A few more RV parks


Wednesday was the perfect end of summer day, and we thought we were mostly done with our tour of RV parks. It turns out we visted another five before we were done for the day.If you want something

We made out a little better than we did on Tuesay.  We found two campgrounds that we are willing to consider when the time comes. These places are hugely different and for us it comes down to refining what’s most important to us and how far we are willing to push ourselves physically.  It seems that in our married life it’s often been this way.  When we find acceptable solutions we find diametrically opposed choices;  it’s not like choosing light gray paint or darker gray paint, it’s more like choosing chartreuse paint or burnt umber!  One campground is well established, priced right, but lacks a couple specific niceties we’d like to have.  The other campground is new — which is the challenge:  if we decided to rent a seasonal site we’d be among the first residents with sites that are still wild and needing landscaping. The second option would mean a lot of work!

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The idea that two such different choices are both appealing means that our thinking about finding a seasonal has been fuzzy.  We need to sharpen our thinking about what we want out of a seasonal campsite.  Its about what to do when we’re parked in one spot. I have been talking about doing some things; either I have to put up, or shut up.  Either I’m going to play with watercolors, or some of the other hobbies I’ve thought about, or I need to accept that they are just dreams and I prefer to do something other.  Any choice I make is valid — but I need to make it!

So, it’s time for some serious thought.  We have been searching for what we’ve been saying is a “future” seasonal site — and we need to decide if we are returning here or not.  We also need to figure out whether we want to commit to building a site or whether we want to simply inhabit an place that’s already finished so we can do other things.  And after living a life in which I’ve always felt I can do anything and everything I need to start thinking about the fact that maybe time is limited and picking things that are most important to do first  might be a good idea.  That part of getting older I’m not so keen on. I guess I can’t change the process; that’s a biological and genetic reality.  I can only change how I react to reality.

Thanks for stopping, and I’ll be here tomorrow, still trying to make heads or tails out of what I want to do….

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3 Comments

  1. Love the Einstein quote!!

    Can you try out either or both parks before committing to a season?

    I have taken on the do what’s most important to you tact. There are things I want to get done before I die and I have been working steadily towards getting them done. As much as I’d love to travel it is actually a lot further down on the list.

    I like things to be organized and having recently attended to two family deaths, both who had very little possessions…I can see that I have my work cut out for me. You see, I am the family historian. I’ve got the scoop on who did what, where and when…all in pieces scattered literally in computers, drives, CDs, boxes (in two homes), etc. It would be a mess for anyone to sort out. I don’t want to leave a mess. Too much valuable information is there. I have over time been transferring some of it to a private Ancestry account…but there is still much work to do.

    The rest of the time I want to work on things that bring me joy…creative things and family.

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    1. The nice thing about RV’ing is that you can do nearly anything — including committing for however long you want. As is often the case there’s a cost differential — longer pretty much always means cheaper. However the bigger issue is whether or not either or both really suits what we want. And getting down to that “what we want” question has been the hardest part. I am so used to picking the lesser of several evils instead of saying, “unless it has this I’m not going there/doing it.” That has been a real struggle. I don’t usually think in terms of mandatory checklists.

      I hear you on the organization and downsizing and who has become the family depository or “X” (history/furniture/what have you).
      One lesson I am learning — I must be slow because there has been a thread through my life in this regard — that what I value others often do not. Things like family history can be more or less important to different generations — and to the same generation at different times. I don’t know how to handle that, but I’m not the boss of the world and I’m learning to grudgingly accept that.
      I wonder how important family history is in our society. It’s one thing in another culture. The small towns of Italy and France, and many other nations — where people live, stay, die within 100 miles of their birthplace — may be different. But in our movable, free society, where inter-marriage is more common and businesses transfer employees with a vengeance it may turn out that genealogy becomes an invalid consideration — in the sense of becoming politically incorrect. Taking pride in who you are, in a culturally diverse society may become a bad thing in 50 years. I can see inklings of that now.

      “The rest of the time I want to work on things that bring me joy…creative things and family.” — You know, the things is that those are really the only things we have been doing for 5 years — none of the activities we have engaged in have NOT been things we wanted to do. Could be more creative — sure. But then I’m not always wanting to drag creative equipment along with me, so even the lack of creativity is a conscious choice. :-\

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      1. One of the reasons I want to put stuff on Ancestry is because there may be generations that have no interest. Things of historical value will go to appropriate Historical Society. A relative of mine transcribed a family diary and gave it to several people I am in possession of one copy. He still had the original but said his daughter had no interest in Genealogy…he wrote and published three books, which I can get. Anyway, he said I could have the original diaries (about 140 years old). But when he died, I was not on the contact list and he lived in skilled nursing. As far as I know the originals were tossed. 😦 Ancestry will live for a long time.

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