By Machelle James
The flood of emotions that came over us when we packed up that final load: excitement, fear, happy, sad, joyful – you name it, we felt it. We said goodbye to our friends, family and Jenna’s teachers. At noon on a Thursday, we moved out and new owners moved in.
We headed up the hill for our new life in Overgaard, AZ. We didn’t think we had that much left to pack – we were wrong. We had to store a few items at our friends’ house as we could not fit one more box in my car, his truck or the trailer!
Once we arrived at our new home, we celebrated with a cold beverage for us and a root beer for Jenna. It took us a solid 12 hours to unload and reload it all in our storage container. Needless to say, I think I’m getting some serious arm muscles!
We have become quite skilled at living and working in our RV and have condensed only necessary items in the RV for the next three months. We even have a desk set up in there with a rolling office chair. We put a tall dresser, portable rolling storage towers and a cube cubby in the rig as well. All the pantry items, cleaning supplies and office supplies have a home now.
I’ll admit the first thing I want completed in the cabin is the bathroom – I cannot wait to take a hot bath again! As well as not run out of hot water as we do in the RV.
ANNOUNCEMENT! We are so happy to share with you that we signed our Contract with the engineering firm! In a few weeks we’ll have the drone video and the land survey completed. Then we can really bring you up to speed on the progress of our campground.
We are still trying to figure out ways to lessen the road noise from the highway. Concrete walls, berms, cedar fencing with tons of trees. Placing the RV storage area on that side of the property to absorb the sounds. Lots of options – we just need to find the one that fits. It is 1,100 feet long and all I see are dollar signs! We don’t mind doing work – we just don’t know which way to go yet.
For our neighborhood welcome, we were invited to a BBQ and Beverage Party. I have to say there are really kind, honest and hardworking people up here. I really feel we are being introduced to the right people who want to help us succeed in our journey.
My stress levels have gone down considerably, and we have partial funding set up to get us started. That alone has reduced our anxiety and fears about how we were going to move forward.
Meanwhile, AJ has put up can lighting throughout the cabin and he put in a tile floor in our shed. Now we have our 2nd refrigerator set up for drinks and frozen food! We picked out interior and exterior paint colors for the cabin as we still need to seal the logs, fill in cracks and remove the old paint before we continue.
As for now and as of today, life is good. It’s a slower pace and it’s super quiet here. The sounds of cicadas hum us to sleep at night and the birds chirp us awake in the mornings. My morning coffee never tasted better than up here. I know we made the right decision and I am so thankful we have support from all of you and our families!
Thank you for following our journey and, as always, see you in the trees! And please leave a comment.
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Machelle James and her husband, AJ, are building, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.