Life Marches On

Hi folks, Hector here … it has been just over a year since our sweet Angel passed away and we fell off the wagon of posting on this blog.  We still miss her every day.

Sorry to just stop cold like that but life marches on and we’ve been busy with new projects that we’ll post about soon.  We are doing well and sure do appreciate the “where the heck are you” inquiries we’ve received!

Strange to say that it has been two years since the end of our extraordinary “walkabout”.  We planned and saved for it for five years.  It was supposed to be a three year trip and we stretched it to almost four before we decided to settle into the next Casa Lopez.  Even two years on, we still marvel at the experiences we had and the people we met.  Many of whom we are still happy and fortunate to call our friends.  Here are just some of the treasured friends we made along the way.

A quick recap of our adventures of the recent past.  In July of 2016 (time flies!) we bought a little adobe house in Corrales, NM. A beautiful little village adjacent to Albuquerque with a rural feel.  There are lots of horses, chickens, organic farms, wineries and a quiet pace that we love. To say nothing of the coyotes and road runners … beep beep!  It is a big change for us as we’ve usually been in-town types.

Last year we sold our beloved Island Girl to a young couple with three cute kids from Phoenix.  As comfortable as she was for full-time RVing, she was simply too big for occasional use.  It was bittersweet to see her go.  SO many special memories were made in that RV!  But she went to a good home and we’ve enjoyed the occasional updates the new owners have shared.

We’ve since purchased a 2009 Winnebago View 24J that we’ve taken on a few outings so far.  We’ve christened her “Island Time” and are loving the simplicity and versatility of the smaller rig.  More on those adventures in “Island Time” in future posts.

Brenda has returned to the travel business and is a Travel Advisor affiliated with one of the largest travel agencies in ABQ, All World Travel.  I’ve been developing my photography business and am STILL digesting the zillion images we captured while on our epic road trip.  Our future posts will touch on these endeavors as well.

So that’s the high level update on whats cooking at Casa Lopez of late.  The interactions we had with our readers of this blog meant a lot to us and frankly we’ve missed it.  So we have no idea where this will ultimately go but we do intend to bring this blog back to life.

Thanks again to all for your participation in our walkabout.  Writing this blog and your comments and feedback were a big part of what made it so great.  More to come!

Hector and Brenda



35 thoughts on “Life Marches On

  1. We are so honored to be included in your friends-met-along-the-way pictures! Loved reading your update. We love you and can’t wait to see you again sometime soon! Big hugs from Mike and Linda

    • Love you guys too! We are thinking of heading up for the photography snow train – let us know when it runs. xoxo

  2. Well, so glad that you are still travelling and your new rig looks quite lovely.
    Looking forward to reading your future posts and marveling at the beautiful photographs.

  3. Great to hear from you! Thanks for the update and looking forward to hearing more. I thought of you several weeks ago when a couple stopped by our church and introduced themselves as full time RVers who have been on the road for 12 years!! Glad to hear all is well with you and Brenda. All is well here in NJ and hard to believe it’s 10 years since I retired.

  4. Good to hear from you two and that you are doing well! We just sold our little Mercedes Motorhome. Going to travel and rent places for a while and see how we like that for a change? Good to hear from you! 🙂

  5. Bill and I are delighted to read about your new adventures, and hope to see you in the southwest this winter. Love, Nancy Sellers & Bill McKnight

  6. Great update and keep the blogs coming. Luci and I are still in Fort Myers with the Senorita Bonita, our 42’ water based RV. Actually in San Miguel de Allende right now for a month. Loving the cooler climate. Keep in touch .

  7. Time has gone by so fast when looking back on such fun we experienced the last four years since we met Hector and Brenda. Happy to be included in that bunch we all refer to as ‘friends’. Our newest home has another RV hookup with just such friends in mind. After 14 years of both part-time and full-time RVing we are on a break for a bit. Looking forward to your next travel story and a stop here in beautiful Montana.

  8. Great to hear from you two .. and what a smile to our faces to see us all in Alaska for our serendipitous parking lot meet up. Miss you guys, and hoping our paths may cross this coming winter as we take on the SW.

    • We have been keeping up on your boating adventures. You are welcome anytime if you’d like to stop in Albuquerque!

  9. It’s so nice to see your blog again. Welcome back:) Island Time looks perfect for your new path in life. Hopefully, our paths will cross again sooner rather than later. We were so sorry you were both out of town as we came through ABQ. We were looking forward to seeing you. If you should get to the Vegas area, please let us know since we are just down the road in Boulder City. We will be here off and on probably every two months.

    • SO sorry we missed you too! We’ll let you know if we go to Vegas. Meanwhile we might bump into you on our way down from Glacier.

  10. Hola Brenda y Hector¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
    Nuevamente saber de ustedes es agradable y placentero.
    Hace cuestión de dos semanas fuimos al blog de ustedes porque estamos pensando….., solo pensando por ahora, en desplazarnos el año que viene a alaska, y el viaje de ustedes nos puede servir de guía,aunque no tanto tiempo como el pasado por ustedes.
    Ángeles se jubila el año que viene y queremos ir para allá. Sería en una confluencia con nuestro hijo Fernando , al cual conocieron en Calgary, aunque ya está de vuelta en España.
    Y desde luego , aunque ahora estamos en la costa este, si pasamos por Albuquerque, no duden que les pasaremos a saludar.
    Un abrazo y bienvenidos de nuevo a la carretera.

    • Hola! Felicidades a Angeles, y a Fernando que se que Calgary estaba muy frio para ellos! Alaska es bella, no se la pierdan.
      Y nos encantaria que nos visitaran en Albuquerque. Un abrazo!

  11. Hey, we made the friends collage! Great to read your update and looking forward to hearing about your adventures with Island Time. Also hoping to maybe catch up with you in NM someday when we finally make it back that way.

  12. Welcome back! Hard to believe it has already been a year since Angel passed. Life is certainly fleeting. Thrilled to be on your list of “treasured friends” and feel exactly the same about the two of you. Looking forward to seeing you both this fall and catching up. Hugs!

  13. Glad to read a quick update! And super happy we met on our travels. The friends we met along the way have had such a lasting impact on the two of us. Truly was the time of our lives. Your home looks amazing…hopefully we will get to see it someday!

  14. Wow, we made it to your friend’s list, we are so honored! And so glad you are back in the blogosphere for we missed your great photography. Time moved so fast that it is almost a year since Betsy was secured at Casa Lopez, we are forever grateful!. And if Island Time is back home by mid-October, we will pay you a visit 🙂

  15. Hector,
    So happy for you and Brenda and good to hear of your status now. Looking forward to hearing more.

    Your friend,
    Grace Miller

  16. So glad to read your post and to know that you are well & continuing your travels in your View. I have missed reading about your lives, adventures & amazing photography.

  17. Hello there!
    Was looking at your Stone Mountain, GA, stay a few years back… Do you remember what site that was? Could it have been 345?

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