Here is KngaBlu, in all her glory, parked in Virginia last autumn. I couldn't have dreamed up the exceptional 15 months we lived and traveled in our motorhome. She is a 38' 2008 Fleetwood Bounder diesel pusher with 3 slides, a fully decked out kitchen, two recliners, a loveseat, a most comfortable queen size bed, TWO bathrooms (!), and loads of storage space - a perfect size for the two of us traveling the circumference of the USA with a venture or three into Canada. It is bittersweet she is now available for purchase! Here are a few images from our 15 months on the road. I could write a book but here's a post for starters.
Note: If you're merely interested in learning more about KngaBlu and motorhome life firsthand, let me know. You might just want to do what we've done. AND, we have a beaut' motorhome that could be the answer. It's on a lot "for sale" in Skagit County, Washington. Here is a look on the inside and more about details: See KngaBlu's Comfortable Living
ON THE ROAD UNTIL...
When we left Mt. Shasta, California in June, 2016, we were carefree and open ended regarding how long we would live and travel in KngaBlu. Since 1982, we had lived in several homes but in only one county in Northern California. Our sons have lived long distances away for years. This was a chance to see more of North America. Maybe we'd fall in love with another place and decide to put down roots there? We didn't know but we wanted to find out. We were curious and felt kid-like again, I think. What a cool feeling!
One gal I shared our BHAG with (big-hairy-audacious-goal) said, "Do it while you have this window of time. Health can change things on a dime."
Having worked as an RN for years (plus just plain living life) I often saw health mysteriously go downhill shortly after retirement. Why is that? Mark and I both figured it would help if we had something to look forward to. We both love travel and hadn't seen enough of North America. Here was an opportunity to change that.
It was time to start sorting, tossing, and purging the accumulation of 34 years of stuff we'd collected since marrying. It scared me to think of anyone else having to do this for me if the day came I couldn't do it for myself. I'm more of a packrat than Mark so had more to deal with. Hard to get started but, once in the mode, I got pretty good at it. We donated carloads to organizations who could sell the gently used items and make money, sold more precious things we didn't want any longer via an online auction company (ask me about that, if interested), and stored what we weren't quite ready to let go. I wonder how many storage units there are in the United States alone?
We listed our house the first Friday in March, 2016. By Monday, we pulled it off the market because we had received 3 solid offers. The couple who loved our house and was most tuned into our 5 miniature donkeys is now living in the home we loved so much. We closed in a month and rented back for six weeks. Then? We drove away in KngaBlu with KngaToo in tow.
MAJOR LEAGUE ROAD TRIP and LIFESTYLE CHANGE
As we got more comfortable driving, riding and living in KngaBlu, we were pretty pleased with ourselves having taken this bold step. We were on an adventure in retirement. Woot! Trips to anywhere in North America had basically been business trips or vacations with time limited.
Our motorhome provided us a pretty awesome lifestyle. It took us awhile to realize we didn't have to be anywhere on any given Monday -- unless it was of our choosing. And we could pick our route according to how the wind was blowing on any given day.
National Parks. State Parks. Blue Highways. Local diners for the berry-pie-dujour. Small town celebrations. Lakes. Rivers. Waterfalls. Mountains. Kayaking. Hiking. Meeting the locals. Oh, and the rail trails for biking!
THE VENTURE - WE BOUGHT a HOME, KNGABLU is FOR SALE
The stories, they do go on. I'm basically ending this saga in mid-March 2017 with months more to go.
The more I write, the more that comes to mind. I've got a winter ahead to collect my thoughts and get a gazillion photos and stories in order. Wish me luck!
One of the goals in this motorhome venture around the USA was to see where we might want to settle down again. Would one place or a few places stand out? We had a checklist. One of them was we were looking for "not to hot, not too cold" and preferably in one of the Western States. We found it! And now KngaBlu is on the market. We don't want her to sit idle but for someone to buy it and have the fun and adventures we had. It's 15 months we will never regret.
MORE PHOTOS OF KNGABLU
If you missed the link above to look on the INSIDE OF KNGABLU, click here. I have also postedmore photos on Instagram under BoomerEye.