Spring is finally here and with it comes “Hitch Itch.” The campground is almost empty and there is a parade of RVs and lot owners leaving as well. They are headed all directions, some with specific itineraries in mind, others meandering as I did more often than not. Some of them split up their summers with volunteer or paying jobs while others choose to visit relatives, or perhaps escape the relatives, depending on their relationships.
While non-RVers don’t understand the yen to be “on the road,” that is o.k. Everybody goes through life with his or her own agenda. I absolutely love getting up before dawn and watching the world wake up. I never found anything any more exciting than to travel the back roads and see the farmhouse lights come on, farmers heading out to the barn, and seeing the kids scuffing their feet or playing while they wait for the school bus to come.
Springtime is the very best time to RV. The streams are bigger and talk louder as they make their way circuitously to a sea somewhere – kind of like we do. Even here in the desert, huge yellow flower bouquets are growing on the mountainside as I make my way up Yarnell hill and I know different kinds of flowers dot the countryside all across the world. The columbine photo was taken at Glacier National Park and the foxglove photo was taken at Mt. Baker.
The animal babies are arriving, new colts cavort across a pasture, lambs play King of the Mountain, and calves trail behind their mamas on the most interesting of trails. I noticed several baby bunnies on my walk this morning.
Yeah, I guess you could say I have spring fever and Itchy Wheels, too. In another month I’ll hit the road and after a winter in the desert, I’ll look for water – be it ocean, river, stream, or lake. I hope you are making plans for the summer, too. 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.”