As we’re preparing to leave today for our annual weekend away at the Wild Goose Festival (the only time we’re off the farm for a weekend all year), I’m thinking of how stationary we are compared to how I lived before we took up this life.

These days, even a few days at a campground a few hours away is a very major break in routine.  But it wasn’t that long ago that I commuted twice weekly, 700 miles each way. And my law practice also required me to spend a lot of time on airplanes, in hotel rooms and rental cars. Sadly, because I was a workaholic maniac I often didn’t make time for much sightseeing or relaxation. I just got the job done and raced to the airport to get to the next place.

I did pile up a lot of frequent flyer miles and Amex points that way though. So when it came time for our family vacations we usually didn’t have to worry about airline tickets. The whole family flew long distances for much-needed vacations using frequent flyer awards.  Because it cost us nothing to get there (if we can say that the miserable life that produced those awards is “nothing”), our vacations were less expensive than if we’d gone to Disney.

The vacations were nice breaks and they helped me stay sane. But the business traveling really stunk. For folks who haven’t lived that kind of lifestyle, the traveling may sound fun or exciting. (It did to me before I lived it.) For those who have, it will bring to mind a great collection of miseries. Hopefully most people have a balance–occasional travel, in manageable bites.

When we stepped away from that world we left all that traveling behind. I’ve been on an airplane once in the last four years, and that was when Cherie had to attend a business dinner in Orlando.  We were back home less than 24 hours after we left.

I’ve heard lots of people say they want to travel when they retire. Travel is enriching and can be an enjoyable part of retirement I suppose. But if they say that to me I laugh and say I’m done with that. I’m ready to stay home a while.

But maybe we’re not entirely done traveling. For a while now Cherie has been thinking about us getting a travel trailer and setting off across the country for a year. That didn’t sound very attractive to me at first but I’m warming up to the idea. It’s not chiseled in stone, but for now we’re tentatively planning to take a year off, four or five years from now, and wander around North America.

In the meantime, I’ll keep traveling around White Flint Farm, mostly by foot.

No blog posts till Monday. Have a great weekend all!


35 comments on “Traveling

  1. Sue says:

    Enjoy your break (though I’m sure you’ll be spending a LOT of time thinking about the farm!!!)

    Hubby and I enjoy travelling less and less each year. Oh, don’t get me wrong–we LOVE to see different places in the natural world, but it’s the people that are ruining it now. They have NO manners whatsoever anymore. It’s a slice of heaven when we get back home to friendly people that aren’t RACING AROUND like idiots.


    • Bill says:

      Yes, after a couple of days I was ready to be back home.

      We’ve met some great people when traveling, but we’ve also had plenty of experiences like those you mention. I prefer quiet uncrowded natural beauty. The fewer people around, the better.


  2. smcasson says:

    Happy weekend, Bill. I am one of those that needs to travel only 4-6 times per year, no more than a few days at a time. I’m thankful for that. But I do commute 1 hour each way, every day to work. During the commute every day, I remind myself I am working so hard so that I can get to a life that looks more like your current one.

    It’s surprising to me how nice of an RV trailer you can get into for less than $5k, much more so if you bump the budget to $8.5k. Boy those things just drop in value like rocks! Great news for those that only buy used things!


    • Bill says:

      We looked at some of the small travel trailers folks had come to the festival in and came away with some ideas. We’re definitely going to try to find a good used one and we’ll want to spend as little as we reasonably can. I even thought about renting one from someone who has one but isn’t going to use it for the year. Maybe if we offered to pay the insurance, repair any damages and return it with a new set of tires, then we got get the use of it for a year pretty cheaply. Chances are we’ll never need it again once we get back so the plan would be to sell it after the year. We have plenty of time to think about it.

      As much as I hated commuting, I used that time to plan and dream. I settled a lot of important things in my mind during those many miserable hours commuting. Blessings on your journey. I’ve been there so I know it can sometimes seem that the finish line is so far away it might not ever get reached. But looking back I’m glad I didn’t ever get so discouraged that I gave up on the dream! May that happen for you too.


      • smcasson says:

        Bill, thanks so much for your thoughtful blog, and your comment responses. I am really enjoying your blog, and am trying hard to let your and others’ messages of peace and contentedness seep into my life. 🙂

        Cool thoughts on the rv. You’ll find a plan that works for you guys.

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  3. DM says:

    Enjoy your time @ the wild goose! If you do ever act on the trailer idea/ you have a place to stay if you are in the Midwest…and if you time it right, you can even help out w/ the apple picking,, 🙂


  4. Aggie says:

    Lol, ditto on business travel.
    I have a personal aversion to RVs, but enjoyed traveling on and living out of bicycles.and trailers.
    I appreciate the value of visiting other cultures, but I have this deep seated intuition that digging up the earth for fossil fuels in order to do it is a desecration. I long to live a life free of auto/truck travel.
    Nice to learn about you, and I’m going to have to get over to Cherie’s blog soon. : )


    • Bill says:

      I was leaning toward a conversion van, but Cherie wants a small travel trailer, so we can unhitch it at a campground and explore with the car only. We have 4 or 5 years to figure it out.

      We are mindful of driving as little as possible and even though I have a utility vehicle for farm use I prefer to walk. Being so far out in the country we have to drive more than we’d like, but we agree with you and strive to burn as little fossil fuel as we can.

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  5. says:

    Bon voyage! As my mother would have said, travel changes the mind.


  6. avwalters says:

    I still need to get on a plane now and again, back to sunny California to attend to business. Here, though, we make every effort to stay home–even angling with each other who’ll go “into town” (a mile away) to pick up the mail or necessities. We waited for most of our lives to get here–you’ll have to pry us away.


  7. vpfarming says:

    Amen Bill. I am still stuck in the business travel cycle and it is no fun. I have nothing against travel, but am constantly amazed by those who have been everywhere in the world but still can’t tell you what kind of tree that is growing in the backyard.


  8. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Enjoy! (As much as you possibly can: )


    • Bill says:

      We had a great time. Good friends, good music, good conversation, beautiful location. Having said all that, we’re glad to be home. 🙂


  9. Joanna says:

    Who’s looking after the animals while you are gone? That was my first thought and the second was what happens to the farm when you are away for a year? Very biblical though I suppose 🙂


    • Bill says:

      We had a couple of friends farm sitting for us. It was a treat for them and they enjoyed tending to the animals. As for the one year break, the plan would be to find someone to take over the farm for that year. We’re still thinking through the details, and it’s a long time from now.

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  10. EllaDee says:

    I get it… over the course of a busy contract role I too racked up enough frequent flyer points to buy us a nice free holiday but the catch was we could only afford 2 weeks of time off to enjoy it. Nowhere near enough. And the novelty of stays in even the nicest hotels wears off after 4 nights a week for almost 2 years.
    We’re yearning to get on the road with a caravan in tow and explore all the places we zoomed through during that 2 weeks, but emulating the leisurely pace and lifestyle of campers we so enviously regarded on our travels.


  11. ain't for city gals says:

    My husband and I both enjoy camping…..we have spent 2 months in our little 12 foot trailer traveling ( without a bathroom even!) and have been completely happy. My fondest memory is when we were sitting by the campfire and I thought to myself…If I were to die tonight I would wish for nothing else.

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    • Bill says:

      I thought of you this weekend when I saw a beautiful Shasta at the festival this weekend. Cherie has been doing the research on what makes sense for us and for now she’s insisting on a bathroom. A lot can change over 4 or 5 years, so we’ll see…


  12. Zambian Lady says:

    Safe travels and enjoy yourselves.


  13. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, sabbaticals are always good. I really don’t like to travel and always have been a stay at home low key kind of person. Oh, yeah, people say, “This is coming from a guy that travels all over the place.” Well, they would be right but my traveling is to get to a project on the other end. It’s not a take in the sights nor a business kind of travel. Most of my traveling has been into disaster areas or other countries to help with building projects or painting. There’s always volunteer work involved with the travel. I have most of my immediate family that lives in Las Vegas so I go there as much as I can afford. Yeah, I know, it a tough place to go to visit family but I force myself to do it. 🙂 I’m not a gambler so I will take a two week visit and never set foot inside a casino. Well, that’s not entirely true. I do go there for breakfast with friends and relatives. I’m perfectly content to stay at home and putts around in the garden.

    Have a great time away from the routine of homestead life. After being away from the responsibilities of homestead living for a year, you may not want to re enter the scheduled life style again. Gosh, who would grow the deer buffet while you’re gone. :-). Yeah, the deer are still nibbling on my garden as well. It’s not been nothing serious but I can see the tracks and evidence of their sampling the plants. I guess tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and green beans are just not to their liking but they keep sampling with a hope that the taste will change.

    Have the best day that you can at the Wild Goose Festival.


    • Bill says:

      Thanks Dave. We had a good time. Our talk on sustainable living and ethical eating was very well attended. One of the volunteers told us it was the largest crowd of the day. There is a yearning for this kind of information and knowledge.

      I didn’t see any new damage when we got back, but I’m still mourning the loss of our winter squash. Really hated that.


  14. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend away. It must be difficult to make arrangements to leave the farm. The animals don’t take vacations from needing food and water. 🙂 Do you have caretakers that help while you’re gone?


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