Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More RV Modifications...

My love affair with Peg...

Pegboard that is. My wife thinks I have issues with pegboard and perhaps she's right. I can't get enough of it. It ranks right up there with the invention of football and duct tape. It's easy to install and creates tons of organized storage. She can scoff all she wants now, I'll have the last laugh when she needs an adjustable wrench, or rubber mallet, or screwdriver, or 12mm wrench, or...

And here is a pic of the mounted fishing rod holder,

And one of the 5 bike rack,

And once again I have to wait. Having the camper pimped out like I want it is just painful when all I can do is wait for the house to sell. My dream will have to remain in its holding pattern a little while longer.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Get ready, set...Modify!

Since the house hasn't sold yet, I can't really go. So I'm going to do the next best thing... Modify! While I still have my tools and my manhood has been beefed up with the acquisition of a mantastic truck and 5th wheel home, I've decided to take this time to tweak a few things to make life on the road a little more convenient. As any self respecting man would do, I've prioritized my modifications by order of importance. First, TV! If I'm to keep up with my favorite sports, both fantasy and reality, I need to be able to watch in style. First I ripped out the way too small TV that came with the camper and reinstalled it back in the kids room. (Don't judge me.) I replaced this with a 32" LCD HD TV with a full motion mount so I could lie either way on the couch and see perfectly. Sweet! I was so happy with this modification that I did the same thing in the bedroom. 32" was all the room I had or I would have gone bigger. The antenna brings in only a handful of HD channels so I'm bringing my Direct TV HD satellite along so I can have every channel I have here at home. Now with the man juices flowing nicely, I moved to the fishing gear. I made good use of the basement ceiling by installing rod holders. Margie asked why I need to fish with 5 poles and I told her because I don't have 6. It's beyond me why she can't understand this rationale.

Still to come...Peg board, bike rack, kayak storage, and more...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hey, let's sell our house and live in an RV. Um, OK.

What!? Back up a're doing what?

Yeah that's us. We're crazy like that. 2 scoops of spontaneous sprinkled with nuts.

Let me address what you're thinking, why? The simple answer is, because we can. We both work from home and homeschool our children so the real question is, why not?
Let's break down society's norm shall we? Get a job, buy a house, put your kids in soccer, run around like a chicken with its head cut off, blah, blah, blah. This used to be my life (and I apologize if it's yours). Get up at 6AM, head to a job working for someone else, and spend all day away from the people most dear to me, my family. After working hard all day, I would come home looking forward to a little bit of relaxation that always eluded me. By the time I got out of the car, one of the kids were already late for one of their too many activities. By the time the day's activities were wrapped up, I barely had energy left to take a shower and go to bed, only to get up and do it all over again.
Who said life had to be that way? Why do we feel weird to step out of society's norm? Why do we live our lives to please others? Life is short and should be enjoyed. The way you want to enjoy it, not the way society says you should. If living in the rat race is what you want, then live it up. Only do it on your terms.
Adventure is what I wanted. When I'm old and my only goal for the day is to go to McDonald's for breakfast and come home to watch Matlock, I want to be able to smile at the many memories I'll have of living, truly living life. I'll never wish I would have worked a little longer or climbed a little higher up the corporate ladder.
Of course with this decision came the realization that only 5% would get what we're doing and why, while the other 95% would think we've lost it. (Remember the whole living to please others thing?) Well-meaning friends and family would ask questions like, "Aren't you afraid you're going to be too cooped up in there?" "Won't you get tired of traveling all the time?" "Your kids won't have a stable home"... polite ways of saying we were acting irresponsibly.
Stepping out of this box has been the most freeing thing I've ever done and now I'm anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. The whole family is excited and enjoying the purging and packing process. We have so many places we want to see, learn about, and explore, that it's hard to choose where to start. But it doesn't matter, as we won't need an agenda. We're just ready to hit the road!
As I'm writing this post we have two things left to do, sell the house and auction our belongings. As soon as those are finished, we'll see you soon on the road!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Meet The Lundys

Hi, my name is Allen Lundy and I love God, my family and adventure, prioritized in that order. I love spending time outdoors and am an avid whitewater kayaker. The next hobby I plan to get serious about is backpacking. I'm a soon to be full time RVer and plan to spend a good bit of time in the back country.

I'm married to a beautiful and very awesome woman, Margie, who supports all my hobbies and is my personal photographer. She's very serious about her job. The fact that I risk my life means little to her in terms of capturing the "perfect shot." "Do it again, do it again" she'll shout from behind her well protected tripod. It all works out in the end with my adventures captured to perfection.

I'm also the father to 3 amazing adventurous kids, Josh, Lizzy and Matt. All 3 act and want to be like me and while I'm flattered, I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Josh (10) is very passionate about life. This kid can get excited about watching the grass grow. While it is sometimes hard to contain his passion you can be sure he'll be a blast to be around on any adventure. He lives life to the fullest and reminds me to do the same. Josh is the "fun guy" at any party. I love being around him because he is a constant reminder that life is short and is meant to be enjoyed.

Lizzy (10) is a sweet, gentle, lovable and beautiful little girl with just enough of a tomboy edge to give a best of both worlds relationship. She's all girl one minute and ready to go backpacking, hiking or kayaking the next. Soft and girly, yet ready to wrestle. Growing up with 2 brothers has given her the perfect amount of toughness that is balanced with the perfect amount of femininity. Hearing her laugh is one of the things I live for.

Matt (7) is, hhmm, what can I say about Matt? This boy cannot be described with a few sentences. He has a completely rotten and ornery shell with the kindest, most giving heart you will ever find. This kid is constantly getting into all sorts of mischief, testing every boundary before melting your heart with sweet, genuine innocence. He's the most giving person I've ever met. And the most rotten. There's very little middle ground with Matt, I either want to strangle him or hug him and it's usually a pretty even balance. :)

Margie is the family anchor. She keeps us all grounded and reasonably safe. She selflessly ensures all our needs are met. With the passion for adventure in this family we're always going off half prepared in our excitement only to find she's taken care of everything we've forgotten. I hate to think of what I'd do without her. She is the sane version of me. She realizes when I'm putting adventure ahead of safety and reins me and more importantly the kids back in. She does this with a healthy balance of encouragement and support.

That's us in a nutshell. Overall we're a pretty laid back family that makes friends quickly and enjoys staying active. We're blessed to be able to work from home and homeschool our kids. This lifestyle lends itself perfectly to living full time in our RV on the road. We are looking forward to meeting other people with similar values, goals and interests. We hope to get to know you if we don't already.