Much has gone into the process to get us ready for the open road. It began with the distribution of all our personal possessions including keepsakes from when we were both children, we had to take pictures of things we cannot keep and sell all our furniture and concluded with selling the house and moving into The Beast.

Jeanne and I had for some time considered upgrading our 2004 Fleetwood pop-up camper for a larger pull trailer.  We have always enjoy traveling across US, Canada and Europe.  So, it was only fitting that we began planning the next chapter of our lives.  We envision ourselves toting a camper behind us and go where our hearts desired.

Paradise, Michigan

Tahquamenon Falls SPOn our first adventure since arriving in Ohio, we said goodbye to our family on Saturday, June 16th and headed to Upper Peninsula, Michigan.  The drive was beautiful, full sunshine and dry roads; just the way we like it.  We headed over the historic Mackinaw Bridge, paying $14 to cross to the Upper Peninsula.   Wanting to stay in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, we chose to camp at Rivermouth Campground (Site #68).  The Tahquamenon River ran around the campground which was frequented by many canoers and boaters who were enjoying the water.  Camping there was very relaxing.   We had to drive about ten miles to get to the waterfalls.  On the way there is the town of Paradise, who offered free Wi-Fi at certain locations throughout town.  We would often stop at the community building to update Facebook and text our family.

How do you simplify a 2,400 square foot home into just 240 square feet RV?  How do you take all that you have acquired in the last 40 years and still have things you cherish and care about? These are questions we had to ask ourselves.  The answer came to us as we realized the things, we had been just that, things.  Material possessions that we would not die if we had to do without. Then we are starting several piles in the family room.  One was for donations, another for selling and the last was to the local landfill.  Important things like pictures, personal files and documents of course were saved.  After several garage sales, Craigslist ads and donations to Goodwill and the Arc Thrift store.  By the final week of our stay in Colorado, we had sold every item or donated the final objects to the local fire department for their annual garage sale. We were finally ready!

My Favorite Quotes

The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Chinese Proverbs

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. - Edward Abbey

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

To travel alone is risky business, especially into a wilderness; equally risky is to have dreams and not follow them. - Robert F. Perkins

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