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The Story of Laura-n-Sasha

Hi All!

I have been reading other people's posts about themselves so I thought I would share a little about who I am and why I have the name Laura-n-Sasha.

First off, the name: We have this name because it is our website name - Laura: that is me, and Sasha: that is my husband. We started our website when we took an awesome vacation in our Truck Camper back in 2006. We took a sabbatical from our jobs. Six weeks off to explore the West and ended up staying in one area for about two to three weeks - around Fruita, Colorado. We loved our adventure, and when we got home, on a Sunday night at midnight, we decided to put our house on the market.

We sold the house and everything in it in April 2007. We moved into our RV (the truck camper!) and lived in that for two and a half years. Sasha still worked for a year and a half while I volunteered at national parks and tried my hand as a workamper (someone who works and lives in a campground.) We had gone from 2400 square foot house to a 24 square foot home.

I got a job as a Park Ranger in 2009 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and we spent the summer of 2009 at the beach. It was not too far away from family, so we kind of eased into the moving further and further away part. I applied to federal jobs in the fall and winter, and ultimately found jobs further out west. But one of the problems we had with the truck camper was that there just was not enough room for the both of us. All we really had was the dinette and the bed to read and write.

Therefore, Sasha, while volunteering at Cape Hatteras, started searching for a better RV.

He found it after a massive search and it is what we have now, a toyhauler fifth wheel with 240 square feet of living space, and an eleven-foot garage. We have our toy, an Ural motorcycle, which we put in the back to use when we park for a while.

I will be writing about our experiences in West Yellowstone, Montana and the work we are doing at the non-profit company Yellowstone Nature Connection.

I am into nature, national parks, photography, website content, writing, some reading, marketing, and dark skies (astronomy). Anything scientific, I enjoy learning about and discussing. I have a BS in Geology and worked in the field for over 10 years. I went into computers and training, then had my own business for a few years until I started working in the federal government. This last part, where Sasha and I are working together, I believe that is the best of them all.

OK, I wrote way more than necessary, but what can you do. I think you might get an idea of who I am and what I might write about as well.

I hope I made it interesting for you and hope to see you around while they are making improvements on the site. Thanks for reading!

Article written by Laura Jevtich of Laura-n-Sasha © Copyright 2014
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LadyDuck wrote on June 12, 2014, 12:57 PM

Hello, I am always pleased to read your story.

AngelSharum wrote on June 12, 2014, 1:57 PM

I told my husband that is what we need to do. He doesn't really like the kind of linework he is doing now so I told him if we get a motor home, he can go work wherever he wants and I will just go with him. :)

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 12, 2014, 2:00 PM

Thank you, it seemed appropriate to tell the story again, to people I do not know.

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 12, 2014, 2:00 PM

WOW how cool is that! So what happened?

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 12, 2014, 2:01 PM

That is the case with many people as well. There are over 1 million people who are considered full timers - folks that live in their RVs year-round.

GemOfAGirl wrote on June 12, 2014, 2:40 PM

What a great story! One of the things that I love about our country is the variety within it, and you have rearranged your entire lives to really experience that. I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

Platespinner wrote on June 12, 2014, 9:35 PM

Oh, wow!! I would LOVE to do something like that. Maybe after my children are grown!

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 12, 2014, 11:13 PM

Thank you and you will be hearing about quite a few of those cool experiences!

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 12, 2014, 11:14 PM

I know some folks that are homeschooling their kids and doing it now. They are the brave ones!

edumate wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:20 AM

Glad to know more about you. Keep it up!

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on June 13, 2014, 10:23 AM

nice to know more about you and your life style because we come from different places. following you too

DarkSinistar wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:12 PM

It is good to see you here at Persona Paper!

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:53 PM

Thank you, now you can see my twist on life.

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:54 PM

Thank you and I shall. This site seems like a bit of fun too!

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:55 PM

Thank you! Yes you will see some differences we have but in the end similar, we all want people to know about ourselves.

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:56 PM

Thank you and and happy to see you on here too!

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 26, 2014, 10:43 AM

rosepetal thank you, we are having some great adventures for sure!

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 28, 2014, 10:14 AM

With this longer version of your story, Laura, I understand it much better. I got the impression on B that you were the only one writing there, therefore, I didn't understand why the two-name username. Now I do.

It's impressive that you were able to downsize so easily and then when you upped your living space once more you didn't get too carried away with it.

Your husband's work in the beginning at least must have been something he could do out of the home (or RV in this case) to allow you to move around in that manner?

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on July 3, 2014, 11:42 AM

No, MarshaMusselman when he retired in May 2009, that was it for him. We were able to stay in a NPS site - Prince William Forest Park, in VA, which was a commute for him. And then we were in Winchester, VA at a campground, which was an even longer commute for him. But we were still able to save a significant amount of money because his salary and no major expenses.

AinsleyJo1952 wrote on July 15, 2014, 6:17 PM

You could star in your own reality tv show!!! LOL This homeless experience through which I'm going now comes about as close to what's happening with you as I've been. While I love to travel, I always had a home base. I'm hoping to have one once again before long, but, even after I have one, I'm still going to be doing quite a bit of traveling when time and budget allows!

BarbRad wrote on August 13, 2014, 11:54 AM

What an interesting life you have had. I guess one could call the two of you happy wanderers. I'm looking forward to reading more of your adventures here.