It is time to start thinking about spring and summer. I do this by surrounding myself with nice weather themes. One of things I do is watch golf on the weekends. Most PGA events this time of year are all in sunny warm places. Sometimes I’ll watch a movie with a warm weather theme. For example, the other day I got real crazy and watched Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii”. Not only did it present warm thoughts, but it was nostalgic as well. Whether you like Elvis or not, it still brings back memories of a fun time in my life, the 60’s.
Some people will try to beat the winter blahs and visit the annual boat show that will be going on this weekend in Grand Rapids. The only issue with me going there is that it makes me want to buy a boat. There is a reason they hold those in February.
A few weeks back there was the Grand Rapids Camping and RV Show. I have gone to these, but I’d rather see it in late February. January is still too early to think spring. I have on occasion attended the Strictly Sail show in Chicago for an early shot of spring fever however.
Some of you know that Berni and I own a motor home, and for a little less than 2 years, we lived in that motor home and traveled around parts of the US in it. We were what they call fulltime RVer’s. We sold or gave away everything we had in our apartment that we could not store or take with us and moved into our 37’ Winnebago Adventurer. We spent the first few summer months living in the motor home located in Elkhart, Indiana. From there I commuted back and forth to Benton Harbor while I still worked at Whirlpool Corporation. I had already obtained my RV Service Technician Certification at this point, but the sole purpose for living in the RV while still working at Whirlpool was to make sure Berni & I would be comfortable living in a confined space. Not everyone can do that. Once we knew we could, I said my goodbyes to my Whirlpool family and we hit the road.
On Route 66 near Needles, CA, 2007
Travel 2000′s style Vs. 1950′s. At Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, CA
While we were traveling, I worked as a mobile RV service tech in my own business and sales work for a company called NORD-LOCK, Inc.. Berni was a licensed massage therapist and she would do massages at RV rallies. Those activities helped fund our new lifestyle. In the long run we finally decided to get off the road and move back to Muskegon, Michigan. We loved being on the road, but as an only child, I needed to come back and spend more time with my parents. A personal decision that turned out to be the right one, and one we will not regret. We do still miss the adventure, and we would like to get back to it again, but not as full timers.
One advantage that traveling in a motor home offers is an easier way to get off the beaten path to see sites most people do not take the time to see. Ther are no worries about finding a hotel nearby and normally you can always find a place to pull off for the night to sleep when in an RV. We stayed in Mojave, CA a few weeks and had the opportunity to visit some interesting ghost towns for example.
Ghost mining town in Garlock, CA
When you live the full time RV lifestyle, one learns there is a difference between “Campers” and “RVers”. Michigan is a camping state. Places like Texas and Arizona are RVing states. I will never forget one of our first nights in Elkhart and Berni was waiting for everyone to sit around the fire at night and sign “Kumbaya”. RV’s don’t do that LOL. I’ll say no more, but she still gets teased about it. We still have the Winnebago, and I keep it up north a bit and use it mostly as a hunting camp and occasionally hit the road for some Michigan camping <grin>.
Whether you are a camper or an RVer, there are still a lot of similarities. The key being the freedom from everyday life. It does not matter if it is for a weekend or a lifetime. If you enjoy this lifestyle, or even visiting places by car for vacations, I encourage you to check out the “Gypsy Journal”. This is a travel adventure publication published by Berni’s cousin Nick Russell and his wife Miss Terry. He also maintains a website, publishes several books on travel, and runs a daily blog about their full time travels. Nick & Miss Terry are celebrities in this industry having thought many travel seminars. Berni & I would never have succeeded in our RV adventures without their help.
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A subscription to the “Gypsy Journal” newspaper is great arm chair traveling. I highly recommend it. It is not expensive, published monthly and loaded with reviews of many places to visit or take a vacation. Often there are reviews of many interesting places you may never have heard about before.
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Just think, February is half over, soon to be March, then April Showers to follow. Spring and Summer are not that far away.
Don’t have an RV? Try your hand at a bus conversion. Lots available.