Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


Our friend, Nick Russell (http://gypsyjournalrv.com), wrote an interesting blog this morning, pointing out that RV folks who return to the same place, time after time, are caught in a rut.

I consider Nick to be one of the best blog writers on the internet and we never miss reading his journal each day.

In today’s entry, he certainly has a point, but I want to take another look at the issue.

One of the greatest of all advantages to this RV life is the freedom to travel and live wherever the “whim of the moment” takes you.

We have been one of those “Rut” people Nick writes about.

We spend our winters here in the Rio Grande Valley, summers in the mountains of Colorado, and visit our daughter and family back in Missouri during the spring and in the fall. That allows us to spend nearly 4 months with our grandchildren, each year.

Few grandparents have that luxury, and we feel blessed.

During my flying career and the 48 years of our marriage, I have visited 48 of the 50 states, and 25 foreign countries. Marilyn has been with me on many of those trips and we have stored many wonderful memories of those places in our “memory bank”.

We would like to see Maine, one of the two states I have not been in, but we simply lack the desire to visit the other non-visited state, which is North Dakota. The only call to visit North Dakota, once we visit Maine, is so we can say that we have been in all 50 states.

We love the Rio Grande Valley during the winter for a variety of reasons. The weather during the winter is among the best in the nation, even though we do get cold once in a while. We stay in a beautiful resort with all the amenities, and have a huge variety of activities to entertain us, including the beach at South Padre Island, and the fun of Mexico, about 10 minutes away.

During the summer we love the mountains in Colorado, again because of the weather, but the scenery is awesome and outdoor activity and adventure awaits.

We visit interesting places as we move from one location to another, and often have friends who meet us along the way, to spend some time together, exploring exotic and interesting places, or just to spend time together, as we travel along the way.

I would be remiss not to mention that we have wonderful friends who visit the same winter or summer places at the same time we are there, spending the winter or the summer in the weather they choose. We have lots of fun together during these times.

That is simply the way we choose to live our life, and we love it.

We certainly will not say that others are “doing it wrong” if they choose a different way to live this wonderful RV life.

One of the greatest freedoms we have is the choice to live life the way we want to live it.

Another good friend, Bob, once mentioned, during a serious discussion, that we (the human race) have the “Herd Mentality” and tend to just follow along with the others.

I took exception to that philosophy, and think that the folks who choose the RV life certainly do not fit that mold.

If you choose to be different, more power to you!

Simply by being a full time RV’er, you demonstrate that you are different than the rest of the “herd”.

You can travel to your heart’s content, or linger in places which are special to you. You may work or not. You may travel all the time or stay for awhile, you may boondock or select a place to stay with full hookups.

For sure, the choice is yours, and that is why we love this RV life so much.

And that, dear readers, is why we continue to say………Life is Good!



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