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Silver Lake couple pares down for life on the road


By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
“Home” is truly a state of mind for Barb and Jerry Quast, who sold their house and became full-time RVers after they both retired in June 2013.
Jerry, the former Municipal Liquor Store (MLS) manager in Silver Lake, said life on the road has been an adventure he always wanted to pursue, “but Barb wasn’t really receptive to the idea at first. Now, she likes it,” he said.
“I wouldn’t give it up for anything,” Barb chimed in.
The pair own a fifth-wheel camper that they call “home” since selling their house in Silver Lake in May 2013 and heading out on the open road.
“We went from a three-bedroom house with a full basement and four-car garage to a 500-square foot camper. We had to get rid of a lot of stuff,” Jerry laughed.
He said he and Barb held garage sales, rummage sales and giveaways to get rid of many of their belongings.
Barb said the only thing she regrets is not keeping her KitchenAid mixer. “That’s the one thing I miss, but you know, I don’t even bake anymore!”
Because of the limited space on their camper, the Quasts have invested in portable cooking equipment, such as a NuWave oven, which is an infrared oven that can cook pretty much anything, including a Thanksgiving turkey.
“And we have found some great places near our campsites to enjoy, such as this nice little bakery near Corpus Christi,” Barb said. 
“And we found this great Mexican restaurant that a bunch of us campers meet at for $2 margaritas and all the chips and salsa you can eat,” Jerry laughed.
Currently, the Quasts, along with their 8-year-old terrier, Mandy, are stationed among the rolling hills at the Cokato Lake RV resort north of Cokato, and they are starting their trek back to Corpus Christi, Texas, in October to continue their RV lifestyle.
Find the complete story in the Sept. 24 edition of The Chronicle.