Day 1: Posers

We didn’t make it far our first night on the road as “full timers”.  We drove about 100 miles north.  We parked the trailer on the cul-de-sac of a perfectly suburban neighborhood. We ended up sleeping in the guest room at Brent’s parents.


In the morning, it took us an hour and a half to park the trailer in the driveway.  I hope this is not an indication of the year to come.

We even needed to cut limbs to make this beast fit.

I need a cowboy hat.  That’s high on my list when I get to Texas.  I have priorities.

After parking the trailer we headed down to Rancho Oso to purchase a Thousand Trails membership   After spending hours researching and budgeting, we decided to go with the national pass which included an RPI preferred membership.  It seems like it will be the best way to stretch our campsite dollars and it will give us a little direction.  Brent or I both tend to get a little overwhelmed when presented with too many choices and this will help narrow them down.

There were lots of deer.

Kids activities are another reason we decided to join Thousand Trails.  While Brent and I love the idea of boondocking (but not as much as I love saying “boondocking”.  Saying it just makes me feel adventurous.) we have young boys who might enjoy spending some time in a campgrounds with amenities like pools and ping pong.

Our day ended with a stop in Santa Barbara. The boys wanted to drive by the houses Brent and I lived in when we met.  He loves to say he “married the girl next door.”  It’s true. The first time I saw him he was standing on the steps of my my little white duplex.  It was love at first sight.

We have a few more days at Brent’s parents.  There is still some major organizing to do and we have to get rid of more stuff.  Sigh.

Oh and before I go I wanted to show you what was next the gate of the parking lot to our trailer the day we left Ventura.

How sweet is that!  My friend and her kids hung this at nearly midnight the night before we left.  However, I’m wondering if it should have said “New School Nomads are Off Their Rockers.” 😉

Friends.  We only left Ventura a few days ago and I’m already missing them.

Time will fly.

Love and Laughter,


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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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5 Responses to “Day 1: Posers”

  1. Jess Says:

    I’ve already been on a thousand trails website trying to figure at which resort Cora and I will come visit you at 🙂 That sounds like it will be a good decision.


  2. Nicole Says:

    I’m in complete awe of what you guys are doing. Your journey sounds incredible and exhilarating and a tiny bit scary and I’m so impressed. My family and I are following along from Canada and cheering for you all the way.

    Take care & have fun!


  3. Courtney Says:

    Good that you are already going with the flow. We only did this for 3 months- it is very necessary! You will do great! Adventures are great and often transition into endless new vision and opportunities…


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