Parting is such sweet sorrow, and every time we hit the road it hurts to say goodbye to the people we love. But at the same time, we know and they know that we could never be happy giving up the freedom and adventure of our fulltime RV lifestyle.
Yesterday we drove out to Hon-Dah RV Park to say goodbye to Terry’s parents, who spend the summers here in the cool White Mountains and their winters at their home in Mesa. When we came to Arizona a few months ago, Terry’s dad was facing a health scare, and we feel much better now, knowing that he’s doing well.
When we got back to our motorhome at the Elks lodge campground, Terry dropped me off and made a run to Safeway for groceries. My plan was to get some work done, and I did for all of a half hour or so, but the lure of a nap was just too much to resist. I stretched out on the couch and didn’t wake up until Terry came home.
She had barely gotten the groceries inside when daughter Tiffany and step-granddaughter Gracie arrived. We had a very nice visit that stretched out all evening. Terry made a delicious dinner of pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn, and we spent the evening just enjoying being together.
The strong winds predicted for yesterday never developed, but that’s okay, it was nice to have an extra day in our old hometown. Today we’re headed for Tijeras, New Mexico, which is a few miles east of Albuquerque. The fastest route is to go up Interstate 40 and take it east to Albuquerque. But what fun would that be?
Not much actually. The road is always rough and the truck traffic is always hectic. We’ll take the slower paced U.S. 60 east through Springerville and into New Mexico, following it all the way to Socorro. From there we’ll take Interstate 25 north to Albuquerque and pick up I-40 for the short trip to Tijeras. It takes about an hour longer, but that’s okay, it’s a nice relaxing trip. Who knows, we may even stop in Pie Town for pie, if they have any. Last year when we went through, we arrived just as they sold the last piece.
While we’re in Albuquerque, I’ll finish the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and send it off to the printer, and we’ll pick up some stories for the next issue of the paper. We also plan to just have some quiet time. It seems like the time has just flown by the last three months. It seems like we’ve been on the go all of the time, between dealing with Terry’s dad’s illness, our own medical appointments, and visiting family and friends around the state.
Poor Terry said that for the last week, she hasn’t even been able to just sit and have her morning cup of coffee because we’ve been too busy trying to squeeze as much time as possible in with everybody we wanted to see here. Not that we were able to get to everybody. There just are not enough hours in the day.
We’re looking forward to having some of those quiet days where we stay in our comfy lounge clothes and never open the door all day long.
Thought For The Day – You attract people by the qualities you display. You keep them by the qualities you possess.