Hi! Welcome to our blog. My name is Pamela and although I do most of the writing on these pages, I am certainly not alone. My best friend and hubby of 35 years is Greg. Together, we live full-time on our fifth wheel RV with our overly loved, overly spoiled, and absolutely perfect (in our eyes) miniature golden doodle, Popeye. Greg and I (and yes, Popeye too) are the ones who you will be reading the most about in these pages. Together we live, work, and explore in our cozy 410 square foot home on wheels. We do a lot of playing as well, and that’s done in the ever changing and amazing landscape that makes up our great country and sometimes even beyond! We absolutely love the fact that we have a different “front” yard with a brand new view every few weeks.
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A little about Greg – He is the brains and the brawn behind this entire operation who likes to think of himself as the “wizard behind the curtain”. He is a software architect/developer who has been a self-employed entrepreneur honing these skills for over 30 years. The flexibility of his work and career has been integral for allowing us to live this adventuring lifestyle, BEFORE we retire! As long as he has his computer, he can work. High speed internet connectivity is almost always available so he can support his clients as well. Regardless of where in the world (literally) we are. You can check out some of his websites and projects at:
www.naviteer.com | www.safeodyssey.com | www.berthume.com
A little about Pamela (aka Me!) – I gave up my outside the home career many, many, MANY moons ago to become not only a full-time mom, but also a homeschool mom. I have homeschooled for 26 years and am just now wrapping it all up with our very last and youngest child/student. Our youngest, Elijah traveled with us for our first 3 years. He recently moved out and in with his 23 year old brother who is fresh out of Furman University, so he is finishing up his senior year studies independently for the most part. So, although my homeschooling days are technically not over yet, my actual days are no longer spent in the throes of homeschooling. My true passion is not only adventuring, and sailing, but also writing. I wrote and published a homeschool non-fiction book many years ago and have been slowly working on my novel for years, with no time to invest. My next major goal is to return to and finish my first novel. Oh… and I am also the CFO for Berthume Enterprises (our LLC) which means I do the accounting for our business. So… I’m still always busy and never EVER bored!
A little about our Grown Kids & Grandkids: We have four terrific grown children (one who lived and traveled with us during our first 3 years of this journey), as well as three absolutely perfect granddaughters and one (soon to be two!) absolutely perfect grandsons, all of whom have captured our hearts. We have been able to get terrific quality visits in with all of them since we began this journey. Thus far no more than 6 months have ever passed between visits, be it in our rolling home or when to far too drive – we fly in for visits. Our goal is to keep this record up!
Our Rig aka “home” is a 2016 Reflection 367BHS by Grand Design. It is an absolutely perfect fit for us. It’s 41 feet long and has a mid-bunk floorplan, which means instead of having the back of our 5th wheel taken up by the bunkhouse, the bunkhouse/2nd bedroom is in the middle. That allows us to have a full living room area in the back with a large back window, a full sized sofa, as well as two reclining “theater” seats. The 2nd bedroom was our son, Elijah’s, room for the first three years of our travels. Now that he has moved out, it is the perfect office for Greg. It is located smack-dab in the middle of our 5th wheel with a door that opens up to the hallway. There is a queen sized loft above Greg’s office, which served us perfectly as a room for our oldest granddaughter who ended up living with us for ½ of our first year of full-timing. More often than not, we use it for easy access storage as well as a temporary catch-all space (when it’s not being used for sleeping quarters by a grandkid or grown kid…yes, our 18 & 23 year old sons both love to sleep up there!) After much research on all the different options, floorplans, and brands of 5th wheels; this was (and still is after full timing in it for almost 4 years and counting) by far the best floor plan and quality rig in general (we LOVE Grand Design!) to fit our needs.
We moved aboard Exodus (the name of our 5er) and left our sticks and bricks house for good in February of 2016. We have been happily roaming about the country ever since. Our youngest moved out and we became empty nesters in May of 2019. Greg and I are still happily roaming about the country, with no plans of stopping anytime soon. We are going to be getting a liveaboard sailboat though! Join us on our journey as we explore God’s creation one state at a time.