When last I wrote for the Hurley Travels blog I talked about being fluid, exploring a different phase in life for Jerry and me. Well, quite a bit of that changing and flowing has happened in the last four months. Also, I took some time to consider whether our Hurley Travels blog should have its last chapter. If we were ceasing our life on the road, did I want to also cease writing here about our life??? It took me a few months, but I've decided there are still episodes to record. We are planning to keep on exploring in various ways. So, here I am moving along into the next mode for Hurley Travels.
But first, it just wouldn't be right if we didn't say a few words about turning this corner away from RVing. Jerry and I absolutely loved our ten years of being on the road. There are volumes of wonderful memories that we couldn't have experienced without the culture that is available among RVers. We appreciate the people everywhere along that road that are the special ingredients. There are so many unique, interesting and indescribable facets of those ten years that make us smile all the time.
This past winter was quite a moment in time for us. We had the feelings of uncertainty last fall about how many more roads we would travel in Ferd. But neither one of us was ready to say yet. Regardless of where the next spring would take us, we began our travels in November with repairs on Ferd and also had him polished up nicely in Nacogdoches at our favorite facility, Motohomes of Texas. That 1995, 36-foot, no-slide, Foretravel diesel pusher was feeling and looking good. It turned out to be a very nice last winter in Texas and Alabama. After considering a trip to Florida, it seemed best for us to make the winter stop in Gulf Shores, Alabama. While settled in our spot at the Gulf Shores State Park we contemplated how much longer we'd be traveling as RVers. We had some time to discuss and vacillate about what our next steps would be. We came to the conclusion we would end our RVing adventure. But I have to say we'll miss those desert gatherings and stops along our route to see old friends. Those times can't be matched. Thanks friends! You know who you are. There will be other ways, I hope, to stay in touch and visit occasionally.
Once we adjusted to our decision to sell Ferd, we started making plans for the change. The story isn't quite this simple, but to keep it short and sweet, we returned to Indy, found a buyer and turned over ownership in a matter of a couple of months. We did hold onto Ole Yeller (the loyal towed Jeep) for a while. It was hard to cut that final string. But actually, the good result was that the same young family owns both the motorhome and our Jeep. We're glad to see them enjoying the fun that connects them.
It will take some getting used to this new phase in our lives. But…onward we go. Pretty quickly we made more plans. We're thinking we'll still travel… to those places we missed in the motorhome, right? So we need a "highway car" that's roomier and more comfortable for those trips when we'll now be staying in hotels. Anyway, we took that step, too. Here's a shot of Jerry making the transition from Ole Yeller to Vinny (the new CRV).
Speaking of transitions, we made a major one in mid-July. We purchased our new home, just a few miles northeast, in Fishers, Indiana. Our little condo was just right for the time we were on-the-road, but we were looking for more space now that we didn't have our home on wheels. Usually older folks downsize, but these two went the other direction! We now have a home with a big garage that has space for the cars, a motorcycle, a workbench for Jerry and the extra refrigerator. And we have more room inside for visitors and to store those things we're accumulating again. Besides, we're also pleased that Krissy bought our cute little condo. It's perfect for her! So now I should post a pic of the front of the house, right? Instead of one of those, I think I'll insert one of the flowers on our hibiscus tree that is among several flowering plants, bushes and trees we are enjoying at our new place.
I could also write many happy words about this summer's activities that didn't involve the chore of moving. We've had more than our share of good times. For instance, there were super visits with old friends that came through Indianapolis, fun family reunions, several special birthday celebrations, helping with our grand dogs, hanging out on our new deck, setting food on fire on the grill and meeting new neighbors. I won't try to describe those experiences, just keep doing more. This short story will have to suffice as the catch-up on Hurley Travels for now. The leaves are falling and it's time to move on.
Thanks for sharing some time with me. Check in here at Hurley Travels again as we see where this path leads us.