Hi. My name’s Mary Shafer.
I’m a journalist, author, commercial copywriter, marketing consultant, artist, independent book publisher, indie author consultant, teacher, public speaker, storm freak/tornado chaser, sometime animal rescuer, and avid metal detectorist.
(I’m a triple Gemini — I get bored easily.)
As a regular sticks-and-bricks dweller, I lived in upper Bucks County, in southeastern Pennsylvania. That’s still my home base, where I moochdock on a friend’s property…for now.
In November, 2017, a number of factors came together to cause me to want to change my living situation. I decided to change from a stationary apartment dweller to a full-time RVer, living in a 20-foot travel trailer towed by a bright yellow Jeep Wrangler…even though before that, I had never RVed a day in my life.
I explain that whole situation here.
Wildheart II, my 1997 Coachmen Catalina Lite
As I move into my second year as a fulltimer, I’ve upgraded our rig and tow vehicle to a 2000 Toyota Tundra S-5 pulling a 23-foot 1997 Coachmen Catalina Lite. The more powerful tow vehicle gives me far more confidence as a driver, and the larger rig makes me feel more like a grownup able to make a living on the road than a kid playing in a blanket fort.
While this isn’t something I ever planned to do or even contemplated, I like a life that’s interesting and adventurous. And I like the mystery that comes from a certain amount of ambiguity. I don’t necessarily want to know, when I get up in the morning, what will happen to me or where I’ll be when I go to sleep that night.
Chasing tornadoes for my 50th birthday
Being too certain of everything is a sure recipe for sleepwalking through life, at least for me. Though I don’t feel I’ve ever been that much on autopilot, I’ve been closer than I care to be. This new journey ensures I will probably never get close to that again.
I’m keeping a blog here as a way to document my journeys, and all the experiences I have, and all the people (both cool and maybe not so much) who I meet along the way. My intent is to use the material here to remind me of my sojourn and to write a couple books about it. I believe I will have enough new experiences to fill both a how-to guide for solo RVers, and another book that will take a more spiritual/emotional approach while remaining nonfiction…a kind of memoir.
Why do I think anyone would be interested in reading such books? Well, first of all, because I realize that I’m embarking on a journey not too many people get to experience in modern life.
Also because, as I’ve shared my intent with people, one of the most frequent comments I get is, “Oh, how cool! I wish I could go. But at least I’ll be able to live the adventure vicariously through your blog.”
In my mind, a book is just a longer presentation form than a blog. And, well…you’re here reading this, aren’t you?