Sunday, April 20, 2014

So many RVs

I am traveling home along I-5 south, heading back from Jacky's Passover supper party [which was wonderful-BTW]. There are soooooo many RVs out and about. I look at these RVs, as I pass them by in my spritely Honda Fit. I look in the side windows at the drivers. Do I know any of them? Do they know it's me?

My time as an RVer is no doubt over. I am pretty sure about that. I do not have any "bucket list" of things to do as an RVer. I've done them all. Followed the path of Lewis and Clark on their "Journey of Discovery". Followed the Oregon Trail, from almost the beginning to the end. Travelled all over the Western United States and all over Mexico. Not once, but dozens of times!

Soon begins my time as a guy who lives in a senior apartment. A guy who has a big-screen TV. Cable internet. Roku [whatever that is]. I might get a dog. For sure a parakeet bird. Maybe an aquarium with tropical fish!

Yes, I do look at the RVs just a bit longingly. Those were fantastic times for me. And I am sooooo glad that I did them!


16 comments:

  1. Wait a little while and you might change your mind. On the other hand I am quite happy at home now but it was hard not travelling in the winter any longer. Whatever you do I wish you luck.

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  2. Having a home doesn't stop you from traveling once in a while. I have a home but I make plans where I want to travel and then follow thru. I have been to Mexico several times but I am always glad to come home. Having pets makes it hard to travel so think about that before you add them to your household. Having pets was easier in an RV cuz it's their home too. I am lucky cuz my son and daughter are always willing to care for my two dogs. Oh, but the thought of a big screen tv, cooking at home, puttering around the house, taking walks, and soaking in the hot tub all sound enticing.

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    1. That is why I find it hard to sell my small rural home. I haven't started traveling yet but soon since I retired last week.

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  3. Dear George, I just went on your blog to check if you had posted. Wow. So much has happened since you last posts. First, I am so glad you are OK. Second Ms Tioga will be missed but she gave her all for you. So glad she protected you during the accident. Third, please keep posting. We all have followed you for years. Through ups and downs and you have encouraged us all. You are part of our family. So a little news now and then is really appreciated. Fourth. Remember we love you and care about you. Hugs, connie B.

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  4. Hi George,
    Good to hear from you again. Some of our rv friends begin to take cruises after they stop the rv lifestyle. Pampered is part of these trips. Good food, a doctor on board, lots of activities, sociel events, stage shows, piano bars with entertainment. Unpack once and repsck when you disembark. Shore trips are optional and sometimes costly but all is preplanned and explained before you leave post. Just a thought. Enjoy. Haveing a pet that requires care means arranging for the pet, but otherwise, few negatives. ernie

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  5. Oh the travels you will have just transitioning to a new living arrangement! Will, you name your new home? Looking forward to your new adventures!

    Maura

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  6. You sure did have a fantastic RV life ... and inspired a bazillion other people. It's going to be fun to see you settle in and write about the differences and the joy this will bring.

    Because ... as those of us who have followed you forever ... you will find joy... and a parakeet! oh, I remember Bird ...! AND a dog... aw, get a puppy and a young parakeet together and watch 'em play. what fun...

    Pepito!

    http://youtu.be/qSlicS7PSUs

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  7. Yes you must get a new Bird! You loved the first one so. I bet that some of those RV's you past on I5 know who you are and would have loved to have been able to stop and shake your hand had they know you were cruising past. You have led a wonderful life and now you are just starting down another path. Enjoy the journey.

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  8. You loved and lost two parakeets. How sad the day when you left the bird cage behind. I wonder if you will let your bird fly free? I think having a bird and a dog might be a challenge---unless the bird is in a cage. I know exactly what you mean when you say you are glad you had the RV experience. I wouldn't trade mine for anything. You have a real advantage, though. You can relive yours any time you want by looking at your blog! Good luck on getting that apartment tomorrow.

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  9. Thank you for your years of travel & your sharing it all with us. It's been a special time for sure.

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  10. We all learned about boondock RVing with you George. Now you can teach us how to grow old graciously with enthusiasm, that is, if you want us to travel along with you.

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  11. George, I'm a newcomer to your adventures. So sorry to read of the latest sequence of events. I admire the fact that you did what so many wish they had the time or money or guts to do. Thanks for sharing your life for so long with so many. I hope to someday cross off the final item on my bucket list too. RIP Miss Tioga.

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  12. George, I feel so badly about what happened to you, and what you've been through. I hadn't read in a while, because like you, I wasn't well. Lung infection, then surgery in my gut (5th time in 18 months) and the abscess later draining into my incision. Then, March 26th, I had major surgery, to remove all infected mesh inside me, abscess removed, and reconstructed all my abdomen, from my rib cage to my pelvis. So, it's only now that I've been able to sit long enough at the computer to catch up reading. I am praying for you, my friend, and am praising God that He protected you. Blessings, Lynn

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  13. Traveling on some schedule may be quite doable from a fixed abode. If you would like to continue to enjoy the camping life, many campgrounds have accommodations for those with no RV. The cost to do this is probably commensurate with owning and maintaining a recreational vehicle, and you have no ongoing obligations for fuel, insurance or repairs!

    Boondocking in a Fit, on the other hand, might be a bit difficult! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  14. You left and awful lot on the table as far as an RVer goes. You traveled only the West and Mexico. You missed some great things this country has to offer as well as eastern Canada. I don't ever get why you avoided the east coast of the US. You missed some great cities like NY, DC, Savannah.... You missed some great sites like Vermont for fall colors, Niagara, Nova Scotia....

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  15. George,
    We just moved into a new house this month in Fl.. We have been fulltimers for nearly four years. You inspired us to give it a try and we enjoyed it up until the last year. After awhile we became road weary and decided to settle down again. We have mixed emotions about giving up our vagabond life. We still have the motorhome and will keep it for another year and see how much we use it.

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