Sunday, April 17, 2016

A to Z Challenge 2016: N is for Nomadic

This month and the next we are living in our 25 foot trailer while we park host at two different state parks in Oregon.   We bought our first RV when I retired almost eight years ago.  The farthest we've traveled from Oregon was to Mount Rushmore.  That summer we covered a lot of ground as we moved about every two days, and explored National Parks with our granddaughters. 

Snow in June in Yellowstone

Last year we volunteered for the Oregon Parks Department for the first time.  We had a one month assignment at the Lifeboat Museum in Port Orford, Oregon.  We'll be there again next month.  

We are not nomadic, roaming from place-to-place or park-to-park is not our lifestyle.   But, as park hosts, we have met many people our age who are.  I have been surprised by the number of retired people who are full-time RVers.  All of the park hosts we have met are retired and many live in their RVs full-time.  They host a month or two at one location and then move on with the weather to milder climates.  Some of these folks have kept a home, but many have not.  I don't see this in our future.  

We like the change of pace of living in a new area.  We like being forced out of our routine.  We try new things, exercise more, and don't have to worry about all those mundane, everyday things that we're required to do at home.  But, after awhile,we like to go home and get back into that routine.  We aren't nomads at heart.


  1. I think it's great you have the best of both worlds

  2. As much as my husband and I like to travel, I know that we both want a home base as well. Seems many buy those big RV's and then they sit in lots somewhere, rarely used. Nice to know you are meeting many that do use them. And, we've met a few people who host as you are doing. Great way to meet new people, for certain. Bet that is most interesting to hear their tales.

  3. I think you have found a happy balance between being at home and exploring new areas in your RV. We love being out in nature so that sounds fun. As a park host, do you stay there for free?

  4. I do love to go on day trips, but I always love going home. I don't think I could be a nomad, either.

    Sounds like you have the best of both worlds!

  5. Great choice for "N" - Nomads you are not - yet, you manage to be flexible and relaxed as a part time nomad. We are getting ready to head out for our first retired road trip - to Utah mostly, in order to visit a few National Parks. I'm looking forward to the journey, but we're traveling by car and sleeping in motels with full size showers, and I'm not doing any cooking. A part of me would like to travel with my temporary home like you do, but I don't think it's in the cards for us. Either way, I already know that I'll be happy to be home when we get done traveling.

  6. I don't want to own an RV. We like to fly somewhere, rent a new car, and road trip, staying in less expensive motels, then fly back home. But I do think what you are doing sounds great.

  7. I hear you. It's nice to step out of your comfort zone for awhile, but it'a wonderful to have an established routine and home to step into when you're done. :-)


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