We started the year out celebrating with our friends Steve and Trish. We went to the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan. We stayed out until the wee hours of the morning ringing in the new year and had a great time.
Little did we imagine that 365 days later we would be sitting in our 5th wheel 15 miles from the nearest town out in the giggle weeds of Texas :-). Life is funny that way I guess.
Living in our 5th wheel is nothing new to us. We sold our house in 2009 and have not regretted that decision at all. Being able to travel and see some different areas of the country has been our dream and we have been working hard to make that a reality. Our plans were altered in June when Rudee was laid off. Neither one of us anticipated this and were in a state of shock for several weeks. Luckily we were in a good position to "move on" but felt bad for some of her co-workers who had just purchased houses or had young kids and were doing their best to "get by". The layoffs were extra hard on them.
We took stock of our situation and "made lemonade out of lemons". I walked away from my job in October and we headed out for adventure, "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead"!
Thus we find ourselves in Texas where we are able to boost the bank account a little so we can continue our little adventure.
We do miss the friends we left behind in Indiana and look forward to seeing them again in the spring. We are not missing the Indiana winters and defiantly not missing our high stress former jobs!
Our immediate family have been very supportive and we thank them for that. Other family members and some of our friends have been a little confused as to why we are doing this and don't seem to understand why we want to follow a dream. I suppose this is not unusual since being a full time RVer is not their definition of "normal".
So what will 2012 bring? Who knows, but we are looking forward to a fun ride. I'll keep you posted.