Finally, Full Timing

 Finally, Full Timing

Since the end of January I have been “on the road.” I have been on the run from my dentist. I remained in San Diego much longer than I expected. The dentist required some time. After a bit of whining I was given a reprieve and I headed east.

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Two Happy RT's conversing in the desert

I immediately met up with Mary Z. in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona. It is good to have my own tour guide and friend with me. Each time we meet up I learn new things from her. It is good to be humble and learn.

After a week and a half we parted ways. I continued to venture south and east, spending time at Organ Pipe Cactus National Park and Saguaro National Park. I met up with a friend of mine in Tucson and then headed east again.

I have spent the last four days at Chricahua National Monument. I thank Mary for this suggestion. Until today I have been hiking and exploring the park. It is known for its geological formations. The campground is small and a delight to be in. The hiking is grand.



When I was traveling with Cat (my cycling friend…remember my summer adventure?), I did not feel like I was full timing in my RV.  We moved frequently and I felt more like I was on vacation. Full timing, in my Roadtrek means I can stay places longer and really explore areas I am currently camped in. Since I left the city at the end of January it feels more like I am full timing in my RV. I like being in one place and getting to know it.

On those nice sunny days, which the southwest is known for, I can always find something to do. On a rainy day like this one I need to be more creative and enjoy my home. After a 1.8 mile hike to the top of a peak (Sugarloaf) this morning, and being chased off the summit by thunder and lightening, I have had the rest of the day to figure out what to do to entertain myself.

What do I do with a rainy day?

  • I ate my  lunch at the parking lot where I hiked. I like not having a structured day. Just because I was done with the hike, doesn’t mean I have to leave. I have noticed other rigs just sitting and enjoying the view. When the winds kicked up I finally drove off down the canyon at a very slow pace so I could look around. When there were pull offs I stopped and read the information plaques or stared at the balancing boulders.
  • I finished reading a very good fiction book about May Dodd. One Thousand Women, The Journals of May Dodd. Since I have moved in full time I have been enjoying reading books.
  • Take a nap-What a luxury.
  • Balance my checkbook. When I went full time I discovered that the bills still need to get paid.
  • There are just less of them now.
  • Clean-boring and yet a fact of life.
  • Shhh…don’t tell anyone but I have started to paint and draw a little.
  • Edit and refine my photos.
  • Play with the cat. She should be first on the list.
  • I enjoy meditating. I find I have more time for that now.
  • Sometimes it is fun to stare out the windows and watch the day go by.
  • And believe it or not after almost 4 years I still read the manuals. I am still learning.
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Elsie and the Sheepskin

Little by little I find I am enjoying my time in my Roadtrek. When it is rainy and cold, I am warm and snuggly. There is always a safe place for Elsie the Cat. It is her home too. This Christmas I thought I bought a cool present for myself, sheepskin seat covers. Little did I know that I would have to fight the cat for the pleasure of sitting in the passenger seat. This is now her favorite place to reside. She even rides there when I am driving.

Tomorrow we roll. It is time to check out the eastern side of these mountains. The adjustment to full timing is a process and so I allow myself time to ease into it. Every day is a new adventure. What more could I ask for?




  • Thank you for this post. I’m preparing to go full time, and I’m pondering what typical days will end up feeling like. What you wrote resonates with how I think I’ll feel. Wishing you days of wonder and joy.

  • Keep the articles coming. Really enjoy them.

  • Am loving your blog! And envying your life. It looks like your kitty is doing well. I’m curious, is she an older cat? Where do you keep the kitty-loo (all-important question fir travelers!). Is she a leash walker? Is she wanting to go outside? I’m astounded at the idea of a cat living in a van, but if they have the right personality I’m sure they can adapt. Would love to hear the details 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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