I expect no sympathy from anyone in the NW, Midwest, or NE, but it is cold here in AZ after 24 hours of rain (Last rain in August!) and high winds. The sun is shining and we aren’t shoveling anything so I shouldn’t complain. Major strings of Christmas lights trail through my native trees as of last week and all survived the wind except a half strand. The Nativity I created with its ceramic figures only loosely weather protected, amazingly lost only an angel flying in the wind. The sun room is decorated with lighted buildings placed in huge banks of snow and sparkling tinsel with figures skating, sledding, and caroling. Everything in and out has been set with timers for lighting two hours in the a.m. and four in the evening. Christmas is coming.
This Dec 9 date is at last in “Real Time.” I’ve taken you through the entire
11, 623-mile trip and we are now back to reality. The two-days-less than four-month trip, cost at first glance, $4,000. Some of that I would have spent no matter where I was, i. e. groceries, some dining and fuel, etc. but other expenses such as camping equipment, campgrounds, motels, entertainment, and most of the fuel cost were strictly from the trip. I also included oil changes before and after and one during.
Even though I stayed with friends and family a lot of the time (and I do this rarely), it still requires (at least in my mind) recompense to some degree. This meant giving them a book, paying for a meal, entrance fees, fuel, or sometimes doing a favor or household job. Although some balked at this mightily, I always feel better if I contribute in some way and I appreciate it greatly when I’m allowed to do it without a big fuss. After taking out what I feel I would have spent had I stayed home, the estimated trip cost was more like $2,400 or $600/month. It was a delightful trip thanks to all involved!
God Bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”