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Old 07-28-2015, 02:11 AM   #57
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Norm, travel itself can be change but so can travel mode. The mode can make quite a difference.

Did the ticket to Bangkok thing over 40 years ago and tried to do a good amount of travel over the years. Wish it had been more. That is probably every traveller's wish.

One looks forward to the upcoming new adventures. Our next is Canada also, but the western half. We will be picking up a trailer --- just wish we had a trailer to pick up the trailer!

Travel is not change for me since I started early and lived in a couple of foreign countries, but travel by trailer and specifically fiberglass egg is change. I did the Marriott type thing too as I know you did, and this is so much better. I don't mind a hotel once in a while but greatly prefer the woods and lakes and wandering around, just to see what there is to see. Which is always more than one thinks. I have made it a point not to go from A to B and run right back, but to see some of what is in the different areas, if possible.

As you, we do not travel too far in a day so we can have a good pace and time to get a sense of the area. We are slow travellers by others' standards but that is the only way that seems to make sense these days. While I might have wanted to "collect places" when younger, I now want to do the opposite and delve into one place at a time. I guess that is what comes with age and a travel background. Little interest in running around covering large swaths in as little time as possible anymore. Have to pick the berries.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:26 AM   #58
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Hi, Cathi, thanks for the kind response! My family thinks I'll fail because I'll be 69 soon, and until last month had never set foot in a travel trailer, much less dealt with the myriad logistics that we all face full-timing. I have so little money that I don't pay taxes, but I always have enough. The fam, on the other hand, is filthy rich but miserly and is afraid I'll need something from them. I agree that it's a serious undertaking, but it's far from impossible. My plan is to aim west from Minnesota and take only blue highways. I'm meeting friends in N.Calif. for Thanksgiving and want to reach Quartzsite for Boot Camp at the end of January. That's the entire plan so far! What are your plans?
Sounds like a good plan, Wendy. Something specific to look forward to but otherwise you can go where you want and do what you want most of the time without a schedule.

We are going up to Chilliwack to get our new Escape. Then we will have a trip back through four Canadian provinces, usually staying in national parks including Banff and Jasper or provincial parks, and some private campgrounds also. Had to book just about everything due to it being August which is a month we usually avoid. In this case, however, with mountains much of the trip, probably a good time.

I definitely want to go to Quartzsite but don't know if we will make it 2016.

Not possible to fail at RVing! Can't wait to hear of your adventures.
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:24 AM   #59
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Norm, what you say about doing is true. If people could see time as it really is, they'd realize our time in this earth is fleeting.

We got the RV right after I turned 50. What spurred me to act was that I realized I had "dreamed" it when I was 35 or so. I dreamed it again from time to time, but life, priorities, work, and whatever other excuse I came up with kept me from acting. It came to me then. While you wait, life is passing you by.


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Old 07-28-2015, 08:49 AM   #60
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Looking Back

“Millions yearn to live for an eternity, yet can't figure out what to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon.”

I decided to look back to the first post of this thread. It’s probably not true that millions yearn to live for an eternity, but certainly most people don’t want to die. They want a healthy, extended life.

Though when we made our decision to RV we had a great life, we recognized the end was approaching, yet we were still doing what we always had, spending most of our lives working, followed by sleeping and maintaining.

Maintaining is what you do with your non working, non-sleeping time. It includes cooking, cleaning, cutting the grass, washing the car, maintaining the house, maintaining family and friend relationships…

When we started traveling we tracked every expenditure. First, tracking expenditures makes you conscious of spending. In itself it’s a good way to control expenses. Second, in the long term it allows us to review our expenses and consider choices.

I was thinking that it might be interesting to look at time that way. For example, 6-8 hours sleeping, an hour preparing for work, a half hour driving to work, 4 hours working in the morning, a hour for lunch, another 4 hours of work, a half hour driving home, a half hour recovering from the day, a half hour for dinner, a couple of hours maintaining, …. it all leaves little time for just you.

One of the best parts of our RV life is all the uncommitted time, not empty time.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:04 AM   #61
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Hi, Cathi, thanks for the kind response! My family thinks I'll fail because I'll be 69 soon, and until last month had never set foot in a travel trailer, much less dealt with the myriad logistics that we all face full-timing. I have so little money that I don't pay taxes, but I always have enough. The fam, on the other hand, is filthy rich but miserly and is afraid I'll need something from them. I agree that it's a serious undertaking, but it's far from impossible. My plan is to aim west from Minnesota and take only blue highways. I'm meeting friends in N.Calif. for Thanksgiving and want to reach Quartzsite for Boot Camp at the end of January. That's the entire plan so far! What are your plans?
Wendy, I can sympathize. I have a brother like that... plenty of moola, and very tight with it. Everything's a business transaction to him, even with relatives.

You have an opportunity to prove to your family that you are not too old to learn (and enjoy!) something new. You'll be able to take satisfaction in that. Don't worry, RVing is not rocket science and it certainly is rewarding.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:51 AM   #62
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Wendy,

I'll be thinking about your travels.

One magic aspect of road life is that you don't 'have to' think about the people you've left at home but rather enjoy yourself. Focus on yourself and not proving anything to others.

Our first year on the road we returned home for Christmas, really for others and not ourselves. We never did that again. Oh for sure we return home for family emergencies or super special events, but really our focus is us and our travels.

One of Ginny's sisters visited us this past winter. At the end of the visit she said I can see you're having a great time, you'll never keep your NH home.

Both Ginny's grandfather and my grandfather immigrated to the USA, neither ever wanted to go back to the 'old country'. They had found a great place, loved it and that was final.

Take your time, except no road miracles but be grateful when they come, and enjoy a simpler life.
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One more thing...You have a lot of fiberglass RV friends where ever you travel. If you have a real problem post it, possibly someone will be nearby and give you a hand.

I'll PM you our address information in case you ever have a problem in FL and of course you'd be welcome to stop by at our place any time.
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I second what Norm said. Anywhere in western Canada, (Manitoba to BC). I like to drive.
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Mike, Norm, David and Cathi, THANK YOU. I just realized that time and money are similar -- how much one has is about perception. I believe I have enough of both. I worry about neither. I use only that which I have. Some of my most valuable time -- years -- was spent "doing" nothing, only to find at the end that I was shed of some toxic thinking and behavior. Way has now opened to a life I expected no one to understand but one about which I am clear is my new path. And then I met you, who do understand. I admit I'm sad that my brother and I don't share a common language, but I have accepted that it's so. Once I was visiting him and his wife shortly after they had moved, something they did often for his work. While using a hair dryer, I blew a fuse, but workers were doing something nearby so I didn't know I was responsible. Long story short, my brother's temporary wine cellar in the garage was on the same line and was without power for 24 hours. He treated the loss of a few degrees as a death in the family. His wine collection was ruined! Ruined!! Years later, he remained angry at me for the loss and told me so. It was then that I fully understood the depth of our differences, and I realized to many/most rich people, net worth is more precious than shared DNA. it's a choice. I'll never be able to grasp the loss he felt, just as he will never grasp my joy.
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Mike, Norm, David and Cathi, THANK YOU. I just realized that time and money are similar -- how much one has is about perception. I believe I have enough of both. I worry about neither. I use only that which I have. Some of my most valuable time -- years -- was spent "doing" nothing, only to find at the end that I was shed of some toxic thinking and behavior. Way has now opened to a life I expected no one to understand but one about which I am clear is my new path. And then I met you, who do understand. I admit I'm sad that my brother and I don't share a common language, but I have accepted that it's so. Once I was visiting him and his wife shortly after they had moved, something they did often for his work. While using a hair dryer, I blew a fuse, but workers were doing something nearby so I didn't know I was responsible. Long story short, my brother's temporary wine cellar in the garage was on the same line and was without power for 24 hours. He treated the loss of a few degrees as a death in the family. His wine collection was ruined! Ruined!! Years later, he remained angry at me for the loss and told me so. It was then that I fully understood the depth of our differences, and I realized to many/most rich people, net worth is more precious than shared DNA. it's a choice. I'll never be able to grasp the loss he felt, just as he will never grasp my joy.
That's a shame he felt that way Wendy. Having said that, there's a big difference between a person having money, and money having them. I have a few wealthier friends who are the former, and a few who are the latter. No secret that the former are much more pleasant to be around.
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We're sophisticated wine drinkers. We keep ours under the rear dinette in a custom ABS wine rack from Charlie, fill it with wine from Trader Joes and keep it at 60 degrees F +/- 30 degrees.

Smile and laugh, some people won't be able to figure out why you're happy.
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We're sophisticated wine drinkers. We keep ours under the rear dinette in a custom ABS wine rack from Charlie, fill it with wine from Trader Joes and keep it at 60 degrees F +/- 30 degrees.

Smile and laugh, some people won't be able to figure out why you're happy.

Well then, I am definitely a sophisticated wine drinker too !
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We're sophisticated wine drinkers. We keep ours under the rear dinette in a custom ABS wine rack from Charlie, fill it with wine from Trader Joes and keep it at 60 degrees F +/- 30 degrees.

Smile and laugh, some people won't be able to figure out why you're happy.
Aha! Is this why you always sound so mellow on the forum? Plenty of vino!
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