At this point, I am sure even our parents are tired of reading our blog but I am going to keep writing because, well, I kind of enjoy it. There is a service where you can have your blog turned into a book and that is my plan when we finish roaming around.
We’ve successfully reached the two month mark of living full time in our 27′ Airstream. In the beginning, we believed we were being extravagant with our 27′ Airstream opposed to the 25′ or 23′. Boy am I glad we landed with the bigger home. It affords us the opportunity to have hallway space and a designated “living room” and “bedroom” area which can be a game changer. Especially with four dogs.
After rereading my post about our one month milestone, I can say they all of the good things about our tiny lifestyle are still true one month later. I could even add to the list.
We are still laughing, a lot. While there are many time when it’s one of us laughing at the expense of the other, it still feels good to laugh. To add to this, we are not nearly as grumpy as we were back home. It helps that we no longer have a commute or deal with some people face to face. Now, we meander 10 ft from the bedroom to our desk. No traffic jams there people.
Having the flexibility to change our surroundings is priceless. There are days when we end up somewhere and it’s just not up our alley so guess what? We don’t have to stay. We can hitch up and head out. This my friends, is amazing.
We are both sort of introverts so that makes meeting new people kind of difficult. I am super awkward in social settings and usually say something that will embarrass both of us. Mr. TCP just generally doesn’t like most people so that keeps the social encounters at bay. However, when we do meet someone new it’s always a nice surprise.
I am being 100% serious when I say this, I have learned SO MUCH from Mr. TCP. First of all, he can spell. I cannot. This is HUGELY helpful when I am spelling something so incredibly wrong that even autocorrect isn’t picking up on it. Second, he reads wikipedia for pleasure so anytime we arrive somewhere new he has already read everything there is to know about the place and then proceeds to dump that knowledge on me. It’s great!
An update on the bad. While we are still spending money, it’s definitely slowed down since we got out of California. We are getting to dry camp more in Oregon which has been super nice. Don’t worry, it’s not in the middle of nowhere with no one around. The spot we found in Bend, OR is actually right smack dab in the middle of a highly trafficked bike trail with yuppies blowing through every hour on their $4,000 mountain bikes. We have some neighbors too which is good. We are in the market to purchase a different vehicle so that will fall under the “bleeding money” category but it is what it is.
Oh, and I still hate laundromats but I think I have found a solution. We don’t generally stay RV resorts because they have a lot of rules (read: limit on dogs) and are kind of stuffy BUT they do offer clean laundry facilities. If we have been staying somewhere were we didn’t have easy access to laundry facilities then we will find a nice RV resort to spend an evening. RV resorts are interesting places too. You know those expensive rigs that you rarely see anywhere? They are all at these resorts and they amaze me for some reason.
At the end of the day, we are happier, healthier and love this new way of living more than we had ever imagined.