The Journey

In 2011, Fran Reisner embarked on an adventure that many dream about but few see to fruition when she sold her house, her photography studio, and most of her possessions to purchase a Winnebago and travel the country.

Her goals were simple: to simplify life, enjoy traveling without strings, and pursue her love of photography in a fresh new way.

Wondering what would inspire such a drastic change? Fran explains it here in “The Fork in the Road”.  

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24 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. Fran, I love the pictures, looks like you may have enough for several books!
    Your making me want to sell everything and take off on the open road!
    Be safe and we’re praying for your safety!
    LOL Max & Janice

    • Don’t know how I missed this post before. Thanks Janice! Hope to see you in a few weeks. And you know you’re welcome to come out and join me any time! I’m taking that LOL as Lots of Love! Back atcha!

  2. Fran,
    This is something we all dream about doing someday when we retire. Your starting your journey much earlier and kudos’s to you for sharing your journey with us.
    I will try and keep up with your travels.

    Take Care
    Mikel

    • Thanks Mikel. I’m enjoying the journey. Have been planted in one place for awhile taking care of business and visiting some friends, but back on the road today and headed to Yosemite. More pics to come soon!!

  3. What an exciting journey you are taking! I love the photos from Yosemite and look forward to seeing more on your travels. God bless!

  4. I just read about your story and found it truly inspirational. As a business consultant, professor at BU and mother of 2 teenagers and 2 dogs… you’re my new hero. I’ve always thought I would do what you’re doing when the kids are out of the house. I have a few more years and will follow your adventure…. hopefully it’ll give me the courage to do the same.
    Beth

    • The years will go by quickly Beth. Start purging now! 🙂 Hopefully you’ll find good tips as I journey on. Thanks for the kind note!

    • I’m parked in Port Wing Wisconsin right now. Itching to go kayak the Bois Brule River just down the road, but promised myself a full day of work before I can go out and play. 🙂

      And you? I looked briefly at your site. Looks like we are on similar journeys and share similar mindsets about life.

    • I arrived Port Wing last night and have been working all day. So far my joy here is decent WiFi and room to walk my dogs untethered without the “leash police” laying in wait. 🙂 I hope to find time to discover more!

  5. Holy smokes, did you know we were in the same campground in Cumming, GA a few weeks ago? Is that how you found us on Twitter? I saw your rig and thought “gee I need to look up that URL” but we were dealing with a major health crisis with our dog and had to beat a path to TX, I only saw your bus as we were pulling out of the park.

    Dang it wouldda been great to meet you. If you come out west for winter (highly recommend it), look us up, we’re generally in the desert where it’s warm and sunny. Look for the big sat dish on top and the barking German Shepherd, we’re easy to find.

    Good luck on your travels.

    • Hi Rene. No… I didn’t realize I was connected with you on twitter, but I did notice your RV and web address. Had hoped to meet you while there actually, but never saw you. And then you were gone and I couldn’t remember the web address to look you up. I’m glad you reached out. It’d be great to meet down the road!!

  6. Hi Fran, couldn’t find the place to sign up for email notifications on the main page, but found this area to leave a reply. I’m hoping that since it requires name and email address that that information gets put into a database for your email notifications. I am very interested in hearing about your travels and seeing your beautiful images. How inspiring you are to everyone (not just photographers) to find beauty all around them and everywhere we go.

    • Thank you Wendy. The email icon should be toward the the top right of the main Journey In Focus page. I appreciate knowing you want to follow along!

  7. Hi Fran, When I met you in Watkins Glen in Sept. I never could have imagined at the time that it would be a life changing experience. You, and your story, inspired me to start a blog of my own about my travels in New Hampshire. I truly want to thank you for inspiring me to undertake my own adventure. It is something I never would have thought of if I hadn’t met you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Knowing I was able to inspire you means the world to me Laura. It’s part of the reason I share. Kudos for the work you are doing. Keep up the good work. For anyone reading, Laura’s blog about travels through New Hampshire can be seen here… http://touringnh.com/

  8. Hey Fran! Was a cool surprise to have you “show up” on our doorstep at BeauxDaddys (on July 11th,2013) Thanks for the card and you’re more than welcome to use our parking lot as a safe haven again : )

    Experiencing the world through your lens must be amazing! Good Luck!

    Chris & Staff from BeauxDaddys CAnaJUN Grillhouse

    • Hey Chris! I was sorry that I did not have a chance to say goodbye in person. You pulled out of your driveway as I was stepping out of my motorhome to take the dogs for a morning walk. I made myself quite at home… ate my breakfast and used the wifi on your restaurant deck before leaving. 🙂

      Thanks again, for the friendly reception extended to this tired, dirty, road weary stranger! Having traveled the rest Hwy 61 yesterday I can tell you that I’d likely have continued on over the border to who knows where that night if you hadn’t offered to let me camp in your parking lot!

  9. Hi Fran! I don’t know if you remember me, but I was one of the few that helped you at B&C Camera in Vegas! I finally got a chance to look at your site and I am in aw! So amazing! I can’t wait til I can get the guts to do the same thing you’re doing and just get out there! Really great! 🙂

    • Of course I remember you Marci. You and the rest of the staff at B&C were very friendly. I’m glad you enjoyed viewing my blog. Keep in mind you can sign up for email notifications when I post so you can keep up on the journey and find inspiration to do some trekking yourself!! Valley of Fire (which we talked about), Zion, Bryce… all coming soon!

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