New Beginning

For years, the urge to ditch our old lifestyle and hit the road as full-time RVers nagged at us.  Sell the house, downsize our belongings, and live the simple life became our mantra.  But did we have the courage to chuck it all after 40 years in the Denver area and 30 years in the house where we raised our kids?  Certainly we didn’t want to make the leap without having a purpose for our travels.

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First Experience

After accepting the volunteer position with Imperial National Wildlife Refuge 40 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, for almost five months we would live among five other couples, all strangers to us, all experienced full-time RVers.  Never having left home for more than a few weeks at a time, this was our first exposure to life on the road in a neighborhood of full-time RVers. 

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More Opportunities

As our first season at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge progressed, we discovered more interpretive opportunities.  Sue McDonald drove us down Red Cloud Mine Road, past the Painted Desert Trail, to what one volunteer had named “The Bee Wash” after a pocket of bees he’d observed nesting in a crevice of the rock wall.

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