We are John and Druann Bauer, recently from Ohio but, combined, we have lived in 12 different states, and visited all 50. With our dogs, Eli and Angel, we embarked on a journey of discovery and service in 2018. Unfortunately, Eli died of cancer on April 1, 2019. He had one good year on the road, and will remain in our hearts forever. Since he's an American Eskimo, we plan to spread his ashes in Alaska when we get there this summer.
John retired in 2017 as a business consultant and I followed in May 2018, taking early retirement. I am a college professor, previously a newspaper editor. In 2017, we took a survey—just on a whim—of the perfect retirement. To our surprise, we both wanted to go out on the road in an RV—something John has never done. So we planned, and planned some more, then we bought a 45 foot Jayco Seismic. With two exterior decks, it was perfect for our fur babies. Our human children, Caroline and Michael, have long since left the nest.
So, off we went, escaping the cold of Ohio. Our house hadn't sold yet, but we left anyway, leaving the home sale in God’s hands. After two years, it sold in November of 2019. Praise God!
We’ve named our adventure It’s 70 Degrees Somewhere, because our goal is to “never be cold again” (homage to Scarlett O’Hara and Jimmy Buffett).
We will explore this great country full time until we feel like quitting the road. We’re trying to not tie ourselves down to dates, or too many plans. Commitments and tight schedules were our past. Now we want to take time to breathe and savor life.
We also want our existence to have a greater purpose, so a big part of our new life will embrace service to others. We have joined groups around the country that handle disaster relief, and served at Christian camps through two organizations: NOMADS and SOWERS. And if someone is hungry, as my ex-mother-in-law would say, I’ll just add a little water to the gumbo and make room for them at the table. We have been blessed by God and it’s time to give some of that back.
So, follow along with us, ask questions, recommend topics and camping sites, and we will share our adventures through photos, videos, and blogs.
Happy trails (and tails),