L & R had us over last night for a yummy dinner and a long talk about the Southwest. [I'm protecting their anonymity; not everyone wants to be widely-known across an audience of 14 readers.] They full-timed for six years, building houses with Habitat for Humanity and taking other volunteer positions with the Parks Service.
Luckily, I brought my notebook, because there was a story for every green highlighted crossroads on their well-used atlas. Canyons hiked, cliff-dwellings explored, trading posts browsed. Places not to be missed. Places not to even consider. Rock-hunting, rug auctions, hikes, mountain lions, cliff faces. Misadventures and good advice. Four hours had gone before I could even conceive of time passing.
Best of all, they assured us we weren't crazy. Not about the full-timing, anyway.
Thanks for the tonic, you guys! I'm grateful more than I can say.