I think coming to a crowded RV park like this Escapees Kofa Ko-Op Park in Yuma is a good thing for me to do every once in a while. After just one night of being here I've been reminded of all the reasons that I love boondocking.
Now don't get me wrong it has nothing to do with the people, the people that I've come in contact with have all been nice, friendly, helpful and I couldn't ask for a better group of people to be around.... If I wanted to be around a group of people.
It's really the environment that's the problem, too many people, too close together has never been something I enjoyed. Every direction I look except straight up or straight down, I see an RV. And that's not the reason that I wanted to live in an RV. And it's not just RVs I always bought houses because I didn't want to live in apartments and the reasoning was the same, too many people, too close together.
Now I can understand the reasons that some people want to live like this especially when they get older and more geezerly like me. Some people feel safer with other people around that can help them, and I can understand that I may be facing that myself one day.... Maybe even next week. I can also understand that as you get older you tend to get set in your ways and it's hard to break loose from wherever you're at and whatever you're doing because you feel safe there, you know where everything is, and when everything happens and that gives a lot of folks a sense of security. I was thinking of my mom as I wrote that because when she got old if she couldn't put lunch on the table at exactly 12 o'clock it messed up her whole day.
I realize that one day I may want to, or even have to, live like that. But at this point in my life a rut is the last place I want to be. And I think that's why I enjoy the RV lifestyle so much, it's a little difficult to get into a rut and become complacent while living in an RV, not impossible, just difficult. And for boondocking I don't even know if it's possible, because the boondocking lifestyle has a tendency to keep you on the move. And when you've got to spend some time thinking about where your going to go, how you're going to get there, and what you're going to do when you get there it's extremely difficult to become complacent and set in your ways.
I understand I won't always be able to live this way, I know sooner or later I will start feeling and acting more geezerly than I do now. But I'm not there yet and I feel like the lifestyle I'm living is keeping me mentally and physically active, helping me to appreciate each day, and possibly even slowing down my eventual slide into the abyss of Geezerdom.