Terry and I are in a strange position for us, one we haven’t been in since our first couple of years on the road. We have no plans and few obligations for 2013. We’re basically footloose and fancy free.
Usually our routine has been to leave Florida and go to Arizona in late winter, then head out in the spring for the Midwest, then head south in the fall and hang out in Florida until it’s time to start west again. But with no rallies scheduled, and since Terry doesn’t have to return to Michigan for her oncologist checkups any more; except for a couple of family visits and annual medical checkups in Arizona in March, we find ourselves free to do something different next year. We don’t like to plan too far ahead, but we have been considering our options.
It’s been years since we have been to Branson, and that’s one possibility. The shows don’t appeal to us as much as the countryside around there. The Ozarks are absolutely beautiful any time of year. We could go there, then spend some time exploring the central states. They get bypassed by most RVers, and there is a lot to see and do there.
We also like the southeast, and we haven’t spent nearly as much time as we’d like in the Carolinas and Virginia. All we’ve ever done is pass through on our way south to Florida every year. I’d like to spend a summer there sometime exploring all of the Revolutionary and Civil War sites.
Another option, and one that we are strongly considering, is spending the summer in the Pacific Northwest. We love the Oregon and Washington coasts, and though we spent some time there a couple of years ago, we had to leave sooner than we wanted to so we could get back to Ohio for our Eastern rally.
We have talked about staying in Arizona until it gets too hot, then heading up the coast and spending the summer poking around, eating our weight in seafood. Then we’d return to Arizona by way of the Rocky Mountain states in the late fall. There are lots of places in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah we still haven’t seen yet.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve spent the holidays with family, so that option has a lot of appeal to us. If we did, we could either spend the entire winter in the southwest, or reverse our regular travel path and head to Florida in the late winter or early spring.
The good thing is that we don’t have to be anyplace. We can do our thing and find fun places to visit and share with our readers in every corner of this great land of ours. Wherever we go, you can bet it’s going to be fun.
Thought For The Day – I wish I could go back in time and tell myself what I know now.