“I’m Hillary Summerton. I write (badly), I travel (a lot), I eat and drink (too much)… and I’m hungry FOR MORE!”
(Yes, I stole and mangled Anthony Bourdain’s line but, damnit, I wish I had his job!)
So what’s this all about?
As a solo traveler, mediocre writer, average photographer, and an avid eater and drinker – I thought I’d join in with the millions of other people blogging about themselves! Woot!
But why, you ask, would I even bother? Mostly it’s because I think I’m living an interesting, if not unique, lifestyle and I wanted to share some of my journey. Plus maybe, just maybe, this site will generate some income so I can continue on with my frivolous and self-absorbed ways!
Rossana Condoleo once said: “Divorce is the start point for a brand new life. Don’t lose the chance to redesign it upon your dreams!” and it wasn’t until after my (last) divorce that I realized I could do just that… create the life that I wanted to live and do it on my own.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to have someone in your life to share special moments with but if you’re single (like me) and you’re not looking (like me) and you’re comfortable being in your own company for a long period of time (like me)… then the solo lifestyle is the way to go! Being introverted helps too. 😉
I’ve had my own web development company, ONNA Web Design, since 2004 – which makes my vagabond lifestyle possible. The only requirements that I need for my job are internet access and Verizon wireless coverage. Granted, I don’t make a ton of money, but I don’t need a ton of money either.
And so it began.
I bought my first travel trailer in December 2011, a 23′ Eclipse Evolution, which began falling apart almost overnight. From the faulty inverter (Which caused the refrigerator “check light” to come on 3-5 times a day.), to the bad cable line (I had to pull the cable in through a window.), to the buckling interior walls and, when I’d plug anything into an outlet, the circuit breaker would trip.
Worst of all, the trailer had absolutely no insulation and I FROZE when temperatures were 30℉ or less. You could scrape the icy buildup on the bedroom wall with your fingernail in the morning. I slept in my ski hat, wool socks and long johns too many times to count.
Learning to maneuver the RV took a bit of practice too… “Ok, when I back up I’m supposed to turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction I want the trailer to go… I think…oh shit, wrong way!”
In 2013 I purchased the RV I have today: A Northwood Arctic Fox 22H. It’s a bit smaller than the Eclipse but it’s built as a 4 season vehicle, with double-pane windows and full insulation. I’ve only had a few minor problems that were easily fixed. It’s small, only 22′, but it works perfectly for one person. It’s amazing how comfortable you can be with the right trailer.
One thing I do – you shouldn’t.
Much to the chagrin of others, I don’t always follow good advice – especially when it comes to going off to parts unknown. Fortunately, I do carry a GPS tracking device, my cell phone, a first aid kit, an emergency survival kit, and extra food and water whenever I go for a hike – even if it’s just a short, easy hike. I’ve been extremely lucky and I’ve managed to avoid, thus far, any serious injury. Maybe I should add a “Don’t Try This At Home!” type of warning… and feel free to ask about my rescue by helicopter from the wilds of Utah. lol
PS: All the photos on this site were taken by me. You need to ask my permission if you want to use them.