July 17, 2013: We are now living in our motorhome full time. The house and garage have been thoroughly cleaned, the yardwork is done, and all is ready for the new owner. The closing on the house is scheduled for July 30th.
July 28th: After spending several days at Swiss Valley here in Dubuque we left on Friday morning for a camping weekend at Sugar Bottom in the Coralville, Iowa area. It is a Corp of Engineers park, and with our Senior Pass costs only $9.00 per night. The weather was just beautiful, sunny during the daytime with temps in the 60’s and 70’s; but rather cool at night in the 50’s. It was good to see all the family who camped there with us; brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. We had a potluck with grilled pizzas and lots of other great food on Saturday night.
We arrived back “home” this evening, and parked our motorhome at Swiss Valley Park. We decided to do our laundry at the house as we technically still own it for another day. We won’t do laundry again until we relocate to the Rustic Barn campground in Kieler, Wisconsin. We are staying there for the whole month of August and the Labor Day weekend. They have a laundromat, very nice spacious bathrooms with showers, and a lodge/office building where campers can relax, play pool, buy a few staples or just chat with the owners or other campers.
July 30th: We closed on our house, and handed the keys to the new neighbor. As we drove away and headed for our motor”home”, we talked about how we would miss our neighbors. Neither one of us felt sad about leaving the house; our new home has everything we need and is mobile besides. David decided not to work the last 3 days of July so he is now officially retired. Both of us are very happy about this; we are ready for a more carefree life. We will spend all of August easing into fulltime RV living. We have several “to do” tasks, some tweaking of storage spaces and rearranging of compartments, and will get our motorhome serviced at a local shop and new tires on the back axle before we start our travels. After leaving Rustic Barn we will head for Grant River Park in Postosi, Wisconsin-a Corp of Engineers campground-where we have stayed many times the last few years. With our Senior Pass, the nightly fees are only $8. We plan to stay there for 2 weeks, until after our yearly physicals and labwork and other tests are done.