Fortunately, the GOOD is far more prevalent than the “bad” and the “ugly”. And the GOOD is what you read in this blog. The pictures speak for themselves. Seeing this country on wheels is so exciting and it reaches the tropical feels and smells of South Florida. It touches the cold spring-fed waters of Moosehead Lake in Maine. It marvels at the shear beauty and strength of the Grizzlies in Yellowstone. And don’t forget the vibrant colorful life-filled sands and rock of the southwest desert! The United States, …no, North America has so much to offer. And we’ve only just begun.
In our travels, it is amazing how many families we have met full-timing. As a trained educator, I’m transfixed on the home-schooling opportunities these families have. I could do a whole blog on just this. Kids are seeing first hand the beauty, the amazement, the history of this great land. I applaud these families …and envy the kids. What an experience!
Another aspect I have found: age seems to disappear. Old and young alike who have chosen to jump in to this life of extended travel (not all are true full-timers). It really is a mindset. Once you cross over and commit to exploring the natural history, beauty, diversity, and human history, life is not the same. America the beautiful; It really should be our National Anthem.
To hear more about the “GOOD”, read past blogs, anticipate future ones, and plan your adventure!
The “Bad” is again a mind set. Some of our experiences might be classified as “less than positive”, educational, but not “Bad”. There was the hole I inadvertently put in the bathtub. Or the flat we got outside a pub in St. Johnsbury VT. Of course on one of our trips south, my transmission acted up in New Hampshire. But even that, in hind sight, just became another unexpected adventure.
Walmart has given us reason to pause. We stayed overnight in Texarkansas, AK in one where the temps and humidity remained very high. It was complicated by some young adults releasing tension by squealing tires through the night. Then there was the one in Knoxville, TN. where the manager gave us permission to stay but after his description of drug dealing and usage, we moved on. Eventually, we found other suitable overnight stays that include Cracker Barrels and Cabellas/Bass Pro Shops.
How about the “Ugly”? So, traveling full-time can put some stresses on us. Mostly news can shake us up. Bad weather is always a concern and staying in a tin can when there are tornado, severe thunderstorms, or flood warnings, can be a bit unnerving. Or the ultimate storm, a hurricane which happened this past November, tested our mettle. There are other things as well to be classified as “Ugly”. Last year a couple from NH was headed for a “workamping” gig here in Miami to sell Christmas trees. They went to the Southwest first and were working their way east when they ran into trouble. It did not end well as they were kidnapped and murdered. It is a reminder to be vigilant at all times.
And just this week, an active shooter incident in South Florida. In nearby Everglades National Park, a Ranger was called to a domestic dispute at one of their campgrounds. The perpetrator shot at the Ranger and fled on foot. They did eventually catch him and there were no injuries. However, for a few hours, it was a little nerve-wracking. When will that madness ever end?
I apologize for ending this blog on a downer since our experiences are so positive. But remember this: If I only come up with 2 to 3 paragraphs of bad stuff in 4 years (and 40 plus blogs), You know this is all worth it.
Coming soon, more tales from the Campah!
… Next adventure; “Homeschooling on the Road”
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