Getting Started

Ahhh….after months of talking, planning, and getting ready, we’re actually on the road now and starting our adventure as zigzaggerz.  We’re pinching ourselves after our first couple of weeks as we’re both amazed and grateful that we’re actually doing this!  We’re REALLY having a blast so far.

Before posting details about our adventures from the road, a few notes about the weeks and months leading up to our departure:

  • William’s final days at M, Inc. — He retired on December 23rd after close to 31 years there.  Time flies!  It was really nice to have a chance for a farewell get together as part of the annual company party with the M Inc. family.  Emory, Cathy, Henry, Val, Christie, DJ, Jamie, Jeremy,  and all the guys put together a special day that fit William’s desires to a “t”– a chance to spend his final day at work with this group that means so much to him.  There were some good laughs and stories told from the guys’ perspectives about working with William.  Very nice.
  • We enjoyed a nice family Christmas including a visit from Hunter, good times hanging out with him at the house, bike rides, football and runs on the beach with Maysea, and a last minute Christmas Day “Eggnog” party at our house with friends.  We really enjoyed the chance to get together.  The party was inspired by Granny and Pap and their punch bowl–she and Pappy hosted a Christmas Day open house at their Greenville, SC home around that punch bowl every year starting sometime in the 1950’s.  During our packing of items we planned to store for the year, we came across the punch bowl.  It just seemed that it would be wonderful to enjoy gathering with friends and family for some Christmas Day cheer before storing it for our departure and it was nice to be able to honor Granny and Pap!  So glad we did as it was very nice to have a chance to visit and exchange hugs.
  • We spent a lot of time during the final days preparing “Grace” (our RV) for our trip and preparing “Mermaid’s Call” (our house) for Army and Mo to move in on December 31st for the year.  We purged our home closets more than once, donated some stuff, sold some stuff, figured out what to bring, what not to bring, bought some stuff we needed, some stuff we probably don’t need, organized mail forwarding, etc.  We also soaked in the views, sunrises, sunsets, as well as time with each other, Hunter, and area friends in and around our home on the Ochlockonee Bay.
  •   After purchasing “Grace”, we took a number of practice trips so we could try out this new lifestyle and learn “how to” live full-time in a 24 ft. RV.  Trips included short overnight stays nearby– Apalachicola (dry camping under the bridge), St. George Island State Park, Indian Pass, a small rv park along Hwy 98 near Eastpoint, and TopSail Hill Preserve State Park near Destin.  We also took some longer weekend trips to Savannah, GA and to Chapel Hill, NC and Clemson, SC for family events- Emma and John’s awesome wedding, and the Clemson vs. FSU football game for a great weekend of tailgating with family.  Our takeaway from our practice runs–less is more, stay organized with the space, have a place for everything, and we think this adventure will be pretty easy and pretty cool too!  We really look forward to living a very simple life with less stuff and plenty of time to  explore the world, connecting with  family, old and new friends, and nature.
Grace pre-adventure.

Grace pre-adventure.

Here is a photo of our clothes drawer for the year. We each get one drawer and share one more.

Our clothes drawer for the year. We each get one drawer and share one more.

Overhead storage. We each get three of these.

Overhead storage. We each get three of these.

Our closet. We each have one.

Our closet. We each have one.

Mermaid's Call

Mermaid’s Call

Mermaid's Call.

Mermaid’s Call.

Christmas Day family pic- after the Egg Nog party.

Christmas Day family pic- after the Egg Nog party.

Bon Voyage Dinner at Mad Anthony's with good friends Fred, Kay, Danielle, Ken and Kaylee prior to departure. Danielle, Ken, and Kaylee are on a similar trip--sailing for a year! We're counting on Fred and Kay to join us at some point along the way in the coming year.

Bon Voyage Dinner at Mad Anthony’s with good friends Fred, Kay, Danielle, Ken and Kaylee prior to departure. Danielle, Ken, and Kaylee are on a similar trip–sailing for a year! We look forward to following their adventures, and we’re  counting on Fred and Kay to join us at some point along the way in the coming year.

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Hunter and Maysea. Barefoot and shorts on Christmas weekend enjoying some football by the Ochlockonee Bay

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Hunter & Maysea

Maysea and friends at their daily beach romp at Mashes Sands beach.

Maysea and friends…Lilly, Shark Bait, and Dena during daily beach romp at Mashes Sands beach.

One of our 1st weekends "practicing" for the real thing. Our campsite is steps from the shore at Indian Pass, FL.

One of our 1st weekends “practicing” for the real thing. Our campsite is steps from the shore at Indian Pass, FL.

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Grace on a practice run in Savannah. Camped at the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot there. Turned out to be a perfect location.

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Hiking the Florida Trail…

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Hike to enjoy the Cathedral of Palms on the Florida Trail before departing

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Savannah riverfront

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Huge container ship entering port of Savannah

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Maysea at home on “her beach”.

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Sunrise from our bedroom porch prior to departure. Really is a piece of paradise. Hope Army and Mo enjoy it as much as we do.

2 Comments on “Getting Started

  1. Y’all are a total inspiration!!! What fun to “travel” with you through the pictures. Never heard of anybody with a better reirement plan.. . Thanks for thinking of me with those longleafs! Love, Marjorie

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