As I wrote a while back, our plans for 2012 have already been changed a couple of times, due to needing to get repairs done to our coach and scheduling conflicts with my appointments at the Tucson VA hospital. So we scrapped our planned trip to the Keys for this year, and we may stop a few places between here and Arizona when we head west later in the month.
We had planned to do New England this summer, and still hope to get there, but since my first appointment at the VA isn’t until the end of April, and I have a couple of issues that may require me to stay around for some follow up treatment, we’re not sure when we’ll be leaving Arizona. Hopefully before it gets too hot.
Terry’s drivers license expires in late June this year, and mine in mid-October. South Dakota allows residents to renew up to 180 days early, so we need to make a trip up there to get that done sometime in June. Hopefully things in Arizona will be finished by then, and we can keep right on heading east. All we can do at this point is wait and see what happens. But that’s one of the great things about the fulltime RV lifestyle, we can be flexible and roll with the punches.
Whenever we do get going, we’ll spend whatever time we can exploring as far east as possible before our Eastern rally in Celina, Ohio September 3-7. We’ll also have to pop up to Michigan sometime for Terry’s annual oncologist checkup and to visit my cousin Berni and her husband. Then we may wander back to the east coast and spend some time in Virginia and the Carolinas. Or, we may head down to the Keys before the crowds arrive. Then again, we may ??? Who knows?
So what are your travel plans for 2012? Do you have a big trip planned? Maybe Alaska, or the Maritime Provinces, or the Northwest coast? Are you going back to wherever home was to visit the family? Or are you going to wander around, bouncing like a ball in a pinball machine, letting the whim of fate direct your travels?
It was warmer yesterday, but still not what one expects for Florida. A lot of folks who live or winter here are telling me to get out of the state so it can warm back up. But I want to remind you, we’ve been here for over two months, and the weather has been very nice up until this week.
Still, I was not going outside if I could help it, except to hook up our water hose, and to drop off some trash in the dumpster. I spent most of the day answering e-mails, and during the afternoon, our friend Al Hesselbart from the RV Museum in Elkhart stopped in for a visit. Al wanted to let me know that his Jeep must have felt left out with all of the money we spent on our Winnebago yesterday, because while he was in town, his water pump gave out and he spent a couple of hours in a shop getting it replaced.
After Al left, I worked until after midnight on my new book, stopping only for a delicious dinner of blackened halibut and wild rice that Miss Terry prepared. I’m pleased to say that Big Lake is still holding its own and selling 1,000+ copies a day, and has now been in Amazon’s Top 100 list for 33 days in a row.
A while back I was interviewed for a New Zealand writer’s group blog about my experiences publishing Big Lake on Amazon. You can read the interview at http://witsnq.blogspot.com/. Another author, my good friend Donna McNicol, has just launched a new Facebook page about her writing projects. Check it out and "like" it at http://www.facebook.com/
Thought For The day – The sure way to be cheated is to think yourself more cunning than others.