I've lost 20 pounds just by clicking the pics. And not eating for a week.
Pansies? I'm so desperate I'm taking pictures of Pansies? I've got to do something or pretty soon I'll be taking pictures of my laundry.
I've been giving a lot of thought to this coming winter's travels, and what's going to happen in the areas of the country that we full-timers typically go to stay out of the cold. Places like Florida, southern Texas, southern New Mexico, southern Arizona, and Southern California, and what it's going to take to have a stress free, safe, and enjoyable winter travel season.
My feeling is, and I could be wrong, but I've looked into it pretty deeply, that there is going to be substantially more RVers heading for warm weather this coming winter than usual.
I've come to this conclusion for various reasons: a lot more RVs are being sold than average. I even witnessed this when I was staying at the Fairgrounds in Tucson, and salesmen at the RV shows were raving about their great sales figures.
There's a lot of people, because of the Bat flu, whose jobs have been rearranged so that they can work from home, even if that home is in an RV. Some of America's big cities are being torn apart. And even if the residents aren't in physical danger, it still affects people mentally, and a lot of them may want to leave, at least temporarily, and an RV is a good way of doing that. Then there's us baby boomers that are all pretty much retired by now and spending more and more time in our RVs.
What this means to me is the usual wintering grounds for us full-timers is going to get very crowded. The Snowbirds shouldn't have a problem, they've made their reservations way ahead of time, and they will be staying in the same RV Park, at the same site they've used for years so they'll be just fine. The problem is going to be for folks who can't get reservations. And especially for full-timers like me, that don't make reservations and depend on our wits and blind luck to find a spot to stay.
How crowded the wintering areas are going to be is anybody's guess. Still, since most people stay in RV parks, there's going to be enough RVers to put extreme pressure on existing RV parks. And at least some of those RVers will have to spill over into the boondocking areas and make do the best they can, how comfortable they will be depends on how well they prepared for "long-term boondocking."
A lot of RVers are set up for a week or two of semi-comfortable boondocking. But to boondock comfortably for long periods takes a bit more effort, and equipment, inless you don't mind giving up some comfort or roughing it to one degree or another. And quite often the biggest complaint I hear from other RVers about boondocking is they're not as comfortable as they would like to be so they don't do it very often or for very long.
This post is getting so long its boring even me, so I will continue with my thoughts tomorrow.
Wildflower, complete with a bug to show how wild this flower is.
Apache paintbrush. I don't know why the Apache didn't just go to Home Depot and buy a real paintbrush because these look like they would make a real mess. And when I talk about making a mess painting I speak from experience.