Just Who Do We Think We Are?
|During a 4 day camping trip to Cisco Grove in the Northern Sierras.|
|My parent's car after a careless driver hit them head-on while attempting to pass on a double solid line.|
|An early camping trip with the pop-up.|
Granted, there was a bit of research prior to this major purchase. I had been in reading up on blogs written by other full-timers, mainly Living In a Tin Can by Ramona Creel, and learned about domicile, mail forwarding, insurance, downsizing, minimalist living and the different kinds of rigs out there. Clark was in charge of financing, health insurance (through his state retirement) and spontaneity. We had been to a few RV lots and one show and quickly learned that what we thought we needed was not going to be in our price range. Actually, the rigs we first looked at were roughly three times as much as we had anticipated. The first hard lesson we learned was to determine our budget and then look at anything and everything that fell within that budget. Out went the washer/dryer, dishwasher, diesel pusher, king-size bed and anything over 35 feet.
|Photo courtesy of Technomadia.|
Now about us:
Lynn grew up an Air Force Brat. Born in Japan she then spent the next 22 years moving around the country as part of a military family. She experienced life on the East and West Coasts and eventually Alaska where she went to college. She finally settled down (slightly) in Northern California for work reasons where she kicked off her career. She dedicated 20 years to the automotive industry working for GM and Subaru as both Warranty Administrator and Service Manager (in a very male dominated business) and later became an independent contractor for her own business Bonelli Warranty Service. On Sep. 15, 2012, at age 41 she quit working for a paycheck and acquired a new full-time job...taking care of Clark, navigating routes, blogging and copy writing. She recently graduated from Sivananda Vedanta Yoga School and is a certified yoga instructor, hoping to bring her passion for yoga to others on the road.
Clark grew up in a huge Italian family in Northern California but spent most of his youth in boarding schools and dude ranches. He spent his early adulthood working as both a plumbing contractor and a musician but quickly realized his body (and retirement fund) would not be able to keep up that pace for long. He found a job with a benefits package that offered retirement at age 50 through the City of Vacaville. It was one of the smartest things he ever did (the others were having his daughter Gina and marrying Lynn). For 20 years he worked hard for the "man" while keeping his eye on the prize and retired the day he turn 50 (and not a minute longer!). His parents had long passed, his siblings had all moved away and his daughter, now grown, had moved to Southern California so, like Lynn, he felt no allegiance to the area.
|Our wedding at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Tahoe, Christmas Day 2011.|
Our other crew members:
|Miso...aka Yoga Cat.|
|Avi (Ah-vee) our little prince.|
And the late, great Cleo who spent 1 1/2 years traveling with us and sadly passed away in March 2014 in Hot Springs, Arkansas...
We were very blessed to have met up with Chris and Cherie of Technomadia while traveling through South Dakota in 2013. While there, they interviewed us for their Ramblings: Tales From Nomads series which is an GREAT way to familiarize yourself with the many faces and stories of other full-timers. They provide inspiration and tips for starting on your own adventure. Many of the nomads interviewed have found ways to make money on the road to either support themselves fully or supplement their retirement income. You can view our interview here and please do leave a comment for Technomadia so they can continue to provide these excellent videos to the public.
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