For a couple years before going fulltime in the RV I started reading blogs of those who had been traveling for years and others who were just getting ready like we were. Lots of different experiences, but all in similar circumstances. We were all in the US, and all excited about the amazing freedom of living on the road. Lots of adventures and lots of plans.
So different from today.
Over the last 18 months there were already a lot of changes for many of us. Two couples have moved their travels to RVing in Europe. Two couples have sold their rigs and moved into permanent sticks and bricks again. Some of us have purchased properties for winter or summer bases. A couple already had bases they maintained after hitting the road. Only a few are still RVing fulltime. Most of us are still blogging :-)
We've shared so much over the years beyond just our travels. Weddings, new grand and great-grandchildren, deaths of family, friends and furbabies, retirements and new jobs, and lots of other life experiences. We've enjoyed wonderful meetups all over the country as well as "copied" routes that we learned from each other.
And now we have very different blog posts. I'm grateful that everyone is still sharing their experiences, keeping us all "in the loop" on how our new normal is being played out in their lives. I'm grateful for the comments on all our blogs from others checking in.
Again (or still) we have a variety of experiences under similar circumstances. Those in Europe and Canada remind us that the whole world is impacted by COVID-19. Those still fulltiming are faced with very new challenges finding safe and long-term answers to staying home. And certainly those of us who now (or already had) have a stationary house are grateful for the unexpected value of safe and permanent.
All of us have cancelled, altered, postponed and lost months of planned routes. Some remain optimistic that some summer travel will still be possible, others like us have decided to transfer all of this year's plans to next year. The exception for us is we haven't cancelled our September houseboat trip on Lake Powell. I'm sure there are other exceptions as well.
In the meantime we continue to enjoy our desert with the added bonus of a little boy and his parents. Being told "I love you Nawma!" and "You're my best friend PopPop!" certainly make up for a lot of postponed adventure :-)))
|Unlike the deserts to the north of us, our wildflowers are slow in coming.|
|The power of the sidewalk chalk!|
|Keeping the bird bath full of water.|
|Checking out the Sycamore's new sprouts.|
In addition to traveling fulltime, all of us agree that the friends we've made through our blogs has been a wonderful bonus of this life. I feel a continued, even enhanced, connection with my blogging buddies and our readers through this crisis, giving me incentive to keep posting!
Everyone be safe, stay home, remain positive - and definitely keep posting, reading and commenting!!