About Over the Hill Sisters
15 Jun 2019
Margaret and Virginia at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, CA
A short version of how we came to OTHS: First, we love to camp and see new places. However, we are not the Hilton Hotel type of ladies, neither by desire, nor by financial situation. Second, in our older years, we do desire a few more camping comforts than tents provide (hence, we are RV campers). And third, in order to finance our desire to travel despite fixed incomes, we are currently transitioning from RV “fulltimers” (living in one spot, paying rent) toward a new direction as frugal RV nomads who will "boondock" (no hookups), when we are able, on public lands that allow "dispersed camping" (no designated sites and required to move usually every two weeks).
We decided to share our process of developing OTHS and our adventures online. So here we are. Feel free to poke around our Website. Hopefully, you will return to see what we're up to. Enjoy!
*Baby boomer (AKA boomer): Born during the post-World War II baby boom, with birthdates starting 1943-46 and ending 1959-64.
At first I camped in tents on the ground for many years. As I got older, I started using a cot to sleep on in my tent. After I suffered a bad traffic collision in 1998, I developed fibromyalgia and had to revise my whole life. Tents were too difficult (painful and tiring to deal with), so I graduated to camping in a minivan after my little Honda sedan was totalled in the crash. My minivan was a lot more comfortable than a tent but still lacking. So, my next upgrade was the pre-owned 2004 Roadtrek 190 Popular that I have owned since November 2011, and I love it! I had wanted a Roadtrek ever since I saw a brochure about them back in 1985, and I was fortunately able to find the exact year and model I was looking for (their 30th Anniversary Special Edition).
After 22 years of service, primarily as a research associate, I retired from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). I also earned a B.A. from UCSD (psychology, with a special interest in health psychology); and before that I earned an A.S. in Animal Health Technology from Mesa College (the first graduating class!). Before transferring to Mesa, I had started out as a life sciences major at City College.
Although I reluctantly had to let go of the horse lifestyle I had enjoyed so much, I'm still a trails supporter who continues to love horses from a distance. I also love camping and traveling with my sister, Virginia, in my Roadtrek, as we continue our life journey with Over the Hill Sisters.
Virginia's Personal Blog: VALEEHILL
Peaches is Margaret’s little spayed Chihuahua rescue; so not much is known about her previous life, other than she’s an adult. I adopted her from Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego County on 06 Apr 2019. Her estimated birthdate was 13 Mar 2013, and she weighs 7 lbs 4 oz. Peaches is a precious little bundle of joy and has readily and happily taken to her new family and way of life traveling and camping with Virginia and me in my Roadtrek. She hasn’t shown any interest in toys. Instead, she loves looking out the window, exploring new places on what I call our “adventure walks,” and chasing lizards! She also loves sleeping in late, naps, laps, snuggling, lots of petting, and her soft, warm “Furrybaby” blanket. 💜