A Change Is Coming

Our cat Carmen can feel it…



Our time here in Wyoming is quickly coming to an end. In two weeks we will start our motorhome up, pull out, and head back to Arizona for the winter months. What does it take to get one of these big rigs ready to roll down the highway you might ask…? Well, it takes some planing, time, and a lot of organizing. Bill is already hard at work pulling everything out from the bay areas under our coach.



Once each bay area compartment (six in all) is completely cleared out, everything is organized, and anything that can be put into traveling crates is so the contents shift as little as possible while moving down the road.


Even my handy-dandy PVC pipe clothes line Bill made me will be taken apart and packed into one of the bay areas.


As well as our zero gravity chairs we sit in when we want to relax outside, or watch TV outside when the weather cooperates…


My part of getting ready to move out happens the morning of the move. Early that morning I will pull everything off that you see on any counter top or shelf, and pack it all into a special traveling basket I have that fits perfectly under the dinette table. Then, when we pull our three slides in, everything is snug as a bug, and nothing moves or gets broken…



Even the foot stools, in the picture below, will go up on the reclining chairs. They have a special “seat belt” that holds them in place while the coach is in motion.


Pictures, flowers, pillows, throw blankets etc… everything that makes our motorhome our home…, will be packed away until we reach our final destination in Arizona.



When we arrive at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, near Fountain Hills Arizona, where we will be camp hosts for the winter months, I will put everything back in its proper place, including our welcome log that will be placed just outside our door to welcome our family and friends into our home…


But my part of packing won’t happen for another two weeks, and I have it down to a science now, so it only takes me about forty-five minutes to one hour to have the inside ready to roll on down the road.

For now, my job is to continue the laundry, and watch to make sure the Italian beef I have slow cooking in the crockpot for dinner keeps slow cooking… OMG, it smells so good in here.


Bill and I so love this traveling retirement lifestyle. We have enjoyed our time in Wyoming, but are ready to get back to Arizona for the winter and see family and friends there, and we are very much looking forward to our Oregon gig we landed for next summer. We will be relief lighthouse hosts at Bullards Beach State Park. Neither Bill or I have been to Oregon before, and we are so thankful to our co-workers here in Wyoming, Bob and Becky Yockey, for hooking us up with the Oregon gig for next summer. They spent a summer there and loved it so we know we will too. Bob and Becky are pulling out this Friday and heading to Colorado. We will miss them but will see them again sometime in Arizona.

Stay Tuned!

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 20:14:09

    When you start taking everything out of the bays and vacuum out that empty space, you look around and say to yourself, is it all going to fit? I start putting it back in and it all fits, sometimes better than it did before. What a job but knowing we will be heading back to AZ it’s all worth it, see everyone soon.


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 20, 2016 @ 21:13:17

      Yes, it is a big job pulling everything out, cleaning out each bay area, and putting everything back so it travels well… but you always do such a great job, and you always make sure our coach is in tip/top shape as far as maintenance goes. I’m so thankful you know how to do all that because I have no clue about all of that… I take care of the inside and you take care of all the rest… Great teamwork right?


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 22:38:43

    What a life! Enjoy the wide open spaces where each day is an adventure! Hope you have a safe and delightful drive to Arizona and have fun winter with your friends and family. Give Danny a special hug and kiss from me. I sent a card with a note to him. Please let me know how he is doing…. My prayers and thoughts are for you and Bill and family . Love you and your motor home looks so good. You guys take real good care of it!
    Aunt Ellen and Uncle Harvey


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 20, 2016 @ 23:31:44

      Thanks Aunt Ellen. Both Bill and I are ready to get back “home” to Arizona. I need to get back to Shantel, Danny, and our other family and friends there… I will pass on your wishes to Danny. Please keep him in your prayers as he is so deep in his grief…, and I am so worried about him… I will keep you posted on how he is doing along the way. But, it has not even been one month since he buried Bea, so he still has a long way to go and needs all the love and support he can get now… We love you. xoxo


  3. gotham girl
    Aug 21, 2016 @ 21:38:02

    Isn’t it amazing how fast life is passing us by?? You two are such the pair…just love you both to pieces. Safe travels and just can’t wait to see you later in September when I make my way west! xoxoxoxo to the moon!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 21, 2016 @ 23:39:55

      Thank you GG. Yes, Bro and I talk about how fast life passes us by all the time. We can’t seem to catch up with life and all the things we want to do while we still can… Both Bro and I love you to the moon and back and beyond…. And we can’t wait to see you when we all get back to Arizona again. Safe travels to you too. Please give our love and hugs to mom, Sharon, and that precious baby, Noah…. what a little doll he is..xoxo MORE!!!


  4. Karen
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 01:29:39

    Sounds like you both have everything under control! I look forward to seeing you in Fountain Hills! Safe travels my friend.


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