So here I sit on News Years Day 2018 to finally update the blog. As I reviewed my last entry to see where I left off and saw October 27, it’s clear that I have been extremely lacking in my updates. To be honest I have struggled the past few months with just what direction I would like go with my blog and my life. I decided to read thru a few of my entries from 2017 and see where I was going with things. It really just seemed like a continuation of how the entries have always looked since this journey
started back in September of 2014. Some detailed rambling about what I had been up to the last few weeks and some photos to support the stories. 2017 was a very tough year having lost my wife Toni and I believe I just sort of kept writing entries on autopilot so to speak. Reading back through posts it seemed like nothing really changed and I just went on about my travels just as we did before. Well, that is not really the case. Traveling on my own is nothing at all like it was traveling with Toni. As I sit and reflect on 2017, how I travel and decide just where to roam has changed, though it does not come thru in the blog. These past few months on my own I have been on a mission to discover just what my life is going to look like going forward. Without a doubt, I love the freedom and opportunities of life on the road. But, what am I really doing with that freedom and am I taking advantage of the opportunities? While I definitely do not have the answers to what seem like simple questions, there are some things that are taking shape.
But, first I will interject a quick, “whats been going on” update. From Bend I made my way South thru California, seeing old friends and dragging my little sister Samantha on a whirlwind Disneyland visit for a couple days. I also spend an entire day in Disneyland by myself, which was one of the most reflective and introspective days I’ve on my own. I stopped in San Diego for some Jeep upgrades, no spoilers, you’ll read about that below. I flew Cleveland to visit family for the holidays as well. But, mostly I have been enjoying the gracious hospitality of my aunt and uncle while moochdocking for nearly the last six weeks in Phoenix. I’ve hosted some amazing nomadic friends and helped them with some major RV solar projects among other things. My Seneca has received some TLC and a few upgrade projects as well. Time here has gone by very quickly and is nearing an end. I just celebrated the coming of the New Year at the Flagstaff Pine Cone Drop with family and friends, leaving me just a few days until I head back out on the road. Check out the pictures for a little more detail.
Now then, back to my train of thought. My Seneca, “The Black Pearl”, which is what affords me the freedom to live this nomadic life is most certainly my home. With all the traveling away from my home over this last month, it is very clear to me that my home is the right one. Thoughts of downsizing just do not feel right. Is a 37’ super C wayyyyyy to big for just myself and CC, of course it is. Just looking around me at this moment I know for a fact that I could thrive in a super small rig with no difficulty. But the bottom line is that the Seneca really just feels right and I’m going to roll with that. As for the rolling, how is that going to look? That is where some things have changed and I feel a pattern at least for the foreseeable future has been forming in my head.
We live in an amazing, beautiful, gigantic country that provides endless travel opportunities. My issue is that I enjoy each and every place for one reason or another. Could be getting to spend time with family or amazing friends. Or maybe endless miles of mountain bike trails to explore. Perhaps the craft beer scene is hopping. Crazy great boondocking or National Parks in the area, yes please. It could be anything. I’ve never been a bucket list kind of guy, that was Toni’s thing. With very few exceptions, I enjoy being anywhere and everywhere! With that in mind, I am going to try and do things a little differently than Toni and I did before. I see longer stays in areas to really get to experience them. In the years we spend taking our kids on RV trips to every state, I know there are cool things to see and do in all of them. So, two weeks and in some case even two months are more likely going to be my pattern for now. This will aid in another form of travel I want to incorporate.
Toni and I always had a huge love for Jeeping and getting out into nature. And yes, we often had and I still have the RV in some amazing boondocking and off the grid places. That will not change, I still seek out those locations. It’s totally amazing to have my home capable of letting me live right in nature. But, it is still a “home”. With every possible luxury that brings to mind, it’s not camping. I mean, I can take my home into the middle of the forest with the Grand Tetons right out my window and still do a load of laundry and watch a football game. Awesome, but not really “one with nature” if you know what I mean. I miss Jeeping down miles of dirt roads to the middle of nowhere, setting up camp and just enjoying being out there. This has led me to really embrace the Overlanding community. The idea of getting back to some vehicle dependent adventures gets me excited. To that end, I have been preparing my Jeep Rubicon to take CC and me on some backcountry adventures. Only have a few nights out there so far, but it is amazing. Sleeping on the ground is not really part of the plan, so I have installed an Ursa Minor J30 camper on the Jeep. The capabilities of the Rubicon will allow me to explore anyplace my heart desires, yet still, have a comfortable nights sleep in the most remote locations. Keeping the RV in a safe secure location while I take these Overland trips is important. Thus finding locations I can stay for a few weeks or month will be helpful and allow easier exploration of the areas via the Jeep.
This brings me back to the blog again. With our past travels, it was sort of a day to day journal more or less. I found it easy to write when we were constantly on the move. With the longer stays it has been more difficult to find the motivation to make entries (obviously, October 27 being my last). That does not mean I have been bored or that just twiddling my thumbs. I just did not feel I was having anything happening that was worthy of writing about. Travel blogs always seem to focus on the “coolness” of this lifestyle. That was never my intent, I just wanted to document our travels. Who knows, one day maybe even our kids would be interested in reading about how we lived this nomadic life (I can hope right, I would be willing to bet not one of them has read the blog in YEARS). But, somehow that is where my writing has ended up. Time for a change I think. My original hope was to keep friends and family up to date on where we were and what we where up to. But, I’m more than aware that most people are not that interested. Too many words and just too much detail. I had hoped for interaction, but really it is like I have been writing in a diary or something. So, for 2018 I plan to change it up. Pictures are worth a thousand words so they say, but only take a couple seconds to digest. A format that uses more day to day pictures with some choice LIMITED explanations is what I am feeling. In 2017 I told myself I would make an entry every month, that didn’t happen! Back to that lack of motivation. The idea of more short and sweet entries with interesting photos and limited babbling from me is what I am feeling. I am not pinning myself down to a schedule, but more frequent is the idea. I would love feedback once I get rolling with the new style. And for 2018 I also plan to get back to being more active on my Youtube channel. Overlanding videos will start to show up and well as some RV and drone productions as well. My channel has been slowly growing and I would like to keep that up!
So that’s it. While I admit I still am not sure just where life is taking me, I am making progress. The support of great family and friends has been an amazing help. I head into 2018 exciting for what is to come!This entry was posted in Blog and tagged california, disney, disneyland, fulltime, j30, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rubicon, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, seneca, ursaminorvehicles, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.