The Ginger Walkabout Origin Story

Greetings and salutations!

Whether you’ve known me for a long time or we just met, you will probably be wondering what this is all about (though if you know me it won’t really surprise you.) So here are the basics:

  • WHO: Me and my faithful beagle Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
  • WHAT: I am going to buy an RV and travel around for a few years, or until I don’t want to anymore.
  • WHY: Because I can. I have had a full-time telework position for over 4 years but now I think it’s time to take this gig out for a spin and see what it can do.
  • WHERE: Starting out in the U.S.A. I’ve been to over 40 countries but I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon. I’m ready to get to know this big, beautiful country of mine from Sea to Shining Sea.
  • WHEN: Planning to set off in the Fall of 2019.
  • HOW: In an RV, specifically a Class B camper van.

What is with “The Ginger”?

That’s easy, it’s my hair color. I am at least a 5th generation ginger. Don’t get all bent with whether my current hair color is natural because it’s not. Anyone who tells you that their hair grows out of their head bright orange or red is lying to you. But to establish my bonafides here is what it looked like before age set in:

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My First Grade Photo

What is with “Walkabout”?

Because I’ve always liked the word. Really, that’s the reason (oh, and because the domain name was available.) To me it conjures the idea of setting out with no plan or destination in mind just to see where the day takes me.

Technically it refers to a rite of passage in Australian Aboriginal society when teenage males live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months to make the spiritual and traditional transition into manhood. So not really much to do with me as I’m about 30 years past the typical age, not in Australia, planning to do this for 2+ years, and a female.

Walkabout Book

 

 

There is also a book from 1959 (Originally titled The Children)  that was made into a movie in 1971. Haven’t read/seen it but it looks a little intense.

 

 

Walkabout (1971) film still shot
That will be me with my dog if we are ever stuck in the desert.

 

Why become a nomad?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while but I was intimidated to do it alone. Not the being on the road solo part (I’ve been driving across the country alone since I was 18) but I didn’t think I wanted to deal with the RV by myself and figuring out where to go and how to camp and all of that seemed like a big undertaking without an extra brain for input.

But then I went on an actual trip with an actual RV and saw first-hand that it wasn’t so hard. Big shout out to my friends Pam and Karen who let me tag along on their sister trip in Florida even though I was completely useless except for comic relief! We stayed in Karen’s travel trailer and I got a feel for how to set up camp (the stinky slinky isn’t so bad), moving every day or two, cooking, sleeping, and RV life in general. The trip certainly had its downsides (I counted 46 no-see-um bites on my body at one point and couldn’t sleep because of the itching) but it still showed me that it wasn’t so hard.

So then I just decided that this is what I am going to do. Most of my free time is now spent researching and getting really excited about this new adventure.

So those are the basics. As of today I am deeply entrenched in the planning phase so stay tuned for more!


2 thoughts on “The Ginger Walkabout Origin Story

  1. OK, you got me hooked! I’m a ginger too, 60+ years, and my husband and I just bought a Travato to do side trips with our two large dogs (and maybe our Blue and Gold Macaw, if she is nice) and eventually longer trips to visit sons, DIL, grandson in Austin and Las Vegas. I like the way you write, and we have stuff in common.

    PS. I found you on Travato Owners and Wannabees group, faceboook.

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