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Rving, Sailing or backpacking ...can't decide

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90_20181230_140058.jpg With less than two months left in California until college classes are done, the question,"what next?" comes up more frequently. We have been researching for several years, originally planning to sail the oceans, but that idea kept getting put onto the back burner. We had too many unfinished projects, houses and businesses to take care of, which kept us landlocked. After Tony's retirement almost 3 years ago, we focused on our daughter's college education,which she started at age 16. We agreed to stay in Georgia until she finished her 2nd year of college, as well as highschool at the same time. She decided to join the Air Force to continue her education and learn a new job field in Cyber Security. We were thrilled that she decided on a path and heartbroken at the same time.
Our firstborn flew out of the nest to start her new chapter in life. In the meantime we sold our retirement home, rented an apartment for Michelle and spent months in Kentucky to work on our rental house. We had to move into our completely destroyed rental house and live in our construction zone for over a year. 20180816_191339.jpg By then we put off our dream to sail the ocean and we wondered if a travel trailer would be a better option. We went to the Miami boat show and found our dream catamaran, a gorgeous Bali Lagoon 4.5. The problem was that she came with a pricetag of about $400.000, way out of our budget. We continued taking trips to Florida, chasing our dream tent camping. One night laying in my sleeping bag in the tent, pitched at Long Key State Park, I was so restless. The traffic noise wouldn't stop all night and rats were trying to chew their way into our tent. It was time to find a more secluded and less rat infested area. We headed further south to Key West to Sigsbee, a military campground. Just out of curiosity we checked the bulletin board to see what RV were for sale by owner. A 27 ft. Grand Surveyor was listed for sale and was set up ready to view just a few feet from where we were standing. We knocked on the door and the owners were more than happy to show us the travel trailer. It had everything we wanted and we were able to negotiate the price and paid cash right on the spot. It all happened so fast and two days later we moved into a completely furnished RV. The site was paid up through the week, sheets, towels, pots, silverware and more included. We were ecstatic and could not believe our luck.This turned into our first Florida vacation in a home on wheels and we took that Grand Surveyor to the Emerald Coast several times. 20180827_200307.jpg We loved to have the creature comforts of home while traveling, but still a sailboat seemed more exciting and we realized quickly that the 27 travel trailer was a bit cramped for a family of four. We were getting pretty wrapped up with the remodel of our Kentucky house and finally sold it, which checked of another obstacle, from freely traveling, of the list. We sold all our furniture and put the rest into storage after closing of the Kentucky house. Completely relieved we headed towards the East coast to South Carolina, in hopes of finding our boat. 20181126_164704.jpg Instead we purchased a 40 foot Winnebago Journey Motorhome and traveled from coast to coast. We have been in California since December of 2018, collecting BAH for college. While it drives us crazy being stationary, it did come with benefits. We paid of all our bills that accumulated while remodeling not just one but 2 houses(yes, the Texas house needed some minor work too) .
Anyway, we paid of our debt and saved up a good portion as a down payment for a catamaran, should we find the right one for the right price. We are still chasing our dream, working towards it, while completing unfinished business. Lately I have been wondering if a nice long hike will help clear my mind. Should we settle down, buy property and a house, should we continue traveling in our RV (which keeps us landlocked) or should we go all in and explore the open ocean? Or maybe we will hike the PCT or the Camino de Santiago? So many options until the end of May. Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure. It feels pretty good to check off items on the list in order to gain freedom. Until then, safe travels! 20181222_165309.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 10:33

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