May 13, 2018 04:52PM LoriCA wrote:
Traveltext I had a feeling you did something along those lines hehe. Bet it was fun while it was still fun. I write about exploring remote locations in the Mojave desert. It's physically demanding work, completely off the grid for days at a time, and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to do it again. It was a dream after leaving a successful 22-year corporate career, and somehow I managed to make it happen against all odds. Hurts like hell to think I may not be able to ever do it again, but getting back to the wild is my motivation for healing. I grew tired of all of the travel I had to do in the corporate world too, but doing it while spending time in nature is entirely different for me.
As for living full-time in an RV, my husband loves to adventure with me and he knows it would satisfy my urge to explore and give me an opportunity to continue writing, although the adventures wouldn't be quite as extreme. We wouldn't be traveling to cities or campgrounds, we would boondock and sleep under the stars as much as possible. It would make both of us happy, as long as I have comfortable living arrangements for the bad days. But I'm the practical one - even if I could figure out the logistics of how to attend treatments and get my meds while on the road, in all honestly I'm afraid of being lucky enough to outlive the money and leaving him (or both of us) destitute haha!! We are too young to collect on retirement funds just yet and we've already lost my income. Health care premiums are no small sum (not to mention co-pays, etc.), so the idea of doing odd jobs while on the road just to put food on the table and buy gas won't work. It would require a substantial hit to our savings annually. There's always the concern of what we do if my cancer suddenly advanced again, especially if I go downhill as quickly as I did the first time. And more Stage IV talk here, but the plan was to sell this house and pay cash for a smaller retirement home with no worries, whether for both of us or just him. Using the proceeds from this house to buy an RV and finance living on the road, with no income (or possibly a modest freelance income), would jeopardize his future. I'm the one who had the corporate career with the executive-level pension and solid 401k, he followed me around the country changing jobs with every move until we decided to stay here for a while and I left the corporate world. My biggest concern is making sure that he is okay financially after I'm gone, and I don't want to do anything that might jeopardize it (more than the cancer already does). His only concern right now is spending quality time with me and making me happy, and he doesn't want me to worry about what might happen to him after I'm gone.
sbelizabeth I love taking the train down to San Diego! It's awesome to ride along the ocean while avoiding the traffic, such great views. Last couple times I drove down to San Diego it took me 3+ hours for a 50-mile drive, ugh. It's become so much worse the past few years - I had a speaking engagement at 7pm on a Tuesday a few months before my DX, thought that leaving my house at 3:30 in the afternoon would give me plenty of time to grab a fast bite when I arrived, but I barely made it through the door before I had to go on stage! I never even thought of taking the train north as far as Washington, but that is a great idea. I've often wished there was a train between LA and NY so I could take it home to visit my family (I absolutely hate flying these days).
I agree we are very spoiled with the weather here, but I'm laughing because I was just trying to explain to someone that we may not see the sun for several more weeks here in "sunny California" hahaha. Unknowing tourists can be very disappointed by our beach weather this time of year. But I am very glad that it keeps the temperature down while other parts of the state are heating up to triple digits. How wonderful that you've taken in some rescue dogs!
Happy Sunday all!