Who we are and why are we doing this?
The question that always come up is, “Who are these people and how do they know anything?” We are Nyla and Lorrin Walsh. Married now for 45 years, wow where does that time go? We have owned motorhomes for over 35 years, and trailers before that. For a change of pace we also had sailboats for 25 years, sailing the waters of the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
Lorrin worked 38 years for the Navy and also managed to work 7 years part time on board cruise ships with Nyla. As retirement neared Lorrin went to work for GrayLine of Seattle as a Driver Guide and also worked as a driving instructor teaching people to drive motor coaches up to 60’ long. Lorrin put his experience as a driving instructor and his 30+ years of motorhomes in a book, “Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro”. He has also written a book on towing fifth wheel trailers, “Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like a Pro”. Both books have been produced as DVDs by Rv Education 101.
Nyla worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, dabbled in the Stained Glass arts, raised two boys and then went to sea, working on Cruise Ships for 11 years before shifting to land work in 2000. She worked in Alaska as a Tour Director and as Cruise Tour Specialist for Holland America Line.
For 3 years we were on the road 6-7 months at a time promoting cruise tours to Alaska and the Yukon for Holland America Line driving one of their 45’ Explorer Coaches all over the eastern portion of the United States and Canada.
In 2008 and 2011 we decided to take the summers off traveling to Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territory on our own. I think some people may call that “retirement”, but for us I think it is more of a working vacation. After the 2008 trip Nyla put together her travel experiences working in Alaska and our trip in a book, “Rambling By RV Through Alaska and Yukon Territory.