The Beginnings of the RV Life

And after the fire came a quiet, subdued voice. When Eliyahu heard it, he covered his face with his cloak, stepped out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Eliyahu?” (1 Kings 19:12-13). 

In the beginning, God … moved and also stayed quite silent.  It is during the silent times that we questioned the sanity of decisions we were making and even whether or not we were ‘pushing the river of God’.    It was during those times that our four adult children had a conference call with us to make sure we weren’t losing our minds or had decided to jump off the deep-end of life.  It is also in those moments of silence that we could see God taking us out of the ‘box’ we had so perfectly designed for our lives and making us trust Him and view life from a completely different perspective.

Before knowing that my husband was actually going to lose his job at Cabela’s, we put money down on Sadie, a fifth-wheel 42-foot trailer.  Two weeks later he received his notice, we began living on severance pay and now had trailer payments and no truck to pull the trailer.  After about four months, the RV place asked that we remove the trailer from their lot.  Laughter here as we still had no truck!  They were amazing, supportive people and not only gave us a better deal, but hauled it to our home in Nebraska where we enjoyed it for four months, getting used to it, making it our ‘home’, without even the possiblity of a truck.  We watched football, we packed our home, and hired a realtor.  We also put my husband’s beloved plane on the market.   Our ‘goals’ …

I wanted to campground host in Alaska near where our daughter and son-in-law live in Cooper Landing, Alaska. We applied for jobs, wrote to people for jobs, and finally in January 2017, we received an offer to host at a small campground called Cooper Creek.  It was not our first choice as our first choice had electric and water.  This would be doing what is known as ‘boondocking’ – no water, electric or even sewer.  Yeah, more on that later.

My husband is a private pilot, but wanted to do more with his flying.  He decided that the airport in Loveland/Fort Collins, Colorado would be the ideal place to receive his IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) training and finish the flight requirements for a Commercial Pilot’s license.  His goal – to do sight-seeing trips in Alaska and/or be an air taxi for fishing guests at our son-in-law’s fishing company – Alaska River Adventures.  An awesome company, by the way, if anyone really wants to fly-fish for salmon in the great outdoors.  Ask for Jeremy Lewis!

In January 2017, we found a truck.  The first one we looked at was too perfect.  We bought it.  With a truck, we could now pull our trailer and we began to seriously move stuff into our ‘new home’ and in mid-February we left our house and 10-acres of nearly 20 years, where we raised all four of our children, and headed to Loveland, Colorado, to Riverview RV Park.

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