Hi World! We are Sherry and Sean. A husband and wife duo heading out on the journey of a lifetime!
And this is OUR story…
Before we discuss WHO we are, let us tell you WHY we decided to drop everything and travel the country in an R.V. Short version – we want to see things. And we don’t mean “take a vacation, spend three nights, snap a picture with the other hundreds of tourists, then go home” see things. We mean to spend several weeks at a location and really understand the beauty, history, and culture of the area. We want to get sick of seeing something like Mount Rushmore before we move on to the next destination. We want to experience more than the average tourist. So, we dropped jobs, house, cars, and “normal” life and bought a big truck and a 5th wheel R.V.
That being said, it is best to start our little adventure in the beginning, and the beginning for us was in 2013. That year we were married on our sailboat, Tadaima.
Sean is a retired principal who served for 28 years in one district (as teacher, assistant principal, and principal) and for seven years Sherry taught middle school Speech and Theater, directed the after-school theater program, directed a summer theater company, and taught at a private theater arts academy in the evenings, then she high school Language Arts for one year to take a break. 🙂 We realized about a year after being married that we really enjoyed traveling together. We actually loved being in the car, listening to books on tape, and chatting. One day we were taking a trip to Nashville to see Sean’s sister and we started discussing the possibility of moving to Key West. Side note – Sean’s vision before he met Sherry was to retire in the Florida Keys and live on his sailboat. We had discussed the idea of the sailboat and spent time staying on it. We learned very quickly that Sherry gets seasick in the lower cabin of a boat and cannot spend extended periods of time on a boat without being heavily medicated. 😦 This revelation led us to start discussing possibilities other than living on a boat. The revelation also led to the sale of the boat to a lovely couple who would give her the time and care she needed. Back to the Nashville conversation – while we were chatting, a truck pulling an RV passed us and Sherry said, “What if we drop everything and buy a camper and travel the United States in it?” Thus started our year-long adventure planning!
First, we made a few timeline scenarios. Some of our scenarios included what would happen if Sherry were to get pregnant before (or while) we dropped everything. This was another adventure we wanted – a baby. We have been trying for more than a year, and since we have not yet been successful in the baby department, we feel that a sign was never clearer that we should do this adventure while we were kid free. This is a little sad because we want children with each other more than we can say, but time with each other is also something we hold very dear. A baby would be an amazing tribute to our love and adoration for each other, but we can settle, for now, to have an awesome adventure.
There was a lot of planning to do to even get this project close to reality. We knew we had several big purchase items on our timeline and we needed to quickly get up to speed on what we needed and wanted. We did not own a tow vehicle and decided we needed to research and buy that first. Yes, we were looking at RV’s at the same time, but the tow vehicle was primary. After months of research, we decided the Chevy Silverado was our truck of choice. Since we are going to tow a vehicle, that is essentially the size of a studio apartment, we needed a truck with mucho power. For us, the Chevy Silverado 3500 came out ahead in towing capacity, price, and comfort. We will also be hauling two dogs with us on this adventure and the Silverado has a great extended cab with fold-up seats – perfect for “kenneling” dogs.
Sherry owned a Mini Cooper and before we traded it in and we took a photo of what it looked like up against our new monster truck! Big difference!
We also have a couple of other loves of our lives – two dogs we call Maggie and Bates. These two are going to join us on our journey across the country, and hopefully we will not want to leave them stranded on the side of the road somewhere…