Road Trip Summer 2016

February 5, 2017

Mazatlan, thanks for 8 great years.

February 5, 2017

Catch-up and Future

February 5, 2017

I know it’s been a while.  I guess I have been percolating and re-assessing.  I put this picture on this post because my intention is to own something similar by May this year and begin a new adventure.  So it is inspiration!  I stayed in this retro camper last May with my son, Tim, for a couple of nights on Vancouver Island and loved it.

Some big changes are coming.

I have decided to give up my rental house and all the contents as of April and leave Mazatlan for the spring, summer and fall.  I don’t know if I will come back next winter.  I have spent the best part of eight winters here (and beyond winter) and I am ready to do something different next winter.

On April 15, I will head north to Arizona in Big Red (now with re-built transmission as well as re-built engine) and take only some clothing and personal items from the house – and, of course, Teddie my canine companion.  I deeply regret to say that Annie will not be joining us.  She has reached the old age of 15 1/2 and has several health issues now, including dementia, that I am managing but there just is no way she can travel with me.  The stress, the inability to get in and out of the Jeep easily – and jumping is not advised due to a hernia, and several other factors mean that it is kinder to send her on her way over the rainbow bridge as they say.  The time has come.  I say it easily now, but I know the day of it will be very difficult and sad.

My ultimate destination is Edmonton, Alberta where my husband, Mike, is living and working on contract, and coincidentally, where my younger son, Simon, and his girlfriend live.

But that will have to wait.

First, I intend to find a 16′ trailer to town behind Big Red in Arizona, and take my time getting the hang of towing, parking and camping.  I think that hanging out in the Arizona desert for a while is the best idea.  Alberta will still be cold and snowy until June.

As many of my friends know, I have talked about doing this for some time now and the dream has not died. I am excited and a little nervous.  But I have been reading blogs and watching Youtube videos by other solo women for a year now.  I think it will be a great new source of blogging material for you to read!  A total trailer newbie solo woman in middle-age sets off on a new adventure!

I started a part-time remote job in December doing bookkeeping – my dream job.  Not because I love bookkeeping, but because it’s remote and all I need is an internet connection and work whenever I have time as long as I finish what is given to me by the end of the week.  A small income, but now I can start building on that.  Remote work is becoming mainstream!

In addition, I am going to be a grandma come August!  So, I’ll be heading to Vancouver to visit in my trailer.

I hope you will follow along!


  1. You will have some awesome adventures along this new journey, Susan. We all look forward to your future blogs…and I am very excited for you!

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