Big Changes are Coming… Again

So what are these big changes? It all started innocently enough when Dick came into my office 6 weeks ago and said, “I’m bored”. I was sitting at my computer wasting time and I looked at him and said, “I am too”. That started a discussion about why we are bored and what to do about it. Embracing change is always a challenge of letting go and welcoming the new. We recognize that when a person loses their sense of purpose, they lose their sense of self and meaning in life. We were at that point. 

Our first hosting job in Escalante State Park in 2005

As we sat and talked about what we should do with the rest of our lives, we realized that we did not just want to just sit in our house and wait to die. We are still healthy for our ages. Our most satisfying memories of our past were those where we were with other people volunteering. Why couldn’t we do that again? When we looked at the local volunteering positions, they just did not quite fit what we want to do. Further discussion brought up the whole idea of once again selling our house, buying a motorhome and living fulltime on the road. The more we talked about it, the more appealing it became. The freedom of the open road has always called us and we decided while we were still healthy enough we should do it we should.


Our second hosting position at the Paria Blm Station in 2007

Volunteer positions for RVers are so numerous and varied that we could easily find our niche. We have volunteered in State Parks, in the BLM, and for the National Forest Service in the past and would love to do that again. In addition, the Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners and NOMADS fit our needs at this time. Both of these organizations do building work on projects for 2 to 3 weeks. They travel to a community and help build, repair or renovate buildings or homes for people in need. 

Champoeg State Park in Oregon. Home for 6 years of hosting two months a year.

So, the big changes are coming. We have spent the last 6 weeks thinning out our stuff, packing things we absolutely can’t live without (pictures and mementos), sending stuff to charity, getting a place to sell our furniture on commission, find a real estate agent and listing our house for sale. It has been a whirlwind of activity and our heads are spinning. We did this once before and never thought we would do it again, but never say never. Here we are again stepping into the unknown and excited for the new adventure. 

Big Changes are Coming

Our home for 6 years.

Now we begin the waiting game for finding the right buyer for our house and then finding our new home on wheels. Once the house sells, we will live in our Lance trailer until we find our new/used motorhome. We do not want to do the 40-foot monster again so we are looking for a 32 to 34 foot new, used coach. It will probably take a while to find, but we will enjoy our trailer in the meantime. Besides looking at rigs is fun!

What’s next?

Life is best lived as an unfolding adventure. Stay tuned for updates on our journey into the exciting unknown. 


16 Responses to Big Changes are Coming… Again

  1. Carol Wood January 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    This is so exciting! We’ll be right behind you, that is unless you sell and are “on the road again” before we get home. We miss our wonderful get-togethers solving “all” the world problems.

  2. BlaNicS Waypoints January 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    Wishing you both a quick sale for top price, the find of that perfect rig and floor plan and many endless adventures full timing. We love your home and you have upgraded to perfection…so we are confident you will draw that smart buyer who knows the value of what you have done.

  3. Colleen January 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Good for you!! Wishing you all the best!!!

  4. Anonymous January 16, 2018 at 3:36 am #

    We’re so excited for you. We’ll travel with you even if it is vicariously.
    Bonnie & Mel

  5. Anonymous January 16, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Your life is so exciting , Bless you in your new travel’s

  6. BlaNicS Waypoints January 16, 2018 at 7:35 am #

    So happy and excited for you both! The right buyer for your home will come along soon and we KNOW that you’ll find the most perfect home on wheels. Hmmm…have to start thinking about where we need to go for your maiden voyage rendezvous since you’ve been there for our last two and probably not last! Congratulations!!

  7. gonewiththedogs January 16, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Traveling helps keep you excited about life and what may be around the next corner. Good for you guys! The building work projects sound very interesting, will be fun to read about the projects you work on.

  8. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    You are so correct about traveling keeping life exciting. There is so much to learn in this big country of ours. We are looking forward to the building projects. We can’t sign up for any until we know when we will have our new home on wheels. Since they are filled fairly quickly it may be the end of the year before we get to be included in one.

  9. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you for your support. You bet we need to plan our new rig maiden voyage rendezvous. Somewhere special. Of course anyplace we meet with you is special!

  10. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    Thank you. We are blessed with the health to be able to enjoy life this way.

  11. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    Maybe you will be able to find a rig to join us. We would love to travel with you. We will definitely see you on our next trip south… whenever that is.

  12. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:38 am #

    Thank you Colleen. Hope to see you sometime on our travels.

  13. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    The house sale is now a waiting game. So hard to be just sitting and waiting for that phone call.

  14. Melinda Stanfield January 16, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    We miss you and can hardly wait for you to get back here and do the same thing.

  15. Anonymous January 18, 2018 at 3:44 am #

    So very excited for you and Dick!!

  16. Melinda Stanfield January 18, 2018 at 7:15 am #

    Thank you. We are thrilled at the thought of new adventures. The waiting game of selling the house is hard. It will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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