66/Chuck Berry

Going Up the Country/Canned Heat

Change the World/Eric Clapton

Feeling Good/Nina Simone

On the Road Again/Willie Nelson

I’ve Been Everywhere/Johnny Cash

Caravan/Van Morrison

Harvest Moon/Neil Young

Sweet Baby James/James Taylor

Back in the High Life Again/Steve Winwood

Running on Empty/Jackson Browne

Blackbird/Sarah McLachlan

Something To Be Said/Shelby Lynne

White Bird/David Laflamme

Take Me Home, Country Roads/John Denver

Nina Cried Power/Hozier

Free Fallin/Tom Petty

The Road/T Sisters

Going Mobile/The Who

Dreams/The Cranberries

Here, There, and Everywhere/The Beatles

Roundabout/Yes

Spill The Wine/Eric Burdon & War

Me and Bobby McGee/Janis Joplin

A Thousand Miles From Nowhere/Dwight Yoakam

The Times Are A-Changin’/Bob Dylan

For What It’s Worth/Buffalo Springfield

Southern Cross/Crosby Stills & Nash

Proud Mary/Tina Turner

Taxi/Harry Chapin

I Feel Free/Cream

Into the Mystic/Van Morrison

Learning to Fly/Tom Petty

Breathe (In the Air)/Pink Floyd

Turn The Page/Bob Seger

Dust in the Wind/Kansas

Kansas City/Willie Nelson

The Battle of Billy the Kid/Billy Joel

What a Wonderful World/Louis Armstrong

Ramblin Man/The Allman Brothers Band

Road Trippin/Red Hot Chili Peppers

Old Cape Cod/Patti Page (in memory of Elaine’s Mom who loved the Cape)

Flexibility with Family

Flexibility with Family

Some of you may want to join the RV lifestyle, but are on the fence because you think you are going to be away from family too much.  It’s understandable, and believe us when we say it’s a consideration.

It’s going to be a bittersweet change for our family life.   For those who live close to us, we will no longer be able to pick up the phone and get together for a quick meal or cook out.   For those who live far away, we hope to see them more often. When we visit all, our vision is to driveway mooch or stay at a nearby campground in our own home on wheels.  We will be able to stay longer and work around their schedules without using their food, sheets, towels, etc or breaking their home and work routines . Our advantage in living the RV life is that we’ll have the mobility to accommodate and spend time with not only our immediate, but extended families.  That pretty much covers the all regions of the USA.

The members of our family are pretty tech savvy.   We’ll be able to leverage FaceTime, Skype and other platforms to stay in close touch.   We’re hoping everyone will take advantage of our travels and share in many of our experiences.  Our door will always be open.  Our time will be focused on activities and experiences that will last a lifetime.   It is our hope that our family will take the opportunity of our adventure and meetup with us so they too can experience the joys of seeing new places and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.   Without a doubt, this will create some wonderful, unique family memories.

Pet Records Online

Pet Records Online

For any of you with pets, we all know they are a member of our family.   So why wouldn’t we make sure they get the best possible medical care?  This has been a concern of ours when we are on the road.   What if there is an emergency, and we cannot locate up to date veterinary records?  When our pet is sick or injured, the last thing we want to worry about is paperwork, right? Without a complete record, the veterinarian treating your pet would have no proof of any past treatment your pet has been given. This in turn could alter the treatment plan in a way that would not be the best approach for your pet’s recovery.  

It was while listening to a Podcast on RV Industry News hosted by Greg Gerber, that a perfect solution to this dilemma got my attention.   Greg’s guest was Laurie Leonard who created an online service, MyPetRecordsOnline.com, that store’s pet’s medical records to help pet owners who travel!   Not only can these records can be accessed by another vet in an emergency situation, but also by a campground, groomer or anyone who needs to verify a current rabies shot.  Check out the website to read about Laurie’s story.   You will understand why it is so important, and you will love her CEO.

This will be on our list for things to do before we hit the road.   We will update you with our experience once we can provide a real-life testimonial.

 

 

 

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