It was fitting that as I drove Astro into Allred National Forest campground near Afton, WY, a large doe greeted me. The host, John, offered conversation on his travels and gave me a fee envelope. After setting up, I said hello to Della Mae and Kaye in the site next door and was invited to sit a spell by their campfire. They were both born and raised within a hundred miles of where we were sitting and they love the outdoors. We hit it off immediately.
With husbands long gone, grown children and lots of grand kiddies nearby, somewhere along the way they combined households in order to keep their heads above water. What one can’t do, the other one can. We reminisced through their happy and sorrowful history and adventures and mine. They invited me to breakfast the next two mornings. John joined us for breakfast #2. He is also a writer of books, teller of tall tales, and full-time RVer extraordinaire. We decided he was eccentric.
Breakfast was yummy crisp, thick sliced bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and hot coffee amid tall pines at about 6,000’ elevation, with a springtime brook babbling by. I think that if you had been listening to these four independent, mostly 70+ characters, talking, laughing, enjoying nature, and mostly happy with life in general, you would have come to the conclusion we were all a little eccentric. That’s o.k., we earned that title. From somewhere else in WY, 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.”