What a year it was!

The year 2012 was one of major endings and new beginnings for us.

Early this year, Steve and I fired ourselves from our jobs (retired early) and gave up our comfortable income. We terminated home ownership and divested ourselves of almost all of our earthly possessions.  All of this to pursue a dream and begin a new nomadic lifestyle.

We began our new life of living on the road with excitement, tempered with a dose of anxiety.  Now, eight months later, our measured decision has been rewarded with contentment and simple happiness.  As wanderers, we are blessed to discover, enjoy and explore so many places we’ve never seen.  We have been in awe of the natural beauty surrounding us.  The challenges we initially encountered were overcome.  We think we’re ready to face just about anything down the road.  We met new friends along the way, while staying connected with the old ones.  The places we’ve been and the experiences we’ve had so far are memorable and inspiring.

View Betsy’s 2012 Travels in a larger map

Our trek north to Alaska was easily the highlight of this year’s travels.  It was the ultimate adventure to the last frontier.

Above is Our Alaska Adventure Route, the red pins on our way in and the purple ones on our way out.

Living on the road was also the beginning for us to live in close quarters almost 24/7.  It was quite an adjustment initially, since we rarely saw each other during our working years due to opposing shift hours.   But as we journeyed on, our relationship became stronger and better.  For those of you planning to RV full time, make sure you actually like each other before proceeding!

The new year 2013 is upon us.  We are looking forward to 365 days of fun adventures, discoveries, sightseeing and more travel tales to tell as Betsy rolls down the road to take us someplace, somewhere.  So come on and ride along with us, we’ll try to take you to some places you may have never been, either.

We sincerely hope everyone closes 2012 and rings in the new year with gratefulness, peace, prosperity and good health.

~Steve and Mona Liza

Happy New Year




  1. Dear ML and Steve wishing you a Happy new Year and great travel year ahead. Love reading you blog every week .and its part of my weekly routine. Have fun- Radha

  2. Happy New Year to you Mon and Steve! May every path that you take bring you to the wonders of God’s creation with much joy..

  3. What a wonderful Year 2012 was! And one of best moments of 2012 was meeting up with you two in ALaska. Happy New Year Friends..

  4. I am sure 2013 will be full of exciting discoveries for the two of you. Continue the wonderful journey you are making.

  5. Great to hear from the two of you and most of all seeing you on Skype. Don’t forget our
    next call will include the boss (wife). Be safe and drive careful…….

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