The very concept of an Life Unscripted is predicated upon learning from one’s mistakes and experiences and not making them again. For whatever reason the process of beginning to think about life after the Forest brought back another reality. I fear I have forgotten how to plan a voyage by RV. And that, now driving a 40 foot coach instead of our short little 32 footer
“All travel has its advantages.
If the passenger visits better countries,
he may learn to improve his own.
And if fortune carries him to worse,
he may learn to enjoy it.”
– Samuel Johnson
I pretty much view any travel quotation about countries as equally applicable to the RV lifestyle. And it’s the Improve or Learn dichotomy that appeals to me a lot! Wherever we go we get the chance to do one or the other.
Please don’t ask me which of the two our experience here on the Forest has been. To be truthful I can’t answer that question because there have been lessons on both sides of the equation. But my reason for writing today is about learning.
When we were still in the Midwest I thought I had gotten pretty good about route planning and campground selection. And then we stopped making plans. I think that the last campground reservation I made was about August of last year. Not only have I not been honing my travel skills; I’ve forgotten a bit of what I had learned.
In yesterday’s post I was commenting about stopping off at AM Solar for a alternative energy installation. That gave rise to a few hours of what-if pondering. Is there a better time of year to have the work done? Depending on the time of year we would leave where would we go first? I have an annual physical coming up in a few months. Would we leave here before that appointment? Would we drive or fly home for the Dr.’s appointment? We could take a couple weeks’ vacation and return to volunteer here longer. If we drove would we take the car or the coach?
All of that had me revisiting recreation.gov and reserveamerica.com — I’ve not looked at either of them very much since October and there are a few tweaks that have been made. But mostly it was a reminder of why we usually stay in places a couple weeks: I don’t really enjoy the process of making reservations.
To be honest — I’ll bet I used to spend nearly as much time researching and looking at alternates as I spend volunteering at the office. One of the things I liked about hosting in WI and volunteering here was the fact that I wouldn’t have to do as much route planning! I’m only partly serious about that. It’s not about the planning, it’s about the learning to be a better planner. There are a lot of little tricks that different RV’ers have to make the process easier. The most obvious ‘trick’ isn’t a trick at all — it’s simply returning to the same place year after year after year. That’s something that isn’t us. We like diversity and change.
We didn’t DO a lot over the holiday; purposely. We’ve been plugging away pretty good at the office and have been tired; but the temps haven’t been all that warm lately and it’s not all that much fun sitting outside in 55 degree weather or low 60 degree weather as it might be if the temps were in the 70’s. There are tradeoffs to living in a cooler climate. We’re getting acclimated to different seasons, but cool weather is cool weather.
I guess I need to learn to improve my planning skills. At least thinking about it this weekend has me thinking so. And in planning better maybe I’ll appreciate this amazing life that we have all the more. The good part: I have plenty of time to do so. We’re still here for a while.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow!