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Old 09-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #29
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Been there done that: Now is the time for your family (if you have) or close friends to help out. You may have to ask, and that can be hard. As been said many times above, time will get you over the split, but it does it slowly! Don't rush, the first 6 months are the worst. Get to know your self. In time when you can look back, you will be surprised how much you have grown. Be kind to yourself.

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Old 09-20-2013, 09:32 PM   #30
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Thanks Sandy, it's not like I haven't been here before, it's just been a loong time.
When you're younger, single seems ok -if not almost normal. Not so much now.

Sorry for the hi-jacking. These days it seems easier to speak into a situation via cyber-space. I have talked to my pastor and continue in the "healing".

I will survive!
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #31
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A mature dog is a great traveling companion. They may have they uniqueness, but isn't that what we treasure in ourselves.

I rescued a 7 year old spaniel/peque/papion (sp?) mix, we get alone quite well.

Dog is my co-pilot.

Who rescued who?
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:03 AM   #32
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Gina, is that really you?

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I think if I traveled with someone else, someone would die after about 3 days (That's my "social" limit.)

Get a dog..they LOVE to hear you talk! :-)

From your succinct comments, it sure sounds (reads?) like you. We miss them (and you). Hopefully you now have time to ease off of work an devote more time to social commenting.

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #33
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Thanks Sandy, it's not like I haven't been here before, it's just been a loong time.
When you're younger, single seems ok -if not almost normal. Not so much now.

Sorry for the hi-jacking. These days it seems easier to speak into a situation via cyber-space. I have talked to my pastor and continue in the "healing".

I will survive!
Mike

"I will survive!" You have got the right attitude. Make it positive and move on. We are all pullin for ya.

Good luck

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #34
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I spent two months on the road last year with my Beagle Roxie. I did visit some friends and made new ones too. Roxie and I will be spending the Winter traveling through the Southwest and CA. I'll be attending two, maybe three Casita Rallies and spending Christmas with my son in San Francisco. I listened to half of Lincoln last year and will finish it this year. I joined audible .com and will be ordering some books soon. I also have IPod for music.

Unless your an extreme introvert I'd think it would be hard not to meet people while traveling. Perhaps joining a club, like Escapees, or attending rallies, even just going to church dinners on the road. Not sure about anyone else but I'd prefer to be traveling alone than staying home alone. I hope you find happiness with what ever choices you make.
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I spent two months on the road last year with my Beagle Roxie. I did visit some friends and made new ones too. Roxie and I will be spending the Winter traveling through the Southwest and CA. I'll be attending two, maybe three Casita Rallies and spending Christmas with my son in San Francisco. I listened to half of Lincoln last year and will finish it this year. I joined audible .com and will be ordering some books soon. I also have IPod for music.

Unless your an extreme introvert I'd think it would be hard not to meet people while traveling. Perhaps joining a club, like Escapees, or attending rallies, even just going to church dinners on the road. Not sure about anyone else but I'd prefer to be traveling alone than staying home alone. I hope you find happiness with what ever choices you make.
That bold statement hits the nail on the head. Four years ago when we started snow birding that's what surprised me the most. I knew we would see new and interesting places, but what I didn't expect was the number of friends I would find. Sometimes you see those friends again someplace other than where you met them. I've gotten to the point where I look forward to going back to a place like Death Valley just to see how many people are there that I know, including several solo travelers.

I find this less true in summer camping where the families are camped. Example, last July we went to the CA Redwoods, four days and I didn't really get to know anybody. Went from there to Mt Lassen and got to know two very nice couples, this campground wasn't used much and only one or two families with children. This is just my experiences.
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Another interesting thing I found........For years I travelled and camped by myself, an older woman alone. People seemed to go out of their way to say, Hello and stop and chat for a bit. In 1998 I met my husband and we travelled together for two years until he died in 2001. During that time although men would stop and talk to him very few spoke to me. Now I'm back on my own again, an older, older woman and when I camp, someone always comes to chat, man or woman, often couples.

Fortunately for me, while I enjoy meeting others, I don't mind being alone. (well, I have my cat, Bobby)

But Bob, while I can't begin to know how much you miss Grace, I do remember how hard it was to start again after only two years of sharing my life with my husband. And now 12 years later, I still miss him. I hope you take your time, and find your own way through this difficult period.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:21 AM   #37
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Bob, Having just experienced the loss of my camping partner (DH), 2 months ago today actually. I understand your loss and am pretty sure I know some of the feelings your having.
I am on my first, real solo trip. I knew before his passing that I would explore the travel we enjoyed together but also questioned/question how comfortable I will be doing it by myself? Due to the caregiving journey I knew I needed some time to rediscover who I am. So a road trip was in order. I agonized whether to tow the Casita or not. For this first trip I chose not to.

2 weeks into this, Discover who Robin is? trip! I can say that though there have been times that have been really hard, for the most part I have realized that eventually I am going to be ok. Lot's of tears but lot's of laughs as well. Getting through Colorado was the worst, so many great memories along the road. And though the memories make me smile they make me sad as well because him and I won't be creating more great memories together. And though it won't be "we" I hope it can be (me) creating and experiencing new and lasting memories. I am under no illusion that this is going to be easy nor is this trip going to find the whole me. It may take many "discovery" trips, moments, experience for months, years to come. But I am going to give it a whirl.

Only you can figure out how you are going to journey on, but as many have suggested give it time, keep trying to find what works for you. You may find that camping altogether isn't what you want to continue to do. You may rediscover what you enjoyed about it and make it work for you as a solo or find the perfect travel mate. Whatever you discover, may you find peace and happiness. But remember we can't give up just yet!
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Robin---I'm so sorry---did not realize your DH had passed. From what I've read, I know you've been a self-less caregiver. I also sense you're a strong person and wish you all the best and many travels!

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Just got home from Colorado, being stranded for an extra day in Estes Park, rain, mud, and driving on a stretch of road with marble size hail on it. First trip ever without someone else being along. Don't like it. Might not do it again unless I can find somebody to go along. Without the satellite radio that came with the Buick, I'd have gone nuts, maybe nutsier than I already did. FWIW.
It will take time, Bob, and you will figure out what is best for you as you move forward on this new path in your life. We're all pulling for you.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #40
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As someone who has been single all of my life, I can tell you that there may be some surprises in store for you. I enjoy traveling by myself but I also enjoy traveling with friends. What surprises me (pleasantly for me but I will let you judge how it is for you) is that I meet soooo many more people traveling solo than I do when traveling with others. And it is both because other people seek me out and I seek them out. Sometimes I think they feel sorry for me being alone and want to "adopt me" temporarily, LOL. Other times, I hear people asking questions, perhaps about a site we are visiting, and I can answer them so I do, and then a conversation begins. I have even met dinner partners this way, couples and singles.

One tip that I learned years ago, is that when approaching a couple to ask a question, to ask for help or just strike up a conversation, approach the one who is the same sex as you first. So, for me, I would approach the woman first. This reduces any chance that the opposite sex person might feel any jealousy like an attempt on your part to attract their partner. Seems unnecessary but, trust me, this has ALWAYS worked well for me. And some couples just are not interested in meeting a single person so don't be surprised or disappointed if they don't respond positively to your attempt at friendship.

As others have said, take your time and do only those things that bring you comfort. But keep your mind open to new opportunities, ideas and skills you can learn that will widen your adventures for the rest of your life.
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Robin---I'm so sorry---did not realize your DH had passed. From what I've read, I know you've been a self-less caregiver. I also sense you're a strong person and wish you all the best and many travels!

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Thank You Vickie!

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One tip that I learned years ago, is that when approaching a couple to ask a question, to ask for help or just strike up a conversation, approach the one who is the same sex as you first. So, for me, I would approach the woman first. This reduces any chance that the opposite sex person might feel any jealousy like an attempt on your part to attract their partner. Seems unnecessary but, trust me, this has ALWAYS worked well for me. And some couples just are not interested in meeting a single person so don't be surprised or disappointed if they don't respond positively to your attempt at friendship.
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Great tip, though I would have never thought about it! I tend to approach who ever I think can answer my question rather than bothering those who probably can't. Never thought about a wife being protective of her man......
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