Launching Year 8!

Posted July 18, 2023 – Narrated by Jim
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Hi, this is Jim with the annual report.

I will be brief and to the point.

Today, we wrap up our 7th year of full-time travel.

Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

Tomorrow we enter our 8th year on the road.

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The Redwoods, north of Trinidad, California

It’s been an amazing 7 years.

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Coos Bay, Oregon

We started out on July 18, 2016 with a dream to unburden ourselves of property and simply travel in a 180 square-foot rig named Beauty & the Beast.

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Richardson Highway north of Valdez, Alaska

The road has been good to us.

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Dreher Island, South Carolina

Our quest for a radical life-change opened up a treasure trove of pure happiness – more than we ever imagined experiencing in our average American lives.

You, our 8,535 followers, guide us, discover and rediscover with us. So, we want to say thank you for being a part of this journey.

depoe bay oregon
Depoe Bay, Oregon

Our Gear

We’re delighted that most of the gear we started out with from Year One is still in great working order. We even have the same hiking poles.

hiking rods

Our well-used kayaks remain seaworthy.

And, we’re proud to continue into Year Eight with Beauty, the same 30′ Airstream we launched with in Year One.

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Chiriaco Summit near Joshua Tree National Park, California

As always, Beauty is escorted by our original 2014 Ram truck, the gallant Beast who makes the magic happen.

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Crowsnest Mountain, Alberta, Canada

Pico de Gallo, Great Explorer of The Universe, our Security Specialist, is still on board.

picos 15th birthday

He turned 15 in May (old enough for a learner’s permit in most states) and when he’s not napping, he’s still raring for adventure.

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Pico riding on our Dolphin eBikes in Denali National Park, Alaska

Damage Control

In seven years, we’ve had a few bumps and scrapes which our technicians recently repaired. Our sincerest thanks to the experts at Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair.

vinnie's northbay airstream repair

Without Vinnie Lamica and his team, we wouldn’t have made it past our first year.

Everyday, we are grateful to be spared the worst – namely, no collisions with semi’s, pedestrians, wildlife, or domestic animals. ✊🏻🪵

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

In the interest of economy and ecology: Our 4-3-2 slow-travel philosophy combined with deploying our Dolphin e-bikes for exercise and grocery runs, insures that our mileage is comparable to the average American commuter.

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Chula Vista, California

Furthermore – thanks to new tech and our increasing experience – our extremely low carbon footprint is always reducing.

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Wilde Prairie Winery, Brandon, South Dakota

One thing will change.

According to schedule, we arrived to Year 8 seven years older. Now, in our late 60’s, the next chapter of Living in Beauty will be to find a new pace for old bones.

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Mackinaw Campground, Fish Lake, Utah

Presumably, we will travel shorter distances and stay longer in fewer locations.

Agua Caliente County Campground, Borrego Desert, California
Agua Caliente County Campground, Borrego Desert, California

We are exploring several new strategies. With mandatory two-week maximum stays at almost every public campground, it remains to be seen how a moderate deceleration will play out.

Markin Glen Campground, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Markin Glen Campground, Kalamazoo, Michigan

It all depends on our experience, creativity and level of energy, but we’re excited about sharing the adventure which Carmen calls our “Less is More Phase.”

Vignoble Domaine Bresee winery, Sutton, Quebec, Canada
Vignoble Domaine Bresee winery, Sutton, Quebec, Canada

The Details

Now, to honor my promise of brevity, I leave the details open to your inspection. Below, you will see a list of graphics showing statistics.

At the top is a color-coded animated map celebrating every step of our first seven (glorious) years of Living in Beauty.

If you like the infographics above, click here for even more! 😊

Again, thank you for your interest, encouragement and prayers over these past seven years.

Radium Hot Springs British Columbia, Canada
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

We hope you continue following Living in Beauty.

Plomosa Road Area, Quartzsite, Arizona
Plomosa Road Area, Quartzsite, Arizona

From Carmen, Pico and me: stay safe out there and happy travels!

Standing at the "Crossroads", Clarksdale, Mississippi
Standing at the “Crossroads“, Clarksdale, Mississippi

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions!

If you want to see more statistics, and exactly where we have stayed click here.

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

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