When I was 19, I worked at the Conejo Valley Outdoor School teaching botany to all the sixth graders in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Every week a different school would come to the camp near the beach and learn about ecology, taking care of the planet and cooperation. It was one of my all time favorite jobs.
The director of Outdoor School was a man named Acorn. (We all had camp names. Mine was Calypso–for the flower, not the sea hag.) Acorn was super cool and inspirational and probably still is–we’re Facebook friends now.
One time he told me that if you want something to happen you should tell everyone about it, because you never know where support or resources will come from.
Those of you who see me regularly won’t be surprised by this announcement, but some of you far-flung readers will.
Next summer we are moving into an RV and hitting the road. We are putting our house up for sale this spring to help finance the venture and plan to travel for at least a year. If we love it, maybe longer.
I know you have questions.
I thought you loved Livingston. We do. And we plan to consider this a home base and eventually end up back here. They don’t call it paradise for nothing. But, there are so many other amazing places out there and we want to see some of them.
How will you pay for this crazy lifestyle? It all hinges on selling the house to afford the rig. Then H and I will continue to freelance and work on the projects we currently have. Being a writer and filmmaker means we can work from just about anywhere there is an Internet connection. Or we can go to where the work is.
What about school for the kids? They will be 3 and 4 years old, so school isn’t really an issue, but we can homeschool (roadschool?) as they get older. It will really just be a continuation of what we already do.
Won’t you miss your friends? Yes. But, there is community on the road. We read lots of blogs of families living the RV life. I hope we will be able to meet up with some of them. And there is the Internet–we can keep in touch that way. Of course, we’ll likely be pulling up in front of your house looking for an electrical outlet. You’ll be happy to host us, won’t you?
We have a lot of questions, too, but after thinking about this for a few years, it is time to make a move. You can post your questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them.
In the spirit of Acorn, if you have an RV sitting around (in great condition) that you’d like to give us…we are open to accepting gifts. Or well wishes. Or advice. Or brownies.