Since the economy and half my mutual funds went south, I decided to escape Arizona’s heat and head west and northwest on my way to Virginia, you know, the usual circuitous route RVers take to get anywhere, but this time I’ll be traveling without the convenience of a motorhome. I sold it two summers ago.
Except for a couple of forays into Colorado and SE Arizona, I‘ve spent the last two very hot “dry heat” summers at North Ranch near Congress, AZ. I am more than ready to take a leap of faith and “See the U.S.A. in my Chevrolet” as Dinah Shore used to say. I will, however, have a sidekick, even though it doesn’t have six wheels and solar. I am making this approximately 12,000-mile loop around the country not only with my faithful Chevy Cavalier but with a tent in tow.
I decided to tell this story via my first blog, not for the benefit of the young whippersnappers who might pick up on it, but for others in my age category who think life can’t be exciting at 72. Ah yes, I’m putting my age in print, but if you’re like I am, you’ll forget it by the end of the page anyway. RV Life (rvlife.com) for whom I have recorded my escapades in the “Silver, Single, Solo” column for nearly twenty years, is sponsoring my effort into Blogdom but I suspect the stories will, as everything else has, find their way into another traveling book.
As the weeks progress, I hope you’ll come back so I can tell you about my return to the trauma of tenting, as well as introducing you to the people I meet along the way, and the adventures I am sure to have. God Bless until next week.
– Sharlene Minshall
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.”