ALL OF TONIGHT'S PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AT NEVADA'S VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK IN MARCH OF 2011
Herman’s Hermits had a song in the mid 60’s called ‘Mrs Brown You Have A Lovely Daughter'.’ There is a line in that song that goes, ‘second verse, same as the first’ & that pretty well sums up my day. Today was basically a repeat performance of yesterday as I spent the entire day working away at our shed clean up. Judy wondered what we were doing with all our stuff & I can say that our burning barrel has been working overtime. The Jeep is loaded to the rafters with stuff destined for the Goodwill & Kelly has made a couple dumpster runs.
Ruth & Ken at FIVE-JUST ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD have just lost their beloved dog Maggie. Having recently lost our Max & Checkers a few months ago our feelings & thoughts are with them & their remaining dog Jackson & rescue cat, Arthur. We understand oh to well how you are feeling right now. I hope Maggie gets to meet Max & Checkers.
While working away at the shed clean-up today I got to thinking about RV people. Who are they, where do they come from & why do they live the way they do in the types of rolling homes they do. It is my opinion that RV people, whether Full Timers, Snow Birders or Week-end Campers are a very special breed of people. We have met fellow RV'ers in our travels both on the road & on the internet & they all share a common bond. They are all very fine caring folks sharing the love of travel & the outdoors. All of the Full Timer's have had to make some very big life changing decisions at some point in their lives to transition from a stationary lifestyle to a fully mobile lifestyle. I admire the courage, conviction & dedication that takes. I admire the Snow Birds for having the same frame of mind & making their dreams happen whenever they can. Same for the week-enders as they show a love for getting out & into nature even if it's only a few weekends here & there.
It is the overall willingness & challenge of change that sets RV'ers apart from many other types of people. Not afraid to try something different, not afraid to be somebody different. As soon as many RV Folks announce to friends & family they are planning on a Gypsy lifestyle, friends & family are often dismayed & view them as 'different.' A typical reaction might be..."What, are ya nuts!!!! Personally, I love & welcome that 'different' label:)) For all of us it is just the way we happily are. And for some of us, the term 'different' takes us out even a little farther.
Within the RV community, Kelly & I are not quite your normal RV folks. It has been my experience that your typical RV'er is very outgoing, friendly, extremely sociable, loves food & loves talking about food. Happy hours are big as are RV rallies. In general, RV people just love to get together & hang out with fellow RV folks. Always there to lend a hand with a recipe, a BBQ tong & a word of advice. Always helpful. Of course there are many variations in all this but I think you understand what I mean when I say it is a great community of people all around.
Within the community we all have our likes, dislikes, preferences & ways of doing things. As readers know, Kelly & I are not RV Park people, we're not big on museum type stuff or touristy spots & we generally keep ourselves away from cities of any kind. We prefer staying off the Interstates & enjoy the peace & excitement of traveling secondary roads wherever possible. I think the majority of RV folks love the big RV rallies but we avoid them. But, I must confess that up until last winter we had been to Quartzsite 4 years in a row. Yikes!! But, I must also add, we boondocked far away from the maddening crowds.
The vast majority of RV'ers we know do not mind being camped close to or around other people but that's not for us & we go way out of our way to find quiet spots where our nearest neighbor is Mother Nature herself. Again, while most of the people we know are content to stay in one spot for months at a time or even the whole winter, Kelly & I are again different, especially me. I like to stay on the move with maybe not staying any longer in one spot than a couple weeks or maybe a month. I always look forward to the exciting challenge of change, something new, something different.
Some people's travel priorities are other people. Meeting up with & staying with friends & families. Some people are just people people. Again, Kelly & I fall off the chart here. For me it is all about scenery & beauty of the land. I love the tranquil starry desert nights, the days of peace & serenity that for me can only be found in the quietness of nature itself. Both Kelly & I share these feelings but I am probably a little more over the top about it.
Regardless of likes & dislikes, disagreements & occasional clashes of opinion I think we RV folks have one of the greatest communities & lifestyles going on out here in the world. And let me quickly hasten to add the RV Blogging world as well. Some of us may have had our tiffs with each other along the way but I still feel we are like a band of Brothers & when something good or bad happens to any one of us, we all feel personally involved & care deeply. Some of us like Kelly & I may not be rushing over to sit around your happy hour campfire rings, attend your rallies or head off to the city shopping with you. We may not be going for walks, long drives or eating at fine restaurants with you but you are all in our thoughts & you are all important people in our lives. I try to make that apparent each night here in the blog. It is so much easier & comfortable for me to communicate with everyone from right here at the keyboard than it is to talk with people face to face. I do not consider myself a great conversationalist so when Donna from the CAVE DWELLINGS left the following comment on my post the other day, I sent her a silent 'thank-you.' She said, "I think you are still a real sociable guy..through your fingertips..that's how you do it now!!"
An English professor wrote the words: "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.
All of the males in the class wrote:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."
All the females in the class wrote:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing."
Sorry guys, but you know the lady folks are right....AL:))
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