Feb 152009

With our rally over, and Life on Wheels now gone, for the first time in a very long time, Terry and I have no place we have to be and nothing we have to do for the next seven months. I have to tell you, that is a nice feeling! It brings to mind the early days in our fulltime RV lifestyle, when we literally pulled up to an intersection and did a mental flip of the coin to decide right or left, north or south.

As I have written before, if I had to define the fulltime RV lifestyle in just one word, that word would be freedom. The freedom to go where we want, when we want, unhampered by schedules and timelines. We’re looking forward to enjoying some of that freedom in the coming months.

Our next real commitment is our Eastern Gypsy Gathering rally in Celina, Ohio, September 28 – October 3. Between now and then, our plans are written in Jello. Next week we’ll make a short trip to San Diego with my daughter and her family to take the grandkids to Sea World. After that, we plan to spend some time wandering around here in Arizona. Eventually we’ll begin meandering toward the Pacific Northwest, an area we love and have seen entirely too little of in the last few years.

Half a lifetime ago, I got my start in the newspaper business in the small towns along the Northwest coast, and I have missed that area. Except for a brief two week visit five years ago, we have not been there since our first summer on the road. It’s time to go back. We have no real destination in mind, anywhere between Brookings, Oregon and Port Townsend, Washington is fine with us.

Though we spent much of our lives living in the deserts and mountains of the Southwest, Terry and I love being around the ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. We feel at home anywhere there is salt water, a beach, working fishing ports, lighthouses, and fresh seafood.

We really have not used our Thousand Trails membership enough to make it cost effective, but we knew the time would come when we could start exploring more of the country, and this summer we plan to hit several of the Thousand Trails and NACO preserves along the Oregon and Washington coast.

While we don’t usually like to make reservations, in popular areas like this, we know we’ll have to do so to some extent. But between the above mentioned membership RV parks, Elks and Moose lodges, VFW posts, and our Passport America membership, I’m sure we’ll find plenty of accommodations.

Thought For The Day – One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

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  6 Responses to “Summer Travel Plans”

  1. Good Morning Nick and Terry,

    Sorry we missed you yesterday when we left the Fairgrounds. We did honk when we drove by your rig but it was pretty early and I’m sure you both were getting some much needed rest. We want to thank you very much for the great Rally!! Even though the attendee count was down from last year, we both agreed that it was our most successful Rally ever…of any kind!!

    If you end up close to North Ranch before May or in the Custer, SD area this summer, please give us a call. We have a spot for you if you make it to Custer.

    Thanks again and BIG HUGS to both of you…………………Pat and Mike

  2. Go for it and enjoy your freedom! We’ll continue to base out of Benson this year, but we’ll have a trip to Carson City and the SF Bay Area in late summer, and maybe a trip into New Mexico some time.

    Yay! RVing!

    Jerry and Suzy

  3. Have a great time! If you swing by the Crescent City Calif. KOA, drop in and say hey. I’ll be workamping there all summer. I hope to come to your rally next year — sounded like a lot of fun.

  4. Nick, Thanks to you both for a great rally. Don and I both enjoyed it thoroughly, in spite of the mud, wind and cold. Weather’s beautiful now!

    If you get to Benson, we’d love to go kayaking on Patagonia Lake with you and Miss Terry.

    Travel safely and enjoy every day,

  5. While visiting the Northwest, don’t overlook the two excellent SKP parks, one in Oregon and the other in Washington. The Washington park is just outside of Port Townsend, and is in a delightful location.

  6. We read your blog daily and so look forward to when we can full time (2012) when Jim takes early retirement. You won’t go wrong going up the Oregon coast – we have lived here for 8 years (from Missouri) and love it. There is nothing like looking at the ocean, relaxing, no phones, and just sipping a cool-one. Rest up and enjoy!!!!

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