Slight Detour

It’s been about three months since we hit the road. We really like it. Our six-wheeled home is like the bowl of porridge that was just right.  We’re amazed that it’s big enough to hold everything that’s important to us (with help, of course, from our small utility trailer affectionally known as The Garage. We needed someplace, after all, to store the tandem and a few other big items.). No utility bills, no worrying that the lawn will die because rain doesn’t seem to like California anymore, and lots of time to go wherever we want and do whatever we want.

But it hasn’t been all tweeting birdies and rainbows. We encountered a few challenges.

The first challenge, for me, has been adapting to retirement. Before I retired, I surveyed many, many retired men (mostly at the gym in the mornings), and 100% said they loved retirement. Not one exception.

Well, I like retirement, sort of, but I can’t say (yet) that I love it. I miss the daily give-and-take of schools. I’m one of those people who really loved going to work. The kids and parents and teachers energized me, and we usually found some degree of unexpected success that was extraordinarily satisfying. This transition to retirement is getting easier, and I expect it will continue to do so, but it’s still been a challenge. I’m waiting to hit my stride.

The other challenge has been parking our really, really long trailer and entourage of vehicles. This caravan presents challenges when looking for nice parks that can accommodate everything. These places exist, obviously, but it takes lots of work to find the right ones. Forty-two feet of luxurious living plus a Freightliner truck, a Toyota Tacoma, and a 10′ Haulmark trailer are a lot to park.

But we found a solution!

We’re negotiating to sign a lease at a nice SKP park in Benson, Arizona where we’ll park everything for the winter, and then sign another lease at an SKP park in Sutherlin, Oregon where we’ll settle in for the summer. This arrangement will require us to move the trailer twice each year, effectively following the nice weather.

But here’s the kicker.

A Our New Trailercouple of weeks ago, we went to British Columbia and ordered a nice, small travel trailer from Escape Trailers. These trailers are in such demand that ours won’t be ready until next August, but that’s OK. The wait will be worth it. It’s 19′ long and can easily be pulled by our Tacoma. We’ll use this trailer to take one-two-three week trips to anywhere we want, since any state or federal or county or private campground, or many clearings down dirt roads next to rivers, can accommodate our Tacoma and this trailer. This setup will free us to go and do whatever we want, whenever we want, easily, while always having our nice trailer-home to come back to. We think this will offer the best of all worlds.

Time will tell. Stay tuned.

BTW, we’re currently in San Jose visiting Jonny and Jade and Bryan and Danielle and Nanette and Steve and Brodie and Ella. Hanging out with these incredible people is about as good as it gets. Our next stop will be San Diego for the holidays and more wonderful kids and grandkids. In January, we’re off to Benson, Arizona.


4 Responses to Slight Detour

  1. Jason October 26, 2014 at 08:16 #

    Mwah-ha-ha-ha! Once a leader, always a leader! Of COURSE you miss it! One of the greatest parts about being in education is exploration. Keep in mind, Jeff, as a “lead explorer”… George Mallory. “Because it’s there.” You’re still leading. You’re still carving a path for the ultimate journey. Keep the momentum, and fuel up with some of that high octane from time to time! We’re still following…

  2. Flora Yuan October 26, 2014 at 18:39 #

    Mrs. King, I miss you so much! So does Ariana! Have a Nice Trip!

  3. Flora Yuan February 10, 2015 at 21:01 #

    Mrs. King, you and your husband haven’t posted in a while. I’m worried. Are you okay?

    -Flora (your old 4th grade student)

    • Jeff King February 11, 2015 at 11:18 #

      Hi Flora,

      This is Mr. King. You’re right . . . I’ve been negligent about posting. Mrs. King and I have been so busy having fun that posting has been put on the back burner. That’s my fault. Perhaps I should get active again. Thank you for caring enough to ask!

      We’re both doing great, and I know my wife misses you and her other wonderful students. As a matter of fact, she’s starting to volunteer in a classroom here in Benson, Arizona. It’s not the same as being the teacher, but it’s still very enjoyable . . . and she doesn’t have to take papers home to correct!


      Mr. King

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