I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s September already. Our summer flew by, and although our travels didn’t exactly go as planned, we are not complaining. Actually, we couldn’t have planned our summer any better. Sometimes winging it can turn into an amazing adventure.
The travel God’s smiled on us regularly as we changed directions on a whim. I mean literally from one second to another we were changing our minds on where we should go and pulling into campgrounds without reservations…. not ideal in the peak of tourist season. One minute we were in crisis mode pointing the RV in an easterly direction, and the next, with the crisis averted, we found ourselves turning around and heading north; traveling with no real rhyme or reason other than some impending obligations.
The flexibility and freedom of traveling in a RV can be liberating, exciting, stressful, wonderful, scary, perplexing, and of course, relaxing …… it’s kind of like a rollercoaster of emotions, but minus the word relaxing. As much as I love a good rollercoaster ride, I’ve never found one to be relaxing – exhilarating yes, relaxing no! And RVing can be an exhilarating journey.
Along with seeing spectacular scenery this summer, we met some wonderful people. More than once we were referred to as “seasoned”. On July 1st, we entered our fourth year of full-time RV living. Our one to two year intention of living in the RV full-time has since turned into year four. I’m not sure when we progressed from “newbie” RV’er to “seasoned” RV’er, but here we are, still enjoying the journey, and willing to share our school of hard knocks knowledge with any “RV newbie” who asks.
I’ll admit, three years ago as a relative ‘newbie’, I would never have handled the winging it style of travel we embarked on this summer. I’ve always been a planner and usually have a game plan laid out weeks in advance, and most times, months in advance. I think, over time, we’ve developed a level of RVing confidence. We have confidence in knowing we’ll always manage to find a place to overnight, even if it’s just a parking lot.
There are days I do miss a home base. A place to go back to and regroup, but I still haven’t found that spot I’d like to call home. So the search shall continue. I do know it won’t be Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Although amazingly beautiful, and I look forward to returning, my blood is too thin to tackle that weather. More than once we awoke to temperatures in the 30 degree Fahrenheit range along with a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks and this was in mid July …. beautiful BUT brrrr!
The moment I realized this weeks photo challenge was mirror, I knew I had to share some images from our summer excursion ….. photographs depicting reflections. I’m still struggling with my computer issues, thus my lack of blogosphere presence may continue, but now that we’ve decided to slow our travels down a tad and spend the next two months hanging in Prescott, Arizona, I’m hoping to finally upgrade this dinosaur of a laptop.
Once I bring home that new laptop, I’ll start writing about our interesting travel stops. Not only do these photographs depict reflections, as I review them, I reflect on our memories, on our journey, on the adventure.
My biggest dilemma was narrowing down the photographs to just a few, which was not an easy task for me. We managed to visit some stunningly beautiful places during the past few months. We started in Arizona last April then ventured into Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and now, five months later, have returned to Arizona.
Yep, we had one heck of a rollercoaster ride this summer ….. wouldn’t change a moment….. not the highs, the lows, or the upside downs. Stay tuned for all the stories!