Monday, February 29, 2016

Baumann's On the Road in 2016

So, where do I begin?

Multnomah Falls
In September of 2014 Chris and I took a trip to Portland. We hiked up to the top of Multnomah Falls, visited the beautiful Hood River, took a train ride to Mount Hood, visited the awesome Kennedy School,  stood in at two hour line for VooDoo Doughnuts (it was worth it), and stayed at the adorable Caravan Tiny House Hotel.

Mt. Hood

The Tandem house at
Caravan Tiny House Hotel
Thumbs down for arriving back in 

We were really sad to come home to the concrete jungle and kept asking ourselves, "Why are we still living in Houston?"This wasn't the first time we felt this way.

In 2012 we took a long road trip up to California, and we had so much fun, that we really wanted to do one again. We felt like half of the fun was just being in the car together and singing stupid songs at the top of our lungs. Of course, we also loved visiting new places.
I will also never forget the ride home, and seeing that gorgeous New Mexico sunset.

New Mexico sunset

At the end of 2014 we had a big change, I quit my job.  

We knew it wouldn’t be easy to live on one income, but figured we could make it work. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew it wasn’t insurance. I started trying to focus my energy on some of my interests and hoped I would figure out what I wanted to do. I stayed busy fostering animals from a local animal shelter, starting an organic potted  vegetable and herb garden, taking care/training of our crazy pups, cooking healthy vegetarian meals to prevent us from eating out, crocheting and trying to minimize our belongings.  We have already gone from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment. Chris has also been really busy this year working long hours to complete a new computer system for his company.

We really didn’t know where all these changes were heading, but we thought maybe we would buy a tiny house and move to Portland. Then we started thinking of all the other places around the U.S. we would love to visit and explore. We knew at the rate we were going it might take a while to visit them all since Chris only gets three weeks off a year. So, we started thinking about how cool it would be if we could buy an RV and travel the U.S. while still working. After researching we found out there are tons of young full time RV'ers, and they have all different kinds of jobs. My Sister and her husband are also full time RV'ers. He is a nurse and I guess we just never really thought this would be an option for us due to our office jobs. Chris really likes his job, and has a great boss, so he decided to talk to him about possibly allowing him to work remotely next year. We got lucky and he agreed that they would work something out. It may not be the exact position he currently has or the same income but we think we can make it work. I can also do some workamping to make extra money and help with rent. We are very excited and it looks we will be hitting the road sometime in April of 2016!