Hello, and welcome!  My name is Pat, and over the past few months, I have been realizing a dream.  In this blog my goal is to share this dream as it progresses into reality and more.  The dream:  retire to an RV, becoming a fulltimer, and indulge in two passions – travel and genealogy.  In order to accomplish this, I have decided to attend several seminars on RVing to learn the ins and outs, the ups and downs, and the inside outs!  I want to make a wise, well-informed decision when I actually purchase my next home and begin the new lifestyle.

I will be journaling my travels, but, more than journaling, I will share thoughts and insights about the process itself.  I am a “newbie” to RVing, and there is so much to learn.  Emotionally, it is difficult to be away from my family, but economically I feel this is the best solution for me.  I am currently signed up for four different seminars in different parts of the country, and one of those is about “workamping.”  I need to supplement my social security and small pension income, so I will be working as I travel.  Some of the working will be volunteering for the national and/or state parks, Habitat for Humanity, and other entities that offer sites and utilities in exchange for hours worked.  What a great deal!  The other working will be using my 35 years of genealogy research as a credential for possibly helping you with your research.  Cemeteries, courthouses, county seats, old homes, etc can now be visited personally by me, with findings shared via email.  I’m available and ready to deliver……research, photographs, impressions.  Please contact me at pdugand@gmail.com if I can help you in any way with your family history.

On Monday, September 1, 2014, my well-loaded Toyota Matrix will be hitting the road to begin the journey.  All of my earthly possessions will have to fit in this nice little vehicle (and on the roof in a Roofbag).  Selling and donating my life’s stuff has been a journey in itself….emotional ups and downs, yet, at the same time, very liberating.  I no longer have a home to call home, nor do I have any furniture, appliances, or knick knacks.  But, I have an exciting future, and that, my friends, is good news!

Once again, welcome, and thank you for visiting my site.  You honor me with your presence, and I look forward to a growing, continuing relationship.  God bless you!

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