Thursday, March 31, 2011

Announcement Reactions

Thanks for all your encouraging comments. We are still in a state of shock. It’s all coming together.

Of course, we have been telling everyone that it’s official and that we will be leaving the first of June. It’s amazing all the strange reactions we get when we tell people we’re leaving. Most of the people we’ve told, have lived in this same small town most of their lives and really can’t imagine living anywhere else. By the way, Rockwall is the smallest county in Texas.

Last night we ran into a few friends and told them we would be leaving June 1st. Their first question was how long are you going to be gone. At which time we would explain we’re not sure when we’ll be coming back through this area. Then, there’s; what do you mean, you don’t know when you’ll be coming back through this area?

We then go on to explain that we’ll be traveling all over the U.S and living in our 5th wheel and don’t know how long we’ll be gone.

Here are a few examples of the comments we’ve received from people we’ve told;
  • Have you lost your ever loving mind?
  • That sounds like fun.
  • Why on earth would you want to live in a travel trailer when you own such a nice home?
  • Sure wish we could do that.
  • Don’t sell your house; you’ll be tired of traveling in a few months.
  • That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.
  • Wow! Where you going first?
  • Do you really think you’ll be happy traveling all the time?
  • Where on earth did you get that idea?
  • Don’t you think you’ll get tired of each other pretty quick living in such small quarters?
  • How could you leave your family and friends?
  • We’re sad to hear you’re leaving.
  • Be sure and take lots of pictures and post them on your blog.
  • You can’t sell your house and run off like that. Everyone needs a house.
  • I love to do that but my wife would never go for it.
  • We’re so happy for you and wish we were going too.
 We've done our best to explain to no avail. The new answer is "You only live once and we're gonna do this"

Travel Safe Dawn and Denise


  1. We found it best to not explain at all, as it is really not their concern, only your own. The best comments we have had are from family and people far older than we, who have told us get going, and do not hesitate as they regret being tied to a house and 'things', and then too old or bad health to go. hose are the comments and encouragements we listed to. Yes, they are the wise ones!

  2. we've been gone from where we started for 2 years and are still getting when are you coming home? I keep saying not sure that will ever happen, but the question still remains! Or better still, when is the "trip" going to be over... uhhhh we aren't on a "trip" we are living life!

  3. Most people do not seem to get it, even RVers. We have been full time for over four years and we still get friends, including those who have RV's, asking when are you coming back or where do you really live?

  4. THIS IS SO COOL! I'm a day behind, so just read the HOUSE SOLD blog. When it's meant to be, it happens. I'm so happy for you both! The next two months will go so fast. If you have a good "to do" list, you won't forget anything, and you'll see progress as everything gets crossed off, one thing at a time. How exciting!

  5. Dave and I are only part-timers, but people still have a hard time understanding why we want to take extended trips in our motorhome.

  6. "Be sure and take lots of pictures and post them on your blog." I.M. with whosoever it were that told ya that one. After a lookin' at that there same old leaf every day on yer blog these here past weeks, and still not gittin' the key to unlock whatsoever y'all locked, even a picture of a blowed out tire, or a streamin' radiater would be fine with I.M, which of course yer gonna be havin' lots of oporttunitys to photograf.

  7. None of those questions are particularly surprising to me. Whenever I hear of someone taking off in a boat to sail around the world, the first thing that pops into my head is "what, are you nuts?"

  8. Everyone dances to the beat of a different drummer....Follow your dreams..They are yours and no one elses. is always about change..embrace it!!! What's the worst that could happen? You could find a place you like and settle down in a different part of the USA...Carpe Diem!

  9. We've been asked most of those and more. People just can't wrap their brains around the concept, I guess. It doesn't matter. What matters is you. It's your life. You are entitled to live it in anyway you see fit :)
    What I don't understand is how some people can live in the same town all their lives and not even travel out of that state! Now, THAT is bizarre :)

  10. Isn't it great that you can just listen to all the negative comments and continue on with your RVing plans?

  11. We have been living in our motor home and travelling for over 5 years now. You are going to have a great time!!!!

  12. Boy I missed a day of reading blog posts and look what happens!! High 5's and big congratulatory hugs to each of you. I'm with everyone else who's posted over the past two days, let the 'naysayers' live their dream and you two get on with your dream and don't look back! Can't wait to hear where you decide to head first.

  13. Hope all your pictures aren't of blown out tires or steamin' radiators! :) Sometimes, I.M. is a hoot!

  14. My Mother (and everyone else) still thinks I'm going to be pulling into her driveway in July. Don't have the heart to tell her different.

    Once you get on the road I know you will love it. You can move as often as you like - or you can stay put in a particular place for as long as you like. Gotta love that !!

  15. We received many of the same reactions, but overwhelmingly we heard feelings of envy. Like others have already said, we pretty much gave up trying to explain. Even those who we thought understood, didn't. My mother has been very supportive, but when we returned to Colorado for a visit in October, one of the first things out of her mouth was whether we were ready to move back home. She didn't get it that our home was now wherever our rig was parked. Good for you for sticking to your guns and doing what you want! We're very excited for you!!

  16. congrats on the sale of your house!!!..I am one day behind! issues last night! the fun can begin!!

  17. Great post. The comment I remember the fondest is: "Can we go with you?" You'll love it out here.

  18. A few years ago, we went on an expedition voyage to Antarctica. When we told family and friends, their reactions were just as varied as the ones we got when we told them we would be selling our house and going on the road when we retired. In both cases, the comments we got were very similar to the ones you listed. At first we tried to explain our reasoning. Finally we gave up and just told people ... "Pourquoi-pas" ... because we can. Seemed an appropriate response as that was also the name of an old French Antarctic exploration ship. We just might have to dust off that response and start using it when people question our sanity as we prepare for full timing.

  19. I am totally with Gail and Rick's comment here. We have also had the same questions that you have been asked and our answer was the same as yours. We have had no regrets and still loving very moment of it.

    Kevin and Ruth

  20. You are about a month ahead of us. We head out July 5th. Life is too short to pass up opportunities to live our dreams. But, not everyone has the personality to take a walk on the wild side. It has a lot to do with the fear of the unknown. We pretty much know what to expect if we stay put.

  21. Our friends and family thought we were crazy to sell our home and the 'stuff' but we did it any way and have no regrets. Life is too short to not follow your dreams.