Today marks our 7th anniversary on the road! Seven years ago, George picked me from my last day of work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My colleagues yelled their farewells as I jumped into our Honda Pilot that was towing our Aliner camper.
We had sold everything we possessed, with everything fitting into either the car or the pop-up. We were as happy has clams!!!
We lived full-time in the Aliner for 6 months. It never seemed too small. We stayed in national and state parks, and used the great outdoors as our kitchen, dining room, and lounge. This all changed when we hit unusually cold weather in Mississippi. We stopped into an Airstream dealer “just to look”. HAHA
We bought a 21-foot Bambi which we loved. It served us well, taking us all around the USA, Canada, and a couple of trips to Mexico. After putting a lot of miles on it, we upgraded to this 2017 25-foot Flying Cloud that we have named Joy. We are truly traveling with joy – and Joy!
When we are not traveling with the Airstream, we travel around the world doing housesitting assignments through a website called www.trustedhousesitters.com. We have completed about 40 assignments throughout Europe, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, and the USA. We love staying in people’s homes for a few weeks, getting to know an area like a local, and not feeling like a tourist. Usually we have a pet or two to care of, in addition to minding the house and garden.
In 2017, we built a tiny house (12 x 40) in South Texas. It is nice to have a base and it is a lovely RV community with a clubhouse, lots of activities, and plenty of really really nice people.
So our schedule is something like this…..3-4 winter months/year in Texas, then 4-5 months camping in North America with the Airstream, and 4-5 months housesitting somewhere in the world.
We are truly blessed to have good health and the ability to enjoy our retirement like this. We hope you will follow our adventures on this blog. In each day’s blog entry, I chronicle our journeys with photos, reviews of campgrounds, my dinner menu, recipes, and book suggestions.
We are – George and Karmen Reid – Reidsontheroad – Traveling with Joy!