This blog will return to normal programming shortly (finance, farts, and dinosaurs). However, summers are pretty busy with the girls out of school. Posts where I show you some pictures are easy, so this is what you get! Hey, at least I’m honest! Plus, maybe my tales of adventure will convince some of you to jump on the FI bandwagon! Life is good here on the Other Side. And, there are a couple of FI nuggets in here as well…
Here is how our summer adventures were supposed to go down:
- Drive to Oregon over the course of 3 days
- Spend one week in Sunriver and Bend
- Drive to Pismo Beach over 3 days by way of the California coast
- Spend a week in California
Everything was going great. My friend and I leisurely drove to Oregon with our two younger daughters. We visited friends, hit tennis balls, and floated the Deschutes.
And then my daughter came down with a sore throat. She’s fully vaxxed and already had COVID, but the test came back positive anyway. The only good choice was to drive home. Oof.
But, the daughter’s case was minor and after completing her quarantine period, we realized we could still fit California into our plans.
Before we get to the pretty pictures, some random thoughts on financial independence and travel:
- Leisurely movement: FI allows you to travel at a slow pace. It was great to be able to drive 1,000 miles over the course of 3 days. In pre-FI times, I would have driven 1,000 miles in a day.
- Flexibility: When you don’t have to answer to a job, you can plot your wanderings more efficiently. Go to wherever you want to go in the off-season or when a last-minute deal pops up.
- Community: The best part of FI for me is the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I feel like I have friends all over the world. In Oregon and California, I spent time up with four different sets of friends who I’ve met through FI events and the coworking space.
Post-kids, Mindy and I will travel even more leisurely. I look forward to a time when I can delete the word travel from my vocabulary altogether. Instead of traveling someplace, Mindy and I will rent a space for a month or more and live like a local. I’m not sure what the word is for this (partial nomad?), but it sounds like a pleasant way to be.
No need to rush around. Go to the beach and read. Take walks around the neighborhood. Write on the laptop. Create on the iPad. More than anything, just live intentionally slow. I’ve been going fast for long enough.
Morro Bay And Pismo Beach
Travel has come bouncing back. Most of the hotels in Pismo Beach were sold out, so we spent the first couple of days in Morro Bay. This was just fine because Morro Bay is pretty great.
We drove up to see the elephant seals:
The elephant seals were big, smelly, and violent (the boys were competing for the girls).
In contrast, the Kilowatts Rivian I spotted nearby was sleek, beautiful, and did not stink in any way:
We moved on to Pismo Beach which was mostly foggy. We did manage to see signs of the sun a couple of times though:
I spotted a Model S Plaid near Shell Beach. It looked great. While I’m a fan of Tesla, the cars have been plagued with poor build quality. The fit and finish on this one was great though:
Back To Work?
No, I’m not going back to that kind of work! I’m done/ through/ finished with 40 hours per week in a cube answering to a boss. No thanks to any part of that! Heeeeellll no! No WAY! Is that clear!? 🙂
When the girls go back to school next week, I’ll start working on the weird house that we’ll eventually rent:
After that, I’ll finish the work on our primary house.
I like the way my life has turned out. Living in a van or on a beach with no work to would drive me nuts. I like balance where I can bounce between work and fun. Best of all, I can do it on my own terms and according to my own rules.
Life is good.
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