Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Twenty two days to being homeless!

Not homeless like someone who has been evicted from their apartment or a dog taken to the shelter or an owl whose nest was in the dead tree that your neighbor had cut down. No, we are going to be homeless like migrating tern on their way from the arctic to South America looking for balmy weather, or bison wandering the prarie in search of the sweetest new grass.

We made the decision a few months ago to hit the road full time in our rv. This wasn't a spectacular change, since we have spent 11 of the past 24 months living in our fifth wheel trailer and traveling through much of the Southeast in search of warmer weather, great music, good food, friendly people and interesting places to visit--and we've found all of that in abundance. So deciding to go full time was more an acknowledgement of what was already happening--we were becoming less connected to our home neigborhood (though we are going to very much miss the wonderful friends we have made in Rebecca's Landing) and more comfortable with accepting wherever our trailer happened to be parked as "home" for as long as we were there.

So we have spent the last three months going through everything we own, deciding what to keep and what to part with. I have become a master at selling stuff on Craigslist and Ebay and have derived immense satisfaction in seeing our possessions go to new homes where they can make people happy. We have completed long-avoided tasks like going through 10,000 paper photographs to pull out 1000 to be scanned and kept. Even our beautiful home on Clam Pudding Pond will once again be shelter and inspiration year round for its new owners as it used to be for us.

So stay tuned as we finish the process of cramming most of what's left of our possessions into two steel PackRat containers which will sit in a warehouse waiting for us to find a new home some year. On October  6 we will head North (North!? More on that later) toward Cape Breton Island then Chicago, then generally South and West to winter in Arizona (or thereabouts). Subscribe to get email updates of this blog or just check in every so often and we will try to make our story interesting.

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