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Rolling out of cars in Memphis

We’re well on our way to the Grand Canyon.  We made it to our next stop today, which is Memphis, TN.  We’re staying in the Graceland RV park.  The area around Graceland appears to be a little sketchy, but the park is nice.

We’ll be staying here a couple of days before we move on west.

Once we were in Memphis and only 3 to 4 miles from the park, we had a very unique situation happen.  We’re driving along when a car, coming the opposite direction, did a hard, fast u-turn in front of us and a young male, late teens or early 20’s,  rolled out of the back door and across the pavement.

We came to a stop and Jodi called 911 to report it.  I contemplated getting out to assist, but before I could more people showed up, from where I don’t know, and angry voices began.  We decided it was best to let the police come and do their thing and we left the area before things got violent.  Besides, the afternoon shift was filing out of the adjacent strip club to take a look.  There were more than enough feet already on the ground to handle whatever situation it was.

Any who, we arrived safely and got situated.

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Locked out of the RV

Last night took a very unexpected adventurous turn at about 11:30pm.  Jodi and I were ready for bed, but we decided to take the dogs out one last time.  We were out for about 5 minutes when Jodi called to me and said “the door is locked”. Oh……No…….

Sure enough, the door had somehow locked behind us.  First time this has happened.  We tried for several minutes to use a tool to pop the lock to no avail.  We have a second set of keys for the RV, but they were locked in the Jeep.  Not good.

I must admit here that I was not handling this situation well.  The day had already not gone as smoothly as I tried to make it.  Locking ourselves out late at night was bad icing on a really bad cake to me.

I had luckily brought my phone out with me.  Jodi looked up a local locksmith and within about 15minutes he and his wife were on the scene to help.  This is where the story gets insane.

The locksmith tried to get into the RV, but couldn’t.  We had heard and he confirmed that these doors are very difficult to get into.  We then had him go with plan B.  Unlock the Jeep and we’ll get the spare keys from there.  Only hurdle we had was that once he unlocked the door the car alarm would start screaming and here we are in a tightly packed park.  I got tools to start disconnecting the battery while the locksmith unlocked the Jeep, but before I could get the battery disconnected, he opened the door.

We were off to the races!  We get the keys and are trying to get the RV unlocked, which is not cooperating for some reason.  Because of the screaming alarm, our two dogs are going nuts.  Jodi couldn’t keep her hold on them without leashes.  Then a guy and his wife that evidently live here permanently in a very small RV across the street come over yelling for us to shut the alarm off.  Jodi and I both are trying to explain that we’re working on it while at the same time control our dogs that are loosing it.  The two angry RV dwellers continue to berate and threaten us with calls to the police, the park owner, the president, congress, while we try to grab our dogs and get into the RV to get the key to go the Jeep to shut off the alarm.  This is the best I can do to get the whole crazy thing into words.

The good news is that we got in, got the car alarm off and we both slept soundly after I was able to calm down.

Footnote: the angry neighbor must have left for work or somewhere about 6:30 this morning because he laid on the horn in his truck for a couple of minutes before leaving.  Guess he wanted to make sure we knew what his horn sounded like too.

Brodie

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Back in Georgia

We’re back where we started this month.  In Georgia.  In Acworth to be exact.  We’re staying in one of the cabins by Lake Alatoona again.  We spent a week here a little over a year ago.  We’re staying a month this time.

There aren’t many rentals in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia, so we’re pretty limited on where we can stay here.  The majority of the rentals that are here are incredibly overpriced in our opinion, and not worth breaking our budget for.

We had to make a Walmart run last night and became extremely aware of the fact that we’re back among the suburban zombies.  Everyplace was busy.  Roads that used to be slow country roads are now mini highways.  Very few people would look at us or speak.  We seem to be invisible here.

On the brighter side, it is nice to be someplace where we know the lay of the land better.    That way, if we have to escape from the zombies at least know the roads.

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What would you like to know?

We’ve been talking lately about our blog and the fact that we need to post more.  Here’s the problem, what do we write about?

We’ve been living in vacation homes and moving once a month for over a year now and the whole process has just become routine to us.  We’re still learning all of the time, but we don’t think about what someone would want to know about our lifestyle.

So, we have a favor to ask.  What would you like to know?  What are you curious about or what doesn’t make sense?  When we started living this way, it was all guess work.  We have made many adjustments along the way to get to where we are now and we really want to share our ideas and discoveries with others.  IMG_0121

 

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All Good in Alabama

Since our last update we are in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  It was a fairly uneventful drive from Augusta, so there really isn’t anything to write about.

We did the usual and got everything moved in within a couple of hours.  We’ve gotten pretty good by now at packing and unpacking.  We’ve also gotten better at prioritizing what to do when.

Anyways, we’re in the new house and we like it.  It’s an older, but comfortable, house the sits on the Tennessee River.  It’s cool to sit on the couch and look up to see a giant barge going by your back yard.

In this particular house we have moved back to a more rural setting.  Jodi and I have talked a lot about the benefits of splitting our time between rural, urban and in between.  We like parts of each, so there has been no perfect place.  Yet.

If you’ve been counting, this is house #17.

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It’s loading day!

We are packing up and loading the trailer again. This is our least favorite part of the gypsy life. But, when you don’t have many belongings, it’s not so bad. Of course, we are currently in a beach house, which means we’re on stilts, which means walking up and down a bunch of stairs. 

I hate stairs! I try really hard to rent homes that are ground level. But, that’s not always possible. 

Our next home is a modernized Victorian in downtown Augusta. 

  
Only 5 steps to the door. That’s nice! Yes, we still have stairs to the bedroom level but that’s not a problem.

Tomorrow, we point the gypsy mobile to Augusta and head off to our next adventure.

-Jodi

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Lunch with Strangers

Jodi and I went downtown Port St. Joe today to have lunch at a small cafe named Sisters Restaurant today.  It’s good and the crowd shows it.  There was a line when we arrived that continued to grow after we got there.

Jodi and I got lucky and a table was open in just a few minutes.  Bad thing was it was a table for four and it was the only table until more people left.

Instead of sitting at a big table by ourselves while other’s stood, we asked the next couple in line if they wanted to join us.  They did and it made for a fun time.  We almost always like talking to and learning about new people.  Plus, the food did not disappoint.

If you’re ever in Port St. Joe, go to Sisters and find some new people to learn about.

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Still remembering how we got here.

  
How did you get here? What made you decide to live like this? How did you make it happen? How did you know what to do?

These are questions that people are asking me now. You would think that something so crazy would have had a specific thought date and call-to-action date. I’m pretty sure that’s true but I can’t remember them.

Yes, it’s only been one year since we accepted an offer on our home, began selling all of our possessions, and started the search for vacation home rentals. (BTW, how ridiculous does all of that sound?) But, there’s a lot I can’t remember or maybe I just didn’t think it was important or a key decision. 

The most basic answer is that we wanted a change, we were OVER owning a home, and we wanted more control of our time and finances.

The more accurate answer probably lies in the footsteps left in the sand. If you could see them, you’d see that there is only one set because we were carried most of the way to where we are now.

We could not have imagined and orchestrated a more perfect life and living situation than we have had for the past year. This is God, not us.

-Jodi

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It’s been a year…

  
One year ago, today, we put our house on the market and decided to start this crazy adventure. I cannot believe it’s been a year!!

Wow! I remember how crazy scary this decision was to make. There were times between August 4th and December 10th (the date we moved) that I really thought that this was the absolute dumbest thing we had ever done. 

Honestly, there was a lot of grieving involved. I wanted so badly not to care about our “stuff”. I’m not one to cling to my earthly belongings and it made me mad that I was sad. 

Ok, enough of that… I am SO happy that we made the decision to move on and free ourselves from our giant, pretty, box of stuff.

We have been traveling for 9 months and my only regret is not having done it sooner.

P.S. I DON’T MISS MY STUFF!!! I don’t even remember most of it. I really recommend letting go of the beautiful things that weigh you down and prevent you from embarking on your adventure.

-Jodi

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Travel Perk: Meeting new people

We’ve been at this traveling lifestyle for 6 months now.  There are a lot of great things about it, but one of our favorite things is all of the new people we meet.  We may meet and talk to them only once, but it’s never been disappointing.

Take today for instance.  We went down to the pool before it got too hot and in between Jodi’s work things.  First we talked for a while with a man that is originally from the western states, but has also worked overseas in several places.  We learned some of his and his wife’s favorite places and why.

Next, also today, we met a retired couple who now live in The Villages, but still work.  We learned about some of his Vietnam War experiences and Jodi spent a long time talking to his wife about work she still does.

We also learn a lot about the areas we’re staying in.  Things we may not be able to learn otherwise due to our usual short stays.  There’s nothing better than learning from the locals.

Brodie

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