Posted July 18, 2023 – Narrated by Jim
“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.
Tomorrow we enter our 8th year on the road.
It’s been an amazing 7 years.
The road has been good to us.
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.
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.
As always, Beauty is escorted by our original 2014 Ram truck, the gallant Beast who makes the magic happen.
Pico de Gallo, Great Explorer of The Universe, our Security Specialist, is still on board.
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.
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.
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. ✊🏻🪵
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.
Furthermore – thanks to new tech and our increasing experience – our extremely low carbon footprint is always reducing.
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.
Presumably, we will travel shorter distances and stay longer in fewer locations.
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.
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.”
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.
We hope you continue following Living in Beauty.
From Carmen, Pico and me: stay safe out there and happy travels!
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
Here are all our “On-the-Road” Anniversary blogs posts.
- Saying Goodbye
- Published on the day we started – July 18, 2016
- Facts of LIB
- Published on our One Year Anniversary – July 19, 2017
- Canadian LIB Moment
- Published on our Two Year Anniversary – July 19, 2018
- Counting Moments: 3 Years
- Published on our Three Year Anniversary – July 19, 2019
- Four Years and Counting
- Published on our Four Year Anniversary – July 18, 2020
- Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – Five-Year Mission Update
- Published on our Five Year Anniversary – July 18, 2021
- RVer’s Bag o’ Tricks
- Published on our Six Year Anniversary – July 18, 2022
- Launching Year 8
- Published on our Seven Year Anniversary – July 18, 2023