Click on the Marina pics, and sail away into the sunset.
I walked over to the marina this morning and poked around a little. Most of the marina is closed off to everyone except people renting a slip, so I didn't get to walk amongst the boats. I just got to see the first building on the left where they have a gift shop, boat rental, and four dollar a gallon gasoline for your gas guzzling boat.
Expanding on something I brought up yesterday, and Larry filled in some blanks in his comment, I figured the changing world would make a good topic for today's blog post.
Living an RVing lifestyle like many of us do, our life tends to revolve around our RV, so we relate things going on around us to how it affects our RV life, and maybe not realizing a change has taken place that goes way beyond our hobbies or lifestyle choices.
Since I tend to keep up with what's going on in the RV world, it was easy to see a real boom in RVs, not only as a hobby but as the lifestyle mentioned above. And with the Bat flu going on, all my attention was focused on what was happening with RVs, RV parks, RV clubs, and of course, boondocking.
But it's starting to become apparent that the Bat flu wasn't just about people wanting to buy an RV and run away from home; it was about a sea change in the way some people were looking at life. And it doesn't seem to be just focused on hobbies; it's starting to look like it's the way people want to live their lives, and not just how, but where.
Since buying and selling real estate was a hobby of mine, I still keep up with what's going on in the real estate market, at least a little. And from what I can tell, around most of the country, real estate prices are moving up very quickly. Now I don't pay enough attention to keep up with what areas are doing the best and the worst, but I can see that houses are selling quickly and for large amounts of money in a lot of ordinary towns.
If I wanted to guess, I could say that big cities seem to be losing residents, whereas the burbs and small towns are gaining population. Why? Quality of life. In small towns, the citizens have far more control over what's going on and of the politicians that make those decisions. The bigger the city, the farther the average citizen is removed from the local politicians and the less influence they have.
When I lived in Woodland Park, Colorado, a town of 5 or 6 thousand people, I would run into the mayor in the grocery store and be able to offer input as to how I felt he was doing. I never gave him a piece of my mind because I didn't have enough mind to give any away, but the four flat tires on his car was a clue as to how I felt about his political decisions.
What has this got to do with RVs... I don't know, probably nothing. But I do realize now that RVs are just a piece of the puzzle of what's going on in America. But to us RVers it's an important piece that mainly affects us in the crowds at campgrounds and the high cost of new and used RVs. What can we do about it? Not much. About the only choice anyone has when the world changes is, you adapt. And if you don't.... Well, you can ask the dinosaurs how that turned out.
This is a pretty big Marina, and there's more than one. I think its a very large facility for just a reservoir.
The launch ramp was busy. Fortunately this one has a lot of launch lanes and is set up properly to move a lot of people in and out pretty quick.
Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do, what you gonna do when they come for you?
There were three or four of these game warden trucks parked near the marina, I guess they were in their boats checking licenses. They had their work cut out for them, because there was a lot of boats on the water.