Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – Five-Year Mission Update

Posted July 18, 2021 – Narrated by Jim
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Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – This log entry documents the completion of our five-year mission to boldly explore where no Beaubeaux has gone before. We hope Starfleet Command will grant us a continuance so LIB (Living in Beauty) may formally begin Year Six.

Though successful beyond our wildest dreams, the assignment is not complete. We’ve yet to drop stabilizers in hundreds of parks and many places where the neutral zone remains closed as of this writing: Alaska, Baja California, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario, to name a few.

‎⁨Petrified Forest National Park⁩, ⁨Arizona⁩

Our mission statement on this voyage has been and always shall be…

“… to explore strange old worlds, to seek out new life in old civilizations …

Forgive me if I speak too candidly, but Starfleet’s preliminary estimate failed to schedule sufficient returns to Starbase SD1 (San Diego) for holidays and repairs – and for repeated side-trips through wine and bourbon country.

Starfleet traditionally makes a show of support for these micro economies where many of Starfleet’s finest, including, Captain Picard, have found a retirement haven.

Lt. Commander Data and Captain Picard relaxing in Picard’s vineyard

For the official record, I can affirm that Beauty and her triune of rotating captains have maintained excellent health through these adventurous five years. In fact, we feel ten years younger and ten years wiser than when the mission began. Of course we have made mistakes, but we have overcome each one with as much drama as we could possibly milk out of them.

Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles, without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.
– Captain James T. Kirk

But our most notable success is that each time we lowered our landing gear in an unknown place, we arrived as strangers and departed as friends.

The Borg

From a historical perspective, you may recall that on Stardate 2000.0628, the crew came in contact with The Borg and narrowly escaped assimilation by the Borg Queen.

“Resistance was futile”
– Captain’s Log Supplemental, Captain Pico de Gallo

And thus, as decorated Borg Combatants, we appeal to Starfleet to grant our request for an official prolongation of the LIB mission.

20 Mile Beach – Walker Lake, Nevada
“It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.”

Damage Report

While we haven’t experienced a Kobayashi Maru situation where we find ourselves in a no-win scenario, we’ve had our share of challenges.

And each captain survived red shirt incidents.

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Wormholes

Occasionally we encounter a Wormhole that threatens to carry us out of the present and into the Fear of the Unknown. But, by putting our thrusters in reverse we carefully back out (always with the use of communicators so we do not disturb nearby vessels) and continue our journey with no apparent disruption to the space-time continuum.

A doctor once told me this about Beauty –

“Treat her like a lady and she’ll always bring you home.”
– Dr. Leonard McCoy (Bones)

The captains all agree, Beauty has always “Brought us Home,” regardless of where she sets us down.

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Regretfully, our attempt to utilize modern transporter technology for auxiliary travel proved ineffective (we waited, and waited but, dammit Jim, we went nowhere) so we settled for electric bikes.

June 2007 – Jim and son, Chris, on the recreated set of Star Trek

But mere technical challenges do not discourage us as we draw energy, strength and peace of mind from the slow and steady 4-3-2 travel philosophy. Aesop’s Rule in combination with Universal Code is, ironically, the next best thing to a transporter.

Jim and son, Chris, on the bridge of Star Trek – The Original Series as Jim orders, “Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.”

I can report the captains are all in good spirits. Romulan Ale seems to have had a strange and pleasing effect on morale.

Cultures, traditions and observations

In addition to following the Prime Directive (Starfleet General Order 1), we are faithful to Starfleet General Order 13.

“Respect the territorial integrity of independent planetary systems and governments within and without the confines of the Federation’s borders.”
– Starfleet General Order 13

Our landing party has met some fascinating Tellurians in every state and province. Even with a multitude of internal tribal skirmishes over these past five years and a plague which threatened to devastate the planet, our crew has only experienced grace and generosity in every region, restoring our confidence in Homo Sapiens Sapiens ultimate desire for peace.

“Your will to survive. Your love of life, your passion to know … Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed to you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.” 
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas

Inhabiting forty-eight states and four Canadian provinces so far, even Mr. Spock has come into agreement that the human capacity for love transcends the fear of The Other. It is the unique ability of Earthlings to look past differences – such as dialects, physical features and tribal rules – to see oneself as part of the whole. That is the ascendent path.

Similarities and core goals – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – is greater than our differences.

“The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.”
– Captain James T. Kirk

As visitors in each state, we discovered beauty in the landscapes, seascapes, small towns and great cities. Farm lands, urban skylines, cool alpine mountains, islands and parched deserts all have a unique culture, history, cuisine, color palette, and style of architecture. We remain fascinated in this ongoing experiment called The United States of America.

Mackinaw Campground, Fish Lake National Forest, Utah

The Details

Here are the details and specifics of the last five years, as required by standard log book protocol.

Beauty has now traveled 8.4 x 10-9 lightyears. In lay terms, that is almost 50,000 miles, 49,173 to be exact, equaling the distance of traveling the circumference of planet Earth… TWICE. (all on impulse drive without the use of warp speed)

Had we engaged Warp Factor One, 1 times the speed of light, 49,173 miles would have taken approximately one-fourth of one-second.

But warp dreams aside, we still have a Galaxy to explore.

Map of the Star Trek Galaxy

Our celestial heading is the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy, specifically the North American continent on our home planet, Sol III, as it is known among inhabitants from other home-worlds.

“When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel… You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind” 

Here is the latest animated map of Beauty’s Terra Firma travels in her first 5 years.

Change is the essential process of all existence” 
Mr. Spock

If Command Central will indulge an old captain, I shall forgo the Stardate system and utilize the ancient Gregorian calendar.

More details

“The Past is written, but the future is left for us to write”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Now, the minutiae

While we seldom open up our log book displaying the specific details of our journey, here we break with protocol and list each destination over the past 1,826 days.

If you are still with me… congratulations. There may be a job for you in NERD (Never Enough Remote Destinations) 😊. Perhaps we should meet up and analyze some data over pints of Romulan Ale or an ice cold IPA.

Tomorrow, Stardate 2021.0719 – if Command Central signals us for clearance – will be the first day of our 6th year on this continuing mission. We eagerly await orders to “Engage” from our followers at Starfleet Command.

Crawford Lake, Colorado

So, I close this official log entry with a few of my favorite quotes from fellow adventurers.


“Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
– Captain James T. Kirk

These entries have been officially submitted for the historical record, on behalf of the three captains, by Captain James B. Beaubeaux.

Catch up with you at the nearest Star.

Regardless of what stands in the way of your happiness, don’t say “no” … make it so!

“As the loser of a game of Fizzbin, Pico was initially assigned to write this Five-year log, but he fell into a skirmish with a squirrel, left the game early, and responded to his loss by urinating on a Cardassian’s boot. Thus, the report fell to Jim because I scored a Royal Fizzbin in the dark on a Tuesday.”
– Captain’s Log Supplemental, Captain Carmen

If you want to see our exact route, click here.

*photos in this post (unless otherwise noted) were taken and copyrighted by Living In Beauty.


Here are the other four blogs posts published on our full-time travel anniversaries

Facts of LIB – Published on our One Year Anniversary

Canadian LIB Moment – Published on our Two Year Anniversary

Counting Moments: 3 Years – Published on our Three Year Anniversary

Four Years and Counting – Published on our Four Year Anniversary

62 thoughts on “Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – Five-Year Mission Update

  1. This was so cleverly done! I always loved this Trek quote, “They Used To Say That If Man Was Meant To Fly [in an RV!], He’d Have Wings. But He Did Fly. He Discovered He Had To.”

    1. Roy, I almost put that quote in the blog post. I had to stop somewhere. 😊 Glad you enjoyed reading the log entry. I had a lot of fun writing. it. Stay safe out there! 🖖🏻 Jim

  2. As the song says,

    “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
    Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
    Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
    Dance… I hope you dance.”

    Make Year 6 the best year, yet!
    And perhaps we’ll catch up with you somewhere in this North American Galaxy.

    1. Robert, I absolutely love the song quote you shared. Thank you for sharing it. And thank you for your warm wishes for a great 6th year. And yes, we hope our paths will cross someday in this galaxy! Live long and proper! 🖖🏻 Jim

  3. Five years! Love following your travels! And can only hope I have as much data to compare on NERD as you one day-save me an IPA. Be well!

    1. Michele, so great to hear from you!!!! I do miss seeing you at Alliance Healthcare Foundation meetings. Hope life is treating you well. Maybe next time I am in San Diego, we can meet up over coffee (or an IPA) and catch up! 🖖🏻 Jim

  4. Hi Jim and Carmen! Kind of makes me wish I had watched Star Trek. Very entertaining. Safe travels to you two and Pico.

    1. Lori, glad you enjoyed it, even not knowing all the Star Trek lingo I laced the post with. Hope to see you two when we come back to San Diego. 🖖🏻 Jim

  5. Make it so! This was a very, very enjoyable post! As someone who watched the first episode of Star Trek on a small B&W vacuum tube powered TV, it was a fun read. I”m amazed that you know a Star Trek star and got to visit the set! How cool is that? Thanks for sharing all your trip data. We’ve stayed at some of the same places. One that stood out was Endless Summer RV Resort in Naples, Florida. We were in Naples so that Lew Farber could install our solar rig. Of all the places we’ve stayed it was the only one where we didn’t feel quite safe. Not because of the neighborhood but because of the clientele. When we get together I’ll have to show you some pics of our “site”. When we do get together someday remind me to challenge Captain Pico to a game of 3-D Chess. I’ve been getting lessons and honing my skills. I think I can finally beat him. So congratulations on completing your Five Year Mission! But there are still new Worlds to discover. New vineyards and breweries! New restaurants! Sunsets you’ve never seen before over amazing vistas! Time for you to go where no BeauBeaux has gone before! (cue theme music)

    1. Steve, thank you for your kind words. I too was watching the first episodes back in 1966. In the late 70’s, during reruns, my dad and I would play a game. Who could be the first to explain the entire plot within the first few seconds of watching a re-run. My dad won most of the time. It was an amazing hoot to be on the set of Voyager. While I had hoped to meet personally Seven of Nine, (she was off that day) it was fascinating to see the set of the inside of the Borg world and watch the Borg Queen say her lines. Then to watch it on TV, well it was a memory I will never forget. Pico beats me every time we play 3-D chess. And yes, there are so many more vineyards, breweries, new worlds, and amazing vistas still to be explored. Onward to year six!!!! Stay safe out there! 🖖🏻 Jim

  6. “Mr. Spock has come into agreement that the human capacity for love transcends the fear of The Other. It is the unique ability of Earthlings to look past differences – such as dialects, physical features and tribal rules – to see oneself as part of the whole. That is the ascendent path.”

    What a treasure to read! Thank you for letting us travel vicariously with you on your uncharted Journey. May Joy lead the Way!

    1. Jack, great to hear from you! I miss hanging with you at our shared meetings in San Diego. Glad you enjoyed us putting words into Mr. Spocks mouth. I tried to capture in this blog post the essence of what I believe Star Trek was about… exposing the frailties and shortcomings of humankind secretly costumed in a space opera. Thanks for your kind words! 🖖🏻 Jim

  7. I enjoyed your Star Trek story line, one of my favorite “old time” TV shows. I see you’ve recently stayed in our home state of Delaware. Hope you enjoyed the 2 state parks. Cape Henlopen is a hard one to get reservations. We stayed there for the first time last year even though we’ve lived in Delaware for over 30 years as Covid limited our travels. We’re in Wyoming now going to visit Ft. Laramie National Historic Site the home of one of our favorite old time radio shows. Safe travels as you continue to explore this great country.

    1. Vince, we loved our stay in Delaware. Camp Henlopen and Rehoboth Beach were delightful, as was our stay south of there at Delaware Seashore State Park. We unfortunately have only spent one night in Laramie, so we need to go back and check out the Historic Site. Thank you for following Living in Beauty. Maybe our paths will cross someday on the road of the great country. 🖖🏻 Jim

    1. Sean, as a good friend once said, “I’ve giv’n her all she’s got captain, an’ I canna give her no more” 😀

    1. Pam!!!!!!! What a delight to see your name on the comment section. Carmen and I have talked about you lately wondering how you were doing. Thanks for following Living In Beauty. Carmen sends her love. 🖖🏻 Jim

    1. Linda, as always it is a pleasure to hear from ole friends. Unfortunately, Skinwalker Ranch is not open to the public. Not sure how one we manage to visit there. But we have had our share of strange things, as we wrote on the blog post, CariBOO Ghost Stories. We got to hang out with Dale and Marsha late last year. It was so good to see them! Stay safe out there! 🖖🏻 Jim

    1. Dawn, Agreed! It is kind of amazing it has been five years. See you when we get back to San Diego for a visit. 🖖🏻 Jim

  8. What a great 5 years! We just missed you at DE Seashore SP. We left 4/30. Hopefully you were able to camp on the north side, much nicer sites. We love that SP, take the dogs on the beach, lobster off the boat back at the marina behind the campground, tons of great restaurants close by. We take our bikes to OC, MD and ride the boardwalk and get Thrasher fries, the best. So much to do there. Maybe we’ll see you again in that area.

    1. Beth, sorry our paths did not cross at Delaware Seashore State Park. Were you there when the wind was CRAZY!!!! It only lasted two days.We ate at eh marina a few times and the place across from the south campground with the outside sitting on the 2nd floor. LOVED our stay and we will be posting a blog about it soon. We did ride our bikes on the board walk at Ocean City. Unfortunately,Thrashers was closed when we were there, so no fries 🙁. Stay safe out there! 🖖🏻 Jim

  9. You guys are so creative and complete. Your record keeping alone is incredible! I love it all! Congratulations on 5 years on the road and I’m excited to see where your travels take you next. Stay well and happy trails!!

    1. Laura, thank you for the kind words. Funny you would say what you said, since we love following your blog posts, Chapter 3 Travels. We LOVE your humor and insight to what you see around you. Our paths keep coming close, but no cigar, to being able to hang together over a craft beer. BUT… someday it will happen. I believe you guys are just behind us on traveling full-time. Didn’t you hit the road a few months after us? Stay safe out there! 🖖🏻 Jim

    1. Sam, 🖖🏻 back at ya! It is always such a delight to have you and Jim join us at one of our locations. When we are in San Diego next time, we need to plan out a rendezvous some where fun! See you in 4 months or so. Jim

    1. Lizbeth, thank you! It is amazing to us that it has been 5 years! It is a bit scary how fast time goes when you reach your 60’s. As I quoted in the blog from Captain Picard: “Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” We are trying to ‘grab now’ now!! Best to you! 🖖🏻 Jim

  10. “Away is good; home is best.”
    (Danish proverb)
    In your case, you have the best of both worlds! ‘Loved listening to this log! You guys are amazing and innovative and brave and clever and cute and stuff. Thank you! Love you more than Tribbles, Eva

    1. Eva, seeing your name brings such joy to me. I know Dave was such a fan of what we are doing and I am sure you miss him more than words an even begin to express. Having you as a follower of our crazy adventure somehow offers us comfort and peace just knowing you ‘know’ where we are and are sharing our discovery of planet earth. Loving us more than tribbles means so much to us, both Carmen and I. Eva, you are in our hearts. Love you!! ❤️. 🖖🏻 Jim

  11. Capt. Neuman here of the friendly
    Mothership Althea reporting in after review of submitted LIB adventure documentation records.

    Not being a Trekki (sp?) but coming from 35yrs in the world of engineering can appreciate my analysis of submitted LIB data.
    Well done comrades !!!

    Althea’s home base for storage & maintenance is in the forbidden territory of NJ.
    The land of “thick skin”
    Specifically the district of southern NJ outside of historically famous Philadelphia.
    Known for cheese streaks & Rocky
    You got a problem wit dat!!!

    I still predict that our separate charted courses will intersect at some unknown future time event,

    But I will leave you with this, if your travels are within 200 miles of this tremulous territory, with enough advancement of your arrival, Althea will serve as your guide for safe passage and pint raising in a meetup and perhaps campfire observation serving in a mutual fire watch steward capacity
    (direct contact: ftmchenry122@gmail.com)

    Cheers !!!
    And safe travels my friends.
    As Norm from Cheers once said, “It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”
    Neuman

    1. Neuman, thank you for your kinds words. Glad you found my slightly ‘anal retentive’ data keeping well done. Sometimes it drives Carmen ape sh?t crazy, but I do love numbers and data and keeping track of such stuff. It disappoints me to know we were so close to you when we stayed at the Jersey Shore Haven Airstream Park near Cape May a few months ago. If we had only known!!!! Well, we are sure our paths will cross someday, it is destined to happen. Love your quote from Cheers. 🖖🏻 Jim

  12. Congratulations on beginning your sixth year of adventures. And thank you for sharing them for others to enjoy. Safe travels

    1. Cathy, so fantastic to hear from you. And thank you for your warm wishes for beginning our 6th year. It is hard to believe we have known each other since kindergarten, even though we haven’t seen each other since high school. I found a photo of us from Mrs. Hill’s kindergarten class 1959. I believe that’s you, me, Patrick and Susan. Hope to see you at the 50th High School Reunion in 2022. 🖖🏻 Jim
      Mrs. Hill's Kindergarten Class 1959

  13. Phaser on stun. Stunning report. Love the data. Personally, I have locked my photon torpedos on the enterprise of performing music around the world, albeit not with Spock’s electric harp. Great report and wishing you three another successful five years boldly going where few have gone before. xo

    1. Herb, take us out of orbit! Glad you enjoyed the data. I LOVE data. If my memory is correct, I believe you are near five years playing your music in other countries. Is that correct? Thanks for the warm wishes for another five years! We miss sitting in the audience listening to your music. I believe the last time we had that pleasure was at the old Costa Azul in Coronado before they moved to the Landing. Stay safe out there Herb!!!! 🖖🏻 Jim

  14. Being a Star Trek fan for decades, I loved how you intertwined so much of trek-speak into this blog and still kept it focused on your experience for the past five years. Even though I have seen the episode called The Cage many times, I didn’t recall Vina’s comment you quoted. “When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel… You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind.” Wow! Did that hit home or what! Got me thinking about my own choices and what my “Living the Dream” would be. While traveling full-time sounds enticing, so much would have to change for me to drop everything, get rid of our stuff and hit the road. First I would have to convince my spouse. Maybe I should at least bring it up in a conversation, or better yet, have her read this blog post, even though she is not a star Trek fan. I think I will also show her that video of yours I watched years ago that Best Buy did about your travel philosophy. Any way, thanks for the delightful read and live long and prosper.

    1. Jonathan, glad you enjoyed this blog post. It was a lot of fun to research and write. I was blow away when I found that quote by Vina. It was just so perfect for what I wanted to say. We certainly are not in a position to tell you what to do. All we can tell you is what we do and what we do, travel full-time, it an amazing lifestyle. We were lucky that both of us came to the same conclusion about traveling after our mothers died within a few months of each other. We looked at each other and realized we were the next generation to pass away and it was time for us to make the decision. Yes or No? Now or never! So we worked on it for more than two years before we hit the road in July 2016. Hope your wife enjoys this blog post if she reads it. That video you mentioned from 2017 still inspires us, and we are in it 😁. Hope it inspires her. Thanks for following Living in Beauty. Stay safe out there and happy travels! 🖖🏻 Jim

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Your most creative yet. I must admit I skipped over the minutiae (please edit your spelling).
    I was most impressed with the statistic of 915 full hookups—- there may be snow on the roof but there’s plenty of di lithium crystals in the oven!!! Hubba hubba you two

    1. Teresita, glad you enjoyed the blog post. Yep, five years and counting! Hope to see you in 2022 at the 50th High School Reunion. 🖖🏻 Jim

  16. Amusing and informative log Captain Jim! I actually snorted over the red shirts! Fair winds and following seas for an exhilarating season six!

    1. Welcome aboard Kathy. 😊 Glad you liked the blog post. Love the history of the red shirts. Thanks for well wishes on starting our 6th year! Say hi to David! 🖖🏻 Jim

  17. Congratulations! You guys are my heroes! Am trying to catch up on your blog posts and thoroughly enjoying them.

    1. Maite, so glad you found Living in Beauty and that you are enjoying the blog posts. Well, I don’t know about heroes, but we sure do love this lifestyle and writing about traveling full-time. Stay safe out there and happy travels! 🖖🏻 Jim

  18. Your blog is the best! Always! I frequently respond to questions on Airstream Addicts by pointing the questioner to your blog.

    But this is the best of the best. So creative and entertaining. And so much data.

    Our favorite camping experiences have always been with the Beaubeaux’s.

    1. 4/1/17 at Chula Vista near San Diego where we first met the great Jim and Carmen, who taught us the the ways and wisdom of Homo sapiens sapiens, Californiensis.

    2. 8/24/17 at Rutledge Lake RV in Fletcher NC, just a few miles from Asheville. We were at Powhatten Campground in the Pisgah National Forest. We could not find you a spot the with ONLY TEN MINUTES NOTICE! That day was the only time I got to introduce two sets of friends to each other via telephone. Joe and Ronnie Harris let us know that they had found a spot there and then 30 minutes later you let us know the same. As I recall I said to Jim, “Do you see an Airstream Interstate parked there?” Jim said yes and you met and became friends of each other. We saw Joe and Ronnie several times in the Keys in January and February 2021.

    3. 7/26/17 at Hilton Head Island RV marina and RV. I think Bob and Lisa Martel were there and we all had a great time. You guys stayed for almost a month.

    4. 1/15/18 in Naples Florida. That was such a nice time, even if the campground was a little sketchy. I loved riding our bikes together out around the Airport and into downtown.

    5. The WBCCI International Rally in Salem Oregon and then meetiong up with you for breakfast in Calgary. I think you had to cancel the Doswell Virginia Rally. Will we see you next year in Maine? Hope so.

    1. Frank, thank you for your kind words. Being a Star Trek fan, I had a lot of fun writing this blog post with Carmen’s assistance. Carmen is the true writer here, but since I wanted a Star Trek theme, she allowed me to write the first draft, after which she polished it and turned it into a story. We really appreciate it when you recommend Living In Beauty as the answer to a question posed on Facebook. All of those times we have had the pleasure of meeting up with you two, they are some of our fondest memories during the first five years of our travels. We will always be grateful for you introducing us to Joe and Ronnie, which we were able to visit with in Colorado last year at Crawford State Park. Our last meetup with you two was in Calgary in 2018, MUCH TOO LONG AGO. We are not yet sure of our schedule for 2022 yet, so Maine is still just a possibility. Love you two and stay safe out there! Jim

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