Roy and I have been full timing on the road for three years now! And we’re still married!!! I actually think our marriage is better than ever since we started this “Thinking Outside the Box” lifestyle. I’m going to try to summarize the last three years in one blog today.
If you’ve been following this blog you will know everything I’m going to say, in great detail! If you’re new to following our blog this will kinda, sorta catch you up to date on what’s been going on in the Chauvin’s life the last three years.
After a hair raising experience trying to purchase a motor home in Conroe, TX,, in October 2012 we purchased Dora our Motorhome in Louisiana in November of 2012. We lived in it in the driveway of our sticks and bricks, waiting for the house to sell. Roy retired from Southeastern in January of 2013.
When the house stubbornly didn’t sell we rented it out, I retired, and we headed north in April of 2013, three years ago. We traveled through and saw lots of beauty in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota before landing in Minnesota. While in South Dakota we became South Dakota residents which helped us reduce our automobile insurance by almost half.
We lived in Minnesota for several months right on the Canadian border at Northern Lights Resort as workampers. Workampers are people who live in any type of RV and want to work a bit while in a specific area. We chose Minnesota because it was as far away as we could get from the summer heat in Louisiana. Summers in Minnesota are blissfully wonderful! It was still snowing there when we arrived in early May – weird for two Louisiana kids!
We left Minnesota in October of 2013 headed south towards Louisiana for Christmas. We traveled through and saw a lot of wonderful things in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
We enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 with our families. We decided that future visits home needed to include a more permanent place for us to park Dora, our motorhome than hopping from local RV resort to another local RV resort.
We spent January and February 2014 traveling along the Gulf Coast and through Florida seeing Disneyworld, St. Augustine where we visited some great friends and had our windows redone so we could see clearly through them!
In March we headed to San Diego, Texas where we took care of a Ranch there for two months while the owners were in Europe. We returned home in May where we learned our sticks and bricks house renters were going to move out since their lease was up.
We worked hard getting the sticks and bricks ready to put back on the market and we finally did that. During summer 2014 Roy took a temporary job at Southeastern (where he retired from) doing computer hardware work, just like he did before retiring.
In December 2014 our house finally sold! We found a beautiful piece of land in Amite, Louisiana about 30 miles from Hammond. We bought it, did lots of work on the property, built a small house and created a parking pad with adjoining cement patio for Dora’s new home! We have full hookups and a beautiful garden here to enjoy while we’re home. We rented out the house to a wonderful couple who take care of it like it’s their own. God’s blessing abound!
In May 2015 we headed west and saw the majestic beautify of the west, north west and south west. We traveled through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado (oh wow!), Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. We saw so many amazing sights during this 6 months of travel! I’ve uploaded thousands of photos to this blog site so if you want to see them check out May 2015 to October 2015 blog posts.
By the time we got to Texas in October 2015, we were fairly homesick and drove straight through Texas to get home to Louisiana in late December. We will make a trip just through Texas sometime in the future.
We stayed home for a few months this time since there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, our son Chip’s wedding in January 2016, and two granddaughter’s birthdays in March as well as a family gathering for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Metairie. Living in an RV we can travel when we want, so staying home for these important events was a no brainer! In between the family events Roy had full knee replacement surgery near Memphis Tennessee in January where we stayed for two weeks after so he could recover.
Before leaving home Roy designed and ordered online transparent signs to adhere to Dora’s back side and to Boot’s (our truck) tailgate. People ask us about them while we’re on the road and it’s turned out to be a great way for folks to learn about our blog since they both have rosalynandroy.com at the bottom!
We left Louisiana in late March 2016 traveling along the Gulf Coast headed for several months traveling up the East Coast. Well, after one month on the road we learned that Madisyn (our 7 year old granddaughter) was going to play softball. After loving seeing her dad and his brother play ball for so many years, we just couldn’t miss this opportunity to have fun seeing Madisyn play. This meant packing up and heading back to Louisiana about 3 weeks ago. We’ll be here until after her last game, end of May.
That wraps up our last three years, quite summarized. I’ve written over 500 blog posts during this time so you can see that this is truly just a summary!
We’ve been blessed to have a family and church family back home that makes returning a joy . We make an effort to spend quality time with Chip and his family while we’re home. Lots of memories for us to look back on!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
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