We’ve been home 6 weeks now, after the end of our epic 588 day RV Adventure around the country. I couldn’t be happier. The first few days were an “out of body” experience because we’d experienced so much, and yet here we were, driving roads that hadn’t changed and seeing friends we’d missed for so long.
We drove into Bend at noon and were dismayed to experience yet another debacle with a campsite. How ironic on our last one! Actually, the site they gave us was a parking space and didn’t even have room for the cars, so we had to work with them to get one barely big enough, pictured above. We camped at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds because it was close to our storage unit, and the fair was going on, so the kids would be able to go with their friends. As in, 4 hours after we arrived, they met their friends and we didn’t see them for 24 hours. It’s an understatement to say how happy they were to be home with their friends and Dan and I knew we had made the right decision in coming back to Bend at the end of our adventure.
The kids weren’t the only ones who had fun, however. Good friends Dave & Sue invited us to the America concert that night, and I quietly sang my way through all their oldies for a couple of hours. So fun to get out and be with friends, but very strange to not be with the kids after all of our togetherness. I wasn’t worried, it was just odd not to have them with us.
The next few days we packed up everything and made multiple trips to our storage unit. We had gotten the big car out the first day, and way to build them Ford, with a little battery charge, it started right up and we were able to drive it. Dave & Sue had checked on it for us earlier in the year and reported that the tires hadn’t gone flat, so we knew we could drive it. We hadn’t even drained the fluids before we left. Lucky us.
We couldn’t believe how well everything did in storage for the 19 months. Our famous Central Oregon dust covered every surface, but there was no water damage or rodents. Whew. We also couldn’t believe how much stuff there was. Stuff we hadn’t missed or needed for the whole trip. It gave me a stomach ache because I knew we’d soon be touching every box again. We’d gotten rid of all the big furniture before we left, but there was still way too much for 4 people!
So we moved into the Towne Suites Plaza Marriott for 3 weeks on a Tuesday, and Dan drove the RV over to Coburg to get the floor replaced. It was difficult to move out of it and know that we’d never live in it again, or live on the road again with our kids. We had planned and dreamed of our adventure for 10 years, and now it was over. Over. Ouch. And Dan had found out during the trip that he didn’t want to RV in retirement as we had previously planned, so we were going to sell the rig. Ouch. I was in mourning for weeks.
But I found something even better to keep me out of trouble! I started here on Wednesday, August 5th, and if you were with me in person right now, I’d pull a Tom Cruise and jump up and down on the couch with abandon. I AM SO HAPPY! I finally found a career where I can help people every day, use my brain, and have fun in the process. I picked the coolest, most tech progressive real estate company in Bend, and I feel blessed every day. Everyone is a professional and believes, like me, that taking care of clients by providing excellent service is the most important factor in real estate. There isn’t a detail that’s missed, and that includes our cool work space. Pictured below is half of it. Yes, that’s a pingpong table in the back, and those are bean bag chairs, too! Not pictured is the keg in the back hallway that’s open 24/7 for employees and clients. It’s an amazing atmosphere.
We don’t have dedicated offices; we just grab a work station whenever we come in. We can work from home, our cars, Back Porch Coffee, wherever we want. As independent contractors, we set our own hours and work however hard we would prefer. There are two private conference rooms for client meetings and we’re located in an old building on the west side of Bend – very hip and tons going on around us.
Here’s Fred. He’s a genius. He started this company with his wife Keeley after years of working for other real estate firms and knowing that there was a better way to do it. I’ll tell you more about them in posts to come because I am so proud and excited to be part of such a great firm. For now, I need to run; I’ve got a client coming in!