Coming Back from a Break
We’ve been quiet around here for awhile — almost a year! It’s hard to believe how fast the earth moves around the sun sometimes. In some ways our lives changed a lot in that time, and in other ways they’re remarkably the same.
2018 Recap: Emphasis on the Busy
One reason for our blog hibernation is that in addition to traveling full-time, we also run our graphic design and marketing business from the road. We got very busy with that last year, which is a good thing, but when we had downtime we wanted to get off our screens and out into the world.
Turning off the Firehose
The other reason is that I just wasn’t enjoying blogging about RV travel. There are a lot of people out there pushing this lifestyle (usually for profit) in ways that don’t feel authentic or accurate to us. Airstreams in particular are really fetishized, and the people of the internet often seemed more interested in our rig than they were in us, which was disheartening.
Don’t get me wrong — we’ve met so many lovely people through this blog, and there really are genuine and inspiring people out there who give you a little window into their lives through social media (hint: they’re usually the ones not trying to sell you an e-course). But we let the negative parts of it get to us, and it was just time to take a break until we had interest in it again. As Aziz Ansari said, sometimes spending time on the internet can feel like being “a million pages into the worst book ever.”
These days we’ve worked on setting healthier limits on our non-work screen time, and we stopped trying to keep up with everyone on social media. Basically, we turned off the fire hose, and it’s feeling good to be on here again. If you do follow us on Instagram, you know that we’re A) still alive and B) still living and traveling in our Airstream full-time.
In 2018, we embraced slow travel and only visited 4 states: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Traveling this way is much more our style than the long haul/quick stay variety. Moving a couple hundred miles, or less, at a time and longer stays let us get to know an area better, revisit favorite spots, and catch up with friends on the road.
Burying the Lead — We Bought Land!
Probably our biggest life update is that back in September we bought 5 acres of beautiful, wild land in Northern New Mexico that will be our new home base. Our property is several miles down a dirt road bordering the National Forest, and we have one awesome neighbor about 20 acres away, unless you count elk, coyotes, and jack rabbits as neighbors (which we do).
Before winter set in, we dry camped on our land for a month, and were loving a quiet life of mountain sunrises, campfires, and dark sky stars. Dulce had a blast with 3 whole weeks of fully off-leash life, until she decided that sniffing cactus was a fun hobby. We had our first snow storm of the year on Halloween, and shortly after that we decided to get the Airstream back down our dirt road so we didn’t get stuck, because no hookups in negative degree nights is no fun.
Burying the Land — In Snow!
This winter has been a doozy down here with storm after storm, so once all the snow melts and the mud dries, we’ll head back up to the land and start some projects. Our 2019 plans include building a small 120 square foot studio with a loft, possibly a bath house, getting our utilities and RV hookups in place, and starting a few raised beds (most RVers say the thing they miss most is their bathtub — mine is having a garden!). Down the road — probably in 2020 — we plan to build a 600-ish square foot cabin.
Our 2019 Plans
We’re keeping the Airstream and travel will still be a big part of our lives, but we’re happy to be building a little spot where we can take a break from the road. We’re not sure what destinations will be on the list this year, since our focus will be on building, but we’re in Santa Fe for March, and we’re currently planning to spend April in the Truth or Consequences, Deming, and Silver City NM areas.
So that’s our big news, and how we’re ripping the bandaid off of blogging after a long break. In the coming weeks and months we’re planning on sharing more about some of our favorite moments and places from our 2018 travels, everything we learned the (extremely) hard way about winter camping in an Airstream, and progress on our property.
Happy travels to all of you out there, and shoot us a comment or a note and let us know what you’re up to!