For awhile now I’ve had a dream of traveling full time in an RV, seeking out some of the beauty of our earth-mother, seeing some old friends, meeting new people, and maybe doing some volunteer work at animal sanctuaries along the way.

Soon I’ll be retiring from the 3-11:30 world of nursing at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Family Birth Center, so the time has come to bring the dream alive!  This blog will be the story of the adventures that Joy, Shiloh and myself encounter along the way….and the thoughts that are evoked as a result.

Update!  Life in “Wandering Spirit” began August 10, 2014, and we spent the first night under the beautiful full moon.

My trailer is a 2011 Casita, Freedom Deluxe, which I bought used in October, 2013.  Peggy and Doug owned it before me and did wonderful things to it, including putting a solar panel on top, putting in a nice sound system, many other nice mods, and they also included a Honda generator, 2000.  Since then a friend built a wifi antenna for me, that we fondly call the ‘Joel Pole’.

Wandering Spirit is pulled by “Joy Ride”, a 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost.  That’s a lot more power than I need to pull a Casita, but I feel better knowing the extra power is there.

26 Responses to About

  1. Well I, for one, am excited for you…and I’m tagging along!

  2. Hi Cindy, thank you for tagging along with me! I went to your blog and was reading a few of your entries, which led to the purchase of your book, “Evolution of a Stir”, Kindle edition. Looking forward to reading it when I’m on the road and have some time to relax and enjoy it. 🙂

  3. Debbie Gill says:

    I am so excited for you and to read about all your adventures!

  4. edlfrey says:

    If you are still shooting and get down to Yuma I invite you to join me at Sprague’s indoor range. I need to do some familiarization shooting and have never been much of a handgun shooter so it would NOT be a competitive match.

  5. Hi Ed, thanks for the invite, and I sure do need the practice. Yuma isn’t in my plans right now though. I’ll be in Q most of Jan and half of Feb as far as I know. Not sure where I’ll head after that…guess it will depend on the weather.

  6. Sandra says:

    Saw your link thru RV Sue. Love your blog and would like to follow. Wishing we were fulltime too. Can’t wait to roam out west

    • Hi Sandra, I’d be very happy to have you along with us for the ride! Yes, we have such a beautiful out west, don’t we? I’m just amazed most every day, at the beauty that surrounds us.
      How your wait to roam is a short one, but no matter, it will be worth whatever wait you have!

  7. Linda says:

    RVSue also brought me here! I will be headed out full time this winter in my 16 ft Scamp, with my three dogs, Geordi, deaf and blind Aussie, Moxie, deaf Rat Terrier mix and Mojo a Chihuahua mix. Looking forward to reading all your past and future adventures!

    • Hi Linda, so happy you are joining me for the ride. It will help to pass the time until you get on the road with your amazing crew!
      When people seem surprised to find two big dogs and myself live in Wandering Spirit, I tell them, ‘yes, it’s a little tight sometimes, but it works because we love each other’. It will work for you too. I’m excited for you…time flies, and it won’t be long before you are on the road!

  8. Linda says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement

  9. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I bookmarked your blog from RV Sue as well. Read posts back to casino forward. Will read more as I have chance. Love the scenic photos of the Grand Canyon. I want to go there so badly, but we are kind of stuck in TN for now.

    • Hi Barbara, I think I remember you from comments on Sues blog. I could be wrong but I’m thinking you are a teacher, looking forward to retirement?
      But anyway, welcome to this blog, I’m glad you are here…along for the ride!
      So glad you enjoyed the Grand Canyon photos. I hope it’s not too long until you see it with your own eyes.

  10. bess in oregon says:

    i will join the gang of RVSue members and let you know that i enjoy your blog very much. your descriptions and photos are great! i love your candid descriptions of the roads into Yosemite and the unlevel campsi
    we have a vintage 1955 Rainbow trailer that we pull with our 2010 Subaru Outback and are not full-timers. this June we head out on a one month trip to Yellowstone and we will make a big circle from Eugene to get there. we are excited. have you any good information about Idaho, Montana or Wyoming to share? keep on having a great time and if you ever want to explore Oregon, we can give you some great ideas.

    • Sounds like a great little rig Bess, and an exciting adventure that you are planning to have with it!
      the area you are traveling will have have lots of mountain driving, so one thing I’d suggest is that if you aren’t on an interstate highway to plan carefully so you are comfortable on the roads you driving on. The mountains are a big part of what makes it so beautiful, but it can also be nerve wracking to drive in them.

      Hopefully you will be spending some time by the Tetons as well, just south of Yellowstone. Another place I like in Wyoming is the SW area by the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Ashley National Forest covers some of that area and also down into Utah. Some very nice camping in Ashley NF.

      In NW Montanna there is Glacier National Park, a very bucket list worthy destination. That area exemplifies the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in every way.

      Those are my thoughts off the top of my head!

      • bess in oregon says:

        thanks, i will use these ideas for our trip.

        let me know if you want some ideas about camping in Oregon. i am in Eugene and am familiar with the whole state, which is called “Pacific Wonderland”. i too love Big Sur!!

  11. ChrisAnn in Fl says:

    I will be following you as well, just found your blog am looking forward to catching up from the beginning. Hoping to be on the road starting next spring, maybe I will see you out there. If all goes well with inspections on the 17′ Bigfoot I found that’s what I’ll be in, still have to find a tow vehicle.

    • Hi ChrisAnn in FL, welcome! I’m happy to have you here. Sorry it took me a day or so to see your comment. The first time someone comments I have to ‘approve’ it, and other times on occasion for some reason. I can’t figure it out.
      Anyway…I well remember the days of getting ready and planning. For me it was fun, adding fuel to the fire of my dreams. I hope you feel the same.

      A Bigfoot! How cool is that! Have any ideas about what you are looking for in a tow vehicle?

  12. Larry L. Cooke says:

    It was such a pleasure meeting you yesterday at Lyons Ferry KOA, along with Joy and Shiloh. We enjoyed talking with you and learning about your travels. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon. Larry & Polly.

    • Hi Larry and Polly, it was so nice to meet the two of you and chat while the sun was setting. I keep finding the nicest people as I travel, and you guys are two of them.
      Well I made it through 120 miles of wheat! 😀 Wheat everywhere as far as the eye could see. Hope you enjoyed the falls today and have a safe trip home.

  13. Susan L. says:

    I wish you well in your journey! Hopefully soon I will be on my journey to see this beautiful country!

  14. Just found yr blog thru RV Sue! Live in East Tennessee and do lots of camping. Hope to follow yu. Thanks

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