Getting so sleepy, got to page 10 tonight. We have decided on a Class B, a little Roadtrek 210 Versatile to be kind of exact, or something like that in diesel. Right now we are taking our compact car w/ roof rack & huge Thule Cargo container to LA (leaving Hawaii) & going to being driving & searching for something used. Checking out all kinds of Class B's w/ 4 captain chairs. I’m excited; many reasons got us to the class b, having two kids are the 1st.
I’m going to love traveling & I feel like Aimee & I have very similar DH's though, so we actually had to do a lot of mental compromising & growing at different stages about the idea. The Class B really fit the dream. At 22 ft or less, we are excited about staying in many parks (state, nat, & WLRs) also just having the ability to park in a parking lot (some places). DH started out pretty scared & freaked out by my 2.5 year journey, & he is requesting till late fall & then we do some renting - I can live w/ that. I really love the outlook that he has always been geared towards finding (marrying) our new home & I’ve been much more dreamy about traveling (he & I meet at 35 & 20... guess who had already been everywhere?) Now. As we release 10 years of stuff living in Hawaii, it is amazing to me to listen to him so pumped up for adventure. I’m so happy about this! I’ve been preparing since last April but we have just now really gotten our minds made up. First I wanted an Airstream, good used one, but now I’m seeing almost limitless interactions w/ nature in a Class B. I like that. I actually found a huge amount of confidence before I gave away my backpacking books, I leafed through them & it all came back to me (long hiking trips on Kaua'i) & I really became more comfortable thinking of it like hiking w/ a cozy bed :). At some point our sheepskin (big) is going to come along & we can take it outside (on a tarp or sheet, & then cover w/ another sheet to keep it clean) It is a very warm thing & I’m so glad it is coming. I actually don't think I will be hiking much w/ the kids, but we will try, hiking is more like walking down a road w/ a double stroller now days. That is the only thing I’m struggling w/. I can see a single in the future probably :). Hey & maybe it will be a Quinny. Ha-ha. Yeah, well we will see.
Money is kind of an issue for us as well. We are very green & organic people. The change will be from fruit trees that so often give, & kale & carrots 'oh my' here. Our family is so sad that we are never around & we are very excited to be seeing them again, so the RV takes on a vital role in our first year back on the mainland. We are unjobbing, but not exactly, I mean I think we are. I would love to find other friends to start our company up w/, but it really is about negotiations & communication (answering the phone) for right now. I have a pretty sold green invention. Basically used the shelf parts of other inventions. Blah. Lots of loyalties to pay. BUT it IS going to make us all greener & happier so I’m finding a lot of passion to try & do this w/ my honey & not sell it out so quickly.
We vacillate I think still. Not enough money yet to retire & not enough will to grow all our own food. Maybe bc we love oranges, mangos, avocados, & coconuts. Raw food has been growing steadily in my diet for a while now. Looking into a solar oven, but camp fire/ camp stove is fine. Stowing pounds of fresh produce is going to keep us busy, but then again, a nice pace of soups, rice & beans is what everyone else in the family likes...
We love the adventure vibes making us so happy right now! It is a little fun too that we decided to marry a place, which means we go from $5500 a month down to... honestly? I’m not sure. We need to meet everything in that new small town, but I’m on the hunt for an East Coast "Transition Handbook" crowd or semi crowd. I want to be slow family living so much! So much! I want to home school by taking an easel to the countryside, the kids to a CSA, farm, garden and garden community at the elderly widow's house by the people that need a plot :). I want to walk to the organic co-op, farmer's market, playground, waterfall, lake, & library... then every other weekend driving off to a festival or big city museum far away (in class B? COOL!) Or in a hybrid mini van. Totally want to rock off the grid & w/ an electric car. The setup small town feels so right to me. If many hippies lived there too even more awesome (raw food potlucks at my house :D), I know the off the grid living can be an expense, so I want to really be as frugal as I can get w/ attractions right now...I really want to have all extra any dough go towards the garden patch. Seems like there could be more freedom long term if we think that way. Not to say I don’t want to rock out at u-pic farms and playgrounds along the way, but a Disneyland or children’s museum is where I want to pass this year, although festivals are calling us and thinking of any alternative news on the net to try to get me at good ones. I’ve also been looking into tiny house living, yurts, domes, & anything else. The idea being to find a double wide, or anything still functioning & standing for about 30-50k & start trying to live the off the grid dream. Earlier people compared that expenses & that is one we could be cheering about having, but really, I feel like getting a frugal place for at least winter, or even renting to get paid off is what where we see the RV living/semi full timing as fun! The other deal is we have family in WNY & WNC, so we are looking to be near them lots more. We are interested in checking out VT, NH, & Maine, but also all the way down. From the macro prospective, I’m worried about a lot of "other' stuff that is out of the range of my healthy lifestyle & connection to nature. Like a coal factory, factory farming, fast food major areas. Need some crunchy vibes to come out rocking when I come to WNC. All I’m getting is fancy golf resorts & a few organic places. I want food culture. We are thinking of maybe even buying two homes one day, one in WNC & the other maybe in New England... that dream doesn't do farm pets very well :(.
Anyway! My resources are from a FOTR post, I asked for "crunchy places you have been" & "Organic, natural resources" but everyone seems "off the grid" right now :). Or for the past 2 weeks anyway! It is hard to plan where I want to go exactly bc small walkable food culture towns are way below the radar... & we want a low real estate price range.... I basically want to find a "Rainbow tribe family" in a small town!!!
"I know they are on the East Coast because of this map: http://ofrf.org/community/maps.html and this one.http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2009/05/03/business/03metrics.gra...
I also love this one: eatwellguide.org GO EXPLORE IT entirely! It is a great road resource!
On Etsy you can look locally and find out the vibe of the crafts.. I think that says a lot actually. :http://www.etsy.com/shop_local.php?ref=fp_nav_local
This one helps you find lots, and they have one for festivals : http://www.pickyourown.org/
A good Renaissance Fair (check on pricing) seems like a great way to find people.. but I can't eat at one... Or I guess the only one I tried was all meat and beer.http://www.renfaire.com/Sites/index.html
Okay this one is just a pure search and select... I think .. "Sheep and Wool Festival"
"Organic Festival" came up with some great ones!
Anything else you use?
Would be fun to collaborate with a map or calendar program of some kind to share with everyone.. assign mamas to each website to extract location data.. even like WLR or NP and SP, Beaches entries, etc. That would be mega awesome." end quote