RV living is NOT the life for me.

09/06/2021 Well. Here we are, we made it. We left Casa Grande, AZ on Thursday morning at 9:20. We drove amongst 3 zillion semi-trucks and every time they whizzed by Walt, he shook. Sometimes a lot, enough to blow him off to the berm of the road.

We spent 3 nights in campgrounds in Texas. Damn, that’s a BIIIIG state. I foolishly thought we would be through there in a day. I should have paid attention in geography class. Once out of Texas, we drove through the NW corner of Arkansas. Why is it pronounced Arkansaw? That makes absolutely no sense at all. I’m calling it Ar Kansas. That’s correct, in my mind at least. We spent the next night in Hazen, Ar Kansas. It was a very low-budget campground, they offered nothing. From there we drove to Bowling Green Kentucky. We planned to only spend one night in Bowling Green but Ida paid us a visit so we hung out for another night due to the heavy rain. The KOA had a fabulous dog area, the boys had a great time playing on the playground stuff for dogs. The RV next to us was a year older than Walt but very similar and they were from Az also.

Goodbye Arizona house, you will be missed.
Leaving Avalon, headed to the Interstate.
First stop, somewhere in Az.
Barrio and Max were excellent travel companions. They didn’t talk, want food, have to pee or ask if we were there yet.
This was at a campground. I think Gringo missed me.
New occupation?
He loves it up there, Highway is giving him the side-eye.
This was at the second campground, it was in a sand dunes park.
Reminded me of the Outer Banks.
This was a nice place but no doggie park area.
Highway joins in on the dashboard dancing.
Yay for doggie play areas, they poop much better off-leash.
This boy…
Bill is going to build the boys a playground, they loved it.
My loves, Max, Barrio and Gringo.
Perfect balance.
Hurricane Ida

We got showered Wed. morning, packed up and hit the road, final destination, Kentucky. We made it to our driveway but it was totally grown over with weeds. We blazed a trail with my poor car. It was covered in pollen. We were able to get up so we went back down to the RV and Bill drove that up and I followed in my car. We let the dogs out but didn’t let them wander because the weeds were super high and probably full of ticks.

The better part of the driveway.
Walt got stuck at the top of the driveway. Good thing there were a few piles of stone. Bill shoveled them in and Walt crawled right out.
Max wasn’t having the sunshine.

Bill called Aaron, the guy who was going to clear the road and put in the septic for us and he came right over with a brush hog and cleared the driveway and flattened an area for Walt, then he spread the pile of stones around the area. It is a nice level spot for Walt to sit. We got hooked up to electricity and water and have a temporary septic for the RV.

Just like Green Acres…
Property, we own through the trees and down to the road.
This is all our field, we want to find someone to farm it. They are burning the thorn trees. These trees have 2″ long hard thorns, nasty things. We want all of these trees removed, the dogs could get hurt, they’ll flatten a tire in a swift heartbeat.
Al Fresco dining for the boys.
These limestone rocks were here. They will be used for something.
This is a random building in a random round-a-bout that serves no purpose, there is no traffic. I went to the Mennonite store, then to Burkesville to Ace and to IGA. This is in downtown Burkesville.
This is close to the house.
Nice old barn.
Our driveway.
Max saw his first cow. He was captivated. We walked them on their leashes over to see the cows. We don’t want them over there because of the barbed wire fence. They didn’t see the turkeys, there were at least 5 of them.
The view of Walt from the lower field.

I’m not thrilled with the grocery store option we have. I’ll obviously be making trips to Glasgow to get food, once we have a house. Cooking in an RV is not fun at all. Last night we actually had baked potatoes and chicken but the night before I had black licorice, spicy hot pickles and kettle corn. I have absolutely no desire to cook or wash dishes in this contraption.

I know I shouldn’t complain, so I won’t. This life could be a lot worse. We are on our property, the boys have room to run and we have nothing but blue sky and green trees. And no neighbors, the ultimate gift.

Stay tuned, I’m sure this ride will get exciting.

 

By Ledfutt

Living on an island was a life long dream of mine. In 2012 I moved to Roatan and lived there for 4 months, went back to the US, packed up our belongings and sold our house. In Oct of 2013 we moved there permanently. Our house was completed in July of 2014 and we moved in. After 6+ years, I was ready to go back to the US. I made the move in Dec of 2019 and my husband came a year later. Here we are in Arizona, waiting for our island house to sell so we can sell this place and move on. I guess I'm more like a traveling mermaid.

16 comments

  1. So glad you made it safely oh my you have your hands full with those four dogs I had a hard time taking care of one God rest his soul he just passed away a couple months ago not going to do it again. But you have a beautiful place there I hope you’ll be very happy

  2. So glad you made it safely oh my you have your hands full with those four dogs I had a hard time taking care of one God rest his soul he just passed away a couple months ago not going to do it again. But you have a beautiful place there I hope you’ll be very happy

  3. Though we have two lovely kitchens in our RV, my oven is used for storage. The outdoor kitchen requires Tom to crawl under the RV to hook up the gas, and cooking anything on the stovetop sets off the heat alarms. So I cook ahead and reheat in the microwave or put my toaster oven on a table outside and bake in it. I don’t mind doing dishes. Do the pups all sleep with you?? That might be a bit tight!

    1. Yes, the boys sleep with me, they don’t allow Bill to get in the bed, he’s had to sleep elsewhere because of them. During the night they change beds often but I always have Max with me when I wake up. They’re terribly spoiled.
      We’re going to try to set up an outdoor kitchen soon, have to get some other things done first. I wish there were better food options around here but there’s not. Take out would be fantastic.
      Patience is a virtue. I say this many times a day.

  4. Hay Guys, glad you made it there OK  –  what an adventure!!  Your property looks like a lot of work but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the long run & “It’s Yours”. . .   I have two IGA stores that I go to and I love shopping there.  They have really nice down to earth people working there, great produce & a Butcher.   About every month or two I make the 40 mile trip to the big box stores.                                  Two days ago I bought a DR lawn vacuum to tow behind my riding lawn mower.  I’m getting too old to rake 21/2 acres of hardwood leaves.  I’m going to forward my latest DR email, might be something in there you guys could use.  It’ll be interesting to see how your property changes during the Fall & Winter.  I’m happy for you and Yes, the best part is NO NEIGHBORS!! . . . . .   

    1. This IGA had little to no produce, lettuce was bagged and looked like pig food. I’m going the one in the bigger city is better.
      I plan to have a garden next summer so I can grow my own lettuce peppers and onions. I can’t wait!
      Yes, there is a lot of work to be done here, it won’t be quick. The garage floor will be poured over the weekend, then the roof started. That all needs to be done before our 3 crates of stuff arrives, we’ll need somewhere safe and dry to put it.
      You’re too old to rake leaves? What the hell am I doing in the situation? I’m no spring chick.
      What is a DR mower? Not familiar. We need a tractor, big time. Bill also needs a truck, not a stupid damn motorcycle. 😁
      Chat soon.
      XO

  5. Welcome to the tri-state area! We have 12 acres and I’ve spent 29 years trying to get rid of the thorny trees, they are horrible and seem to be the most prolific of all the trees in our backfields. I’ll agree living with no neighbors is a gift in itself ! Can’t wait to hear about your home building adventures. The dogs look very happy with the camper and their new home. Ticks and fleas are a problem easily solved with Simparica Trio. Takes care of all the ugly worms, fleas, ticks. I order it off chewy for the best deal, I’m sure you have something you liked or like equally well. I like the one and done with this monthly treatment.

    1. Hi Jill, thank you for the tip with the flea and tick stuff. While on Roatan I used straight fipronil as most of the Frontline type of meds were black market. Then being in AZ we had no fleas or ticks. I’ll look into what you use.

      Those trees are nasty looking evil things. The guy doing our grading work says they need to be dug out and burned.

      It’s going to be a process but we’ll get there eventually.
      Where do you live? We’re from Pennsylvania so this is closer to home than Arizona ever will be

      Thanks for reading along.
      Deb

  6. Woo hoo! Glad you made it. That was quite the trip. Maybe pick up a bbq grill and try cooking outside on that? At least it isn’t 110º there. Is Bill planning to get some help in building the house?

    1. We have our grill, he just needs to set it up on something. He said he was making a long table as soon as he gets some lumber. That shoulder make cooking much easier.
      It’s hot and humid during the day but evenings and mornings are beautiful.
      The house is already started, should be done by December. 🤞 Thankful it’s not Roatan because we know how that always turns out.

  7. Glad you made it safe. My mother used to tell a story of how when she was a kid, pronounced Arkansas Ar-Kansas! Got laughed at in class.

  8. Thanks for the update, I’m sure this is a real shock in your way of life for all of you! Loved the pictures and this land looks like it will be beautiful to set a house on. It will all come together and you’ll have a great hew home!

  9. Deb, Love all the pics…it is so exciting to see that you all arrived Safely and are surrounded by such Beautiful Country and Skies at your new home.

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