Together 24/7: Morning Routines Changed!

Recently we went out for a lovely breakfast with our friends Mary and Ron in Denver. As we were conversing over breakfast, the topic came up of what it is like for Steve and me to be together nearly 24/7? They encouraged us to share something about our close proximity since launching our full-time RV lifestyle on July 29, 2018. We will share our thoughts over several posts. This will be Installment One!

We met just over 45 years ago and we’ll observe our 43rd wedding anniversary this spring. So…thankfully, we sort of like each other! There have been very few experiences of living in a 24/7 situation. One that we recall is the summer of 2010. We had just moved our household from Illinois to Colorado. It was placed in a storage unit in Colorado for the bulk of the summer. Then, Steve and I traveled from early June through mid-August before settling into life in Denver. We were together a good chunk of that time. Admittedly, it didn’t involve living in a “tiny-home on wheels” as we’re doing now. We were travelers and tourists at that point.

Let’s see what we can share with everyone on what it is like to be living the full-time RV lifestyle in roughly 200 square feet of living space.

You Betcha…Our Morning Routines Changed

We used to begin the day fairly independent of one another. We each had a routine that included sipping on morning coffee, checking news apps or watching a morning news show while getting the day started, showering, and opportunities to be in separate rooms checking emails or social media.

Now in such a small space, we tend to overlap one another in various ways. Something that I have embraced for years is a morning meditation of sorts that includes prayer. I used to sit quietly on our comfy sofa or loveseat with a cup of coffee and the morning sun coming through the window. Nowadays, I stay in bed while Steve ventures into the living space of our trailer. I remain prone without coffee to quietly have my prayer time.

Our former routine included us grinding coffee the night before and setting the 12-cup Cuisinart coffee maker to automatically begin perking the next morning. Fast forward to our tiny space and we find Steve manually grinding the coffee on most days, getting the tea kettle of water on a burner, and making French press coffee while I’m having my prayer time.

I used to have what I considered a small space in the bedroom of our last rental home where I’d do my morning stretches and strengthening exercises with my iPod classic playing my favorite quiet music. In the trailer, the small space has shrunk from the former “ample” area. Instead I squeeze my yoga mat between the shower stall, commode door, foot of our bed, and next to the little vanity….with the door open into the living space. It feels quite confining and not relaxing. In reality, it cramps my style and is perhaps one of my excuses for the lax attitude about my morning stretches and strengthening exercises. Recently Steve added a stretching routine, so we have created two separate “workout” spaces.

Together 24/7 His & Her Workout Spaces: Foreground is Steve’s and Background in the bedroom/bathroom area is Diane’s
Diane’s Workout Space in the Bedroom/Shower/Sink Area

What aspects of your morning routine do you treasure?

~ Diane


Our Three-week Travel Break Concludes

  1. Our three week break from traveling concluded. It was helpful to have extra time in Denver to tend to various appointments, to take a deep breath, and to enjoy a house stay while Steve’s cousins were away. Timing worked out for us to occupy their house while they traveled, so it was a win-win for everyone.
  2. Highlights of the three weeks included time with our daughter, Stephanie, and son-in-love, Shane; Steve’s Mom; and, numerous friends. Plus having Wi-Fi and time for a extended Google video chat with our son, Jeremy, and daughter-in-love, Michelle.
  1. Time with Stephanie and Shane
Snowshoe Fun
Walking in Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade

We look forward to reuniting with “Tranquility” our trailer back in Tucson.

Happy Trails!

Diane and Steve

Living Life at the Speed of Sanity

A Quick Review: July 29-December 31, 2018

It’s January 14, 2019! We’re taking a three-week hiatus from camping while we house-sit for cousins in Denver, Colorado. Tranquility, our trailer, is staying in RV Storage in Arizona until we are reunited later in January. We are tending to personal business while in Denver and building our itinerary for February-July. Having Wi-Fi readily available to us has been a big bonus. We are indeed very grateful to our cousins!

My goal for 2019 is to write blog posts more frequently. I’ve devoted more time to posting on Instagram/Facebook. This needs to change so we can keep a nice record of our travels and experiences in one place. 

A Quick Review

Day #170: We began our full-time RV lifestyle on July 29, 2018. Here we are 5 ½ months later!

Total Miles Driven: 15,360+\-

Miles Driven Towing the Trailer: 9,730+\-

Miles Driven Without the Trailer: 5,630+\-

16 States Visited: Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico

48 Stays: 7 city campgrounds, 2 county campgrounds, 11 state park campgrounds, 3 national park campgrounds, 4 driveways (family/friends), 1 BLM land, 2 National Forest, 3 casino parking lot, 6 KOA campground stays, 2 New Mexico Rest Areas, 6 private campgrounds, 1 hotel parking lot

Nearly 200 People Visited over 16 states: family (children, Steve’s mother, siblings, nieces, nephews, grandniece, grandnephews, aunts, uncle, cousins), friends, acquaintances made on travels

Highest Outdoor Temperature: 94 degrees F, Denver, Colorado, 9/13/2018

Lowest Outdoor Temperature: 19 degrees F, White Rock, New Mexico, 12/20\2018

Highest Elevation to Camp: 9,700 feet above sea level, Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado along National Forest Road 390 near Tucker’s Pond

Lowest Elevation to Camp: 196 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley National Park, California

Highest Diesel Price: $5.04/gallon, Oasis Death Valley Service Center, Death Valley National Park, California

Lowest Diesel Price: $2.75/gallon, Sapp Brothers, Papillion, Nebraska

Highest Campground Fee: $55.95/night, Lazydays KOA Resort, Tucson, Arizona

Lowest Campground Fee: All Free, Rio Grande National Forest, BLM Land 8 miles north of Quartzite, Arizona; Wildhorse Casino, Pendelton, Oregon, New Mexico Rest Areas

States/Month Visited with Colorful Fall Foliage: Colorado/September, Utah/October, Idaho/October, Montana/October, Oregon/November, Washington/November, Nevada/November, California/December

As you can see, it’s been fun to capture some of the “statistics” from our travels up through the end of the year. Stay tuned as we’ll share more enjoyable tidbits in upcoming posts.

P.S. Death Valley National Park was amazing! Here’s a shot of our hike from Dante’s View! We’ll tell you more later.

Hiking Silhouettes at Death Valley National Park – December 12, 2018

Happy January to everyone!

~ Living Life at the Speed of Sanity

Diane (& Steve)