We agreed sometime in 2019 that our return to Tucson, AZ at the end of the year would be the conclusion of our full-time travels. During the past 8 years we’ve visited every U.S. state (several of them multiple times) and much of Canada. We even slipped down into Mexico a couple of times to party with friends on the beach. Although we’ve seen and done just about everything on our bucket lists, we realize there’s no way we can experience everything in this great country during the rest of our lives! But we both felt it’s time for a change, and we had to start somewhere.
To recap from the last few posts, we left Tucson at the beginning of January on a 4-month Viking World Wonders cruise that turned into an aborted 2-month cruise because of the Coronavirus. The morning after arriving home from Bali on March 10th, we awoke with the pandemic already on a scary trajectory. We figured we’d wait out the virus here, hiding out in Betsy per guidelines while Steve took care of a medical issue at the same time.
During the past few years we’ve been looking at Wickenburg, AZ as a possible place to settle down. We got a phone call one day from Jamie, the owner of Hidden Hacienda RV Park, where we’d camped last year. She also happens to be a realtor, and she told us about a house that was available as a rental which looked very interesting. We’d already decided to rent for a few months to confirm whether Wickenburg could be the place for us.
Following that call we fired Betsy up and drove to Wickenburg. After setting up camp we checked out the house and really liked it, especially as it met all of our requirements including that Betsy could be parked there. We signed a short-term lease the next day and moved in on April 17th. Yay!
Since then we’ve emptied Betsy out and cleaned her top to bottom, inside and out as we prepare her for sale. Yes, you read that right, she’s up for sale! It’s been quite emotional moving out of her after 8 years on the road, but also exciting to live in a “real” home as we settle into the next chapter of our life.
We’re still adjusting to the new sensations of seemingly unlimited storage, having to yell to find out where each other is, and being able to walk around without the house shaking! The large laundry room is wonderful, and the yard is huge with a great assortment of birdies and other critters coming and going constantly.
We’re adapting to our new community and enjoying the fixed but beautiful desert environment. Gone are the days of having new scenery outside the windows every few days, which we’ll miss! We’ve been taking long walks through the area to meet our friendly neighbors, and venturing onto the trails on the huge state land adjacent to the development:
Our feathered friends allow us to enjoy sheltering in place:
We even had a visitor of the slithery variety in our little garden. Our tomato plants did great for a few days until a critter got in there and ate them. We have a lot to learn about gardening here!
The famous Arizona sunrises and sunsets haven’t been too shabby:
As the temps soar into triple digits we’re mostly staying at home (except for our early morning walks), staying healthy and living in our “new normal” like the rest of the world.
Remain healthy, safe and sane everyone!