Although we haven't been asked this question directly, I'm sure there are some friends & family members who have wondered. First, a little background on Al......
My Dad was in the Canadian Air Force stationed on Canada's east coast during the second world war. Upon returning home he worked at various things such as driving trucks & Motorcoach buses. He enjoyed doing the bus tours down into the States, especially The Grand Old Opry. He also worked for the Stratford Parks Department in Stratford Ontario for many years until his retirement. Some of my Dad's hobbies were fishing, camping, & traveling. From these things my Dad did & enjoyed, I feel I've inherited some of the interests & traits I have to-day. For example, my love of driving the highways & bi-ways like my Dad did, my Dad's sense of adventure when he was in the Air Force. (I was in the Navy) His love of the outdoors has been passed on to me as well, except for fishing. I always felt sorry for the poor little worms.....and the fish. I also have my Dad's sense of humor.
From my Mother I received the gift of love for animals & a genuine appreciation of music. She played piano by ear & we always had music playing on the radio when I was growing up. Although I can't play any musical instruments, that musical talent has passed through me to my son Sean who is himself a talented musician.
Thanks to some of my parents interests plus a bunch of my own, I have been able to tie them all to-gether & infest myself with the RV bug. The driving, the sense of adventure, & the love of the outdoors all have things in common. When you throw in some great traveling music with my love of photography & writing, it all begins to take shape.
Kelly comes from an RV family from way back. She remembers her 2 sisters & brother all loaded up in the station wagon heading down the road to various campgrounds here & there. She is from Spencerport NY & her Dad was an avid fisherman who liked to bring the whole family up to Canada on fishing & camping adventures. They later moved from station wagons to Class C RV's & finally a Class A Motor Home. Kelly's Dad was a U.S. Marine during the second world war who fought & was wounded on the Island of Iwo Jima. Kelly gets her sense of adventure, determination, & love for the outdoors from her Dad!! (Kelly's Dad died in August of 2010) Her Mother worked in the school system & I think it's here where Kelly has inherited her academic smarts, patience, & easy going manner. All very conducive to the RV lifestyle, so it was a natural progression for Kelly to one day gravitate to-wards the adventures of the open road.
From the first day Kelly & I met, it was apparent that we had a lot of things in common. Over the years we talked more & more of someday owning a Motorhome & traveling around this big beautiful land of ours. In 1997 the dream began to take shape. We bought our first rig, an old 17 foot 1979 Dodge Centurion Class C. It was kinda beat up pretty good but it was a start. Next came a 24 foot Prowler travel trailer in 1999. From there, we shifted back to a 23 foot 19?? Gulf Stream Conquest Class C . Went all the way down to Big Bend National Park in southern Texas during the winter of 2003 with the Gulf Stream but sold it when we got back because the rig had some problems. Somewhere between then & 2006 we acquired a couple of extra doggy pals so when we decided to get another RV we had to think bigger. After waffling back & forth between a Motor Home or truck & 5th wheel trailer we decided on the truck & trailer combination & headed off for New Mexico & Arizona in the winter of 06/07. The 2004 GMC Sierra 6.0 & the 2005 Rockwood fifth wheel worked well to-gether but it didn't take us long to realize we should have decided on the Motorhome!! Nothing against trucks & fifth wheels but it just wasn't the right set up for us, especially traveling with 3 dogs at the time. When we arrived home in the spring of 07 we traded the truck & fifth wheel in on a 33' 2003 Damon Challenger Motorhome. Had that Motorhome until February of 2013 when we sold it & purchased a smaller 2013 23' Class C Sunseeker. Traded that Sunseeker in a few months later on a 2011 26' Class C Winnebago Access.
Now. what does all this have to do with, "Why an RV!!" (they don't call me Mr. Blabberfingers for nothing you know:))
For a number of years I drove an Airports transportation van based in Stratford Ontario taking people to & from Pearson International Airport in Toronto. I would quite often hear conversations amongst passengers & the one common thread I picked up over the years from people heading off or coming home from vacations, was........... "I wished we had done this when we were younger & still had our health." Women travelers outnumbered men travelers five to one because the husbands had died & now the ladies had to travel on their own. I saw this over & over again. From 2004 to 2010 I had driven a mobility van part time in our area & the people I transported were all in wheelchairs & mostly elderly. I was frequently in & out of various nursing home facilities so I saw first hand what the latter years of a person's life can unfortunately be like. Not good!!!! Kelly & I made the decision a long time ago that if we were ever in a financial position to get out & see the country, hike the canyons & trails, walk the desert floors, travel the mountain passes & enjoy the outdoors we love so much, we had better get at it while we were both still in reasonably good health. The financial opportunity presented itself in late summer of 2006 & we set our plans in motion.
We knew it was a big gamble & a risk but we had just seen too many people who had waited too long to live their dreams only to end up sick, incapacitated, in a care facility, or deceased. And that is why we made our decision to travel while we could. We have never regretted that decision, & have never looked backed........................:))
One of the most frequently asked questions readers have about my blog is what kind of a camera do I use. I actually have 3 Nikon DSLR's & 2 Canon point & shoot cameras. And I use them all.
Purchased my third Nikon DSLR on July 23rd 2013. A D3100 body only. Three weeks later I had to purchase a new 18-55mm lens to go with the D3100 because my older 18 to 35 lens did not get along well with the newer D3100. I will use this camera & lens for most of my landscapes now.
My DSLR Nikon D-90 sports a Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.6 lens. I use this camera for most of my candid people photos, birds, animals, bugs, & flowers. Before my D3100 this camera was my landscape camera.
My Nikon DSLR D-40 is now a back up camera & can handle any of my 4 Nikkor lenses. I'd sure like to hang a nice Nikkor MACRO lens on this one:))
My Canon Powershot SX210iS is the point & shoot camera I carry in a case on my belt everywhere I go.
My Canon Powershot A730iS point & shoot is the camera that sits close to my recliner for most of those doggy living room photos.
All of my Nikkor lenses are interchangable between the D3100, D-90, & the D-40.
Previous to my Nikon D-3100 & D-90, most of my photos were taken with my old faithful Nikon D-50 from about 2006 to early 2011 whereupon the D-50 suffered a rather gruesome fate when it fell off a table onto a cement porch in southeastern Arizona. The 70-300mm lens on the camera survived the fall but the D-50 did not:((
I also have a Stellarvue 80mm Refractor Nighthawk telescope which I have adapted to fit my Nikons giving me the equivelent of a 700mm lens. Only control I have over this lens is shutter speed. It is also manual focus.