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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Thanks so much for posting this one! We learned being in the military and moving a lot that traveling is perfect for us. I like the "boredom" statement. We'll be joining you soon on the road.

Words well chosen, Howard!

Well said Howard, nice piece.

Howard, a wonderful, wonderful post!! I can't thank you enough for the inspiration and joy your blog provides me.

Very thought provoking Howard. I recently lost my partner of 32 years and find that all of my plans for our retirement and travel have changed. We have traveled extensively in our Class C's over the years and were looking forward to more extended trips after retirement. (I am 60, he was 58). Have you and Linda ever had serious discussions about how traveling with someone you love enhances all that you are experiencing? How would things affect you if Linda was no longer a part of your life? For me, the death of my partner has brought reoccuring thoughts of the importance to appreciate and express your affection for each other on a daily basis. Since you are such a disclosing person and you have so many readers, I was wondering if you would reflect on this in a future blog? Time moves so fast.
Always enjoying you blog, Gene S.

Wow, what a great post Howard. This is definitely something I will share with my children to encourage them to learn from these lessons. Thanks for the wonderful words of wisdom!

Boy, all this talk of traveling sounds like a really bad case of hitch-itch!

Wow...every time I think you wrote your best post...you surprise me again...

Another example of why I like to read your blog. I am still a fulltime dreamer and this really makes me want to climb in and GO! Thanks Howard!

I am stunned that so far no one has commented on your thoughtful dissertation on travel.

Here is my favorite quote:

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ..... Martin Buber

I like it because this is what we hope to experience when we start our full-time life on the road. Even boredom sounds pretty good. Although I don't think I will ever be bored.

Great journal entry, Howard. Actually, one of your best ones.

Thank you.

One of your quotes was from William Least Heat-Moon. Not sure how I came across his writings but I have two of his books. blue highways is an adventure he took in a van traveling across the US. The blue highways represent the blue roads on the map which represent the off highway side roads going through the hartland of the US. The other book is called Riverhorse and is about a trip he took on a boat traveling the rivers of the US from the east coast to the west coast. That book I never finished, but you have reminded me so I may get it out and see if I can get through it. blue highways was an easy read but riverhorse is a bit more involved. If I remember his background is as a college english professor so his writing is formal and hard for me to read, but his adventures are great.

Wow Howard, your Travel post really blew me away! Thank you so very much for reminding us why we are seeking this journey. See you in Texas.

It is amazing how you are able to hit nails right on the head. This post is wonderful. After almost 5 years as a full timer myself I still experience those butterflies in my stomach when we are headed into the unknown. I also love the statement about boredom. It truly is a statement about the freedom we experience. I too have felt those feelings of guilt at not having anything to do. Embracing those feelings is truly liberating.

My favorite of the quotes was Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

I think he was the same guy that said: What troubles me most about the Bible is not what I don't understand, it is with those things I do understand.

This is one of my favorite of your posts. I think it makes me think about purpose. Why are we doing this? It is only for selfish interests? Or can we find purpose and value in this lifestyle? As Maxwell Gaylord said in his last

You set a terrific example of giving to others by all the fantastic array of information you provide on the website and your commitment to your daily blog.

Thanks! Another great post!

Perfectly said Howard. You can tell from my user name I like to travel.

This needs to be the preface for your book.

Wow, what a great post. My wife and I are the (as someone said) the Fulltime Dreamers right now. We can not wait to be able to join the ranks of full time RVer's. This post just makes the desire that much stronger and oh how true it all is. I especially liked the quote; "We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Oh how true. I know that my eyes become more and more open the more I read about your journeys on your blog. Thanks so much for all that you and Linda do.
John and Terri

Howard, Amen to everything you said. I can't wait to begin our journey in 376 days.

Howard what a great post. We have hitch-itch and don't have a hitch yet. We do have a cabin in Gatlinburg,TN. But that is not our only travel destination. Travels this year have been to Utah,Tx and soon to Myrtle Beach. Our traveling started while Charles was in the Navy and we go somewhere diffrent every year. Even went to Argentina and Chile twice. We always encourage friends and relative to travel this great land of the free.
I (Charles) would like to quote you, Howard.
"New experience is the enemy of complacency. Complacency leads to low moods, lack of effort in relationships, that robot state we find ourselves in from time to time, and general unhappiness if not outright depression." Complacency brings boredom to life. Travel and new experiences takes that boredom away.

Thanks for your inspiration.

All I can really say is...
WOW, you knocked it out of the park on this one!

Just when I need a "good talking to" - There you are--Thanks for all your words of encouragement.

Jenny J

Like Jenny I too needed a good talking to. Howard I don't know for sure, how or why but when I need inspiration and hope the most, your blog does it everytime. Thanks for keeping my dreams alive.


I miss one day and look what happens. Being in the Military and moving every couple of years was always met with wide eyes and wonder of what it would bring even though you were doing the same thing in a different location. Great reminder post.

Well this brought tears to my eyes and gratitude to my heart because I too am free to travel in my RV.
Thank you Howard, your blog is fantastic no matter what you do as a topic.

I found your "The Beauty Of Travel" journal entry to be very inspiring and motivating! My wife and I are soon to be full timers currently in the unload stuff mode. I try to keep a minimum of 25 items on Craigslist at all times. Sometimes the time it takes to sell something is discouraging but we keep at it. After reading your latest entry I am all pumped up to increase my Craigslist ads and cut prices on the old ones. We enjoy your journal every day!

Well I am new to your blog and what a great day to pick... This post was fabulous. I enjoyed it very much. Come on over and visit me sometime... I am adding you to my favorites so I can keep your adventures. Have Fun!

Travel Safe

You are so right. We say this all the time, that we are lucky to be living this life and wouldn't have it any other way.

By the way, we saw those Great American Road Trip people staying in our campground in St. Louis, but had no idea what it was all about. But I distinctly remember the Motorhomes because they had big decals on them with the family names.

Now that I know what it was, I am sorry I didn't try to talk to them then. They did look like they were having a lot of fun. All the families were playing with each other.

Keep up the great thoughts.

Howard, this is your best blog post yet! Well, the ones where you share your travel adventures come in pretty close. You have said what has lurked in our subconscious for all of our traveling time. Now it is in our conscious mind as well. Thanks for the Epistle to the Roamings!

Howard and Linda, haven't read you for awhile and went to Facebook and read this. WOW!! Gary and I are fulltimers and I consulted you a few times while we were pondering our decision. Life has bought the unexpected. I have cancer and was in remission when we first started out. It has returned and although I am in remission now, I have to have treatments once every 6 months for four weeks for the next 2 years. Because of the catastrophic deductible, Gary has gone back to work and we are parked for awhile. His sister has been gracious to let us stay in an apartment they have during this time. Reading this post has soo stirred me to want to get back on the road. I want you and Linda to enjoy every day out there and on those days of guilt when you are doing nothing, we'll be sitting there with you doing nothing(in our thoughts) and looking forward to the day that God may allow us to interrupt your day and meet you. Keep writing from your heart. Sally

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