Saturday, May 19, 2012
OUR RV LIFESTYLE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
WINTER MEMORIES NEAR DESERT CENTER, CALIFORNIA…FEB. 14TH 2012
It was a warm summer’s morn in May we had going for us today when Pheebs & I headed for Mitchell Ontario. Kelly had to work all day & it was my Uncle Harry’s 96th Birthday. Harry likes those solar light Butterflies that glow & change color in the night. He had some outside his care facility window but they didn’t winter well so Pheebs & I took him some new ones today for his Birthday. His voice sounded weaker but he had the biggest smile on his face I have ever seen when he saw the Pheebs beside his chair. In the last few years, Harry, with help from a friend, was able to make it up to our place for his Birthday but just not quite enough strength this year. Maybe next year.
<<< WAITING IN THE HALL FOR UNCLE HARRY TO BRUSH HIS TEETH THIS MORNING
It was Janna’s thoughts at TIN TEEPEE/LOG CABIN this morning that gave me the idea for today’s blog. As stated in her post, their priorities are changing & their RVing lifestyle is evolving. We have always kept track of Mike & Janna because we are kind of like minded folks in many ways.
We found the first 3 years or so of our RV travels to be the most exciting because everything was so new to us. Nothing seems to compare with that ‘first time’ excitement of seeing & doing something totally new & wonderfully different. We loved all the places we went & have enjoyed returning to many of those places in these following years. But, after awhile the newness & excitement wears off a bit & it’s not quite the same as those first few discovery times somewhere. We were both becoming aware of that in our last couple years of Snow Bird travel.
OUR GREENING COUNTRYSIDE
Borrego Springs California is a perfect example of the change in our RVing lifestyle. One of our all time favorite places to go & hang out for awhile, we have been there every winter for the past 5 years. First 3 years were great but noticed the last couple of years the newness was wearing off & it didn’t quite hold the same charming excitement for us the first 3 years did. Borrego Springs wasn’t changing….we were.
PHEEBS & HER PAL, BRONSON, TAKE A SHORT BREAK BETWEEN A RAMBUNCTIOUS FROLIC THIS MORNING
I think it was round about the time we came across the Lazy W Ranch near Elfrida Arizona two winters ago that we began to see a slightly different RVing future shaping up for ourselves. I well remember my excitement at the thoughts of all the creative work projects I could involve myself in on this picturesque little Ranch in the shadow of the Swiss Helm mountains tucked away in the southeast corner of the State. We also began to realize the advantages of having some kind of home base somewhere in the southwest. That little 40 acre Ranch that I loved so much was financially way over our heads, but it caused us to think ahead, & the seeds of change were planted.
LAZY W RANCH NEAR ELFRIDA, ARIZONA FEB 17TH 2011
Whenever we traveled to a new area one of the first things Kelly always did was to get on the computer & check out the local Real Estate listings & prices for house’s & properties. In the last couple years we found ourselves talking more & more about our RVing priorities & found ourselves driving around looking at more & more listings for sale. With the current housing market in the States we couldn’t believe how cheaply Real Estate was selling for, and this of course had a big influence on our planning & decision making. When we came across the deal in Congress, we knew we just couldn’t pass this one up.
CLARK DRY LAKE BED NEAR BORREGO SPRINGS……..FEBRUARY 8/2012
Ideally, we had been looking for a small one story Ranch house style place, with some out buildings on about 5 acres of land with no signs of any visible neighbors. That is not quite what we ended up with but we had to be realistically practical & not get ourselves into a financial situation way over our heads. We had to make a few concessions. In the end, we simply bought a little house on 1 acre of land that we could afford. We do have neighbors & as much as I don’t care for that, there are some common sense advantages to having people close by. But, that’s a topic for another post.
OUR CONGRESS ARIZONA DIGS…..COMPLETE WITH 3 SAGUAROS:)) (photo compliments of Gerrit)
A few years ago I was gung-ho on selling our place in Bayfield & hitting the road full time. Had we done so I’m sure we would have adapted well & would still be out there somewhere thoroughly enjoying the lifestyle. But, knowing ourselves as well as I do, I also know, that by now our minds would be once again evolving towards ‘something different. Not being a creature of ‘same old, same old’ it’s just the way I am & it’s just the way we are:))
OUR HOUSE BEFORE WE HAD THE ADOBE PUT ON JUST DAYS BEFORE OUR ARIZONA DEPARTURE IN MARCH
Shortly, in a future post, I will talk about the logistic side of things & how we are now facing planning decisions on how we are going to best spend our winters mixing our south western sticks & bricks with our ongoing future travel plans. Do we really need the large Motorhome? Are some different vehicles & modes of travel in our future? What about turning around & selling our ‘new to us’ Congress house & making a couple dollars? (yes, that has come up in some conversations) Have we thought any more about selling our place here in Bayfield? And, why did we chose Arizona & that area of Arizona to buy a house? All food for thought & all questions I will be posting thoughts & opinions about soon. Stay tuned:))
WINTER SUNSET AT THE LAZY W RANCH, ARIZONA
GROANER'S CORNER:(( I know I'm pushing the envelope on this one a bit but I did think it was kinda cute.............
Already the father of two rambunctious boys, the husband was thrilled when the doctor announced they were going to have twins this time. He told his wife that she should start thinking of names.
"Well, let's see." she said. "We already have Adolph and Rudolph. How about Getoff and Stayoff!!"
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