Well, it’s been six months since Terry and I changed careers. And we are STILL lovin’ it. The honeymoon is over, but we are so grateful for this opportunity. The timing was PERFECT for us although we didn’t realize at the time, HOW that change would manifest itself. NOW we are shopping for a full-time RV to finalize our jobs as mobile OSHA Certified Hearing Technicians with The TK Group. As I write this entry we are at our favorite location in the Kansas City, MO area, which we have decided we like VERY MUCH. We’ve either worked or stayed in this area many times over the last six months, so we have learned where everything we need is located, enjoyed lots of GR8 Bar-Be-Que, made some friends and really feel like we are coming to our home away from home when we return.
For now, our favorite crash pad is a Candlewood Suites hotel, but we are looking for a suitable MHP or RVP we can use near this area once we are RVing full-time as we work.
January provided us a week long project in Oklahoma City so we visited the OKC Museum of Art to see the exhibit of Dale Chihuly. This is the 2nd time we have seen his work, and it always is impressive. We also took in a rodeo. The last week in December we spent a whole day at the National Cowboy Museum.
Christmas was spent back in Arizona in our vintage travel trailer, which we left in dry storage right on the same site we camped on. Our trailer is for sale so that is nice, not having to haul it in and out of the previous storage property. Quail Ridge RV Resort is a great RV park, with full-timers, permanent residents on their leased lots plus overnighters all comfortably on spacious lots. They often host the annual Cowboy Poetry Festival event, which is coming up in February. It’s only a 20 minute drive into Sierra Vista, Tombstone, or Patagonia from Quail Ridge. Our 2 weeks off at the end of the year included a 3500 mile round-trip from our last work location (Tulsa, Oklahoma) to Arizona, thru Kerrville, TX to visit Mom and back to Tulsa.
November took us to Alabama to visit with my Dad, and we worked in Arkansas and Oklahoma. By Thanksgiving we were back in KCMO and I was able to cook a full turkey dinner with trimmings in our crock-pot. Had never done that before, and it turned out better than I expected.
In October, we spent a day in Branson, Missouri where we met with Phil & Lorie, friends of ours who drove over from their new job location in St. Louis, Mo. Four years ago we met them when we both managed self storage locations in Phoenix, AZ. Phil & Lorie loved living in their motorhome years back, so they are looking forward to purchasing another one some day. We also enjoyed a few hours in St. Joseph, MO at the Patee House museum and Jesse James museum.
September we were working in Michigan and discovered how many great RVing spots there are in that state … we never knew! Stumbling on the annual Woodward Dream Cruise was a blast from the past as we drove our Freightliner MDT along with the classic cars for a few miles. They were taking pictures of us as we were taking pictures of them, laughing all the way. What a blast that was! We crossed 2 items of our bucket list – the Henry Ford and The Ford Rogue factory tours. We also had a nice tour of the Laura Ingalls Wilder farm home in Missouri.
August was HOT everywhere and Indiana and Illinois were no exception. Having acclimated to the Arizona desert, the corn fields triggered allergies that I never knew I had. Next year, I will carry Quercetin with me 24/7. I almost couldn’t get to work one day, I was so miserable. When we took off from AZ in July to take our training classes in Illinois, we crossed another item off our list … the Great Platte River Pioneer museum. You know, that HUGE bridge that crosses over both the east & west bound lanes of I-80 in Nebraska? The one everyone says “what IS that thing?” the first time they see it? Along the way, we stopped at the NRA Whittington center for a visit where Terry became a member before we left.