Hello hello hello! It has been a while, I know. We last left you in May 2020 when we decided to sell our house in Idaho, as well as our plane, so that we could buy an RV, and return to full-time RV living. I’m happy to report that life on the road has been treating us extremely well since then.
If you’ve been following our journey over the years, you know that we’ve had several different rigs and have embarked on several different phases of part-time and full-time travel. As it turns out, the timing was never as right as it was in May 2020 when we set off in our new-to-us Desert Fox toy hauler. Everything we had learned up until that point contributed to the most comfortable RV setup we’ve ever had, as well as the most streamlined methods for sustainable living as full-time RVers.
We still spend our summers in Colorado’s high country (where we used to live and where our photography business is still based out of) and our winters in the Southwest. Last year, as we questioned what we wanted life to look like moving forward, we began shopping for property on Colorado’s Western Slope. We weren’t interested in acquiring a mortgage again or giving up our mobile lifestyle but we were drawn to the idea of having our own slice of wilderness that we could enjoy during the Spring and Fall. One year later and I still have a hard time believing that we found what we did…a magical 35 acre parcel that is everything we could have dreamed of and so much more.
We still own our beloved Four Wheel Camper and our funky little utility trailer. Both have been so useful in so many ways that we couldn’t imagine giving either up. A handful of times now we have put our toy hauler in storage and taken off on a week long road trip in just the truck camper. The versatility we’re able to enjoy by having a travel trailer and a truck camper has definitely spoiled us!
If we had to boil down our success (in this third round of full-time RV living) to just one factor, I would attribute it to slowing down. Back when we bought our truck camper we thought we had to see All The Things and that we had to see them all right now. That pace might work for some but not for us. In order to sustain full-time life on the road, I think it’s imperative to reduce decision fatigue as much as possible.
When we lived full-time in our Casita back in 2017 & 2018 I became worn down by the never ending need to be planning for what’s next. Where are we going? Where are we dumping tanks, filling water, getting rid of trash, buying propane? How are we getting from here to there? What’s plan B & C if our desired spot is taken? Do we need to make reservations? And on and on. That fact largely took the fun out of it.
We now take advantage of the 14 day limit on public lands, staying the entire 14 days, and then moving only 30-100 miles at a time (within each season). That leaves us with only a handful of big travel days when we’re transitioning to a new region during the season change. This new travel style has changed everything for us. After all these years, I believe it’s knowing your travel style and having a rig to match that equals success and maximum enjoyment in this way of life.
It’s now January 8th, 2022 and we’re preparing to embark on one of our greatest adventures yet. I think I’ll save that news for a future post because I wouldn’t want to jinx it. 😉 What I will say is that if all goes to plan, there should be some beautiful eye candy to enjoy here in the not too distant future!
Lastly, I hope you’ll enjoy over a dozen new posts that fill in the gap of the last year and a half, as well as an all new website layout and design. This site largely was neglected due to me not wanting to take on the time-consuming task of needed updates. Mark convinced me it was worth it and now that it’s all done, I’m stoked to be back!
To all our friends, online and off, we hope you are well! We’ve missed you!
See you soon!
Yay! Good to see you guys are doing well and living the sweet life 🙂
Thanks Meeotch! And thanks for reading!
Hey 👋 welcome back. Looking forward to seeing more from ya two
Thanks David! We look forward to sharing again!
So glad you’re back. Luv seeing your travels and enjoy your adventures & tips that inspire me.
Safe travels & God Bless!! 👍👏🍺🍷
Thanks Dale! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our posts in the past and hope you’ll enjoy following along again.
looks like Ajo Mountain drive in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
You nailed it! You must know the area well!
we were just there in November. What a great place and no one there, the campground was near empty.
So glad you’re back! Was concerned but Chad said all was well. So happy for you on the road again. Take good care of yourselves. Love Aunt Linny
Happy New Year you two. It’s nice to hear your in your groove and love it.
Happy new year to you as well!
So glad that you have reconnected with your readers. I would be very interested in some future posts if you talk a little about how RV’ing has changed since 2020. We have found that the pandemic caused a LOT of people to be outside and many places we knew to be pretty remote and quiet are overrun with people. Also, being from Washington, we found it challenging to find places that were not experiencing a lot of smoke and fires.
Thanks so much for bringing this up. We were a little nervous moving on to the road in 2020 but haven’t experienced too much difficulty thus far. I’ll definitely dive in to this topic a little deeper in a future post.
Welcome back! Look forward to following your adventure.
Thanks Ronda, and thanks for reading!
So glad that you are finding a way to resume full time RV life in a more relaxed manner. I look forward to seeing your photographs and hearing about your adventures.
Yaay! As much as I can’t wait to catch up IRL I’m so glad to be able to follow along via blog posts in the meantime. Ps: your photos forever impress me. Every. Single. One.
Hey! Thanks for such an awesome compliment! Can’t wait to be Desert Fox buddies with you guys : )
Yay! So glad to hear from you guys again! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you guys and wish you both the best of luck 🙂 We actually spent a month in NM/AZ last winter and hoped we would bump into you…better luck to us next time!
Hey Greg! One of these days we’ll cross paths! How did NM & AZ treat you guys last winter?
Love the Ajo area, going to Twin Peaks campgroung the end of the month! So you pruchased land in that area! Great winter time spot!
Enjoy your time in the Sonoran desert, it’s a gorgeous place to be this time of year!
We hope you are heading to Mexico!!! 🥰 Bin Voyage!
Thrilled that you’re starting this up before the big trip! Can’t wait to see the photos and stories to come, and I love that y’all are living a life full of new places and insane amounts of time in nature. Can’t wait for the day that we finally get to visit!
Thank you Preston! We can’t wait to share camp with you guys one day!