I used to be a computer programmer. End up the Vice President of a small high tech firm in AZ. I was stuck in the corporate world with unrealistic deadlines and very high stress levels.
My whole life, I wanted to be a paramedic. But never started down that road. One day, I was watching TV and the "Post 9/11 GI bill" was announced. I did a small 12 year stint in the US Army Infantry (sound off 11b's) and realized that I qualified for it!
Jump 3.5 years into the future and I am a full time paramedic on a 5/6 schedule. As I worked as an EMT prior to receiving my paramedic cert, I worked with a full time paramedic who was always traveling around and had tons of stories of his adventures. He was on the 5/6 schedule. Essentially the 5/6 schedule is work five 24hr shifts with a day off in between and then you get 6 days off in a row. This is how he was able to do so much. I longed for that opportunity. At the time I was in school and still in the cube jungle of corporate America.
When I graduated, I was able to work for the ambulance company as a paramedic. Soon after, 2 full time openings became available and I was hired full time! I put in my two week notice with the corporate job (still consult) and started living my paramedic dream.
Now I had that 6 days off every ten days. At the time I was living with my girlfriend and it was really reaching it's logical end. We finally called it quits about 3 weeks ago. I had a choice at that moment. Get a house or an apartment... Or buy that airstream looking trailer that I had been watching for months. I chose the Argosy. Granted it isn't shiny but it is mine!
I am a lieutenant fire fighter too. I am parked at the fire station and this happens on occasion.
Added 390w of solar with 4 large deep cycles and a good MMPT charge controller.
Added the battery monitors and the remote inverter switch. The spider came with the trailer... No extra charge(wolf spider is harmless unless you have a heart condition).
My (new to me) 1997 Ford F250 7.3l Powerstroke turbo diesel 4x4 tow vehicle on the day I bought it.
So, I have set my life up to travel. I am 4 new tires away from going someplace on the trailers first shakedown tour. The tires on the argosy are done and have a couple miles left in them ( I hope so I can get it to the tire shop) There has been so much change in my life but I feel now is exactly where I want to be!
I wanted a place to document this change and the adventures that I take. This seemed to be the logical place. I hope you all don't mind.