Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


On the road again, exactly 3 years since the day we took delivery of our Mobile Suites. My how the time has flown by!

By far, the most exciting thing which has happened in our lives were the wedding of our daughter in Dec, 2006, and the birth of our first grandchild in Feb, 2008.

However, I wanted to keep this blog about the last three years of RV life, so...

Some of the moments which stand out during the last three years include:

1. Nov, 2006. Sitting in a campground with an inch and a half of ice on everything, covered by 14” of snow, the campground gate locked so we were unable to get out, no one but us in the campground, and a wedding to put on for our daughter in just a couple of days.

I should mention that the folks at Mark Twain Cave Campground have been wonderful to us and we cannot thank them enough for their generous hospitality.

2. Jan, 2007. Arrival at Llano Grande RV Resort, not knowing anyone, and only a few days later, asking a virtual stranger to keep an eye on our RV for us while we drove home for a funeral. Note: Gilbert & Louise are now very dear friends of ours.

3. I must say that the friends we have made since becoming full timers have overwhelmed us with their love, kindness and generosity. Nothing else in the RV lifestyle comes close to this unexpected blessing.

4. The places we have visited…. Hannibal, Branson, Sikeston and Carthage, Missouri, Eureka Springs and Hot Springs in Arkansas, The Natchez Trace from Tupelo, MS to Natchez, MS, then over to Louisiana and down to the gulf coast to the state of Texas, which holds so many wonderful memories that it would take a long time to list them here. Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado all have a place in our heart.

5. The winters in the Rio Grande Valley have been awesome, not only for the beautiful weather, but for the wide variety of things to do, from trips to the beach at South Padre Island, to the trips over into Mexico for food, music and margaritas. The trip to the butterfly sanctuary far south of the U.S. / Mexico border in March, 2009, was really special, too!

6. Feb, 2008. The time we pulled our fifth wheel back to Hannibal, Missouri in February. The snow, ice and below freezing temperatures, combined with no open campgrounds, forced us to drive 13 hours from the border of Texas to Hannibal, MO. Never again!

That was to be present at the birth of our first grandson, Colby. He was absolutely worth it, but next time we will fly back and leave the RV parked under a palm tree.

7. The wonderful friendliness of the Owner and staff at Mountaindale RV resort in Colorado Springs, CO. We have grown to love this place and will return for the third time next summer.

As brand new full-time RV’ers, I just cannot say enough about the people we have met. Today was simply another example of what I mean.

Marilyn & I left Mountaindale at 8:30 AM, after exchanging hugs with the office staff, and we then drove 4 ½ hours to reach the High Plains Campground at Oakley, KS.

We were no sooner set up than a car drove up and pulled in to our site. It was two folks that we had not met in person, but they have been readers of our blog for some time, and they knew we were coming here.

They were on their way back to Colorado after visiting family in Seneca, KS, and took time to stop to see if we were here yet, so they could meet us in person. Dave & his wife hope to be full-timers in a few months. It was so kind of them to stop and say hello. I’m sure we will meet again down the road.

We have had many wonderful times with friends, seen numerous beautiful sites that were a blessing to our souls, experienced exciting adventures, and a few anxious moments when things did not go right.

All in all, the time has gone by very fast, this lifestyle has been wonderful, and we have zero regrets about the decision we made.

We look forward to many more wonderful adventures in the future.

All I can say right now is: “Thank you Dear Lord, for the wonderful journey and the awesome people you have put along our path, to brighten and enrich our lives.

Now, we just can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store…..



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