What an incredible summer of early retirement

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  1. Steve, I’ve enjoyed living vicariously with you through the summer. Good luck with the southern migration. 263 days until I join you in FIRE. Thanks for the motivation!

    1. Not that Fritz is counting or anything!! But now that we’ve been on our first extended trip in ER – we totally get what you are saying! Can’t wait for more adventures like yours. Just need to get a better camera! Safe travels and see you in a few weeks in Dallas!

  2. Awesome pics, as usual. πŸ™‚ Question – I have always wondered about bringing the dogs to National Parks. It says they aren’t allowed on trails, presumably due to wildlife and what not. Did you see much of that or did the kids stay in the rv when you hiked? It’s the one thing that has held me back from road tripping with Bubs.

    1. Good question! Nearly 100% of the time, our kids stay back in the Airstream. We give them nice walks when we’re home and don’t usually bring them with us from place to place. We are pretty sure that they like it better that way, too.

      You’re right, a lot of national parks don’t let dogs on the trail – both for wildlife and the mess situation. That said, we usually see a TON of dogs hiking trails outside of national parks, though. There are a ton of trails out there. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that you certainly don’t need to visit national parks in order to hike. The parks are nice, but they are also crowded and, as you know, impose more rules. πŸ™‚

  3. Ohhh how gorgeous!! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous. πŸ™‚ I love that you’re location-independent so you can move around with the seasons; North in the summer and South in the winter.

  4. I’ve enjoyed following your journey, Steve. In my life I’ve been fortunate to have lived in several places around the world (including Tucson, one of my favorite cities), and your adventures have reminded me that we are truly blessed to live in a land of such incredible beauty and variation. One could spend a lifetime exploring our borders and never feel like they were missing out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jealous! My wife and I recently went to Washington and Oregon after over 15 years of not visiting and loved it. The natural beauty is amazing, and people seem more relaxed (compared to the East Coast). Looking forward to your post on Arizona (I’ve never been).

    1. Thanks Miguel – oh yeah, compared to the East Coast (I lived there for 10 years), the West is so much more laid back in general. I much, much prefer the West. πŸ™‚

  6. Awesome journey thanks for sharing! We enjoy your videos as well as your blogs.

    I am recovering well from my open heart surgery, we should be joining you on the road early next year. My health problems slowed our downsizing but our plans to full-time haven’t changed other than the schedule sliding out a month or two.

  7. Like Tonya (Budget & the Beach), I both Hate and Love you at the some time.. LOL

    too late for me(us) to retire early but I have told my daughter about your site and encourage her to read your story and learn. One thing a lot of young folks, ie.. 22 yrs old is if they will put just 50 bucks a month in a roth IRA in a good high growth fund and when they get older like 32yrs, put 50 buck a week ior more in that fund, and if they will put birthday, christmas, and any other money they get like bonus and such in that fund, they will, by the time they retire(at age 50) be a millionaire. Or real dam close to it.

    Thanks again for your story and all you do for the RV community.. especially Cortney’s great ideas. Now we know
    why she is a rocket scientist(?), she rocks..

    choa..

    1. Thanks Carl! Very much appreciate the kind words, and you’re right about Courtney. She is definitely the one that keeps us on the straight and narrow! πŸ™‚

  8. Man those are some gorgeous pictures. I went to Solvang, California this week. It is an old (as in a 100+ years as that is what passes for old in Cali) Dutch town. It was cool to see the architecture, but the Airstream dealer just outside of town peaked my interest more….ah a man can dream can’t he?

    1. Thanks Mr. Tako! Yup, all these photos were snapped with my Sony A6300 (though I’m a big believer that the camera itself doesn’t matter too much).

      We’re heading for Arizona…Tucson area again, in fact. More details on this in a looming article. πŸ™‚

  9. Steve, enjoy the blog. I’m curious though, in your interview with The$savvycouple, you indicated you and your wife reitred from IT jobs, and now just have side projects that might amount to $10K per year. But on your blog, there is a post from August (the one about your portfolio ‘wreck’ where you say that in your ‘professional life’ you advise institutional investors on their portfolios. Have you started back working?

    1. Never mind…I saw at the bottom that it was a guest post from someone else. Would be less confusing to begin such posts by disclosing that it’s a guest post or a an author’s byline to make it clear it’s not about you. Just constructive criticism hope you don’t mind.!

      1. I know what happened – I did actually have a guest post intro for that post, but it was an Excerpt that didn’t make it across after I switched my theme. All fixed now, so you should see it. πŸ™‚

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