Our first couple of months of living and traveling in an RV have been pretty hectic but also very rewarding. We have driven over 3,000 miles: exploring places that we have never seen before and meeting numerous wonderful people. Now, we have briefly returned to the area where we used to live (southern Orange Country in California) and raised our kids. A number of our dear friends still live here and we are filling up our free time with visits to as many of them as we can.
These visits are interspersed with meetings with professionals who have taken care of us for over 25 years. These include our dentist, financial advisor (and dear friend, Ken) and our CPA (another dear friend, Maggie). Today we visited our dentist and financial advisor and were rewarded with another clean bill of health from our dentist (Dr. Sal) and a rosy report regarding our financial status.
As it turns out, the radically alternative lifestyles of either living on a sailboat or living in an RV are actually rather inexpensive when compared to what it previously cost us to live on the land in a conventual manner. Furthermore, being an RVer is even less costly than living on a sailboat and sailing around the world. Go figure!
After our dental appointment and meeting with Ken, we swung by and visited with a former neighbor we had during the 12 years we lived in Lake Forest. For years Mary Margaret and I used to take dance lessons with our neighbors, Glenda and Bob. Bob passed away about 3 years ago and we miss him dearly but it is always so great to spend time with Glenda. She is a vivacious, gregarious and energic person who is so much fun to be around. While it has taken her a little while to deal with the loss of a lifemate, she has rediscovered herself and is once more enjoying life to the fullest. To us, she is a role model on how to sweetly remember a love one lost but also as one who once again grabs with gusto the love ones she still has and enjoys life to the fullest. She is a remarkable woman and we are so fortunate to be able to call her a dear friend.
She drove with us to see our new home on wheels and afterwards we went out for an early dinner in San Juan Capistrano. The restaurant was located right across the street from the old Catholic Mission that is famous for the swallows that return to nest there each year. For years, due to the development of the area, the swallows had stop returning but Glenda told us that for the last couple of years, they have started to return once more. We were thrilled to hear that.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Cedar Creek Inn. It had been years since any of us had been there and we were so happy that the quality of the service, the ambiance and its delicious food had not changed. My swordfish covered in a fruit salsa was to die for!