That time we changed our lives

As previously mentioned, we bought an RV.

Not just any RV, but the GREATEST RV IN ALL THE WORLD!

Ok, well, maybe not, but it is to us.

How did we end up with the Greatest RV in ALL THE WORLD? Well, it wasn’t easy. We (Awesome K and I), had to change a lot of things in our lives, so that we could change our entire lives. We sold off everything we owned – which is actually a lot harder than people would lead you to believe. I found I had an emotional attachment to a lot of things. THINGS. I had to keep telling myself that these were just things. The Grandfather clock was NOT my Grandfather, and letting it go didn’t mean I was letting him go. Just sending the clock off to a better home. These things, while wonderful, were just things.

Now, to be clear, there are some things that we are keeping forever, because they cannot be replaced. I have a family chair that a relative rode to the New World on, Awesome K as medals that his father earned in Vietnam, and we have a TON of pictures and other things we are hanging onto. Mostly everything else, though, was sold! Or donated! Soooooo much stuff was donated. It is really eye opening and shocking to see just how much STUFF gets accumulated, and how most of it you don’t need. Ever.

Just Un-Stuffing was a huge change, and a huge relief in a lot of ways. I still find myself wanting stuff, just to have it. It’s a major life change to get out of the shopping, wanting, having lifestyle! There is always some new thing I think I can’t live without, before I snap back into realizing that I don’t, and that it won’t fit. That, for me, has been one of the biggest things that has changed. “Will this even fit in the RV?” No. It won’t. Whatever it is. You know why? There is only about 180sqft to work with.

Selling everything we ever owned wasn’t enough to get an RV, but it was a start. Another thing we did was we registered for one for our wedding. Instead of pots and pans, napkin holders, a blender, and all the other things new couples register for, we opted for something different. We already had all that stuff (and soon we would be getting rid of a lot of it), so we started a wedding registry for the things we really needed, an RV Registry! We went to Honeyfund.com, and were able to quickly and easily create a registry that was perfect for us: http://www.honeyfund.com/wedding/kevinandgen

So when we say we wouldn’t have gotten the RV without help from our friends and family, we mean it! We were very lucky to get many “gifts” that helped us toward our eventual RV purchase.

Finally we had one last thing to sell. Our condo. Luckily, the housing market in Colorado is CRAZY, and it took less than 24hours to get an offer. Talk about stressful, though! Selling your home is one thing, selling your home to move into an RV is another thing totally. It’s madness! IT’S SPARTA! Oh…wait…that’s something else. (pic - Story) Persian Wars - This is Sparta

In addition to saving all the pennies we had, we got very lucky in a lot of ways, through selling the condo, a LOT of help, and good ol’ fashioned determination.

Now what do we do? What are we doing? What is going on?!

First off, we are making some upgrades and renovations to the RV. While she is the Greatest RV in the World, we are out to make her a little bit greater. We are adding a full solar upgrade, so that we can truly “live off the grid,” and still have power. We are also making sure we have a tire pressure monitoring system, because driving with ten tires is bananas. We also plan to trade in our car for a much, much smaller version. I REALLY want a Smart Car, but we’ll see how that goes. We are also going to paint, make places for cats to hide, add some flavor, and maybe a decal or two. You know, make it ours. We are going to be living in it, after all.

Wait. What? Living in it? Like. All the time? This is the number one reaction we have been getting. When we tell anyone that we are going to hit the road in a super sweet RV, everyone sort of assumes it’s for the weekend, or for when we can. They ask what we are going to go do, and when we tell them everything, we often get a “deer-in-the-headlights” expression. This is so outside the norm that it literally does not compute.

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That is what we are doing. We are becoming “full timers.” We are moving into a 31ft Class C RV, and will live in it full time. When I say we, I mean the entire staff here at AwesomeSauce Adventure. Granted, that staff is two humans and three cats, but still.

When we say we are going to see all there is to see, we mean it. The tentative plan is to have no plan at all, but to sort of go where the wind takes us. There are some things we really want to do during specific times, like be in Salem for Halloween, or the Florida Keys for Christmas, but other than that we are mostly going to follow the weather, and drive around the country. Probably for a couple of years.

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Sounds pretty Awesome, if you ask me. Terrifying, amazing, life changing, but most of all Awesome.

We’re ALMOST ready for our adventure. Are you ready?

 

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Getting Ready for Something Epic

Everyone has something they wish they could be doing.

A dream, a passion, a something other than this.

If you are on social media at all, and I have to assume you are because, well, here you are, undoubtedly you have seen some of those inspirational pictures flying around.

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Or something along those lines.

I have always felt there was more to life than what I was seeing. Once upon a time, a baby G-Sauce would break free from the confines and constraints of life, and would escape on epic adventures. Some called it “running away,” others called it “reckless,” and still others called the cops on the toddler waddling down the road towards unknown adventure. I just knew there was more to see, more to do, more to smell, more to touch, more of everything than the everyday. Well, baby G-Sauce didn’t think of it in so many terms, it was more of “I want to go out!”

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The chair was meant to be a barricade

In the past, I have had a few times to “go out” on adventures. Life changing adventures, scary adventures, and even one or two that were sort of meh – but at least they were adventures. A lot of the adventures I went on, I went on with my “Old Man,” my Grandfather Pete Parker (yes my Grandfather was Spider Man, but more on my super hero lineage in another post). He and I traveled everywhere, and most of the time it was in an old ’76 Dodge RV. He called it the “Parker Princess.” If we were ever wondering where he was, it was always “spending time with the Princess.” I also spent a lot of time with the “Princess,” even when we weren’t on the road. I would just sit in the tiny dining room (that could convert into a big bed), and daydream about adventure. Where I would go. What I would do. How I would just live in the RV with a couple of cats and see all the things.

Eventually we had to sell the RV, and that broke my heart. I was positive that the “Princess” would be in my life forever, and that she and I would hit the road someday. I vowed that I would own my own RV, and that we would hit the road together. I had already plotted where I wanted to go first, how I was going to survive on the road (you’re looking at it), and how long I was going to run away for (forever). It started to feel like it was only ever going to be a dream, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it! I had bills to pay, and cats to feed, and no way of getting out.

Little did I know, there was a man out there that wanted exactly what I wanted (well, almost)! Awesome K had been dreaming the same dreams I had been dreaming! All he wanted to do was to get an RV, travel the country, and write about his adventures. He was going to see every baseball stadium (including minor league), he was going to see weird stuff, he was going to see all the things! Taste all the tastes! Smell all the smells! He was going to go on all the adventures! He had already been on some sweet adventures, but like me, had a need and a dream for more. Like me, though, he also didn’t know how to get out.

 

Years went by. Work happened, then didn’t happen, then happened again. People came and went. There was loss, a lot of loss. All the while we each dreamed of an RV and our eventual adventures.

Awesome K calls it Serendipity, I call it luck and a push from the universe, but whatever it was, we finally found each other! (cue the Aww Track) In addition to finding out that we were perfect for each other (Aww), we also found out that we had been dreaming the same dream! Wishing the same wish! Hoping the same….well, you get it.

Together, we set out to make it happen. We plotted, planned, saved all our pennies, assembled the most awesome team known to man, made some magic happen, had a little (a lot) of help from friends and family, and then…

WE BOUGHT AN RV!

VICTORY!

Honestly, there was a lot more work than two sentences, but that’s beyond the point (and probably a different blog post altogether). The point is, it’s happening. It’s actually happening!

This is so exciting, and terrifying, and awesome, and weird, and and and…

There is so much to do! So much to share! SO MUCH AWESOME!

Too much awesome for one post, actually. So, stayed tuned! There is A LOT happening, and a lot more to come!

 

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