I was talking to a friend yesterday, and the subject of our winter travel plans came up. I always say that our plans are set in Jello, because we never know when something may come up, or we’ll just get bored with what we’re doing, and shake up the Jello and take off an entirely different direction. It’s what keeps the fulltime RV lifestyle so interesting.
As of right now, after our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio the last week of September, we plan to spend a few days at Smith’s Campground and Cabins in Loudenville, Ohio, and then pop up to Norwalk to see my cousin Vanessa and her family for a day or three. After that, we will start heading south toward Florida, where we’ll hang out until it’s time to start heading to Arizona for our western rally in early March.
After hearing our plans, my friend said we seem to have fallen into a routine, going from the Midwest to Florida, and then on to Arizona every winter. Hmmm… maybe so. Travel routines are easy to fall into. RVers find places they like, make friends there, and it just seems natural to return every year. The problem with that is, there is a great big country out there, and they never get to see it when they do that.
We have wintered everywhere from Florida to Texas to Arizona. and we have come to realize that we like Florida best of all. With its many lakes and rivers, as well as the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it is a great place for kayaking and fishing. In fact, we have discussed changing our legal domicile from South Dakota to Florida several times.
While we may seem to be repeating our winter travel route, really there are not that many choices of places for RVers to spend the winter months. We like the Rockport/Port Aransas area of Texas, but really don’t care for the Rio Grande Valley at all. If it were not for our family in Arizona, and our western rally, we really wouldn’t have any reason to go back out west every year.
The spring, summer, and fall offer many more travel options, and that’s where we can avoid routines. This summer we explored the Pacific Northwest, and the northern states between Washington and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Next summer we would like to return to New England, where we have not spent much time. In fact, in thirteen years on the road, we’ve only been there once! There is so much to see and do in that region that it would take several years to see it all.
And then there are all of those flyover states, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and such, with so much to offer that most people never know about. We really need to spend more time there.
Routine? No, I don’t think so! We do have some favorite places we will probably return to over and over again, but there is so much more on our bucket list we still need to get to. I don’t think we’ll ever fall into a routine. At least I hope not!
Thought For The Day – It’s easy to be wise. Think of something stupid to say, then just don’t say it.