Sharpen Your Plans

There is nothing worse than
a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
–– Ansel Adams

During our stay as camphosts we met a couple — at the end of July — who were en route to Alaska.  And they needed to be home in Michigan (Or was it lower Wisconsin — I forget) by the middle of September.  They arrived in our campground for one night, stayed 4 nights and had no idea what route they were taking to Alaska or how long the trip would take (aside from the fact that they needed to be back home in September.

I think it’s a good idea to sharpen our concept before setting off on a course of action!


Do you recognize the roof at CDG?

Even in an RV where you carry your bedroom along with you, you can’t get everywhere at once.  And you can’t do everything in one year.  For full timers, it seems we all have a difficult time coming to terms with the idea that RV’ing is no longer something we do on rare weekends or an annual vacation — but something that is going to last for some considerable length of time — perhaps until we can’t travel anymore, perhaps until we pass on, perhaps until we get tired of RV’ing, or our rig gets too old.

When we first started RV’ing I had a grand plan.  Forget about the Life Unscripted part — I had a PLAN! It looked something like this:


Our “original” plan

Start in Wisconsin, do the North/South zigzag westward until we ran out of land, and then if we had time make a trip of to the Canadian Maritimes.  That meant that we were intentionally “skipping” most of the Eastern United States — which we had seen enough of (maybe too much) during the earlier part of our life.

If you’ve been following along, you know that we scrapped that plan a few months into our sojourn.  Happily so.  And we haven’t looked back with regret even one time.  But my point is that no matter how well we may think we’ve sussed out the situation life doesn’t usually respect our previous plans.  Something better than anything we planned is always waiting on the doorstep, around the corner, or under a rock.


The Toledo Botanical Garden

I’m looking forward to the next few months. To the trip South from Milwaukee, to a few stops along the way, and to a no-campers-to-coddle winter.  Sounds good to me!

Thanks for stopping, and I’ll be here again tomorrow to chat.



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