As I sit for a moment and prepare to make this update to the blog I noticed the last entry was back on March 6! That is far and away the longest gap I have had since I started writing way back in 2014. I have spent the last couple of months at Mission RV Resort in San Diego, a place that has become a common spot to return year after year. This stay was the longest I have done in one place. And combined with my prior month in
Desert Hot Springs at Sams Family Spa, it is the longest time the Black Pearl has been “at port” and hooked up to utilities. San Diego was filled with great times and great friends. Shannon and Dave of 2wanderaway booked the same two months I did and we were the “anchor” crowd. We had so many great visitors, including John and Becky of Adventure Next for an entire month. Even more amazing friends from Bend, Oregon came down and joined in the fun. Several other nomadic friends crossed paths with us at Mission during our stay. And as a bonus, I connected with several new nomadic friends as well. Much of our time was spent exploring
the local craft beer scene of course. There were visits to many old favs and several new haunts. There was a couple of outings to take in San Diego Padre games, one day game and one night. They have an amazing stadium and the weather certainly was perfect. We celebrated Earth Day at Balboa Park and took in several farmers markets (Ocean Beach is a personal favourite). My sister Kim and her boyfriend Domenic also came out for a week from Boston! Kim’s longtime friend Anne from Phoenix also flew in to visit us. Anne and their friend Sydney joined in all the fun. An old friend of Domenic lives on Coronado Island with his wife and I had the chance to meet and spend time with them as well. Time was spend seeing what kind of trouble we could get into. For some reason that always manages to happen when Dom is involved! Our “Quatro De Mayo” outing in old town San Diego was quite the time. So grateful for the time with family and to make amazing new connections. Speaking of family, my youngest son Patrick also flew in to spend a quick few days. I think
he got bored with all of us “old” folks pretty quickly though. Still grateful for his visit. I know this may be hard to believe, but I also managed to talk Dave and Shannon into a trip to Disneyland! While it was just one day, any day at Disneyland is appreciated by me!! They had not been in many many years, and like many really did not get it. As seems to happen often, when I get the chance to give non-believers the “why I love this place” tour, they come away with a totally different perspective. While Disneyland may not be emblazed on their hearts as it is mine, they certainly had a great time and now at least “get it”.
I managed to sneak away a couple of times to get out and Overland in the Rubicon as well. I explored some great national forest areas just an hour or so from San Diego. Feels good to get out and hang in the Jeep, even just for two or three days at a time. All the effort I’ve put into getting it setup for these types of getaways is paying off. Everything is working very well. So well in fact that I just spent the last 5 days volunteering and chatting up a ton of vendors at Overland Expo West 2018 in Flagstaff and I left only spending $20 for some camp towels! Spent five night in the Jeep at the Expo and it performed flawlessly.
During my stay, I also made a final decision on my tattoo in memory of my late wife Toni. After meeting with an artist at Bearcat Tattoo and discussing ideas and what would work best for a text tattoo I had a plan. I went pretty simple, just the phrase “DO WHAT YOU LOVE LOVE WHAT YOU DO”. I placed it on my left forearm where I see it each and every day. I really do love the tattoo and although Toni was certainly not at all about tattoos I hope she is loving it as well. While I realize it is simply a corporate slogan, it means so much more to me. It serves to remind me to always be in the moment and have an appreciation for every moment we have on this earth. Toni lived a life of purpose and dedication and that has shaped me forever. Being my first and only tattoo, I chose a fairly bold location and get asked about the meaning often, which is perfectly fine with me.
I’ll end the entry with a bit of a bombshell. After three and a half years on the road in a giant super-c motorhome, I have been feeling the desire to downsize. For several months I have tossed many few ideas around in my mind. As serendipity would have it, one of my possible choices for a new smaller home came available right in San Diego. I jumped at the chance to check it out, and before long I had made an offer and am now the proud owner of a 2008 Bigfoot 30MH24SL! The link should jump out to the brochure for the Bigfoot units if you are interested in such things. They were only made for a short time and are pretty hard to come by. I lucked into being able to find one from the ORIGINAL owner, who had amazing documentation of the entire life of the unit. Very impressive specs for my type of travel and I am crazy about the floorplan (although it will be modified a bit). As you can guess from the model, it is 24′, quite a change from nearly 38′!
I’ll save a lot of the details for a future post, but I am very excited. I have huge plans for it, which involve a total remodel both inside and out. And to make it even more exciting, I plan to complete the renovation in less than the next thirty days! As I sit and write this post I have landed at my uncles in Phoenix with both the Seneca and the Bigfoot parked side by side. I cut my stay at Overland Expo West 2018 short to get started ASAP. Braving the Phoenix heat, tomorrow I dive headfirst into the project. Parts are flying in from all directions and my todo list is huge. If all goes well, I will head out of Phoenix in mid-June in the completed new home heading to Idaho. There I will visit with my sister-in-law Linda and her husband Bob and begin a total kitchen remodel on their house! The Seneca will spend the summer and fall in storage and when I return in the winter I will make the final choice to sell her or not. I am going to attempt to document as much of the remodel as possible on my Youtube channel, so be sure to check it out and subscribe if you would like to be notified of videos as they come out. I have some pretty cool ideas, should be great fun. So with that, I embark on this big new project.This entry was posted in Blog and tagged california, craftbeer, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, lovelife, nomadlife, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, sandiego, ursaminorvehicles, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.