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Not the most consistent writer, am I???!!!!!!

Heck, I almost forgot I even had this blog sitting out here, and there have been many times when I should have actually been documenting my thoughts and actions.

Guess I’ll see what comes from these fingers tonight, maybe it will be the impetus to write a bit more often in the coming months and years.  Then again, it may be such a ramble that maybe I would be better shutting it down forever! LOL  Only time will tell.

Actually, I probably wouldn’t have even started writing tonight, if it hadn’t been for my dear friend Linda dropping me a note to see what I’ve been up to and where I am heading next.  In a nutshell, I’m getting ready to leave AZ at the end of this month for cooler climes, as I am heading to MT to see my daughter graduate from college and visit with my son and his family before heading to Yellowstone National Park, WY to work this summer at the Mammoth General Store!

In the process of catching her up we made an amazing discovery…….  We’re getting older…….. LOL  See, we’ve known each other online for at least 12 or 13 years now, but have never had the chance to meet in person.  Someday that will change… Slowly but surely I am heading that way!  Just have to take time to smell the roses along the way.

So much has already changed in the years we have known each other; she’s retired, moved, become a mother-in-law and grandmother, all things that have happened to most of us in that same time span.  Myself, I’ve become a 2nd time divorced nomad! LOL  Much more than that really, but it is the easiest way to explain who I am becoming, assuming I can explain.  Those of you who have read my blog from start to finish already know what started me on the road to wherever; for those of you who haven’t read it all yet, feel free to stop now and catch up or just join me as I trip down memory lane.

Back when Linda and I first “met” everyone was living with the “Y2K” fever and fears.  What was going to become of the world as we had known it up to that time period?  Were computers going to shut down forever?  Would phones stop working, would electricity become a thing of the past? Were we going to lose touch with the rest of the globe as a result?  Or, was everything going to go forward as it had before?

For quilters online it became a chance to pull together, no matter where we lived.  To reach out to total strangers and share our hearts and our skills while we could.  Y2K quilts started a craze that has connected us forever.  Little pieces of fabrics traded around the world became our connecting thread in a time when uncertainty was the only certainty we knew.  Can you even imagine what 2000 little squares of fabric are like when you have no clue whether you will be able to reach out to those you have met thru the “Net” once the year 2000 became a reality?!  They were our tie to what had been, and our hopes for a safe and normal outcome once Jan.1st of that year had rolled into being.  As we all know the world as we knew it did not come to an end, thankfully.  The bonds that were forged online continued and many a friendship has grown from those earlier times.  Many of these friendships will always only be online, but thru luck and planning many of these people have actually met in person and become even “faster” friends. Others will meet as time permits and in many cases thru some mighty strange circumstances.

I had lived in a little town at the time called Thompson Falls, MT.  I was raising my daughter mostly alone at the time as her father was an over the road truck driver.  The computer became my connection to a world I thought I would never be able to see, but even that has changed with time.  I met, traded and chatted with many, many women and even a few men who relied on these machines to pull us outside of our current circumstances, whatever they were.

Okay, enough about what has drawn us together, intertwining our lives in ways we would never have thought possible.

At this moment I can honestly say my life truly changed yet again just over 2 years ago.  On March 16th, at 7 a.m., 2008 I left my “safe” job as night auditor at a motel in Kalispell, MT. and moved down the road to the home I now live in, my 19′ little house on wheels.  Those first weeks even though I was safely sitting in the driveway of my son and daughter-in-law’s house were a real experience!  Cold as only MT can be in the oddest of March’s.  The winds howled, the trailer rocked, the propane heater worked when it wanted and stopped when most needed though no one could find an explanation for it’s pulling tricks on me, and while I wondered whether I had a stupid mistake in forsaking my safe but most tiresome of lifestyles, I also knew that I had to try something different.  I was stuck in such a rut that I literally lived to work, sleep and go back to work.  That is not living, that is nothing more than existing.  Thank you, Lord, for my children!  Without them I would not be where I am today!  They are the ones who saw an opportunity for me to move out of the rut and see as much of this country as I possibly can while I am still young enough to enjoy the experiences.

And there most definitely have been a lot of them! And, God willing, there will be many more in the coming years!

I’ve lived and worked at the base of Mt. Shasta (California), and ridden a old renovated train across part of that mountain, and I’ve worked and wintered in AZ. two years in a row and ridden the new “light rail” train system between Mesa and Phoenix which only finally opened for business last winter!  Talk about history!  Old and new alike! I’ve stood on both rims of the Grand Canyon, crossed the Hoover Dam at least twice (I don’t usually “do” dams as they are way up in the air compared to being on level ground, to say nothing of having an awful lot of water on at least one side of them! LOL), revisited the Vermilion Cliffs (which I hadn’t seen in 20 plus years), I’ve walked the grounds of  Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, and listened to exquisite Native American flute music piped into the area of the Casa Grande Ruins!!!  Very eery, but totally enchanting!!  I have revisited the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore in S. Dakota, seen Crazy Horse’s Monument (for the first time), revisited the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and so much more I can’t even begin to recount!  All in a little more than 2 years time!  Blows me away to even think about it!!

And, of course, that now leads us back in a loop to where I am headed next.  Yellowstone Park via Zion National Park as I travel up thru UT.  Yellowstone and I have a history of our own.  It was the vacation spot we always went to when I was young.  Visiting the geysers, staring into the hot pools and watching the bison graze as well as checking out the bear “jams” as dad drove us from one spot to another and mom gave us little tidbits of information about the park.  It became a summer “retirement” location for my father to work in off and on as my children grew up, but most of all it represented a dream of mine.  I wanted to also work there one day myself!  As a child I saw students from all over the world working at various positions in the park as well as folks who had retired but wanted to work a bit to give pleasure to themselves and others at one of the most marvelous wonders this world offers for our enjoyment of Mother Nature.  As an adult I took my children to visit their grandfather there in “God’s Backyard” and hoped yet again that someday I too would be able to work there.  Well, come May 24th another of my dreams will come true, because that’s just what I am going to do, as I mentioned earlier!

What comes after that?  I have no clue.  I realized I was again letting myself be sucked into the rut of safety by coming back to the same location to work until just a few weeks ago.  Don’t misunderstand, I love this park in Mesa, most of all I love those people who come to winter in this park and could easily see myself coming back year after year and working myself into the ground to continue making sure their time was enjoyed to the fullest I could help make it, but that isn’t why I changed my lifestyle.  I changed it so I could also have time to explore and enjoy as much of this country as possible before I too have to someday get off the road and settle down for a well deserved retirement.  So, I turned in my notice and this summer will once again start looking for another location to work in next winter.  I’m thinking possibly southern New Mexico or the Gulf Coast of Texas!!!  Maybe even Louisiana if nothing appeals to me enough in this half of the country.  I’ve always wanted to see New Orleans!!!  LOL

Can you tell my foot has gotten “itchy” again?!

I’ll keep you posted as I see what is to come!

Oops!   Just realized I forgot a couple of things!  Some post back a ways I had said the kids sent me down here to AZ last fall with a bright, shiny red 1 ton diesel to pull my trailer with as they sold the van out from under me and were planning on going back on the road permanently themselves…. Well, they changed their plans after being out for 2 or 3 months in northern California and returned home.  Decided they liked being in one place where they could all spread out better till the boys are grown and gone, so they moved back up to Whitefish, MT right near Glacier National Park.  They have loved the area for many years, so I’m tickled they decided to go back.  At the same time, they also decided mom was right, as lovely as the diesel was for pulling my rig, it really was way more vehicle than I needed, especially in parking lots!  So, I now have a lovely white 2006 Nissan Titan with a 6 ft. truck bed and a full back seat to call my own!  May 1st will be her maiden voyage pulling the trailer and I don’t think she will mind one bit!  The truck is supposed to be able to pull 9500 lbs. but my trailer, even stuffed with my junk comes in under 4000 lbs.!  I’m really looking forward to taking to the road, can you tell???!!!!!!!!

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Finally……….. The summer is coming to a close!!

LOL  I know, most of you are groaning for that very reason, but for me it is a blessing.  I have been so bored this summer, just holding on for this time to finally arrive.

I’m down in Hurricane, UT. at the moment.  Left MT. yesterday and while I love my kids and grandkids, I sure am not so fond of MT.  The weather was nasty much of the season, rain and winds constantly driving everyone nuts and then the sheer lack of something truly productive to do.  I have gone back to working for my dear son and daughter-in-law a bit each month, but that’s working on the computer and doesn’t get me out of the house, so Mesa I am really looking forward to arriving at in the next few days!  Was planning on heading to Zion Natinonal Park and the north rim of the Grand Canyon tomorrow, but once again realized I driven farther already than I really needed to, so am going to see about staying here at Willow Winds RV Park again for another night.  Last week they were full, but this week they have a few empty spaces available, so even if I don’t get the same one I am in currently (right behind the shower/laundry house, lucky me!) then I won’t be far away.  I’d rather take showers on-site than mess with having to empty my shower out of the stuff I store there when traveling and then running hoses to get water in here, etc. all for only a night or two.  Too much hassle, I’ll save that for when I get down to Mesa!!!  Going to be nice just climbing out of bed and hitting the shower each morning instead of having to pull on enough clothes to go out in public to just undress, shower and then dress again! LOL

My biggest news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t drive the mini-van anymore!  I’m buying my kids’ gorgeous red diesel Ford F-350 from them as they are going on the road again themselves!  This time it looks like the “itchy – foot” has set in permanently.  They put the house back on the market, have found a house-sitter for it and had a huge moving sale.  While they didn’t get rid of all they wanted to yet, they are to the point that they won’t be moving back into the house again out of guilt that it is sitting there empty.  They’ve “redded-up” their 5th wheel trailer and their black Ford F-350 Dually diesel and they are taking off tomorrow evening or Friday morning.  They are going to spend the fall in northern Ca. and then head down towards Mesa in Nov. or so to see me for a bit before heading East once again.  Looks like they are planning on spending spring in Maine and surrounds…..

So, no more mini-van for me, the truck has become my darling, even though I have only had her for a week or so.  My goodness, its amazing how much easier I can drive wherever I want! LOL  If I had tried shooting the length of Utah in the van, it probably would have overheated from climbing all of the hills out here in 90 degree temps.  The truck just ate the road up and I could use the air conditioning without a single worry! LOL  Oh, the kids used to call her “Mater” (tomato slang), but to me she is the RED BOMBE, cause she sure is a treat!

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My Journey Has Begun

My journey has begun, even if in only a small way. I’ve moved out of the apartment in Kalispell, MT. after reducing my worldly goods to a fraction of what I thought I needed to live with. I’ve gotten to Dillon and met my lovely new home, all 19′ of her! While I admire her and pat her just to make sure she isn’t just a dream, I look back over the past several months which have lead me to where I am now.

Sept. 2007 – my son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandsons departed Mt. in their lovely new 35′ fifth wheel Jayco trailer from http://www.bigskyrv.com for the east coast and any other places they might decide to travel, taking my heart with them. I so wanted to be able to climb in the truck with them that I ached, though I tried hard to hide it from them. This was not the time for grandma to get too emotional, because spoiling their dream trip was not going to happen!

Imagine my surprise a couple of weeks later when my son called to ask me if I had ever thought of going on the road myself! The answer may have stunned him, though I’m not too certain he didn’t already know it in his heart. A resounding “Yes” flew out of my mouth, and into the ears of two people I love most in the world, my son and his dearest wife. She was only inches from the phone and between them they had all kinds of info to use in persuading me to consider a life on the road. Of course, since I popped up with that “yes” so quickly, their “arguments” of persuasion really weren’t needed as such. They instead became the means of showing me just how we would make this happen.

We talked and we talked over the next few months, always looking for the perfect little home for me through the Internet and by phone. From trips to rv dealers and back again to the Internet, the day finally arrived, in Jan. 2008 when my son called to say they had found it! And found it they did, just a matter of miles from their home. They sent pictures, and I dreamed and planned on making this work, but if hadn’t been for DS and DDIL I wouldn’t be here already. Bless their loving and generous hearts, cause they truly are making this dream come true!

It’s now almost the end of March and I’ve lived in my little house on wheels for three nights (sitting in their yard) while we get me savvy with the ways of rv’ing. Of course, I’ve already had one experience I hope not to repeat… I ran out of propane in the wee hours of this morning… Gets rather cold when the heat doesn’t work and you don’t know the first thing about changing from one tank to the other yet! lol At least it does in Dillon where the temps have been in the “teens” at night. When I finally couldn’t stand it any longer, I dragged my quilt and pillow inside and curled up on the couch after being spoiled by my grandsons who were just heading off to school. One got me coffee, another got the tank switched over, and the third one helped me get comfy in the recliner I planned on using for a nap, the couch turned out to be more napping comfy.

Little things like that will continue to happen, I know only too well, but at least I have some awesome teachers to help me learn how to deal with them! I had better learn, because I’ll be taking off on my own for northern California in a few weeks, where I’ll be working in an rv resort for the summer!

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