When we arrived in Costa Rica on our sailboat, we bought some property and began building houses. That is a another whole chapter in itself, so I am not going to go elaborate on it, other than say we ended up living in Costa Rica for five years. When we relocated back to the United States in 2004, we bought a lot in South Carolina near Hilton Head with the intention of building a house there. We also bought another boat, this time a trawler. Our plan was to live aboard the trawler (Escape was her name) and travel the Intra Coastal Waterway. We took ownership of Escape in Bradenton, Florida. We traveled from Bradenton, though Lake Okeechobee and then the Intra Coastal to Beaufort, South Carolina on Escape. We eventually ended up in a marina in Beaufort where we lived aboard Escape for close to a year. The current from the tides was so strong in Beaufort that in order to take the boat out, we had to time it perfectly. Thus, we ended up tied to the dock most of the time. In the end, we decided the boat was too small so we sold it and bought a house.
Landlubbers again, we eventually got a little bored. That’s when we came up with the idea of buying a motorhome. We were not sure if we would like motorhoming, and as usual, we were on a shoe-string budget. After much research, we found a 29-foot motorhome (used) on E-Bay. It looked really nice and did not have a reserve. On a Sunday morning before leaving for church, I noticed that the listing only had 3 more hours to go and had not had a single bid. I told Bob that I would offer $10,000. He laughed and said to go ahead, that all the bidding would take place during the final minutes and there was no way I would get it for $10,000. So I placed the bid and we left for church. When we got home I checked my email, and there it was: “Congratulations! You have won the Sea Breeze Motorhome you bid on.” I was a bit shocked, and so was Bob. Now what?
Well, we picked it up in Florida and took off for a month! We ended up traveling extensively in it for a couple of years, mainly going between South Carolina and Florida. The size was perfect for getting in and out of sites, and many times the bigger sites were booked (or, in some cases, non-existent!) We kept the motorhome stocked and loved being able to jump into it whenever we got the urge and take off. The problem became inside space. We got tired of bumping into each other. The discussion of living full-time was still ongoing so we decided that we would need a bigger coach and definitely one with a slide. We also began asking ourselves if it might be fun to sell everything and go full time.
That was 13 years ago. We are still asking the question!