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The Home Place, Rhonda & Charm

The Home Place

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Packed and Ready to go…

We pulled out of the driveway for the last time 9/17/2012.  Now in the 7th week of being F/T RVers, all I can say is ‘Life is Good’, no… Life is Great!

FIRST A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON HOW WE GOT HERE…

Like everyone else, we had the jobs, the cars, the houses, the stuff.  Too much stuff.  Our ‘off time’ was spent on our boat the Rendez-Vous.  Docked in a marina in the Alton Pool on the Mississippi River, we spent every weekend on board.

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Home away from home

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A big part of our boating life included membership in a boat club.  The club owned an island on the Mississippi River.  Nearly every weekend was spent camped on the island, and some great times were had by the campfire late into the night.  Conversations would occasionally be interrupted by the Delta Queen passing by.  I remember one instance at 1:00 a.m., with all the deck lights on and the Calliope playing, she was a majestic sight.  It stirred thoughts of all the places she had cruised and adventures that had been experienced aboard the great steamer.

Well we did have some good times on the Rendez-Vous, but after a while it gets to be a stale routine, water and trees.  A trip to a far off place would happen occasionally, but even then there was a sameness to it all.  There was limited travel on land with no car and what do you have, water and trees.

Changes are in the wind…

For many reasons the time had come for a change.  We sold the Rendez-Vous in the fall of 2009.  What now?? We asked ourselves that for a couple of cold winter months.  As the winter slowly gave way to early spring, we realized that camping would be a great alternative to boating.

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The Pop Up

We bought a pop up and went camping, two times…  That was work.  Mother’s Day came and on the way home from a get together with Rhonda’s daughter and grandkids, we detoured through a local park/campground.  Camping fever had us but the pop-up was so much work to get ready and to put away when we got back from a trip, we needed to find another rig if we were going to do this.  A few hours later, we were headed to Bunker Hill IL to look at the hybrid.  We bought it.

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The Hybrid

This was a perfect solution.  We could pack before we left, and there would be minimal unpacking upon return.  The set-up and breakdown were quick, and with it being self-contained, we could set it up for dry camping.

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Dry camp – Daniel Boone Conservation Area Aug 2011

Over the next two years we had some great times and met some new long term friends.  We Learned a lot about what we need and want from what now is our reality, a full time RV Lifestyle.

THE NEXT CHAPTER UNFOLDS

To make a long story a little shorter, in the spring of 2012 we bought the 5th wheel, a Cameo F35FD3.  Our tow vehicle is a one ton Dodge DRW Cummins.  By the end of the summer everything was in place to go FT.  We did it on September 17, 2012.

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Our time at Barkley Lake was great.  Twelve days of R&R.  We met some new friends,  Ron and Charm, I am sure we will stay in touch and reconnect somewhere down the road.  The four of us visited The Home Place a working 1880s farm, very cool.  We could have spent the whole day there.

The Home Place

The Home Place, Rhonda & Charm

The Home Place, Rhonda & Charm

Well the Twelve days passed fast and we headed to the next camp.

The Dry Camp Shakedown at Tailwater CG, Lake Barren…

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 Dry Camp Tailwater

Tailwater CG is a great place to test the rig for dry camping.  There are no hook ups at the site from Sept 8 till mid April, and during that time it is FREE!!

The plan is to spend a lot of time out west.  Many of those places, even in campgrounds, will have limited hook ups, so I have planned for dry camping.  We have a solar set up in our future plans, and there will be more on that in future posts.  Also for future posts are details of systems we have now that help us sustain our camp for an extended period of time without hook ups. For now let’s just say all systems worked quite well and we did it.  Fourteen days of mostly solitude, and not one time did we feel like we were in a spot where we wished we had BLANK.   The bases were covered, and we were quite comfortable.  All systems worked.  We did add some retrofits and make additions to our ‘must have lists’ all one time purchases geared toward either dry camping or camping with minimal hook ups.

Got it covered.  Dry Camp Tailwater

Got it covered. Dry Camp Tailwater

Got it covered. Dry Camp Tailwater CG

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Lake Barren

While we were there we had to see Mammoth Cave the largest cave system in the world.  Unfortunately Rhonda took a fall and broke her wrist.  After a trip to urgent care,  a few x-rays and a splint, all is well.  It could have been a lot worse.

Mamouth Cave

Mamouth Cave

Mammoth Cave

We did our laundry in what now is one of our favorite towns in Kentucky

Scottsville KY

Scottsville KY

 Scottsville KY

Tailwater - just down the bank from our site

Tailwater – just down the bank from our site

 Tailwater – just down the bank from our site

Toby & Who Man

Toby & Who Man

 Toby & Who Man

The Dogs have settled into this life quite well also, much better than we had expected.  The long walks have helped.

Before we knew it, time had come to leave Tailwater.

Our next destination, Campbellsville KY – Amazon here we come…

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Armpit Campground

 Armpit Campground

Attitude and Rules at the Armpit campground

Attitude and Rules at the Armpit campground

 Attitude and Rules at the Armpit campground

Yep we picked the “Resort” for our stay here at Campbellsville.  Amazon provides a place for work campers to stay, and we thought this would be great- a hot tub, cable TV, WiFi, laundry and FHU (full hook ups)  – what more could you ask for.  EXCEPT, The hot tub has been broken for the past three years, the dump at our site is at least two feet higher than the discharge on our fifth wheel, there is so little gravel packed on our site that the day after we had set up the earth under the weight of our rig had settled on one side two inches and we were no longer level.  The management/owner has a very unique attitude for someone in the hospitality business– they are not very hospitable.  We moved…..

Paradise Found…

Green River Lake State Park Campground turns out to be a great place to be.  The WiFi works, the laundry works, the site is hard surfaced, and our rig stayed level.  It is beautiful and the other campers here are very nice folks too.  We look forward to the next two months here.

Green River State Park CG, Paradise

Green River State Park CG, Paradise

Green River State Park CG, Paradise

Well here we are, working at Amazon till Christmas.  The next 14 months are planned, and we look forward to telling the story as it unfolds.  We have taken in part of the Bourbon Trail and will tell more in a future post.

That is the recap of the past 6 weeks.  Thank you for reading along and hope to see you back here as the journey continues.

Remember, “Turn when the road does”.