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Nomad Hiker

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  • Birthday 07/26/1952

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  1. PacknRat, Oh my that is an old post...we are far past that. We opened a Navy Federal CU account(national and fed gov) before leaving CA. You can withdraw $$$ at cooperating CUs and 7-11. We do have a SD library card, but only because we workcamped at Custer SP for the summer and we were binge watching the series "24" LOL, so checked that out at library. Jim was called for jury duty for the month before we were scheduled to arrive in Custer, but we contacted them and had it delayed. He was scheduled for May, but was never called. We don't own any land there. I understand your thoughts, ESPECIALLY, exiting CA as they don't like to lose taxpayers, but I would take it one step at a time and not rush into buying land. We sold our home in CA and the cars we owned there, so we had no ties. It might be the trickier issue if you own property in CA, IDK since we didn't have it.
  2. I just took the "low flow" regulator out of our current shower head and it greatly improved our shower experience! I don't think there is much difference in water used when I can rinse soap quickly versus having to take all day to get rinsed because of poor pressure.
  3. You can leave your RV at the airport???? Please tell me more.
  4. Our Goal is to hike in every state, so I understand that logic ! We are just now getting to the point after being on the road since 4/25/17 that we are starting to look into volunteering and workamping.
  5. Ya, we try and keep our travel days about the same. We like to get into camp early and get set up. We started out staying 2-3 weeks in places, but found that if there was not enough to keep us occupied that we wished we hadn't stayed so long. Now we are doing a better job exploring the area via internet prior to picking an area to stay. As far as Christmas...we are talking about starting a "Christmas in July" tradition for every other year!
  6. Late is ok! This is kinda the thought process we are having! fly in!
  7. Ya, I know...it is going to stink being in Midwest for a week. We did go in Spring and stayed 3 weeks at campsite in area of each kid, KS and IA. We decided that was a week too long for one and fine for the other as one area we used to live in and have friends there too. Unfortunately, it's a little hard for them to all get together in one place due to work and kids activities. We certainly won't go there every winter. Maybe we will have to start a "Christmas in July" tradition. I'm sure the little kids would love that!
  8. I agree, and I guess some of it will be trial and error and I've always said, there isn't much written in stone. We have discussed work-camping for sure. We just didn't know when we were wanting to incorporate that in our life-style. We do like the idea of eventually immersing ourselves in the culture and daily life of an area for a short period of time. I will check out the link and I know about the other options I think for work camping. Thanks.
  9. Thanks, I'm not sure we want to move weekly. Maybe if it were in the same state that would be ok, but wasn't sure that is what you were referencing. I get the kid that is "too busy". Unfortunately, our kids don't live south...both in midwest. Winter, cold, snow! Maybe, I can become your kid in Phoenix's long lost aunt! Then there are the grands! Gotta see them more often than every couple years! I'm considering to fly in one time for just a few hugs!
  10. LOL! I'm sorry. We went full-time FROM San Diego area!!!! Lived in Carlsbad, CA 35 mi north of SD for 6 years. Had Christmas on alternate dates or via mail a lot! I guess that is why this year we want to be there up front and in person. Don't let it give you anxiety...it doesn't even give me anxiety! That is the first lesson...no anxiety, if you can help it. We have just learned that we go to one state and don't really have time to see all there is to see and think...well "when we come back" . So that is why we are thinking maybe staying in one state a while and do all we care to do might be the answer. Then move on. It is all trial and error for us at this point. If it were just the grown kids, that would be one thing, but those grandkids that tug at the heartstrings. I wish you all the best. Hopefully, you will enjoy yourselves as much as we have! Oh, and you are correct, that area is nice, but stay around Carlsbad. If you are not over 35 feet you can stay right on the beach. Go to O'sullivan's in CB for happy hour and Old California Mining Company on Saturday for $6 killer margaritas! Take care and Happy trails! If you need anymore info about that area, get in touch...I'll fill you in!
  11. Hey Escapees! Well, it has been a while since I've been on here much. We started our F/T adventure on 4/25/17. So far things are going pretty good! We are both still alive, well, and happily married. Any obstacles, we have overcome without much stress - no point, right? We had scheduled several stops in advance prior to taking off, and some for up to 3 weeks in one place because we didn't want to always be moving. Now, we are looking at revamping how we plan and your input, as always, is valuable. Up until now our route was somewhat dictated in seeing family in 3 different states, needing to attend a retirement party in another, going back to see the kids again for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which is the midwest and not a great place to be in winter. After that, we head south and west. We have been considering picking a state and only moving around in that state until we see all we want to see. We have already figured out that we have to look more closely at activities, specifically the hiking and biking, and how much will be available to us AND how far those activities are from our campsite. So, any input on options will be greatly appreciated. Also, how often do you get back to see family??? The area family is in and surrounding areas, really doesn't hold much to do, yet we love seeing them.
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