Feels strange to be actually sitting and writing again. We have been in Phoenix, aside from a few little side trips, since October 13th!! Both Toni and I are a bit stir crazy (okay maybe alot stir crazy) but it has been a productive winter. While we were aware that we would be in Phoenix several months, we underestimated how long it would feel. After nearly two years of fairly constant motion, to be stationary this long just re-enforces that we love being on the road.
Our primary reason for the long stay was some medical work we have had planned for Toni for several years. I am happy to report that she is recovering very well and on the tail end of rehab. While it will not be until mid-February that we truly have the string cut and we are free, our anticipation for departure is becoming pretty intense. One of the things we like about or nomadic lifestyle is that we can deal with about any situation.
So what have we been up to in Phoenix, wow, it had been crazy. Of course we have been able to spend some quality time with friends and family and it has been amazing. Being on the road fulltime really makes you appreciate and enjoy family time. While not as actively as usual, there has been some beer exploration and returning to favorite haunts many times.
The city of Tempe had the dedication ceremony for the Tempe Public Safety Memorial this winter as well. Toni’s first husband was a Tempe office that was killed in the line of duty back in 1988 and we are both so happy that after all these years the city finally has a memorial. Toni and I visited and meet the artist Benjamin Victor at his studios in Boise, ID earlier this year while the bronze was still in sculpting phase. I was amazing to see the final creation and attend the dedication. Over the holidays we were able to get a family photo at the memorial as well.
I have managed, much to the annoyance of Toni, to take care of alot of motorhome projects. We will now have along with us a Yamaha TW200 carried on a rack that I built for the rear of the Seneca (check out the Youtube video on that project if your are interested). Our living room remodel is now all complete…Youtube video to come on this one. We are loving the new furniture and it suits our lifestyle perfectly. We swapped our crappy in motion satelite dish for a beloved Travler by Winegard. I rebuilt the electrical distribution in the front of the Seneca to allow more selective use of power while boondocking. I handled all the fluid and filter changes for the Seneca and it’s generator. I performed a good annual tune up and a few upgrades to our bicycles. I built a new storage box for the roof rack on the Jeep. I’m sure I am missing some things, but I think that gives the general idea.
Prior to departing on our nomadic journey, Toni and I owned a large commercial electrical contracting business. As part of our lifestyle change, put that company on hold and transferred many customers to a new company my cousin started up. Over the past few years he has built quite a business and has been running himself ragged trying to run it all. After a few meetings over some cold brews, I accepted his offer to help out his company. Before you even think it, NO we are NOT getting off the road or out of the Seneca. I took advantage of being in town to help setup processes that will allow me to work the operational side of the business from the road. So it looks like in addition to our property management of our rental properties, I will also be remotely working in the administration side of the electrical industry once again. I have been enjoying it so far, having been working from the Seneca the entire time we have been in town. It should be a fun new aspect to our traveling. Our choice to live in the rv full time and travel the country was never really about not working. I personally felt that if opportunities presented themselves for me to pick up work or project on the road I would be more than open to them. I look forward to the challenge of helping build the company while still living the life we choose.
Enough of that four letter word stuff….work that is. This was a big year for us, our youngest son Patrick turned 21 on December 30! Hard to believe he is 21, nothing like kids growing up to make you feel like you are getting old. Toni used this as an opportunity to put together another family reunion type trip……to LAS VEGAS of course! Our oldest son Matthew was given a break from his Army training, totally unexpected. This meant we would have all three boys and our daughter-in-law here for the trip. The drive in the rented SUV up to Vegas started the trip out right with plenty of shinnanagans. Toni lines up a suite at The Venetian for the weekend, the perfect base to celebrate Patrick’s bday as well as New Years. Toni and I provided each member of our party with some gambling $$ and the competition was on!! Believe it or not, our party of six managed to come away from far ahead on the gaming, hopefully we did not create a monster in Patrick…. Matthew our oldest was up nearly $800, Patrick nearly $350 and the rest of us a few hundred to the good side. The only one who struggled was Toni, she ended up down about $100. New Years was amazing with the strip closed down for pedestrians and fireworks all over the place from the hotel roofs. It was an excellent few days and we all left exhausted, but at least with thicker pockets.
On other fronts, we managed a few hikes and bike rides as Toni’s recovery has allowed. My mountain bike has seen some miles, but not nearly enough. I was fortunate to tag along with my Dad to some Arizona Cardinal games in his club seats as well. Matthew and I made it out to Ben Avery Shooting Range and played some shotgun golf as well. It was a blast, I know Toni would enjoy it as well. Now there is something new to add to our searches as we travel, shotgun golf courses! A few miles were put on the TW200, again, not nearly enough. Over the next few weeks hopefully the miles and foot, bike and TW will be greatly increased and we will take advantage of the awesome Arizona winter weather. My new DJI Mavic drone is finally in my hands as well! I am so excited for this new drone, it is amazing. Only having flown it a couple of times I already am in love with it, so much improvement over my old Phantom 2 Vision Plus. Be on the lookout for some new travel videos on our Youtube Channel!!
As I write this we are preparing to head this Friday to Quartzite to attend the Xscapers Convergence for 2017. We are so excited to get the opportunity to meet many more Xscapers as well as re-connect with so many friends!
We are also SOOOO thankful for my uncle Rodney and aunt Joanne for allowing us to moochdock at their place for basically the entire winter. Being able to stay with family has been amazing.
So we leave behind what was an amazing 2016 and look VERY forward to 2017!This entry was posted in Blog and tagged arizona, beer, dji, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, odyssey, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, seneca, tempe, trek, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.