Wondering who we are?
I’m Emily, the main writer, photographer and contributor to this blog. I’m married since 1992 to Tim, a retired naval officer and my resident computer guru (i.e. the guy who has little choice but to respond to my whines and pleas for help with the technical aspects of running this blog). We have two grown-ish sons doing good things in the world, one working in WA, and the other attending college in TX. And then there’s Lola, our black lab mix (we’re not experts, but we think she’s part toddler), who takes up way too much space in here, and at age 10 is starting to slow down a bit.
Update 05/03/2016: We said goodbye to our Lola today. Her progressive kidney disease had advanced beyond hope, and we let her go gently and peacefully, shortly after our return visit to Norfolk, where we first brought her home in 2006. She loved and was loved, and we miss her.
Wondering how we got here?
Welp, we watched our younger son head off to his senior year of high school in the fall of 2014, and we realized two things:
- We didn’t want to stay in our 4-bedroom 2950sf suburban home after he graduated. Too big. Too much stuff.
- We had no clue where we wanted to live next.
Having enjoyed renting RVs for short excursions in the past, we decided in alarmingly short order that we could buy one, and live in it while we roll around the country trying to find a place that feels like home. For the first 21 years of our marriage, the U.S. Navy told us where to live. Now it’s our turn to choose, and we haven’t got a clue.
Mission: Finding Home commenced in September 2015, after a year spent selling, giving away or throwing away most of our possessions, scanning important paperwork to electronic files, and leaving only items we really, really, really wanted to keep in a small storage unit. What was left came with us in the RV, and that 4-bedroom house is for sale. Now that we own a lot less, we can take our slimmed down selves (possession-wise, anyway) to all those places we’ve been wanting to explore — for a weekend, a week, or even months at a time. Own less. Do more.
Update 03/11/2016: San Antonio house is SOLD!
Wondering about our RV?
It’s a 2008 38-foot Heartland Bighorn fifth wheel we’ve named The Toad, which we pull with a 2012 Chevy Silverado diesel dually, otherwise known as the BFT. B is for big. T is for truck. Got it? When we’re on the road, we’re twelve tons, ten tires, and about 50 feet of holy shit is she driving that thing? Yyyyep. Sometimes I do!
Update 05/25/2017: We have replaced the old BFT with a new BFT! Stats are in the photo caption, and by the end of June, I promise I’ll post the story about why we made the switch. And here it is, posted June 28.
Update 12/03/2018: We’ve replaced the old fifth wheel with a new fifth wheel! Stats are in the photo caption, and here’s the story about why we made the switch.
Update 01/22/2022: We’ve added a truck camper to the mix! Stats are in the photo caption, and here’s the story about why we did this crazy thing.
Wondering how to find us at the RV park?
If we’re parked for more than a night or two, Mary Jo will be marking our spot. She is the small, mobile metal chicken that replaced my giant, cumbersome metal chicken (Charlene), who now lives with friends in MD. If you’re thinking The Bloggess, you’re right. Her Beyoncé was totally the inspiration.
Wondering what we’re like in person?
We’re not big on doing our own videos (yet?), but we play well with others. In reverse chronological order, we appear in the following:
From June 2017, by Heartland RVs
From January 2017, by RV Love
From January 2017, by Spot the Scotts
Wondering where things stand now?
Read this post from August of 2020. I’ve summed it up for you.