Happy (Financial) Independence Day!

Hey Wafflers and Happy Financial Independence Day!

 

Regardless if you are already FI, close to it, or still grinding away, today is a great day to celebrate where you are on your journey. Take a minute to reflect and smile because of everything you have done so far.

We wanted to personally thank you for taking time out of your holiday (if you are in the US) to check in with us today.   Since it’s more important to get outside, hang out with family and friends, and enjoy your financial freedom, I’ll make it a quick one today.

 

Our Financial Independence Day Plans

 

Mr. Wow and I are excited about our day.  We’ll be hosting a (Financial) Independence Day Party at our house and having our local FIRE friends over for some delicious bbq, amazing homemade salsa and guacamole (compliments of yours truly), and of course a bit of local craft beer.

 

A taste of what to expect!

 

We’ll also have the whole 1500 Days family and Tonya from Budget & the Beach joining us in the festivities.  I’ve definitely been looking forward to this day for quite some time now.

 

Embracing the Amazingness of the United States

 

I know there’s been some bad things happening in the US these past few months, but rather than dwell on the bad, I want to use today to recognize some of the awesome things that the United States has to offer.

From Mount Rushmore, the French Quarter, Half Dome, the Grand Canyon, to Niagara Falls, Old Faithful, Fenway Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Hollywood Sign, the Freedom Trail, the list goes on and on.   We have utterly amazing natural wonders, as well as man-made masterpieces.

 

The Bean in Chicago

 

Did Somebody Say RV?

 

Recently, Mr. Wow has been bitten by the RV bug.  Thanks to JD Roth who shared his 15 month RV travels during the 1/2 marathon back in Portland.  Since then I’ve found him sitting in the dark scouring the internet for used RVs.

 

This totally happened!

 

Then Miss Mazuma came to join us during her #vanlife travels after converting her CRV into a camper.  She was in the middle of her trip and stopped by to have some waffles (on Wednesday of course) and partake in our Bachelor viewing party.  I loved hearing about her travels and getting a tour of her converted camper.  I’ll also  admit that her Instagram photos were absolutely beautiful and thus my US travel interest continued to be piqued.

And luckily there are plenty of other people within our blogosphere that have already been there and done that.

There is so much that our own backyard has to offer.  And I agree with Think Save Retire that living in the middle of nowhere does sound pretty damn cool.

Nomadic Matt also posted about traveling the US in an RV, as well as J$ and Mr. & Mrs. Adventure.

Even our good friend Fritz over at the Retirement Manifesto is a part of the RV action.  You definitely need to check out his sweet new ride, she’s a beauty!

I still have the international travel jitters, but downsizing into an RV and heading out around our own country is definitely starting to grow on me.

 

How Many States Have You Been To?

 

I’ve been to about 20 states, while Mr. Wow tops me with about 30.  Keep in mind that he was a military brat and also grew up on the east coast where a 5 hour drive goes through 3-5 states.  I grew up on the west coast where that same 5 hour drive wouldn’t even get me from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Needless to say, I have some work to do.

The most shocking of which is that I haven’t been to New York yet.  I’ve travelled across the world, including Cambodia, South Africa, Ecuador, Iceland, Peru, Morocco, and all over Europe, but have only ever set foot in JFK International Airport on a layover, having never actually left the building.  It’s funny because most of the people that we meet on our international travels can’t believe that I have never been to New York since typically that is one of the only places they have been to in the US. Hopefully, I change this in the next couple of years.

 

Running up the Rocky Stairs in Philadelphia

 

Upcoming Summer Travel Plans

 

Next week, the wafflers head across the nation to spend a couple nights in Boston, before heading up to Maine for a family vacation. Back in December, I posted that my family had decided to not give each other gifts this year and that we were taking a family vacation together instead.   Well this trip is our gift to each other.

While in Boston, we have plans to meet up with Mr. Crazy Kicks and see what this Trillium Brewing Company is all about.  We’ve had friends, including the MadFientist who recently tweeted about it, who have been raving about it for so long, we figured we couldn’t miss it.  We absolutely love meeting up with fellow bloggers and FIRE minded peeps, so if anyone is in the area, let us know and we’ll meet up with you for a beer.

Now, go out and enjoy your day.

 

Happy Financial Independence Day Everyone!!

 

 

24 Comments

  • wendy July 4, 2018 at 8:51 am

    That vanlife/rv thing is contagious… and apparently the only cure is to hit the road! Can’t wait to see if you find something used that you can convert into the ultimate WaffleWagon.

    I made it to all 50 states before I was 40…we do indeed have a beautiful country with much to see & do.

    Whilst you’re in New England, try to taste some beers from TreeHouseBrew too… tasty! http://treehousebrew.com/beers/

    Hope you guys have a great time today!

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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      WaffleWagon!! Wendy you nailed it, that’s brilliant! We were hoping to make it to Treehouse, but we get in late Saturday and they are not open on Sunday 🙁

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  • Dads Dollars Debts July 4, 2018 at 8:52 am

    RVs! I am still eyeing one but for now am going to wait…at least fir a while. They are not cheap after all. Have a great 4th!

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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Man, there is a handful of us FIRE folks that are all chomping at the bit to get one. Happy 4th to you as well!

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  • 5 AM Joel July 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Happy 4th! Enjoy the BBQ, I’m sad to miss it!
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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Happy 4th to you to Joel! We missed you yesterday. Hope you had a wonderful day and can’t wait to catch up when you return.

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  • David July 4, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Epic beer photo, love the haze!! Happy FI Day!

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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Had a blast celebrating with you yesterday and as always you brought some stellar brews. Our Mr.1500, you, me beer sampling rotation was legendary! Rosé all day!

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  • Steveark July 4, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Nice post! It is a good day to celebrate independence day not just for our country but for our families and finances. We have already played tennis today with a couple of friends and now will be grilling ribs and cooking pulled pork for some friends this evening, and of course there will be beer! One couple is wealthy and retired not just with money they made but also with substantial family money and one is wealthy and still working because he owns his own business and isn’t ready to give it up. Us, we are slightly early retired and side gigging some and really enjoying the unprecedented amount of freedom we’ve had over the last three years since I left the 9 to 5 behind. In a couple of weeks we’ll head to Grand Lake Colorado to hike for a week and then in the fall we have a hiking trip set up in Italy. In between there will be a lot of miles of distance running and many tennis matches and hopefully a large amount of fish caught and consumed! It does feel good to be financially free!
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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      That sounds like an awesome day Steveark! Happy Freedom Day!

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  • Crispy Doc July 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    WoWs,

    So sorry to miss your BBQ, especially with such good company on the way (I’m also a sucker for home-made guac). Recognizing the pier in the pic makes it all the more bittersweet.

    As for international jitters, I don’t see it with that roster of travels behind you. More likely you’re getting the shakes from international travel withdrawal.

    The US road-tripping sounds delightful. I imagine your Boston plate may be full, but if you have a chance, consider stopping by Grendel’s Den in Cambridge. Easy stop on public transportation, walkable from Harvard Yard, great scene during happy hour, and was even a plaintiff in a Supreme Court case! History, beer and value rolled into one.

    Enjoy the travels and meetups!

    Fondly,

    CD

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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Wish you could have partaken in the guac, it was delicious if I do say so myself (although I might be biased). And you’re totally right about it being withdrawal, I mean I start shaking the second I get on a plane to come home from any trip. I’ve got a bad case of the wanderlust bug. I’ll see if we can squeeze the Den in to our plans, only have 1 1/2 days there so it might be tough, but thanks for the recommendation.

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  • Ms. Fiology July 5, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m sure your Independence day party was a blast. Had I been there, I would have been found gleaning wisdom from some FIREd or almost FIREd folks and sitting next to the homemade guacamole 😉

    My friend’s dad is selling a used RV for 10K and I have been entertaining the idea of living it. I’m not yet at a point where I can do a lot of travel so I would literally just be living in it. Not sure yet, but it has been fun to entertain…
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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Oh yeah, the guacamole didn’t last long at all. What better way to practice for a trip than live in an RV full time. And 10k sounds like a steal, I would definitely entertain that.

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  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach July 5, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for hosting a fun party! I have had the van life bug for awhile. I think what is sort of stopping me is my old cat and waiting for him, cough, move on. I also feel horribly unhandy with building things so maybe in the meantime I should take some woodworking classes or something. Buying an already built-out van could be expensive. Anyway, I get it. And I am surprised you’ve never been to NY! Go in fall. It’s my favorite time of year there.
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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I know, I know, it is surprising that I haven’t been to NY. Thanks for stopping by yesterday and bringing some good local brews. We need to schedule a dinner one of these days and hear all the good news on your end.

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  • Karen July 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Hey there, my dear husband and I just had a lovely weekend in Cambridge/Boston, we had a swell time even in the sweltering heat. We love history, so freedom trail, John Adams Park, JFK museum were big part of the itinerary. The city is so much calmer than our NYC lives. And yes, you must come to visit NY, just have to decide between upstate beauty/majesty or a trip to the best big city in the US!!

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    • Mrs WoW July 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Awesome, we are really looking forward to our trip. My parents are there already and they were saying that it is hot, hot, hot!! That’s a tough decision, so maybe we’ll just have to plan enough time to do both upstate and city.

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  • freddy smidlap July 6, 2018 at 5:30 am

    ny is a big state. we’re in buffalo and about 6 hours from nyc. niagara falls is about 15 miles from here. sounds like y’all had a great party. enjoy the hell out of you trip to new england. lobsters!
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    • Mrs WoW July 6, 2018 at 6:24 am

      So many lobsters, so little time!

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  • Melissa July 9, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I got bitten by the RV bug too! The current plan is to take a “mini retirement” in 2022 and to travel the US by RV for 12-18 months. I keep searching for new (2018/2019) RVs now, knowing that they’ll probably be the ones we’ll want to buy used in just a few years when we’re ready to start our trip.

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    • Mrs WoW July 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Sounds like a good plan to me!

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  • kat July 11, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Trillium brewery is awesome! if you get the chance, check out their Greenway Garden popup – they’re trying out new beers at that location, so you can taste test some of their newest creations. I live in Boston and they’re one of the best local places with new ideas of what beer can be/taste like.

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    • Mrs WoW July 13, 2018 at 6:09 am

      We were there and it was fantastic! Even took some beer to go.

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