It’s always fun to meet our readers and make new friends, and that’s just what we got to do yesterday. Sometime in the early afternoon there was a knock on our motorhome’s door and I opened it to find Terry and Diane Pyatt standing there. They introduced themselves and Terry said he is a devoted blog follower. They are parked in the next line of RVs over from us. I invited them in and we had a nice visit.
Terry and Diane come from North Carolina and have been fulltiming for three years now, though they been camping for much of their married lives in everything from pop-up campers to travel trailers to fifth wheels, and now a diesel pusher. They were very nice people, and I was flattered when Terry told me that he seldom reads books, but that he’s hooked on my Big Lake mystery series. Diane said she doesn’t read the blog but she doesn’t have to, because Terry does every day and tells her everything that’s in it. Talk about an ego boost for this fat old guy! Thanks for stopping by Terry and Diane.
Terry and Diane are the kind of people we would have liked to have spent more time with, but we’re leaving Three Flags RV Resort today, headed back to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve for another two week day. Somebody asked if it wasn’t a pain to have to move every couple of weeks, and yes it can be at times. But the trip is less than an hour and we get a full hookup RV site for five dollars a night. That’s worth a little bit of inconvenience, don’t you think?
I got an email from a reader the other day who is about at the end of her rope. She said this is their second winter as snowbirds here in Florida, and she hasn’t seen anything but their RV park and the grocery store. Apparently she doesn’t drive, and she said her husband doesn’t want to do anything once they arrive except sit in their RV and watch TV. The only time he wants to go anywhere is when they do their weekly grocery shopping, and she said he grumbles about that.
Florida is an interesting state with so much to see and do. I wonder why anybody would even bother to get an RV and come south for the winter if they’re never going to poke their head out the door anyway? I didn’t know what kind of advice to give the woman, but I think if I was in her shoes I would either learn to drive or make a change in my living arrangements.
Couples really need to learn to communicate and discuss what they both want from the RV lifestyle. In the seminars I do on fulltime RVing at rallies, one of the biggest complaints I hear over and over from women is that their husbands want to drive 400 miles a day, spend the night in a WalMart parking lot, and do the same thing again the next day, never stopping to see anything along the way or even to take a break. What fun is that?
Thought For The Day – It’s better to be single wishing you were married than married wishing you were single.