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Old 09-26-2012, 05:35 AM   #1
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After 315 days and some 25,132 miles on the road we are home in NH. We absolutely had a wonderful year seeing the USA again and meeting many wonderful people. Though this was our 5th loop of the USA, it was our best ever... there's always more to see.

We hustled home from NV covering 200 miles a day, a lot for us.

It's always interesting to return home. Initially there is a sense of loss and lost.

The sense of loss: the adventure is over, (at least for 6-8 weeks). Now there's less wonder in each day because most of our day will now be with the familiar.

The sense of lost: though ours is a small house it is 20 times as big as our Scamp. Ginny always walks about with a little glaze over her eyes when she gets home. The glaze is only relieved when friends and relatives begin to fill our home.

Ginny always says we come home for 'the people', not the home.

Other than for entertaining others, it is very clear that we can do with much less.

People always write about the small bed size in our rigs. At home we have a queen size however when I woke up this morning I found my self in the 'Scamp tuck position', firmly wrapped against Ginny's warm body.

Our short time home will be filled with others, our yearly doctor's appointments, and updating our Scamp for it's next trip. The update list has at least 40 items on it, some things we learned from others as we traveled, others we recognized from use.

Next year we plan to spend some time in FL and TX with a spring trip to Newfoundland thrown in, defintiely a shorter trip in duration and miles.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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I know what you mean! - I just returned home after 138 days & can't get used to a large refrigerator & full sized kitchen...
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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Jon,

There is a simplicity to a full timing lifestyle that makes life easir and not as some think more difficult. In some measure being home is like being in a crowded room.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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Just as gazing through a camera viewfinder allows one to concentrate on a very small amount of visual information, living in small space heightens our ability to closely observe and appreciate the more mundane aspects of life.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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Norm,

If you are willing, I would love to know what the 40 items on your update list are. I've greatly enjoyed your previous modifications and have freely borrowed some for our trailer.

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What are the 40, and will we see you again this year?
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:12 PM   #7
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Dave and Paula,

We plan to head to Florida this year, leaving later than normal. We also hope to get to a TX rally. In the spring we're planning another trip to Newfoundland.

We'll probably do an extended trip in the fall of 2013 and certainly if we're in the area plan to hit the Superstitions (sp).
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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A spring trip to Newfoundland, eh? You are the brave ones...lol...
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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Richard,

This would be our 5th trip to Newfoundland. On 3 of the previous trips we've gone in the spring so we can see the icebergs, the other trip was in the fall. We usually arrive in late May and leave around the beginning of July. Two months helps justify the ferry transit.

As some on the site know, it is my favorite place.
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We were planning on going to Newfoundland this past August with our Boler with friends who own a Winnebago View but as they have a few minor mobility issues we wondered about the amount of walking. Would it be worth the trip for folks who can't walk over hill and dale?
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Eric,

I'll post the latest list of mods under Preparing a 1991 Scamp under the Modification section. Obviously I don't get to do them all but will probably do 80%.
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Mine, too - that's why I've lived here all my life...

And I hear you re the ferry - we have a saying that Marine Atlantic fines ya $1,000 every time you leave the island...

Drop me a PM when you get some dates, and I'll book you in for a feed of fish and brewis...
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #13
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Will do. Newfies are the best.
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Have loved following your adventure Norm and look forward to more.
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