There’s always good news and bad news. Added to my bad news this week was the death of a beloved sister-in-law back in MI. On my 4-month tenting loop around the US in 2009, I stayed with Vivian for 17 days, reminiscing through all their RVing years and mine, a fun time. She was one of those people who could run a large corporation, handle however many employees, oversee all aspects of the Apple Festival, fix a major dinner and dessert for a hundred fifty people…all before lunch!
Campground sites fill up and empty out. Now it is filling with those who are headed for Quartzsite to spend a few days meeting with friends for those wonderful moonlight campfires. There is nothing quite like spending the evening dodging smoke and discussing where you’ve been or where you’re going or plans for next summer.
The other reason the campground is filling again is that an Escapee Boot Camp will be held here at North Ranch the end of January. It is a good time for participants to get questions answered about RVing so that they feel more comfortable out on the road.
A ghost moon slides above the sunset-painted mountains outside my office window. Now that the flu has flown, I have a friend flying in from Indiana this Saturday. Linda visited me many times over the years as I was full-time RVing. We kayaked at the north end of WA’s Lake Chelen at Steheken, climbed the steep path to the Arizona’s upper Tonto National Monument ruins, and mushed sled dogs around Godwin Glacier in Alaska. I expect we won’t do anything that exciting this time but who knows. In the meantime, enjoy. God Bless until next week.
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Arizona’s shocking shooting spree, major weather with tornados, floods, mudslides, snowstorms, and an erupting volcano happening here and around the world, are more than a little overwhelming. It makes you realize that at times you have to look a little closer to home and be grateful for small things like watching neighbors Howard and Nancy taking off on their early morning walk, hand in hand. Now that’s the way to start a day.
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.”