We’re a few days into Summer; I should be planning where we’re going going to spend this winter, or I should at least be thinking about it. Unfortunately, I can’t get excited enough to do either. A plan will eventually arise from the ashes but I have no idea what it might be right now.
I thought I would be excited about a winter in the desert Southwest. That was our sort-of-plan for this year but the thrill of planning and the anticipation of places I’ve visited before, and others I haven’t just isn’t rising it’s head — ugly or otherwise.
We all have different ways of planning RV travel. I really don’t worry much about things like bridges and weight limits — I’ve gotten really lazy since we invested in our Rand McNally RV GPS — after we set all the defaults it has routed us without error for the past 4 years. It took a while to get all the defaults set the way we want, and every time we update it’s software we have to go back through and reset them. The toughest setting was one that determines how truck-like or how car-like you want your route to be, but after experimenting with that we have found a happy compromise between big roads and small roads. Now, I don’t worry about the mechanics of driving very much anymore.
We don’t often plan each and every day of any trip. In advance of departure I’ll have plotted out general overnight options but the day’s weather and how early we get started takes precedence over general plans unless it’s a stop we have reserved ahead.
That ‘bit’ about reservations is becoming more and more of an issue. You know the AARP people were using an advert for quite some time in which they said that some 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day. As we have been going through the summer here at Highland Ridge and seeing how full the campground is this year compared to how busy it was three years ago when we hosted last I’m coming to realize that it’s the likes of us — retired Boomers — who are responsible for the burgeoning numbers of campers and the rising occupancy rates at campgrounds.
I’ve been thinking about this in connection with something I wrote about in the past — that we all have windows of opportunity. Sometimes we can act when a window opens, other times we cannot. Sometimes we have a subsequent opportunity to take advantage of a open window and other times we only get one shot before something happens to make our own personal participation impossible. I wonder how the glut of Boomer retirements may affect future retirees who want to be RV’ers, or full time RV’ers. With overnight rates at private campgrounds rising and public campgrounds filled to capacity or near capacity it may get to the point that full timing becomes more difficult and reservations more important. All we can do is wait to see how that plays out.
There are three states West of the Mississippi through which we have not RV’d: Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. It’s pretty sure we’ll pick up Arizona. And heading SW it would make reasonable sense to Kansas and Oklahoma along the way. I’ve never been attracted by Kansas. I’ve been through the state both East and West as well as North and South and stayed with friends in the state but there’s nothing drawing me. The biggest attraction for me might be to take the U.S. highway through Dodge City and some of the other old cowboy towns that I heard about when I was a kid. Not that I expect to see cowboys & injuns, or gunslingers — just to see the terrain that those folks called home. And with all the earthquakes in Oklahoma near fracking sites I don’t have any great desire to experience that for the first time (well not for the first time — we have been in earthquake zones when there were some but we never even knew it! I guess I sleep too soundly or something. (at least when they are small).
We’re still talking about whether we want to go all the way to the West Coast — San Diego is one place that Peggy has not been and there is some incentive to take in a lovely city — even a bigger-than-we-usually-like city! However I think the decision will have less to do with San Diego and more to do with other considerations. Peggy’s not keen on California at all and I have gotten to the point that it presents more complications than it’s worth. I’ve seen too much of CA traffic and costs are higher than most other states for almost anything.
As you can see there’s not a lot of difference between the climate numbers for Tucson and Yuma. We’re weighing our options and our whims. Who knows, we might go no further than Tucson (which has always impressed me), or we may wander over to Yuma, into California, or up to the Grand Canyon. Options are good. We’ll figure this out one of these days!
Well, there you have another day’s thoughts in Spring Valley. It’s our last day off this week and tomorrow the run-up to the weekend gets started. Thanks for stopping by, and why not stop by tomorrow for a chat.