So it is finally time to announce the next phase of my life, photography, travels and writing. I have hinted around over the last few months about some new adventures for me on the horizon. Well, the horizon is quickly approaching.
It is no secret that I love to travel and photograph wildlife. It is also no secret that I have not been terribly fond of living in Arvada. So I took the plunge (and advantage of the timing in this great housing market for sellers), sold my house and bought an RV. Well, the house sold earlier this week (after only three days on the market) and I put a deposit down on an RV. The house will belong to someone else on September 1 (barring any issues between now and then - fingers crossed all goes smoothly) and I'll be RV livin' shortly after the closing.
I spent 20 years chained to a desk wondering why I was never happy doing what I was doing. It took some major losses and changes in my life to open my eyes to the fact that we live in a beautiful world and that life is very, very short. I don't regret a minute of leaving behind office jobs to pursue this crazy life.
When I first started my travels in 2013, a friend asked if I was a vagabond. At the time I told her no. I guess that is changing. But this is a great change, a scary one for sure, but one that will give me the opportunity to really tackle that list of places I never got to see with Aeric before he passed, the places I have always wanted to see or have learned about over the last few years, and the new places I am sure I will discover along the way.
(By the way, I have been working on that list for close to two years and there are more than 350 places or subjects already on there. I also hope to include all 58 national parks, at least a large chunk of the 560 national wildlife refuges, a large chunk of the 300+ Colorado state wildlife areas and all 43 state parks in Colorado. Several of these places are not accessible by RV so we'll see how creative I get on visiting places like Hawaii and remote parts of Alaska. That should keep me busy for a while :) )
For all I know I may hate it 30 days into it. If so, then I know I'll have options. If I love it, then full steam ahead!
So my next steps involve revising my business plan to make this a viable adventure, packing, and figuring out how to downsize from a three-bedroom house to a 24-foot RV. I'll be in Colorado at least through September 10. I also anticipate being back in the Fort Collins area at least once a month so I have rented an office space up there to have a place to work.
So here's to taking the plunge, doing something that scares the hell out of me (I am not the most mechanically inclined - I had to replace a lawnmower after only two years thanks to my lack of mechanical skills - hopefully the RV is a little easier - LOL!), and to sharing the beauty of this world with as many people as possible through my photography and writing.