A little about us.

A little about us. I will start from when Diane and I got together because that is really when US began. The fact that Diane is a native Oregonian and I grew up on a farm in Iowa is as deep as I will go.

Diane and I meet in Portland Oregon in 1998. We both bowled on a extreme bowling league (more party than bowling league). There was something about the stride she had approaching the line to deliver the ball that caught my eye, I guess that’s all I should say about that also LOL!!

Diane worked at a Vet clinic and I was working as a retail manager in a building supply store.

Six months after we met I had a opportunity to take over a larger store in southern Oregon. Diane and I made a few trips to check out the area where the new store was and decided that it would be a nice change from the big city life. A larger store in a growing market, more money and a smaller community. It seemed right.

Diane and I both owned our own homes in the Portland area and we both decided to rent them out and move in together in the new location. We rented our new digs for a few months and after we decided we could really make a go of it we both sold our houses in Portland and built a home in southern Oregon. That was 13 years ago. Since then we have built and lived in 3 homes on 3 to 5 acres and built and sold a couple spec homes for investments during the good times.

Diane and I have always loved to vacation on the back of a motorcycle and see the country. Diane always took vacationing a bit further and traveled to places like Mexico, Belize, Honduras, The Caribbean, Australia and others that I can’t even name. Most of them were designed around diving, something Diane loves to do. I didn’t have a chance to tag along due to the fact I only had 3 weeks a year vacation and wanted to spend them touring what I could of the US on a Harley and I had a career to tend to and I loved my work. But things change.

For years we have talked about getting a RV and travel the US at a slower pace and really get a flavor of what’s out there. We just didn’t know when. I grew up poor and always had that in the back of my mind I guess. Feeling I had to make more and more and more. And I had to have the toys that went along with success. Not that we was every CRAZY successful like some but we enjoyed comfortable homes, always bought new cars and motorcycles, quads and sand rails, pure toys to play hard with that cost way to much and cost a bunch to keep running. It was all fun and we met people that enjoyed the same things and made some good friends along the way. And we wouldn’t trade those times and memories for anything But again, things change.

The summer of 2011 gave us a huge scare when Diane was found to have cancer. The whole world seemed to turn upside down. It was the most scary thing I think I have even encountered. I was amazed and proud at how strong Diane was during the whole thing. Blood tests, scans, drinking terrible fluids and a long long six hour surgery. But the doctors at OHSU did a outstanding job and Diane has been cancer free for a year now!! Times like that really make you think about what’s really important in life. And how you should enjoy it while you can.

Diane has been telling me the last few years to step down at work and do away with the stress that went with it but I kept saying just one more year, just one more year, just one more year. Until one day in Feb of 2012 when I came to the harsh reality that I was nothing more than a worker at the place I dedicated so much time and effort to. I know it has happened to countless people that thought they really were appreciated at the work place. And I don’t feel alone but it was a horrible day none the less. One that I have thought about every day for the last six months. Well enough of that.

So,,, after that dreaded day I gave it a couple weeks to soak in. And to give me time to really think about how I felt so I didn’t just have a knee jerk reaction and walk out the door. After that couple weeks I decided Diane has been right and it was time to step down as store manager and buyer. I did agree to stay at the helm until they found a good replacement. And at that time we decided to really push to sell what we thought was our perfect home on 5 acres with a fantastic 40×50 RV garage and shop with bonus room. We started selling off the toys, the quads, the sand rail, trailers, the Harley (ohh the Harley). We sold off furniture and tons of misc. crap we had gathered.

It’s funny how things come together. In May we had a buyer for our home on the hook and in June they hired my replacement and in July we collected our money from the house and moved into our motor home full time. And I changed positions at work and dropped to 4 day weeks. Talk about tossing your life in a blender and pushing the button. What a whirlwind.

At times I stop and say, what the hell have we done. Doing away with a good paying job in a down economy, selling our home in a down market, moving into a 400 sqft tin can, taking a huge cut in pay!! Have we lost our minds!!?? But then Diane reminds me that we have worked hard and saved money and have been fortunate to have made some good decisions and it’s a smart thing to start enjoying life a little more while we can.

We have however bought another 5 acre parcel knowing we will want to build and live in a traditional home some time in the future. We put in the well, ran cable, gas, electric and phone up to the building site. And will fence it in so when we decide to settle down again or come back to this area to visit we can just pull up on the lot and park. A smart thing,,, I don’t know but compared to everything else we have done so far this year I don’t think it’s the craziest thing HAHA!!

Along with stepping down at work we agreed that when the labor crunches started in the winter months that I would be the first to be laid off. Normally Nov. or Dec. At that time Diane and I plan to lift the jacks, put in the slides and turn the key and head south for the winter. Truth be known we really plan to stay on the road at least a year. And at that time decide if we want to continue our travels or settle back in on the acreage we have. I can really see us being gone for a couple years but we will see how that turns out.

WOW,, even with a bunch of fast forwarding this little ABOUT US thing turned lengthy. So that’s it. Probably won’t be much exciting to add until we hit the road. But at that time we plan to use this to document our adventures, travels and obstacles as we move around this great country of ours.

25 Responses to A little about us.

  1. Sherry says:

    It was so great to meet you both, now I can follow you blog as well.
    Way to go Diane, I’m 4 years cancer free and so much more relaxed!

    Sherry (&Jesse)

  2. Great back story! I’m glad you found each other and have such a happy life. I met Diane today, and she is as cute as can be – congrats on being cancer free – I, too went through that, and am now many, many years cancer free. I’m looking forward to following along with your adventures! 🙂

  3. judilyn says:

    I guess it’s cancer day! My husband is a Multiple Myeloma patient. He had an autologous stem cell transplant in December of 2007, and given “about 30 months”. It has been 64 months as of now, and although he is not cancer free, he is able to function fairly normally, given enough nap time during the day! We still travel some, but not fulltime like we did formerly.

    Congrats to everyone who survives this beast! ;->

  4. Abase says:

    Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dave & Diane says:

    Your welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Barbara & James says:

    We met you in Tampa, FL in January. Would love to have info on your current RV when it goes on the market for sale.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Hi guys!! If I’m not mistaken our current coach is already listed on Lazy Days website. In fact a salesman brought someone by last week asking questions. If you have a salesman that you are working with I’m sure he can give you some idea of what they are asking because I know it can’t be what they have listed.
      But we are more than happy to talk to you about it. And most everything we had issues with has been outlined on the blog. Nothing new has cropped up while we have been waiting for the new one.

  7. Susan and Billbo Abear says:

    Hey guys, glad I found your blog. This way we don’t always have to meet at LD. We are still here but hoping to leave soon. Lower Alabama (LA) as the folks who live there call it really is beautiful. Later. Happy trails, Bill and Sue

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Hey!! We are happy you found us as well. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to say so long when we left but we didn’t see any movement as we drove by that morning.
      We will be here in Alabama until Wednesday and then we move to New Orleans for a few days.
      Hope you get out of there soon. I’m sure you will be happy to leave.

  8. Dina says:

    Nice to meet you, Dave & Diane! This is a most interesting backup store and a very adventurous hobby. I’ll be back for more. 🙂
    Have a great weekend.
    Greetings from the North,
    Dina & Klausbernd

  9. RV Cheaper! says:

    Awesome story, glad you decided to chase life and stop racing rats 🙂 Looking forward to getting inspiration from your adventures.

  10. Hey Dave & Diane! This is Dale & Debbie from NW PA; met you two at Lazydays when you were waiting for your new coach to come in (2 years ago?).
    We left home Nov 29th, headed for the factory & on to see our son in CA for Christmas. Just left Sulton Sea, headed for Quartzsite on eay to FL. We were talking about you guys, and just found your blog.
    What are your plans after Jan 4th? Would love to catch up with you some time, some where:)

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Hi guys!!!! How have ya been? We think about you guys every time we see the picture of us having Strawberry Shortcakes at Parkdale Farms LOL!!!
      Our plans are to head to Quartzsite on January 4th and will probably hang around there into Feb. It would be great seeing you guys again.

  11. Liz says:

    What kind of rv? Congrats in cancer free.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      When we first hit the road we had a 40′ 2007 Tiffin Phaeton class A and a couple years ago we switched to a 42′ 2014 Tiffin Phaeton class A. I think if we ever slow down to a crawl we might switch to a 5th wheel but it’s not really on our mind yet.

  12. Katy says:

    Hey guys, I’d love to use some of your images of the Olympic Cauldron in Savannah. Please reach out to me if I can, thanks! I will properly credit you of course.

  13. What is the best way to get in touch with you guys? Editor, ROUTE Magazine

  14. Bob Nemson says:

    Hi Dave,
    Bob Nemson here.
    We currently own a 2019 Tiffin class A and are thinking of changing to a New Horizons 5th wheel.
    Would you be willing to speak to me about your experience building one with them ?
    My email- bobnemson@gmail.com

  15. Bruce says:

    Have followed your blog for years. Thanks sooooo much for putting all the effort into it and providing so much to the RV community.

  16. Miller Kim says:

    Hi Dave & Diane. We are in the process of ordering our new NH. Can you tell me the type of water softener you chose and do you still like it and would you buy again. I haven’t seen a video how you recharge the unit. Thanks to both of you.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      First off congrats on choosing NH, we are sure you will enjoy it. The water softener we have in from Motorcoach Water Softener but I’m pretty sure he has retired and NH does not have a line on them any longer if I’m not mistaken. I checked with Cole and I think they are looking at US Water Systems but you will need to check with them on that. As far as our system, yes, we would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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