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Blogger, Barbara Evanhoe, and partner, Keith Pence have sold their home and most of their belongings to take a musical journey across the nation, as they travel in their motorhome with Catty Jones, resident black cat, playing for drinks and tips in campgrounds, house parties and small town bars ~ wherever the door is open to them.

Here’s how it all got started…

One – The Inspiration

It takes a lot of personal strength and trust in yourself to step out of a comfortable place and into the unknown, even if the unknown could prove to be a dream-fulfilling adventure.

Sometimes, all it takes to inspire a person to take that step, is a simple sign from the universe. In my case, the “sign” was a bumper sticker noticed while walking to my car on a lunch break from the office.

“Remember who you always wanted to be”.

It had not been a particularly fulfilling day at work, and that phrase hit me like a thunderbolt, bringing a wash of memories to mind ~ memories of a simpler, happier, more creative “me”…the “who I am” that had been set aside 40 years ago in order to pursue the American Dream of the “good life”.

Perhaps it was the phase of the moon, or the fact that I had been reading “The Freedom Manifesto” by Tom Hodgkinson, or that I had simply reached some long ago pre-determined crossroad in my life, but I could not let that bumper sticker message go. It haunted me, and I became obsessed with the memory of my “other” self. Suddenly, the possibility that I could resurrect that self became a passion that would not go away.

Two – The Set-Up

If you are a student of the universe, you recognize when you are “set up” for something in your life…when something or someone happens to come along, and suddenly – more suddenly than you really would have liked, everything changes.

Keith was a “set-up”.

Having been widowed three years earlier, and being, at the time, in my late fifties, I had resigned myself to living single with my cat for the rest of my days.

The universe had other plans, however. And, once we met and discovered how perfectly matched our tastes and passion for making music were, and how long-forgotten dreams meshed in such an uncanny manner, our lives seemed to have a mind of their own, and all we could do was hang on and follow as best we could.

Three – Background

Life was good. We were renovating an historic home in a small Kansas town, enjoying weekends playing music with friends, and gardening. We both played guitar – mine rhythm; his lead, and we both sang…our voices well matched for creating beautiful harmonies. We worked at day jobs to support our home and ourselves, and were lucky enough to escape for an occasional vacation.

One fateful trip took us to the idyllic mountain town of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where we were given the opportunity to perform at Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon – and to enjoy some of the best tamales and chile rellenos we have ever eaten.

Returning from that trip was like tearing ourselves apart. We loved to travel and to share our music…to keep our lives fresh with new experiences. We loved the freedom of living with just what you needed for day-to-day, without the burden of all the “stuff” accumulated in almost 60 years of traditional living.

We wanted “out”, but at the time, didn’t quite see how it could happen. Then I saw that bumper sticker ~ time for a paradigm shift.

Four – Realization

After selling our home and anything that would not fit in a camper, we left our full-time jobs at the end of July 2010, and moved, along with our instruments and black cat, into a Coachman Chaparral fifth wheel, purchased earlier in the year. Then we were finally ready to immerse ourselves in the activities of simple living and the “high” that comes from realizing your dreams.

So, thanks to the anonymous person who placed that bumper sticker on your car – it is you to whom we dedicate our blog.

Responses

  1. Barb & Keith,
    We are so happy that you have created a “blog”. It will be fun sharing your adventures! You have a gift for writing! Now we know where Laurie gets this talent.
    Happy Trails!
    Love,
    Chris & John

    • So good to hear from you! Not sure that Laurie gets her talent from me, but I must say that this blog would not have happened without her coaching me a few times 🙂 Hope life is treating you well.

  2. Hi Barbara Jean and Keith! How exciting! How brave you are! We hope you enjoy yourselves with your trip of a life time. Stay well and we’ll watch your blog! Peg and Will

    • Not sure that bravery has much to do with it – could be insanity? Either way, we are totally enjoying this lifestyle and will try our best to rustle up some good adventures to share! Our best to you both!

  3. Happy traveling to you, I knew you could do it! Love Nan & Jim

    • Thanks, Nan, for checking in and wishing us well. Next summer we hope to be somewhere near your area, and if it works out, we will make a stop to catch up with my cousins!

  4. Hi to the wondering nomads,
    How are things going? I finally found your website, thought I would keep track of you through it. Same old stuff here. I encourage you to enjooy life and pray the Lord keeps you both safe and healthy on your journey.
    Love you guys.
    Charlotte

  5. Hello Keith and Barbara….Happy Trails. Nan

    • Good to hear from you, and thanks for the pics of Keith! Have a happy birthday on Thursday 🙂

  6. It seems so natural to see you enjoying the nomadic life, ” …and making music with your friends.” You have always been an inspiration. Glad to see you happy and having new adventures. Love, Sanetha “Sam” Lansden

    • So good to hear from you, Sam….hope life is treating you well. Thanks for checking in with the blog. It’s always fun to see new readers!

  7. What a great story! It is very difficult to follow who you want to be as life has a tendency to get in the way. I know I am struggling with two personalities myself at the moment. There’s the ‘responsible’ me who knows I need to job to pay the mortgage and provide for my family and the ‘rebel’ me that just wants to run away and join the circus.
    Good luck! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

    • Yes, it’s the big dilemma of life…we paid our dues – raised families and then hit the road. Good luck to you. We enjoyed your blog!

  8. Barbara, do you and Keith have a name for your duo?

    • Hi Liz, we call ourselves “Me and My Baby” – the name works two ways… we can both introduce ourselves as “Me”, and our partner as “My Baby”! We figured the name worked well enough that we could get by with improper English.

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