…has this blog gone? Why such a long silence? What have we been up to?
As my southern dad used to say, “A little of this, a little of that.” We’ve been here and we’ve been there. Most people don’t move from home to home very often. As full-time RVers, we’re moving all the time. Just this spring we drove through five states in one day to move our “house” from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.*
Ever since my husband and I sold what full-time RVers call a “sticks and bricks” house to roam the country, I’ve been hit with ideas. They come at me like little missiles — bam! bam! bam! — bombarding me dozens of times a day.
Who lives in this town? What do they do to make a living? Who hates seeing this storm coming the most? Why?
I take a lot of photos. A lot. After a day on the road I can easily end up with more than a hundred images, often taken out the window of the RV as we’re moving along. The US countryside still fascinates and mesmerizes me, even after eight years of criss-crossing it.
So do I write?
Yes. Daily journal entries — keeping track of where we’ve been and the day’s highlights. Blog posts. Plus work on the Rollin RV Mysteries.
All of this writing is wedged into the full-time job I share with my husband: full-time RVing. It’s easy to think of full-time RVing as being on vacation all the time, but there’s a lot of work involved: planning destinations, figuring out the routes (to avoid narrow, winding roads and too-short tunnels), plotting ways to skirt nasty weather and wildfires. And once we’re where we will be staying for a few days or a few weeks, we have to learn (or remember, from a previous visit) where to find groceries, gas, propane, and other necessities.
Finding places to explore — hikes or attractions that appeal to us — takes time. We devour all the newspapers, brochures, and magazines we can find to see what’s nearby and what’s happening in our new neighborhood.
And it’s so worth it!
So the next Walt and Betty novel (aka the Rollin RV Mysteries) is in the works. And as soon as it’s available, you’ll be the first to know!
* For all of our travel adventures check out Bob and Ellen’s Great RV Adventure at http://bobandellen.wordpress.com. The blog is usually out of date — I have all kinds of reasons for that — but you’ll get the idea of what it’s like to experience life on the road as a “full-time RVer.”