Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, not totally true!

We really are still in Kansas...for now, anyway.  We have dreamed of retiring and traveling around the U.S. in a 5th wheel - not in a tornado or a hot air balloon for Wizard of Oz fans - for many years, and now as we get closer to fulfilling that dream, we decided to blog about our preparations and our eventual travels. 

Our goal is to hit the road by July 2014, just Clark and me (Sandy) and our dog, Lulu.  Clark retired at the age of 56 in June of 2012.  I am 50 and would have to work another 9 years before I would be eligible to retire.  Since neither of us wants to wait that long, we began talking seriously of doing it much sooner.  So, after much talk and actually writing out the pros and cons, we have decided that I will quit my job this December and after Christmas is over, we will set out on the yellow brick road, not to Oz, but to someplace warmer than Kansas! We would stay for the winter and consider it to be a practice run.  It will give us an opportunity to live in our 5th wheel and figure out what we really need and what we we can live without.  Then, in the spring, we will return to our home in Kansas and sell it all, then hit the road full-time in our 5th wheel by the end of summer 2014.

Sounds like a great plan!  One problem...we don't have a 5th wheel!  Just a minor issue, right?!  We bought a GMC 2500HD Duramax with Allison transmission a year and a half ago and are now looking for our future "home".  We are hoping to have it purchased by the end of June.  We have been preparing for this adventure for many years now.  I gave Clark a membership to Escapees as a Christmas gift 3 years ago.  We have been reading their magazines cover to cover and gone back and read them again.  We are also Good Sam members and have a subscription to Trailer Life.  We have read many blogs that have been very helpful as well.  In addition, Clark has read quite a few books.  I will list those later for those of you who may be interested in them.   We have gone to several RV shows and looked at a lot of rigs.  We just haven't found "the one" yet.  We'll keep you posted on that as we go along.

For now, we will continue with the plan we have set. We look forward to sharing this adventure with you.