Ruts And Graves

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072014

There is an old saying that the only difference between a rut and a grave is the length and depth. I think sometimes RVers need to remember that. Like all people, many of us tend to go the same places by the same routes year after year and lose sight of the very reason we got into the RV lifestyle in the first place – freedom!

A good example is a woman who complained to me by e-mail this weekend that she hated the campground where she was spending the holiday. I replied with something to the effect that we have stumbled on a few bad campgrounds over the years and make it a point not to return. She then wrote back to say that she went there as a little girl with her parents and grandparents and hated it then, and now that she’s going there with her kids she still hates it. So why go back? That’s why we have wheels under these things, right? If we don’t like the neighbors or the neighborhood, we can leave.

There is a difference between returning to places we enjoy, to be with people we like, than just going back out of habit. Last year we did the Pacific Northwest and then wintered in Arizona, but we really missed the Midwest, East, and South. We really enjoyed coming back here to Elkhart Campground, and we look forward to getting down to Florida this winter. But we even fell into a rut there, bouncing back and forth between Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood and the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve in Clermont all winter long.

We’ll stop at both campgrounds again this year, but I also want to go to some other places we have not seen yet, or just passed through, including the Everglades and the Gulf Coast. And the Keys. We’re definitely going to spend a couple of weeks in the Keys. If I were retired military I’d go to the FamCamp near Key West and stay there all winter long. I love living on Island Time.

And the first step to any RV trip is a clean windshield, right? Yes, I could have been doing all that work, but somebody had to take the picture! Now we’ll have a clear view on our trip to Batesville today. Well, for a mile or two anyway, then the bugs will find us. They always do. Sad smile

Terry washiong windshield

Congratulations to Jerry Stapleton, this week’s winner of an audiobook of Longnecks & Twisted Hearts by George Weir. We had 124 entries this time around. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.

George Weir, who donated the audiobook for the drawing is a prolific author and I recently downloaded Death On The Pedernales, the fifth book in his excellent Bill Travis mystery series. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Thought For The Day – Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

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  9 Responses to “Ruts And Graves”

  1. If you like island time.. and don’t want to pay Key West prices, try out Cedar Key (west coast, 2 hrs north of Gainesville). It’s island time at its best. It’s been our ‘rut’ for the past 3 years that we will escape from this year and try out winter in the SW. 🙂

  2. We visited Cedar Key once and it’s very high on our Go Back To list.

  3. Be safe and enjoy the journey wherever it takes you. We’ll hold the fort down here at the Elkhart Campground awhile longer and then maybe we can catch up again in the AZ area this winter.

  4. What’s up with Terry? Haven’t you been feeding her? She looks like she’s lost weight.

  5. July 7, 2014
    It feels comfortable to go on familiar roads and routes and stay in familiar campgrounds. Now campgrounds also are unique as there might not be any other place in the local area to park a rig. Road of route with a rig to me is and easy trip no questions of tight places, purchasing fuel stops along the route, all solved on the first trip and now comfortable to do a second time. I am a planer and that reduces my work load.


  6. safe travels today, we finally broke the semi-rut we were in this summer and ventured up US 83 from Hondo TX up to Nebraska. It added 200 miles to our trip but t was worth it. We saw many small towns that we amazed at our RV for some reason. The rest of the summer we will be going back to places we enjoyed and it has been a couple of years since we have been there.

  7. Hi Nick,

    The FAMCAMP at Key West has a 14 day limit on full hook up sites. There is a 200 site overflow area at Trumbo Point. No reservations except for active duty so the chances of getting a full hook up site can be a challenge.

  8. You might try Florida State parks as well as country and municipal parks. There are many state parks that have plenty of room for your RV. For example: Stephen Foster Folk and Culture Center in White Springs (just north of Lake City), Wekiwa Springs just north of Orlando (a must see Morse Museum – best collection of Tiffany glass anywhere especially large windows), Lake Kissimmee State Park (wonderful Segway ride at park and Bok Singing Tower in Lake Wales) and Lake Lousia State park near the Thousand Trails in Clermont. You can get reservations at Reserve America.
    We are in a new area for us, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. If you like trees, this is for you. Hubby calculated there are at least 20 BILLION trees on the island. We think we have seen most of them. But different is fun. New experiences and new places to see.

  9. We’ve been to Stephen Foster in White Springs and loved it. We’ll have to try some of the others when we’re in the Sunshine State.

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