Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Marty has no arms

I cam across this on The Open Road Forum. It just made me say WOW...

A must Read! Very Inspirational and quite a Man!

I recently met a gentleman here in our campground. He camped in the space right across from me. He had a small pickup and travel trailer. The gentleman was outgoing and very friendly. He was the perfect neighbor and camper. His name was Marty. He's quite intelligent and a pleasure to converse with.

Marty has no arms. This gentleman drove in towing his trailer, parked it and unhitched it by himself. This is something you or I could probably not do with great amount of practice. I watched him in absolute amazement. Later the first evening I looked over and he had a campfire going! I walked over to visit and see if he needed anything. Hid rply was thanks but he was fine and thanked me for asking. After talking to Marty for some time I asked him right out. How do you drive with no arms? He quickly showed me how he drove with his left foot which sat in a cradle and was linked to the steering column with a chain mechanism. He had extensions on things like the turn signals and igniton etc he could activate/work with his mouth and a small (6-7" long) what he called his "little arm" on his right side. This man was amazing, full of wit and a very friendly person to be around. I enjoyed his company during his short stay. He cooked his nown dinner and quite frankly did everything you and I can do.

I tell this story because from now on everytime I think I'm having a rough day or having trouble backing or whatever it may be, I'll think of Marty. He made quite an impression on me. We take so many things for granted nowadays. There wasn't much he couldn't do. I don't think Marty is handicapped at all. I think the rest of us are. There are times where we complain or say "I just can't do it". Marty doesn't, he just goes on and does it and with a smile at that! We were talking and I had mentioned how my arm and shoulder was hurting after unloading the last load of firewood that was delivered here. He laughed at me and said next time call him and he's help or do it for me! Ya know what? I believe him. I had said to myself....... self now why did you go and say something like that!? He thought it was humerous.

I'm probably not telling this well but hopefully you get my drift. People like Marty are a rare breed and he left a lasting impression with me. His smile and laugh and ability to travel as he does is quite an inspiration. If you happen to run accross him, stop and say hi to one genuine happy, mart and capable person. You won't be sorry of the encounter.

The next time you have a hard time hooking up, backing, cooking, building a fire or just having a hard time smiling just think of Marty Quite that gentleman he is.

The day Marty left I walked over and offered to help him hookup. He looked at me with his smile and asked me.... what do you think I can't do it? (with a chuckle I might ad) I said no sir but just thought I'd offer. By the time I was done talking he was hooked up and ready to roll lmao!!!!! Like I said, I don't think Marty is handicapped. I think the rest of the world is Go Marty Go!

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Retired Fire Captain.. Yessss!

2002 Chevy 2500HD 8.1, 4.10 w/ Allison 5 Spd,

Firestone 5,000 lb. Ride rite Air Bags

Keystone Challenger 31RLB - Prodigy BC

Reese 16K Quick slide

Verizon Wireless National Access - Air555 Card

Shorty & Little Ann - "Camp Host Dogs"

Full timing and loving it!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Selling the Classic

One of the hardest things to do when you are planning to go fulltime is to get rid of all your stuff. Especially if one of the items is my Classic 1965 Mustang. I have had the Mustang for over 27 years and fully restored it. I have already sold my 1994 Convertible GT Mustang. That was difficult but it will be tough to see the ’65 go. You can see my ad by clicking on the link to the left.

Monday, April 26, 2004

In the beginning

Greetings Family, Friends, and Visitors. Please bare with me, it will take me a while to get this journal organized. In the mean time it may seem chaos but I promise it will make sense as time goes on.

We are actually not fulltimers yet but I thought I would start this log now to let you all know what is involved in the preparation of going fulltime. The plan is to hit the road no later than January 2005. We will be leaving sooner if we can get everything in order early.