My first night at Dateland there was one of those spectacular sunsets that you get in the desert when the clouds are in just the right position to spread the sunset over the entire sky. It's something to behold.
I find it strange that my life is always the same. You would think that living the kind of lifestyle I do that my life would be different all the time because I'm traveling. And after all when you go on vacation you're traveling and your life is different so why is my life always the same.
I have figured out that unlike going on a vacation where everything in your life changes for a few weeks, when you're living the full-time lifestyle and carrying your home wherever you go you also carry your life wherever you go, so nothing actually ever changes except the scenery.
Imagine that about every two weeks, you walk outside the door of your house and your house is in a completely different place. Your truck is still right where you parked it yesterday afternoon, but now there's a bunch of cactus in your yard and yesterday there was a mountain.
You walk back into the house and everything is the same as you left it, the coffee pot's still sitting on the stove, a rearview camera is still laying on the sofa where you put it two months ago, your bed is unmade just like when you got out of it this morning, and yet everything outside of your home is different.
And because it's different you don't know where the grocery store is, or the post office, or a Chinese buffet. It's all new and different and this happens to you every two weeks.
One of the things that happens to me is, I lose all sense of time. Now time doesn't matter to most retired RVers, we brag about how we don't know what day it is. but that's mostly because we've lost our memory not because were RVers. But I really don't know what time it is or what day it is because it doesn't matter to me at all anymore.
I make a mark on my calendar when my time at a location is over and that's the only day I care about, the rest of them are just meaningless inless there's a holiday involved.
As odd as all of this feels I still wouldn't change it for anything. I've always considered myself adaptable. And I think my adaptability is one of the reasons I'm so happy as a full timer. Now you don't have to be adaptable to be a full timer. I would say Snowbirds don't have to be very adaptable at all because they're always in pretty much the same place's year after year.
But if you want to be a highly mobile full timer and boondocker, and be just as happy in the desert, in a Walmart parking lot, a relative's driveway, or at an RV Park.... well not so much an RV Park. Being adaptable is the key to being happy.
What's even better than the sunset is, I was outside taking pictures of it wearing a T-shirt.
The Dateland police explained to me that you're not allowed to stand outside taking pictures of the sunset just wearing a T-shirt. I avoided an expensive ticket by not commenting on Datelands discriminatory laws, and putting on some pants.