Three, Two, One ……
After 5 years of dreaming followed by 5 years of intense planning Jonathan has retired and we have hit the road! We are officially fulltimers!
When we last posted we were still on our shakedown trip to Florida. Having left Pensacola we stopped for one night in Madison, FL on our way to Orlando. We had 5 wonderful days exploring all of the parks and even took a day to head over to Universal. On our way to Wizarding World of Harry Potter we ran into a few our our favorite stars! We spent the whole day wandering around Hogwarts and seeing all of the new park.
Disney has always held a special place in our hearts as it is where 35 years ago we spent our honeymoon. This trip was wonderful as we took our time and just wandered each park. We spent an evening in Epcot, took a private safari through Animal Kingdom with a sunset dinner in the preserve, and what trip to Disney would not be complete without a day in the Magic Kingdom.
When we left Disney we heading north with a quick stop in Tallahassee to see Joanna’s family then two quick one night stops in Augusta, GA and Wytheville, VA before arriving back in PA. It was a great trip, not only seeing family but a bit of vacation and most importantly learning all the ins and outs of Shadowfax.
Arriving back in early November it was time to winterize and put the coach into storage. After the holidays with our kids, we started the final stages of getting ready to go fulltime. Joanna stopped working and spent her time organizing the house and preparing for the move into the RV. Jonathan continued to work by day and set up our financial lives by night. And we started counting the days!
In early June we moved Shadowfax to the nearest KOA and we slowly started the process of moving in. Joanna would take one room a day and transfer what we wanted to the coach praying each time that everything would fit. It is quite the experience trying to downsize your life to a 400 sq ft space! Clothing for 4 seasons, what do you really use in your kitchen, how many gadgets do you really need?!? Joanna is sure she has over packed but everything fit!
On July 7th Jonathan officially retired (well he hasn’t turned in his computer yet …..) and on July 8th we pulled up the jacks and headed west. Next up the first days of retirement.