Living in the middle of nowhere is pretty damn cool

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      1. In our hectic lifestyles the Jon gives us a moment of silence…that is before the cell phone crept into our lives.

        Looks amazing. I just sent this post to my wife because RV living (particularly Airstream living) is my dream. I figure we can do it in 10 years… at the ripe age of 46. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

        1. You are very welcome, and thanks for reading Dads. Hope our lifestyle inspires you guys to get out here too and see this wonderful country of ours. 🙂

  1. Amen!! Beautiful…well except maybe the ‘john’ part. HA! Love that you are having such an awesome time. Keep it going!

  2. Amen! Glad you’re loving the new lifestyle. Part of me is jealous, a pretty big part at the moment…but maybe someday we’ll have that experience as well. Even if it isn’t permanent, doing something like that for a year or two would be pretty awesome. And I’m sure those solar panels are rocking right now in that Nevada sun. Mine have sure been soaking it in lately!

    1. We’re so thankful that we went the solar panel route. Makes things so much easier and quieter during the day. Whenever there’s sun, we’re chargin’. 🙂

  3. Simply gorgeous pictures and it sounds like your having a blast. It’s enough to make us working stiffs who only get four weeks a year jealous. Someday we’ll do something similar with a less permanent pop up trailer…

    1. Ain’t nothing wrong with a popup. In fact, you can fit those things in far more places than we can fit our rig. That’s an advantage for sure.

  4. Ooooohhh, damn I’m jealous. That’s the life. 🙂 There’s nothing like waking up every morning with nature on your front step. This is the freedom that’s so, so worth it. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher. We’re definitely getting used to this lifestyle very, very quickly. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not! 😉

  5. That’s so awesome, but the best part is that you can enjoy the quiet of nowhere for a few months, but then if you want your city fix, just go drive there and plop down for awhile! The best of both worlds. I also love how you are ‘off grid’ with the compost toilet and solar. That is so freeing. I’m glad to hear you are not rushing either.

    1. That’s very true, Primal. In fact, we left Valley of Fire a couple days early because the wind was so bad. We gotta park somewhere, after all. Whether it’s in Nevada or Utah, it just doesn’t matter. 🙂

  6. Taking your time to really enjoy it is the way to go. Hard to do if you only have a week vacation from work. Since my layoff last year I’ve only been doing my part time side gig which I’ve done for years. I dont know at this point if I could go back to being boxed in by a full time day job again. Its not so much about working but more about the time commitment. ..With terrain like that, keep your eye out for the Road runner and Wyle E Coyote 😉

  7. Wow, beautiful pictures. I’m glad to hear you’re loving early retirement. It’s really cool that your wife is on board 100%. You can have all kind of fun adventures together. My wife isn’t quite on board yet, but hopefully she’ll retire soon. Enjoy!

  8. Beautiful pictures as always Steve! I confess to never having blogged on the toilet. You’ve got the advantage there….especially when it comes to the view!

  9. Keep those pictures coming. I love how you have married the familiar with the strange: you keep your home the same but change your backyard view whenever you damn well please.

  10. AMEN! OMG, think this is such an intriguing lifestyle! Here’s my concern – camp grounds. It looks like you guys have all the space you can want where you are, but do you ever find yourself camped so close to your neighbors you can hear their snoring at night? This is my fear, but otherwise I think this lifestyle would be so wild to try out!

    1. Hey Caren – not yet, but some campgrounds do pack you in so tight that it’s tough to breathe. We definitely try to avoid those. It ain’t worth the cost in our opinion. We’d much rather be out in the middle of nowhere with as much space as we can handle.

  11. My future mother in law wants to do something very similar to this. I both want to send her this link (for her benefit) and don’t (for fear that she’ll end up living in my backyard…) Lol, but this was a great read, really cool to see how a lot of your blogging is subsidized by the sun!

    1. Ha! Thanks, Paul – I definitely understand your conundrum! And the sun has been so perfect thus far…it helps that we’re staying out in the West this year, too. So much sun out this way.

  12. Love the pictures! And I’m glad to hear that early retirement has been a comfortable adjustment so far. I’ve read before about people who retire and then don’t know what to do with themselves. It sounds like you don’t have that problem at all!

  13. Awesome!! Having your home on wheels has so many wonderful considerations I never thought of…view from the john being one of them! Have you missed anything a foundation gives that your wheels can’t? What comes to mind first is a grocery store for fresh fruit and veg. I know you have a sweet potato habit bar none to others but fruit is far more perishable (I know you can drive to a store)…I’m just curious how your diet is making the adjustment. Any changes?

    1. No changes thus far. Our fridge runs on propane so we can keep things cool pretty much indefinitely. We’ll find grocery stores somewhere around where we happen to be to pick things up every couple of days. For the most part, no real changes. The stores themselves have changed, but we’re primarily eating the same. 🙂

  14. Hi Steve,

    Awesome view.

    It’s great to have a spouse who are of the same FI views as you. I have yet to find the right one with the same view as I.

    It’s very likely that I will embark on the FI solo.


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