About Us

Jim, Pico de Gallo, and Carmen

We’ve been married for 42 years and since April 2016 we have been living full-time in Beauty (our 2001 30′ Airstream Excella) as we travel around the United States and Canada with our chihuahua, Pico de Gallo. We’re Californians, in good health and retired from our former careers, and we’re not yet receiving Medicare benefits or social security. We don’t play golf or tennis, and puttering around the house and garden lost it’s charms on us ages ago.

Currently, we own no property and have nothing in storage. The accumulation of 40 years took two years to liquidate. Now, we are free, liberated (LIB – Living in Beauty), to occupy ourselves full-time with our passion for travel. We’re simply wanderers with no firm itinerary. Our style is 4-3-2 (four-hour driving limit, stop by 3 pm and stay for 2-weeks) but we’re known to break from that guideline when we catch wind of a good beer fest or hot springs because we hold to our motto, “No Fake Deadlines.”

Here is a 2 minute documentary about living full-time in our Airstream.


You can contact us here.

Here is a bit more about Jim’s career before he retired in July 2016.

Meet “Beauty” – Our 30 foot 2001 Excella Airstream

and “The Beast” – Our 2014 Ram 2500 4 x 4 Cummins Diesel Truck

Beauty and the Beast near Mt. Shasta, California

9 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Incredibly thrilled for you! Thank you for living my dream! It will be wonderful to ride along with you via this blog!

  2. Just happen to stumble on your blog and now a follower. Congratulations on your decision of freedom. The AS community seems very connected. I’m in a different situation. A 50yr old widower who wants to show my 13 & 15yr kids this beautiful country. We’ve been in the camping mode for 5 yrs. up and down the northeast. We have had the typical migration from tent to popup and hopefully in a month or so, a Flying Cloud 28 w/ twins !!! My kids have never expressed an interest to go to the unoriginal vacation of Disney. They love places where hotels rooms are not, as they say. So far booked this year Assategue Island, Great Smokies & Cape Cod. We hope that our new rig will get us places further south/west/north. Damn work gets in the way. I will look forward in reading and possible contributing to your adventure. Your plan resonates with my thoughts as well. Get out there poke around. Best wishes and maybe our campfires will cross.
    (I do plan on getting some of those SS wine glasses)
    Happy trails !!!
    Neuman, from NJ.

    1. Pleased to know you Neuman! We do hope you contribute your adventures here. My sister lives in the Cherokee National Forest and she loves to hunt for excellent camping, so maybe I can contribute to your adventures there … Primitive camping with some of the most pristine trout filled rivers I’ve seen since I was a kid – and, the roads are surprisingly good for having almost no traffic. We do hope our campfires cross! Your kids sound wonderful! If you ever get to our corner of the states, take them to Anza-Borrego Desert! It’s about as hotel-free a place as I’ve ever seen. FC 28′ … Woo-hoo! Happy Trails indeed!!

  3. Congratulations. A wonderful adventure awaits. We pulled our 29ft Airstream for two years while we built our off grid retirement home. Loved every mile we travelled. You will meet the most helpful people, see the best the country has to offer and spend time around the campfire with those you love.
    If you are every up near Toronto Canada give us a shout. We have plenty of room for your trailer.
    Safe travels
    Art and Mary

    1. So happy to be in touch Art & Mary! We don’t have a date set but I am certain we will be in Toronto in the near future visiting friends who work there occasionally. We also plan to visit a friend and colleague who lives in Calgary. Oh, the anticipation to see Canada is excruciating! I will shout to you our plans as soon as they develop into something more. Thank you! Safe Travels!

  4. Congratulations Sis & Jim. A beautiful blog site. We will love following your adventures. Be sure to come visit us in the Smoky mountains whenever the mood strikes. David is planning the driveway expansion soon. love, Deb

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