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Old 02-14-2015, 02:19 PM   #29
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We always carry four bottles of wine in our trailer so any of you that come by can bring a wine glass to share a smile.
You know that even given the opportunity, we would be glad too.
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:24 PM   #30
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The other day I over heard my wife telling her friend she will be saving money to take me on a trip to Mexico for my birthday in a few years. I walked in saying, or we can take the trailer to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming to see devils tower. Or even the bad lands in Alberta. She says, what's there to see? Well Lets find out.
There's so much to see in our own back yards. I really don't want to fly any where. I want a road trip.
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:43 PM   #31
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The other day I over heard my wife telling her friend she will be saving money to take me on a trip to Mexico for my birthday in a few years. I walked in saying, or we can take the trailer to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming to see devils tower. Or even the bad lands in Alberta. She says, what's there to see? Well Lets find out.
There's so much to see in our own back yards. I really don't want to fly any where. I want a road trip.
Ginny is with you, She has no desire to go to Mexico, the USA and Canada have more wonders than we will see in the remainder of our life.

When we were near the border with Mexico, there was this nice little border town to visit. We were told that if we didn't see locals on the streets hawking their goods that we should leave because the locals knew when the gangs would be active. Who needs it?

I'm sure there are wonderful and safe places to visit in Mexico. However, it's no longer on our list.

As to flying, in the last 15 years we have only flown twice though previously we flew a lot. Now we travel at a slow trailer pace, the distance we covered in hours, we cover in weeks or months.
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Old 02-14-2015, 07:39 PM   #32
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Great read Norm, my bride is a bit younger, but when she retires she wishes to,spend 30 days in Yosenitie! She has adorned our beloved 16 ft. Scamp with new curtains and now she has covered the cushions with new fabulous fabric. Our break out trip is May 27 to the Scamp gathering in Lonesboro, MN
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:47 PM   #33
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It sounds like your life has been not only a great joy but a great adventure also and as Paul Harvey would say your 57 years on your way to forever together.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:08 PM   #34
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Thank you Lee.
I am not a religious person but I do feel blessed, Ginny always tells me how fortunate we are. Part of it is Ginny. By 27 she had everything she wanted in life, a home, 2 children and someone who loved her.

Without knowing it, my life was easy, partially because of her attitude. Happy with what she had and not needing what she didn't have. I could and did say many crazy things, like I'm quitting my job, buying an RV and hitting the road and she says OK. This has been repeated a number of time in our lives leading to a fun adventure filled existence.

Happieness is in many ways a choice.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:29 AM   #35
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I am really enjoying this thread. It is SO positive. I am in another forum, general in nature, and they have a section for "Psychology" and there are young people in their whining about how selfish their parents were to have them, how they don't want to live past 30, how boring life is and I always have a comment or two for them. I always tell them first of all to get off the computer and go outside, take a walk and enjoy nature. I have known so many people who would have appreciated just a little more time on earth to enjoy the good things of which there are many. I know that I often annoy people with my "Pollyanna Glad Game" but, gee........... I think we would all just love to meet Norm and Ginny or maybe clone a few sets of them to spread some extra positive words of encouragement across the US and Canada!
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:26 AM   #36
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Norm,
I'm glad you took the term "elder" well! For me, an elder is wise due to their life's experiences, not solely because of years lived -- although more years lived gives more experiences, and round it goes. I am not young, perhaps older than your own children, so I truly meant it as a compliment.

I also can see you are perhaps not as calm as Ginny, but, as you have said, she tempers you, and you indeed have calm wisdom.

I've also read your posts on mods and maximizing storage. Those are priorities for us (3 in a 13' Scamp, plus a big dog), so I hope to copy a few. We MUST get out with it much more than we do. You help me remember that life is about experiences, and life can be too short.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:53 AM   #37
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Life has so much for us to enjoy. Sometimes there are barriers to overcome (when we were raising our tribe there were few dollars left over to allow travel so we encouraged backyard adventures).


As 'elders' we love taking our grands camping with us (just posted some shots in the photography thread). Also as 'elders' we have had time to acquire a top quality tent, some small boats and a wonderful Trillium.


If anyone is thinking of exploring northern Saskatchewan please let me know - a real life meeting would be wonderful. Don't even think of writing off this province as 'miles of boring flat fields'!
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Yes Captleemo, it's been a fun run. 33 years a pilot, now retired, both of us Advance Open Water Scuba Divers, me a Extra Class Ham Radio Operator, me a Flight Instructor. Life for us never stands still. Woke up today one day closer to spring! Hard to wait to get the Scamp out and see America!
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And Norm and Ginny, we mirror your lifestyle in large part. No, we never had kids, but we are light hearted, rarely spontaneous, and willing to try new things constantly. We both just love scuba diving,,and have been to far reaches of the world. Now our Scamp takes us to much closer places that haved escaped us. Free Spirit II ismthe name of our beloved Scamp, as our long owned ski boat was Free Spirit. We woke up today, one day closer to spring!
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I am really enjoying this thread. It is SO positive. I am in another forum, general in nature, and they have a section for "Psychology" and there are young people in their whining about how selfish their parents were to have them, how they don't want to live past 30, how boring life is and I always have a comment or two for them. I always tell them first of all to get off the computer and go outside, take a walk and enjoy nature. I have known so many people who would have appreciated just a little more time on earth to enjoy the good things of which there are many. I know that I often annoy people with my "Pollyanna Glad Game" but, gee........... I think we would all just love to meet Norm and Ginny or maybe clone a few sets of them to spread some extra positive words of encouragement across the US and Canada!
Cathy,

There is a measure of negativism in the world, which discourages some of the young. When we were children it was the atomic bomb. Then it was global starvation and overpopulation. Then Y2K.

All the doom sayers predictions from those eras and have been proven wrong. Most recently it's global warming and not a single of their predictions have come true.

Most of the loudest shouters gained fame and fortune while the majority trembled in fear.

The reality is time brings what ever it brings. It should not stop us from enjoying life. For creating happiness for ourselves and others. Rving puts you in direct contact with nature and a new set of people. It puts you in a small living environment where you are in more contact with facets of living, your water supply, your sewerage system, energy required to live and most of the time you're entertaining your self. Gradually you feel more in charge of your every day.

In live most people are suspicious of negative people, also be suspicious of negative doom sayers.
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Norm,
I'm glad you took the term "elder" well! For me, an elder is wise due to their life's experiences, not solely because of years lived -- although more years lived gives more experiences, and round it goes. I am not young, perhaps older than your own children, so I truly meant it as a compliment.

I also can see you are perhaps not as calm as Ginny, but, as you have said, she tempers you, and you indeed have calm wisdom.

I've also read your posts on mods and maximizing storage. Those are priorities for us (3 in a 13' Scamp, plus a big dog), so I hope to copy a few. We MUST get out with it much more than we do. You help me remember that life is about experiences, and life can be too short.
Darnel,

Our children are in their mid 40s, they have more of the demeanor their mother, both considerate and kind people. Last night at the Valentines Dance I was happily telling the story to our friends, mostly younger, of becoming an elder. I took it as a compliment.

I was lucky and learned at an early age life was short, my dad died young. I seek variety.

We have modified a 1977 Scamp 13 for our son. If you have questions I can relate what we did to his.

Thank you for your thoughts.
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If anyone is thinking of exploring northern Saskatchewan please let me know - a real life meeting would be wonderful. Don't even think of writing off this province as 'miles of boring flat fields'!
We have been to your province and find nothing boring about flat fields. I can still remember the Van Gogh yellow fields of rape seed (Canola oil) in Alberta, a definite surprise for this New England lad.

I know what you mean about taking the grand children. We both believe that our RVing has brought us closer to the grand children. They look upon us as adventurers and are proud of our choices.
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