And the renovation goes on…and on…and on

It is now the end of August and I am almost ready to hit the road full time in my little camper van.

It has been an exciting month, with tendering my resignation from my job, after taking my last “vacation” down at Assateague Island, Maryland, where the wild ponies live.  That was amazing, by the way, camping in the dunes and waking up to see hoof prints right outside my tent door…

Hoof prints just outside my tent door – the wild ponies love to visit!
The sky at Assateague Island, Maryland

It was sad yesterday to say farewell to my terrific coworkers and a job I truly enjoyed, but it is time for me to head out.  The van still needs the insulation and walls screwed back in, ceiling (tin) attached, and cabinets installed.  While I am overseas visiting my daughter in South Korea in September, my son promises the work will be completed…thanks, Sean!!!

As you can see from the photo below, the interior is coming along. That wood floor is amazing – so happy with it! I have my layout all set, and am very content living full time in this small space. Now that I am no longer working, I can drop off work clothes/shoes to a Goodwill and make even more space for the few winter-ish clothes I am taking.  (Not many – I plan to be somewhere warm and dry all winter!!!)

Sean is installing the wood floor in the van — love it!
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The side wall getting a new aqua marine vinyl covering – me and my staple gun are busy!

So I am officially homeless and unemployed…YAY! This just means I have no ties or debts to thwart my dream of traveling as the wind blows.  My only tie is to the hearts of people I love and will be visiting!!!  Right now, the “plan” is vaguely to:

  1. Fly to visit youngest daughter in South Korea for two weeks in September (my first overseas trip!)
  2. Spend time with my oldest son and family in western Virginia for a few weeks
  3. Drop by brother-in-law and family, and possibly some other friends, in the Carolinas
  4. Enjoy the magical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida
  5. Head to Arkansas to visit a couple of brothers and family as well as an RV conference for worKamping at the end of October
  6. Travel slowly with lots of stops along the way over to Albuquerque, where my oldest daughter and her wife live
  7. Short trips to Taos and Santa Fe while staying in Albuquerque
  8. Thanksgiving with Tara and Morgan
  9. Start wintering in Quartzite, Arizona – living free on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands for a month or so
  10. Possibly fly back to New York for Christmas week
  11. Spending some time in the Austin, Texas area with all their great music and arts – and yes, visit Magnolia Store in Waco!
  12. Head towards Nashville to enjoy some more great music!

If anyone is at or close to any of these areas, send me a message and let me know if I may stop by for a visit on the way – so many folks I would love to see again!!!

As you can see, I tend to travel as I live – with a vague plan and destination, but definitely as “fly by the seat of your pants”!  If the traffic is busy to the left, I will turn to the right.  If there’s a storm brewing to the south, I will turn toward the north. If there’s no BML land or inexpensive campsite nearby, I will boondock at a truck stop, WalMart, or other such known boondocker site (Yes, I have an app for that!)

Thanks for joining me as I head out.  Will keep you posted with pictures and stories as I go along.  And hey, if you want to join me – well, grab some kind of vehicle and meet up with me anywhere…just remember, the passenger seat has been REMOVED from my van!! LOL

Scout — out!

What book are you reading now?

From the bookshelf…

“When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too….We should be choosing what to keep, not what we want to get rid of….Keep only those things that speak to your heart.  Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, 2014

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Author: Tevis (Scout) OMahony

Traveler on the road in my little camper van, full time since September 2016. Not all who wander are lost...

5 thoughts on “And the renovation goes on…and on…and on”

  1. Hey Tevis! What a great idea. I love it. When you are passing through/by Arkansas why not visit your old home Springfield, MO. You are welcome to “boondock” at our house or stay in our downstairs which is roomy and empty for now. Completely furnished with running water, bathroom and a bed! We can spend some time catching up after 30+ years of not seeing each other. Let me know when you will be this way and if you want to stop for a few days/weeks.

    1. Thanks, Glenna! Would love to stop in and see you guys! Let me see if I can swing it on the way west, or maybe in the spring when coming back east. I’ll keep you posted!

  2. The passenger seat is removed in my wide body van as well. I am a “challenged” RVer’ financially challenged and a few physical challenges, but my desire to satisfy my gypsy heart keeps me going. I have enjoyed reading your blog, you write very well. You also travel as I do; a general plan with more flexibility built into it than a slinky. I started a facebook page so my family and friends could follow me and I could post some videos for them. Then a few people who want to do this asked for advise so I am now posting a few videos to answer their concerns. My Van’s name is Van Pire, my facebook page is RVucan2, and my van is missing the passenger seat because I needed a spot for my scooter. I just completed a very wonderful 3+ month trip, my 3rd and longest road trip. I am home for upkeep, and holidays with the family, but I am already eagerly anticipating getting back on the road. I will follow your journey on your blog; maybe one day we will cross paths.

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