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OUR WAY IS THE HIGHWAY
IT BEGINS IN JUNE OF 2015. Sarah is my wife. I’m Noel. We met practically as children in the 1990’s at Robert A. Millikan High School in Long Beach. We have ten month-old twin sons, Eric and Ira. They were born at home, but that, like our meeting, is another story. As I was saying, it’s June now, 2015, and we’re currently on a short one week vacation alongside the northern California coastline of Jedediah Smith in Redwood National Park, 800 miles north of our home in Long Beach, when we have a mutually radical thought.
We even say it at the same time, words practically overlapping each other: “What if we sold everything, bought an RV, and lived our life on the road?”
Fast forward to the present, and that’s exactly where we find ourselves. It took seven weeks in all, from the day we returned home in June to the moment we drove off on the first day of August, to sell our house, buy a fifth-wheel and truck to haul it with, sell off or donate our possessions, pile the leftovers in storage, and quit our day jobs. Seven exhausting weeks. It was like pulling off one long terrible Band-Aid. And just about everyone thought we were crazy for doing it.
But here we are.
And now I’m feeling my way across the diverse American landscape with that beautiful woman I once met so long ago in high school as my deck officer and the two sons she gave me as our first-mates in an ongoing story that I like to call OUR WAY IS THE HIGHWAY.
Welcome to Harvest Hosts
The Unique RVing Experience
Are you looking for new opportunities to explore and enjoy the RVing lifestyle?
Welcome to Harvest Hosts®, a network of wineries, farms and agri-tourism sites that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for free!
Harvest Hosts provides the opportunity to travel to new areas, have unique experiences and enjoy purchasing locally grown and produced products.
Look Before You Live!
We are a family of four, living about an hour North of New York City since late 2001. We moved here from Oregon, where before children came along we owned our first RV, a TrailManor 2619. We sold the RV when we moved, and assumed that our RVing days were over, since the Northeast didn’t seem to offer the same opportunities for weekend RVing as the Northwest. My parents decided to sell their Trailmanor 2720SD in 2008, so we purchased it from them and had it towed out from Oregon. Owning an RV created a sense of urgency to use it, which was a great way to “force” our family to go for weekend trips and, once a year, set out on a 2-to-3 week RV vacation. I wanted our children to experience to natural beauty of the American West, so we would log 5000+ miles over the 20 or so days we were gone. We could only spend an hour or two at each location we visited, but it was better than nothing. I really wanted to get out to the west coast, to show the kids Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean, and all sorts of places I had experienced in Oregon, but our vacations were too short to drive that far.
In the fall of 2011, we sold our Trailmanor 2720D pop-up and purchased a Wildwood 26BH travel trailer. The Trailmanor had a single bed and a dinette, so when the kids went to bed on the converted dinette, it was lights out for us too, since there wasn’t anywhere to sit. The Wildwood has a bona fide bedroom for us and a dinette, but also has bunks for the kids and a sofa. Having the extra space makes a real difference, and towards the end of our 2012 vacation Trish all but insisted that we take a year off to travel starting in the summer of 2013. We will pack up our house, rent it out, and hit the road. There are a couple reasons why now is the time.
What the heck is Interstellar Orchard about you ask? A few things really.
This site is about RVing.
Full-time travel in a small RV, solo, and on a budget to be more precise. My name is Becky Schade, and I hit the road in September 2012 at the age of 28 in my 17′ Casita travel trailer. You can read more about my RV and the truck that tows it on the Rig page.
Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual travel, exploration, and adventure.
I am not rich. I’ve made less than $30,000 a year my whole adult life, and since hitting the road I’ve thrived on about $16,000 a year. I am not a genius. I was a truly average student in high school and college, no honors courses or distinctions of merit here. What I am though is determined to make my life the best it can be, no holds barred. And if I can do it, so can you. And no, it need not involve deprivation or unnecessary risk. Which brings me to the next point: