I'm the author of the book "A Passion for the Edge: Living Your Dreams Now." It's about a 6,500 mile motorcycle trip across Alaska, The Yukon Territories, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest - and about how to live your dreams. This blog is about another dream - selling our house, putting everything we need for a two year adventure into an RV, and spending time with family and friends; and being saturated by the people and places of America. You're invited to share this adventure with us. We have no firm plans, just each day as it comes and an idea for our tomorrows. Hope you enjoy the story as it unfolds.
Blog Log - Joan and Tim: On the Road and RVing in America
Being Assimilated (December 10, 2011 to April 17, 2012) April 5-9, 2012
Joan's brother Bob flew from Denver to Mesa for a visit. We had a great time touring, visiting, swimming, and bar-b-quing. One of his favorite places was the Goldfield ghost town with gunfights on the street.
We were sad when we had to put him on the stage back to Denver.
March 22, 2012
Had my first experience with a groupie.There was a knock on our RV door.A man was there with a copy of my book and asked if I was the author.Turns out his wife had read it.She found out our Mesa Regal address at a knitting group and her husband came by to have the book autographed.He was going to read it then send it to his two sons to read.Evidently his wife really enjoyed the book.Hoping this can be repeated about a million times : )
March 18, 2012
Not counting a few sprinkles that didn't wet the ground, it has only rained once for about an hour since we came here October 17, 2011 (don't know what happened the six weeks we were at or traveling to and from Vancouver, Washington - December 5, 2011 through January 15, 2012).
It's kind of like living in a desert here : )
Today we're having a full day of rain with a few showers expected on Monday then clear weather and low 80's by mid-week. It's nice to have some down time and to have the dust cleaned out of the air.
March 17, 2012
A storm front is moving in – cooler and windy – so Joan and I went to Trader Joe's to pick up some of the great products they carry there. Love Trader Joe's.
March 7, 2012
I received a very nice e-mail from a person in Canada who has read my book "A Passion for the Edge: Living Your drams NOW". Here is a part of that e-mail.
Over the summer I read your book, A Passion For The Edge. I read your book, I was intrigued as my wife and I had a dream we wanted to live but didn't think it could happen. We wanted to live in an ocean side city, with reasonable housing prices (read cheaper than where we're at), have enough money left from the sale of our house to purchase another house and a sailboat. We also wanted; a dream job for me, and a paid move for my wife and myself. Oh and it had to be near family on Vancouver Is. At the end of your book I made a list of this stuff, prayed about it and put it away, saying today I'm going to live like this is happening.
Well Tim it's happening! In November I was told of a job on the Sunshine Coast in my company, now these don't come along every day. I applied, was successful and we're moving. To Powell River BC. Housing is half what it is here in Kamloops (a desert), they have 2 marinas, it is the gateway to Desolation Sound which has some very spectacular sailing, and in the inside passage. It's also only a hour ferry ride from family in Comox, and best part is, you guessed it a paid move.
This summer we will be living our dream, and learning to sail. We have our White Sails level 1 only. I start my dream job in February. As I write this I'm madly scrambling to complete some reno's and list this house before I leave. It's very busy, but very exciting. And my wife is recording all in a one year journal, as there is much more to this that I have left out here. Our Year Of Transition.
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
Thanks again for your excellent book,
Here's a part of my response to the e-mail from Chris in Canada.
My wife and I are currently living another dream of ours - spending a few years RVing around North America, visiting friends/family, meeting people, and seeing the beauty of this great land we live in. If you'd like to peek in on us you can visit our blog at www.edenscapepublishing.com/blog (started at the request of family and friends that wanted to stay in touch during our adventure). The blog starts with selling our home, driving the Al-Can, and buying an RV in Washington State. You may be particularly interesting in the page titled "On The Road – Finally".
When we were in the Dakota Ridge RV Park in Golden Colorado I met a couple from Israel and told them we'd decided to spend the next few years touring North America. They said they'd spent months RVing around Europe, Canada, and the United States – dreams they had. They then mentioned their next dream was to spend a couple of years RVing around America. I told them I'd written a book about living your dreams. Their response was "Yea, but people can't understand it unless they do it – can they?". They'd never read my book but this was a concise summary – and the main point. To dream it and do it is the only way to understand the joy of living your dreams – otherwise it's just a concept lost forever in the recesses of your mind only awakened periodically in a vain effort to pull yourself out of a glum you're in.
Glad you and your wife are living your dreams. Life is too short to do otherwise.
Thanks again for your email and best wishes during your "Year of Transition".
Regarding living you dreams "people can't understand it unless they do it." This is so true. Reading, thinking, dreaming gets you nothing. Doing gets you everything.
Live your dreams.
March 3, 2012
Joan and I are still swimming 1.5 to 1.8 miles in the lap pool on a regular basis. Taking full advantage of the facilities here.
February 29, 2012
End of February. There are over 1000 citrus trees in the resort we're stay at. They're blooming. When I'm walking our dog Tilly in the stillness of the morning and the coolness of the evening the fragrance is powerful and delightful. Our refrigerator is stocked with fresh picked citrus. I eat a tree ripened grapefruit almost every day picked free or given to us by neighbors who don't eat the grapefruit on their trees. The bounty of the land! Very good.
February 16, 2012
Weighed today and have lost 20 pounds since we started this adventure!!! This is a big deal for me. I don't remember the last time I weighed 210, but it's been over two decades ago. Before we left I was stuck in the 225 to 230 pound range (230 when we left). We regularly worked out three times a week and even when trying hard to diet I couldn't move more than 1 or 2 pounds outside that weight range. Now, I've been losing about 1 pound a week without even trying – just entered into the sub-culture lifestyle. The lifestyle change we 've made has definite positive and unexpected benefits – and I feel great. WOW.
February 11, 2012
Joan and I have recently accepted a part-time, temporary position here that will run through April 1st. There has been some public relations problems between a catering group and client groups at various facilities in Arizona. Joan and I are a part of a team to help fix this problem - sort of a public relations, hosting, planning, and problem resolution function. A lot of fun helping and meeting people at several resorts in the Mesa area. We're having so much fun we almost feel guilty getting paid for it.
February 10, 2012
Nearly mid-February and we're still lap swimming and tanning outside. Whoa - way wonderful winter weather.
At the bottom of the "Sitting in Summer" blog page is a description of an American sub-culture that we discovered during our travels. I think we've moved beyond being just a member of this sub-culture. We're finding, in the words of the Borg (from Star Trek for the non-Trekkies out there), that "resistance is futile". We're being assimilated.
In the sub-culture:
The amount of property tax you pay – can be zero.
The amount you pay for rent and utilities is your choice – can't go to zero but it can be less than $100 a month.
Days you're living in spectacular vacation settings – as many as you want, anywhere you want.
Snow that is shoveled – none.
Grass that is mowed – none.
Days you can exercise, eat local fruits and vegetables, see new places, and meet new people – 365.
Close friends - located all across America and Canada (the circle grows with time).
The anchor of excess stuff in your life – feather lite.
Quality time you can spend with your spouse – lots.
Days spent in a rut – haven't found a rut yet.
Conversation with people that include shop talk, name dropping, and superficiality – none (nobody cares who you are or what you do; they're just interested in enjoying spending time with you).
Events you go to where men are and women migrate to different circles – none yet.
The list goes on. The sub-culture is unique and significantly different then mainstream society.
We are being assimilated. Resistance is futile.
And the sun paints the sky - marking an end to another glorious day.
February 9, 2012
Joan made a big pot of beef vegetable soup and party bread and we had neighbors over to share it with us. Ate outside on the patio. A pleasant evening.
February 2, 2012
A friend we met that was living across the street from us rides a Valkyrie motorcycle (wish I had mine here – might have to see about that next year). He was having a birthday party and invited everyone on the block. The street was blocked off, there was a live band, and an amazing food table. As the evening progressed people were dancing in the street. Later that night a large propane fire pit was pulled into the middle of the street - mood and warmth. Then the singing of old songs began (yellow submarine, born in the USA, born to be wild, Margareta Ville – well, you get the picture). Everyone enjoyed Bob's birthday bash. Crazy fun.
The pictures below are suitable for all audiences!!!
January 26. 2012
WOW, end of January and we're still lap swimming and tanning outside.
January 19, 2012
Our friend Helmut decided to accept Christ into his life and to be baptized. His wife Terry was not baptized by full immersion so she decided to be re-baptized. I had accepted Christ into my life and became a Christian in July 1999 but never had a Christian baptism. So, we were baptized together by a retired pastor that had spent his life starting and building Christian churches around America. We were all baptized in a portable Jacuzzi. The Pastor had baptized people in streams, lakes, horse troughs, etc. but said this was a first for him. It was a glorious day to be able to share this sacrament with a brother who had also accepted Christ late in his life. Many friends were there to witness and celebrate the event with prayers, songs, music, and of course food. It was like a mini revival. Praise God.
January 18, 2012
Went to a ship cruse murder mystery dinner. A fenomenal evening of fun (yes, yes, I know how to spell phenomenal but it's much more fun spelling it with an "f" in this sentence).
January 17, 2012
The third Wednesday of each month the Mesa Regal Resort manager has a Manager's happy hour at the pool from 3pm-6pm with free beer and specials at the grill. Many people at the resort attend and it's a great place to meet and greet.
January 10-15, 2012
After a month in Vancouver it was time to head back south to Mesa where we plan to spend the winter. After we left Caleb built a Lego RV site like the one we stayed at – complete with the RV, Jeep and little figures that were supposed to be Nana and Papa – sooo cute.
January 4, 2012
I called my brother Lloyd to get together for a dinner at Five Guys. It was nice to catch-up.A pleasant dinner and visit.
January 2, 2012
Ali, our niece, and her fiancée Marc came from Portland for a visit then invited us to Portland to have dinner with them in Portland before we left. They picked a charming Café called The Farm located in an old Victorian home. What a delightful evening. Fantastic food, wonderful conversation, and great company.
December 31, 2011
Brad's mother, his brother, and his brother's son all came down from Anchorage to visit during the holidays. They had a Christmas celebration (Christmas number 3) and then we all got together and shared a family New Year's eve dinner (ten at the table). A wonderful time and a fun visit.
December 20 – 27, 2011
Celebrated Chanukah with Noel.She sent a CD, menorah, and draydel so we could celebrate in style. We had fun opening each other's gifts each evening then calling and talking. Very fun.
Joan and I took the boys swimming – had a fun time.
December 25, 2011
Cristi and the kids made Christmas ornaments and put them on Christmas cards. On Christmas morning Cristi, Caleb, Elias, Joan and I all went to an assisted living home that had eighty residence and the boys passed out the ornaments and cards. Everyone loved them.Some invited us into their room to chat, some offered the kids candy, some shared their dog or cat with the kids, some commented on how nice it was for kids to come by and see them. Everyone had a great time and adults and kids all had smiles on their faces the whole time. Christmas number 2.
December 23, 2011
Irene's mom (the kids call her MeeMaw) and us celebrated Cristi's birthday. Later that night Joan and I took Cristi (and the kids) to dinner for her birthday.
December 20-21, 2011
Joan and I (but mostly Joan) watched the kids so Brad and Cristi could spend the evening in Portland and have some quality together time.
December 19, 2011
Brad was in town and would be out of town on Christmas so the first of three Christmases at the Miller's house was on December 19th.
December 16, 2011
We went with Cristi, Caleb, and Elias to a giant indoor play gym for the kids with riding toys, tents, huge building blocks, small kitchens, short basketball hoops, slides, tunnels, ets . It's one of many programs for kids at the local community center. Fun.
December 13, 2011
Brad and I took Elias to get a haircut. The barber chairs were different cars and each child had a TV monitor to watch a movie of their choice while getting their haircut. Of course, Elias picked the movie "Cars". Cool kids barber shop.