Full-time RV’ing is a lifestyle that we have grown to really enjoy. There are several reasons for this but I will try to highlight the things we like most!
Leigh has always been the adventurous sort. If you have followed this blog, you know I call her a force of nature! I would say that she is ready to go where the wind blows but I have come to realize that she actually creates the wind. (Hi! This is Leigh. He might have a point there…lol) I, on the other hand, had roots with a curiosity for travel. It was my plan to hit the road once we had retired. Needless to say with great skill and effort, (18 L-O-N-G years of effort) Leigh uprooted me and now I am a leaf on the wind…watch me soar!
California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have all been multiple ports (Ports? Ok, I’ll let it slide) of call. They all have had something interesting and delightful that captured our imagination or our taste buds. (Did I forget to mention that we are totally Foodies???) The wonderful thing about living on the road is the ability to experience them all for however long you like and then move on to the next spot! (It is hard to leave sometime. We loved El Paso! I couldn’t believe how cool the people of El Paso were. We can’t wait to get back there!)
Be it the peaceful beauty of Hidden Beaches RV Resort (What happens at Hidden Beaches, stays at Hidden Beaches. That’s all I am saying!) of Blythe, California, or the Natural Grandeur of the Texas mountains on the 375 loop in El Paso, Texas (aka Makeout Point). The perfect comedy of living at Robinhood RV Park (which we adore) or the Jewel of Alabama… Lake Lurleen! (This place is a must-see! It is heavenly. You will know what I mean when you get there!) The sunsets there are just amazing. We have enjoyed every stop but one and it was so insignificant we won’t even discuss it. (I’ll mention it, in case other people of color decide to stop there. It was called Hilltop Campgrounds & Park. When we arrived we saw a lot of political posters! That’s fine. Made me a little edgy, but ok. Then when we parked, we saw confederate flags. That made me downright scared! I immediately posted on social media so our friends and family would know where we were, just in case. We left early the next morning.)
Our favorite thing in our travels has been the many connections we have made across this country. We are pretty laid back folks and make friends fast. We have been taken with the folks we have met out on the road. We have been told that the quickest way to start a conversation in the RV community is to open the hood of your RV or toad vehicle and folks will go out of their way to stop and help. We can’t really attest to that although we think now it may be true. Because we have not had the chance to get that far. Conversations come easy no matter which park we visit. There has been someone at each stop that we treasure spending time with. Fast Eddie and Judy at Tree Tops Resort in Arlington, Texas…Scott and Caren with the kids in El Paso…Can’t wait till they get to Virgina so we can visit with them again. Brini misses you guys! Also in El Paso, Mary, who turned out to be Leigh’s Ride or Die in Robinhood Park! This list could go on and on but the theme is common, great heartfelt relationships all across this nation.
Do we have differences? Yes! But we have much more in common if we could just take the time to meet folks where they live. Face to face without the anonymity of a keyboard, the beauty of this country is revealed to me at least. Our travels have given me hope for us, Americans, and highlighted the good that I have always felt was here. Now, maybe we may have rose-colored glasses on but it is something I truly believe. Good folks carry the day!
Not here to tell you that it’s all roses and daisies on the road because it most certainly is not. What I can tell you is that there is wayyyyyyyyy more good than bad and the FREEDOM it offers outweighs any obstacle you may have to overcome!
So our advice…
Downsize, change careers, sell the house and cars, or remove whatever it is you think is holding you back from living this way, if it interests you, and set sail (Who are you and what have you done with my husband?). Twenty years from now, you will enjoy the memories of a life lived on the road way more than you will the regrets of never casting off. Plus we would love to see you!
Till Next time
Peace and Blessings
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