April 1st marks three years since we've been living and travelling fulltime in our 5th wheel. Why is three years an interesting waypoint? When we started this retirement lifestyle by going to the New Horizons factory for two weeks of training and to take delivery of our rig, we met an old-timer of the road who told us if we made it three years, then most likely we would be doing this a long time. In his experience, it seems that most people give up on living this way within the first three years. They just miss all of their "stuff" too much, grow weary of the occasional challenges that surface, or worse, grow weary of being together so much.
It feels like we left the factory less than a year ago, but a lot has happened over the past three years. We've camped through exotic bug infestations, weld failures on our hydraulic leveling system, a fire on the rig, floods, weather from 12 degrees to 95 degrees, sink holes, and very deep mud. We've had our rig in all of the lower 48 states and Canada, unexpectedly bought a 100 acre Garden of Eden in Far North Idaho for summer boondocking, have enjoyed countless sunsets along with grilled local produce and rare bottles of wine, have sampled food and drink that will remain memorable forever, and have discovered more solitude and wild, wide open spaces than all but a few people will ever know. We've met some interesting people along the way and have made some new friends that will be among our closest for the rest of our lives.
As we start out on our fourth year of fulltime RV travel, we can't see living any other way. Our list of places to go just seems to grow larger. The thrill of finding the next unknown boondocking spot is always there. I guess that old-timer of the road we first met three years ago would say we have a good shot of making this lifestyle work out for us.
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