In my 1st year of full time RV living, I learned so many things about myself as I traveled around North America as a solo female RVer. I talk about my life lessons as I wander around the Mesa Verde National Park and the cliff dwellings around the area.
Can you believe it’s been one year already? Time seems to have flown by at lightening speed this last year. I packed in an abundance of traveling, activities, and lessons during this last year.
In my first year of RVing around North America I learned:
Living my best life
I'm more social
Love this RV life
Love minimalistic lifestyle
Restored faith in humanity
Slow down and enjoy the moments
Appreciation & Gradtitude
Flexible & spontaneous
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Season 2 Episode 2: Takes place in Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado area and Morefield Campground.
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Hey there, Im 44, retiring and want to full time. Do you think a 29' 5th wheel would be too much for one person? Im looking into that or the Arctic Fox truck camper. Do you see many truck campers in RV Parks tho?
Thank you very much~
Yep, rolling with the weather. I'm learning that. I'm in Las Vegas right now and we just had a crazy winter storm pass through that dumped a lot of snow in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. I had to push off two inches of snow off my solar panels this morning, in Las Vegas. :-)
I know this is a year ago - wondering what kind of van you chose? Did you buy one all set up or pay for a custom build? Do you have a video that gives a tour of your van? The first time that I traveled/lived in my van it was just an old Econolpne shell with no insulation, just foam and carpet on the bottom. The 2nd time was in my parent's Chevy camper van - but no running water or stove. Now I am looking for something relatively simple for my retirement travels. Thanks.
i love the content and wanted to sign up for the free 4 module course. Went to the storychasing website and the link is dead. Anyone else having troubke or success? Thank you so much for your work.and sharing.your adventure with us!
Ashley I checked both the links and it seems to be working but obviously there is an issue that you experienced so I'm wondering where that is. Here's the link: https://storychasing.lpages.co/signup-free-mini-course/
I love your videos! I like that not only do you share your beautiful destinations, you also share some very informative and educational things on RV life! Thank you! Can't wait to be on the road soon too! 😃
I have a question - I'm wanting to begin this nomad lifestyle - traveling and visiting national parks, etc. in a couple of years - working on getting debt free and waiting for my son to graduate. My question is this - while researching the national parks across the country - most of them say no pets on trails, some even say no pets in campgrounds. How do you travel with your companion to national parks? I'm worried that if I get a dog - I won't be able to hike/camp with him as much as I want to. I have enjoyed your videos and am trying to get caught up on them!!!!!
I'm thinking of entering RV life full time. I know my family will think Im crazy. I may tell them Im staying with a friend somewhere far away. Just so I don't hear any shit from them.Can you give me any advise as how to start out, Ive been looking at Class B RV's but not sure if I can handle the tiny living. Not sure if I should look at Class C? Kinda big. I feel I need to make my first decision the right one because i'lll be using all the equity in the sale of my house so there really is not second chance to me. Does joining rv clubs help out? do you guys travel together at times? Do you feel safe? I have so many more questions. But ill start here, hope to hear back from you.Jenn 54 and restless
Crystal Styers - Awww... so sweet of you. I'm eating a whole food plant based diet with some fish from time-to-time. Seems to suit me well. It's slow going but I enjoy it and the weight is coming off. I feel better and more healthy too.
Right after I posted I thought ah, this is an old video, she probably named it already! 😄 It makes sense to wait, see the personality, maybe an experience will guide the name. Even once you decide on an official name surely some nicknames will develop! Have a great day. ☀️
Tara Charney omg!!! Okay seriously I was thinking of that because I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT WORD AND IT'S MEANING! So I nixed it because I thought it was too long, but it could be her formal name and call her Atti. lol. I feel so silly when I say Attraversiamo, because I'm American but I say it with that Italian accent where the word just rolls off your tongue. haha
So far pretty much anything the south and as far south as you can get if you're in Texas, NM, or AZ. I stayed in the Southwest this last year and even in the desert at night it can get pretty chilly. I'll be discovering all the states east of Texas this coming year in the winter so I'll see how that works out.
Congratulations! You're a fast learner and we learn with you. Thanks for sharing your process, life lessons, etc. in an intelligent, succinct, well thought out manner. I just found your channel and saw a few other vids. They are a labor of love for sure. Happy trails to you! ;D
Story Chasing there is a great book called 'The First Americans' which tells the story about the cliff dwellers and the Pueblo indians the mound builders all the way back to the first tribes that entered the continant. Sadly cannot remember the author. But it was an amazing story
Steve Gasparutti - You're most welcome. Yeah something really draws me to the history as well. It's incredible to be there in that place and see how they lived and read their history. It's humbling for sure.
The great thing about the Hymer is that the fridge is electric and doesn't have an absorption method cooling fridge that works on gas and electric so now I don't have a requirement to level the van. The absorption cooling fridges can't be slanted more than 3% or it could break the cooling system and cause a potential hazard to you and the RV. So now I just try to get level where ever I'm at without level blocks. Most of the time it's pretty easy since the wheel base is shorter than the other RV and smaller unit so you don't feel as much slope. If it's too sloped than I usually will seek out a different place to stay, but have from time-to-time slept in a really sloped area, around 8-10% slope, and then I just make sure I sleep in a way I don't roll out of bed. It's hard to cook like that so I just move to a more level area to cook.
Recently found your blog and am loving it. Your change to a class B and reasons resonate with me. I'm hoping to do the same. Question since you pup was used to a home and yard before was it hard for her to get used to the van, not having free access to the immediate area around the van? Without being on a leash? I'm worried about my pup and his getting used to it. He loves the car and traveling and is so good. But he also has full run of our yard when we get home. Also since she's small have you been worried about scorpions and snakes when in the dessert?
Great, the Pleasure Way I'm looking at has the magnetic screen and Bacio does listen well but I'm not sure how he will act if something really tempting, (squirrel, chipmunk or another dog to play with) would come along. Which is why I asked. Thank you for your time and keep up the good videos, so brave to put it all out there. I do that with my art but it's not like what you do.
Oopss I see. No she's really good about staying put and I always close the screen door so not to let bugs in too so it's a nice safety. I mean she could bust her way out if she was so inclined, but she's pretty mild mannered and hasn't figured that out. She sees the screen as an obstacle and just stops there. lol
I'm not familiar with the show ( I don't watch TV that much), sorry, so while it may not be horror, anything to do with murders, kidnapping, etc things I just stay away from. :) My mind can be like yours and I'll dream about it or it puts negative scenarios in my head. lol
Well Happy Anniversary!
You asked me to check back with you after commenting a year ago about some of your videos. I must admit they've grown greatly and professionally.
They're much less harried, and more scenic/tourist incorporative...not just conversational.
Your panning, music edits and balance paint a pleasant experience.
Your voice has a flair for narrations.
Although the desert has its beauty, I agree Seattle and Maine are much too beautiful for anyone to dismiss. You captured Maine graciously.
Downsizing works well for your lifestyle.
Most RVer channels confess that slowing the pace of travel seems to be the secret to truly enjoying the lifestyle.
I look forward to watching more and how much life has to share on your journey. Happy travels. Be safe.
Thank you, I'm honored. 🙂
Glad you were able to treat yourself to upgraded equipment. A worthy purchase!
You are refreshing, and incorporating your wit and wisdoms will take you far.
Look forward to your journeys…
Well thank you so much. You'll always be a part of my memory with YouTube videos because you were the first person that wrote such an in depth comment to me on my "not so great" video shooting and editing lol. It still makes me laugh, but I love that we talked about it and you helped to see somethings I could improve upon. You'll be happy to know I bought a professional Blue Yeti microphone for my voice overs and did some more training on audio quality recently. My voiceovers sound like butter to my ears since making the switch.
Lol...you are witty and talented. Your voice is melodious.
The interesting aspect in discovering all of the things and places you go will be what you discover about yourself.
When I start this lifestyle after I retire in a few years, I would very much like to meet you.
By then you will be quite proficient, have many remarkable stories and an amiable mentor!
Be well. Safe and pleasurable travels. 🙂
Hi Star! Thank you so much for your honest critique again and appreciate the feedback. I too am feeling like I'm getting better but always feel I can improve. I keep learning as I go. Thank you too on the narration comment. I didn't even try on that one skill. lol. Maybe I'm just a natural in that area. Funny I never liked my voice in audio. I'm my own worst critic. Looking forward to the next year too.
I watch a lot of these vids.my wife and I are preparing to spend a great part of our retirement on the road. very entertaining and informative.looking forward to meeting new people and places.nice job.
Awe, Happy Anniversary! I took a different “route” and bought a cabin in the woods but all in all slowing down and becoming one with nature is the ticket! Binged some of your videos and they are so well put together, creative and filled with info. You are a beautiful girl! Good luck to you! Be free! ❤️
Story Chasing awe Amber, I’m going to have to say a good year and a 1/2, probably so long because I can’t be there all the time! I go back an forth from my suburban housewife life to my cabin, solitude woman 🙈 I think wherever you go there you are BUT NATURE is the Answer....the Connection to peace. Keep trusting your instincts and letting nature takes its course ☺️ Much Love! ❤️
Slowing down is such a great thing. Now I notice how people get their grocery cart and start running around the store to shop as fast as they can and I watch them and think, Ha, I used to do that too, but now I shop leisurely.
LOL Lisa! I do the same thing, except its the people on the roads that are driving so fast and then get upset at me for driving slower (because I'm in an RV). It makes me filled with even more gratitude.
Great video! It’s nice to hear what you’ve learned over the past year. I’ve heard from other full home RVers that slowing down was something they needed to do. I think it would be nice to spend more time in one place. I look forward to watching your new journeys! Thanks for continuing to share them with us!!
Thanks Tracy. Yeah it's surprising actually that it's difficult to slow down. I've been in the business world for so many years and moving so fast that I think it rewired my DNA. LOL. I'm working on unraveling that though. hahaha
I got the Hymer Aktiv 1.0 (well just the the non number one. I don't think they call it 1.0), but it's 19'7" long instead of 20'7" long (the 2.0). More to come on the other questions in the Q&A video. :)
👍😍I love your website & the way it’s set up. I think if I keep clicking (through your website & watching videos) I might find the answers to these questions I have 🤪😁...but I thought I’d ask anyway. Perhaps you are planning to cover this info in future videos or maybe it’s already on your website. I’m still exploring your website & still working my way through all of your videos. Do you use WordPress? Or do you have another format you use? Who do you use for your web hosting? Are you happy with your web hosting provider? What recording gear do you use for your YT videos? What tele working / remote access equipment do you use on the road to ensure that you always have a connection / mobile access? Asking because I’m looking to do the same as you working on the road. Thank you for sharing your knowledge & journey. 💞
😁 You are right, it's coming up in some videos soon. Glad you're loving it. I feel like it's always a work in progress for sure. I do use Wordpress though for the site. Some of the gear I use is at the bottom of each post so hopefully that will tide you over until I can get the videos together! Great questions lady! 😁
FYI, smashed chickpea is the basis of Hummus, adding tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Quite nutritious, and easy. Either soak and cook dried chickpeas or buy canned as it sounds like she did in the video — clever idea for quick but healthy road food. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus
👍👍Yay! 🎉Congratulations 🎉on your 1 year anniversary. So happy for & proud of you. You’re such an inspiration. I loved watching this video. I’ve been bouncing around your channel watching all of your videos so I can get caught up. Thanks for sharing your journey. 🤗💞🤗
+Vatsek I'm not running from anything at all but curious as to what you saw/heard that made you think that. Maybe I need to clarify something more. It's more like I'm running TO something. That's why my channel and blog is called StoryChasing. I'm seeking out moments of joy, adventure, love, beauty, LIFE which is what I was lacking for so many years. I've been working all my life and in the last 10 years, more hours for my job then I cared for. Consequently I sacrificed myself, my happiness, and truly going out and experiencing the world. I woke up one day and decided to change all that. I didn't want to die one day without fulfilling my dreams and I like to live my life without regrets. So this last year I feel like has giving me my life back and allowed me to really balance out my work and personal life. It feels good and I'm so incredibly happy.
Teresa Kumar I hope you get out there despite the arthritis. Maybe you'll feel better as you travel or experience a certain region that makes your body less inflamed from the arthritis. Have you researched any areas like that you could travel to that might be more beneficial for your health?
Thanks for having the courage to share your story. I really enjoy your honest approach and watching you hone in on the things that make a big difference for you really gives me things to think about. The new RV (Lil' Liz?) is outstanding and seems like a cozy home for you and Lily! Reflecting on what you have learned helps us see what the future may hold. Good luck to you and you have a loyal viewer here!
Yes, south west is windy due to flat land, not many trees, mountains, more desert, I know, I lived in Odessa Tx for 7 yrs but loved the dry heat and never breaking a sweat but dusty due to being dry. I live in Georgia now and hate the humidity and hot sweltering summers.. Happy you are living the dream and getting over your fears!
Oh good grief! Odessa Texas??? I lived in Midland as a kid so I know what you mean. Oh that humidity is just awful Kat when it's so hot. Sometimes I like the humidity as my skin isn't so dry, but I'm up in Seattle now and it's humid and too warm. I'm sticky now! Ugh!
Great advice! I really need to learn to slow down, relax and be flexible. I've gone camping a few times now with our Class C and we absolutely love it. I could see myself doing it full time once I'm retired, or at least becoming a snowbird.
It's definitely difficult to slow down for some reason. I've been going for so many years in business at a fast pace. I'll get there one day. You'll get there Joanne and glad you're loving that Class C.
Hey Lisa! I will be there in Oregon for sure. I think we actually met in Q this last year. Didn't you come from the East coast all the way to Q? I think I met you at Carole and Scott's camp one day. Don't you love that group?
❤️ thank you! Joan were you able to watch the van tour video? It has more information that you're asking. Also I'll be coming out with a Q&A video soon to help answer everyones recent questions: https://youtu.be/U3Td4GGlHtw
Had been there @ Mesa Verde many years ago, but only saw the dwellings from a distance. One of my traveling companions was fierce about having enough time to spend & Las Vegas, which didn't interest me AT ALL, plus he was terrified of encountering rattle snakes, on the entire trip out west, so had no interest in checking out the cliff dwellings.The lines were long & it was a very hot day, so that ended that discussion. I have seen pics of the dwellings many times, but appreciated your zoomed in views.
Seeing the burnt trees surrounding those dwellings, for miles around got me thinking about a likely scenario that could've forced them to leave the cliff dwellings. If the same thing happened when people lived there, which it likely could have, that would've forced them to move away, since it would've killed off the entire ecosystem that supported the wildlife near by, which they needed to feed themselves. The nearby water sources could've been significantly evaporated & filled with ash as well.There also would've been the persistent odor of rotting carcasses of animals as these fires usually cover many square miles, with many animals & people possibly unable to escape to safety.
I noticed the new, dark streaks on the stone facade, & it figures that the rain from the land overhead transported lots of ash from the burnt out vegetation, which dripped down, every time it rained.
Cheryl Anderson even from a distance those dwellings are pretty great aren't they? Glad you got to experience it and hopefully you didn't encounter any rattle snakes. I'm not fond of those either but so far we haven't come upon one.
Congratulations! I am about to embark on the journey in September. Thanks for the vids. Have a great time in Sun Valley. Try and catch the free Sun Valley Symphony in August, if you are up there (beginning of the month). Take Lily on the Chocolate Gulch hike-just outside of Ketchum. Hope to meet you on the road!
Your new camper van looks amazing. Enjoyed this vid. & happy for you that you're feeling good about your decision to try a nomadic life. I'm still observing & wondering if I could hack it. There's a lot to weigh, but would love to try it for a while.
I so appreciate your videos! I’m quite a bit older than you and am planning on retiring in January. This fall I will start looking for a used Class B. I was torn between a small Class C or Class B - I would like to hear your reasons for downsizing if you’d care to share. You inspire me!
I just started living in my Class C in June and I think it's too small for me. Mainly because I kept having guests! I am social so i love having guests but it makes me wish for those large multi slide 5th wheels. But the other side is, I don't make enough money yet to travel and pay for monthly RV parks (for example) so I go back to wanting a Class B so I can stealth camp and park easier in friends' driveways. Just my two cents worth. But I"m highly considering doing a trade in on my Class C. Hope this helps someone.
+Deb Clements - Thank you. There's so many reasons I downsized. I named some of these in the van tour video if you were able to watch that one https://youtu.be/U3Td4GGlHtw and some peppered through out other videos. I'll be putting together and Q&A video here soon that will be comprehensive and share so much more about this. Thank you!
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