Every so often, I am fortunate to become acquainted with a real soul mate staying here in our campground. Sid has been in and out of full-time RVing for a few years. The more she experiences what all of us have enjoyed over the years, the more she is enticed to continue. She is also a published writer and that gave us yet another subject to toss back and forth for hours at a time on my delightfully cool back deck.
Although she has been much braver than I over the years after her family grew up, we still listened to each other’s stories with great fascination. She has done much of what I never had the moxie to do, backpacking. She has experienced the “real” wilderness, and often, as with her RV travels, she did it as a solo. Sid grew up on a ranch in Montana, always surrounded by magnificent mountains and availing herself of the trails and exploring the rough backcountry.
She has explored the west extensively between backpacking and RVing but has never traveled east of the Mississippi or into Mexico. I just had to let her read a couple of my books that covered both east and west and Mexico. Sid has already seen some of Alaska/Canada but I’d almost bet the farm that after reading my RVing Alaska book, she will head back there one day. AND, she has already hiked the very rough, very rugged 33-mile Chilkoot Trail leaving out of Dyea (Skagway). That has been on my “Bucket List” since before we knew what a bucket list was! (But then again, she hasn’t canoed the Yukon, so there!) Sid is also an avid boondocker and kayaker, the further away from civilization the better.
She is traveling in a Class B and she says it is as roomy as she needs or wants. Unfortunately for me, she will be packing up her kit bag one of these days soon and leaving for parts unknown. I hope she doesn’t check her roof for a while because I just may strap myself to it!!
Hope you voted yesterday! God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, and her fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
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.”