ALL OF TONIGHT'S PHOTOS WERE TAKEN LATE THIS AFTERNOON DOWN AROUND THE BAYFIELD HARBOR
One of the very first signs of Spring in snow country are the sounds of dripping water. Unless you are a winter person this is truly music to the ears. Whoever thought a drip could make somebody’s day. So, it was with the sounds of dripping water that I focused on today & shoveled more snow away from the driver’s side of the Moto Home in an attempt to access the driver’s side bins.
There was some discussion & comments in Blogland about a month ago in regards to some RVing folks thinking about buying property. And, that would include us as well. I had thoughts about all that at the time & wrote a post about it. We were on the move as I recall so I put that post on the shelf for ‘later.’ Well, it is now 'later' so time to dust off that post. It does tie in a bit with my Thursday post.
THAT BROWN MOUND ON TOP OF THE PIER IS WAVE FORMED ICE WITH A TOPPING OF SAND
Another RV couple wrote a post with some thoughts about buying property in the Southwest & as I recall, some of the feedback had a negative tone to it. It seems some individuals just don’t get it & that is perfectly normal. I don’t get a lot of stuff either. I don’t understand what the big deal is about texting, tweeting or Justin Bieber so that’s where I am coming from.
THAT IS A LAKE HURON CROCODILE REARING UP OUT OF THE WATER ON THE RIGHT
There are folks out there who do not understand the RV Lifestyle, period!! Most are safe & secure in their own way of life at home & are happy with life just the way it is. I understand that & have gone through those phases & stages of life as well.
AWWW NUTS, I JUST DROPPED THE WORMS!!!!
Neither Kelly or I ever want to spend another winter in Canada. (yes, I know I have said that a hundred times) We have seen the advantages of an alternate winter lifestyle in the Southwest & there is no voluntarily going back to the winter lifestyle we have been a part of for over 60 years.
SAILBOAT MASTS AWAIT THEIR SUMMER SAILBOATS
FISHING BOATS AWAIT ANOTHER DAY ON THE LAKE
We try to be forward thinking people & with the way things are going in the world & prices on most things steadily rising we can’t just stick our heads in the sand & pretend that everything is joyous & lovely when in reality it is not.
Nope, nothing to do with being negative but everything to do with being realistic.
Just like our dogs & Motor Home, we are aging. Changes are occurring within us that are going to affect future plans & decisions. We are trying to realistically set things in place for the coming years. Have you noticed there are very few posts from RV’ers talking about their future plans when the RV lifestyle finally comes to an end. It seems few people want to face the fact that at some point this RV life will be over for each & every one of us. No if’s & but’s about it. No exceptions!!
WINTER'S ICE IS BREAKING UP
There are many reasons RV folks are forced to hang up their keys. For Canadians it may be the high cost of personal health insurance that has to be purchased each winter just to cross the border to come south. Many cannot even get insurance anymore. Could be the loss of a driver’s license. A serious health diagnosis has brought an abrupt end to many an RV’ers travels. Financial strains is another one. Care giving can take priority or an expensive repair to an RV can be enough to deter others. There are many, many reasons.
One of our ideas is to at least have some kind of small dwelling somewhere in the southwest that we could at least call home & where we could get to for the winter without expensive fuel costs or Motor Home repairs etc. Our rig won’t last forever & nor will we but I figure it is far healthier during the cold damp winter months to be in a warmer climate where life can still be enjoyed outside on a daily basis. I am writing this from first hand experience. Had I never experienced the difference between cold winters & warm winters then what I am writing here would have little practical validity. But, having spent the last 5 years living an alternative lifestyle for 5 or 6 months of the year I can speak with some kind of authority.
FAMILY OUTING ON THE BEACH
If cold winter weather & all the hazards that come with it are your cup of tea then more power to you. And, for you folks who have never had an interest or spent any amount of time down south in the winter I can only say this….you don’t know what you are missing & I would suggest if you are totally comfortable in your winter lifestyle, do not come south because it just might mess up your head real bad. You could come down with something called ‘Hitch Itch’ which so many of us RV’ers already have to varying degrees. And no, it is not a physical type medical condition but it certainly is a head condition.
A piece of property in the southwest with a small house is totally practical to me. If we couldn’t drive our RV anymore we could at least come down in a more fuel efficient car. No car? Then, maybe we would have the option to fly down & spend the winter at our southern place. A boat, a train, a plane, anything!! I know former RV’ers who are quite happy doing this now. Have I mentioned before about being ‘stranded’ in Canadian winters!!!!
Because I am Canadian this is where the fly in the ointment lurks for our future plans but I will be darned if I am going to just roll over & give up on trying to figure out a way we can do this. And, like I said before, to think this current wondrous RV lifestyle will go on forever is total folly.
Another option open to us is the possibility of going full time on the road & this was the option I was really pulling for a couple years ago. But, it too is not without it’s problems & definitely harder to pull off for Canadians. That option is not off the table for us & may very well come back into play at some point. Also want to add something else before I forget. When I talk about harsh winters I am not talking about the southwestern parts of Canada’s British Columbia or Vancouver Island. Winters are far more tolerable there with a totally different climate than the rest of Canada so for sure it is harder for those folks in that part of Canada to understand what I am writing about here. Trust me on this one because I lived in southern BC for a few years in the early 70’s & the winters out there are no where near what they can be like here in Ontario. Let the southern BC folks spend a winter or two in any other Province or northern State & I think the understanding of this post would quickly become crystal clear.
Another reason for a home base in the southwest is also something I blogged about a few months ago. Right now we have to travel over 2,000 miles just to get to the southwest before we can even begin to enjoy the land that we love so much. The cost of that gets more prohibitive with each passing year not to mention the wear & tear on our aging Motor Home. (and us) If we could live the majority of time somewhere centrally located in the southwest it would make all our preferred destinations much closer. A base in the southwest would make travels to the northwest more practical in the favorable weather months too. I haven’t blogged a lot about the northwest simply because we have not traveled there much but it is an area we would enjoy just as much as the southwest.
Some of us are just built different than others. Some of us need & prefer a challenge, a project. We need a reason to get out of bed every day other than to just sit around. Some of us have a creative need, some of us are inquisitive & seek to add a little outdoor adventure & excitement to our lives. Some of us just prefer to do all that & have a quiet little place in the country to call home as well.
BAYFIELD SAILBOATS ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THEIR DAY IN THE WARM SUNNY WATERS OF LAKE HURON
The Ranch near Elfrida really fired my creative spirit this past winter. It set off that young man’s desire to shake out the cobwebs, oil up the joints & get rolling with a healthy dose of elbow grease. A project to enjoy & get my teeth into again. The Ranch held that for me & I could see that. It needed a lot of TLC & that's something I enjoy when it comes to that kind of thing. As I’ve said before, I am not the type of person who is content to just sit around in retirement with my feet up watching television & going through the same old routines day after day after day.
IN A FEW SHORT MONTHS PEOPLE WILL BE PICNICKING ON BAYFIELD'S BEACH & SWIMMING HERE
And, let me just touch on the aging process for a moment. We are all just one sudden diagnosis away from an immediate change in our present lifestyle as we know it. We are not the immune undefeatable & indomitable warriors of our naïve youth. Time is running out for all of us so plans have to be made for future consequences. Plans have to be made for an ‘end game.’ Some may ignore the inevitable changes taking place while others will try to plan for those changes & roll with them, staying one step ahead by thinking & planning ahead.
LAKE HURON MUST BE DOWN THIS YEAR BECAUSE THIS WHOLE FOREGROUND SHOULD BE UNDERWATER...AN 'NO' WE DO NOT HAVE TIDES ON THE GREAT LAKES
Now, in summing up, there will be some who will say, “oh lighten up Al your just having a bad day.” Nope, that’s not it at all. Some will say, “well, your just being negative.” Nope, that’s not it either. But, some of you realistically thinking people will understand exactly what I have just said. You will understand the RV Lifestyle, you will understand the Snow Birders, the Full Timers & you will even understand....Hitch Itch:)) You will understand the concept of a piece of property whether it be a ranch, a house, a condo or an apartment. You will understand the reality of the ‘end game.’ You are the forward thinking people who have the insight to plan for your future. Where you want to be & when you want to be there. Nothing to do with positive or negative attitudes & everything to do with accepting & dealing with the realities of life in a totally realistic thinking way. At this age & stage of the game, our future is right now………10-4!!
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Ever Wonder….
- Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
- If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
- Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the car pool lane?
- Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
- If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
- If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
- If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
- Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
- Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window.
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