Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


The RV lifestyle isn’t the same when we return to the area we call “Home”.

We lived in the Hannibal area for many years. We have friends and family still living here, including our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

So, our normally relaxing lifestyle is turned upside down when we are back “home”.

We take grandkids to school and take care of them when they are not in school. We play at the playground, go to football games, play in the yard, fix meals for the young ones, drive 300 to 500 miles per week, and enjoy every minute. Well, almost every minute.

For five or six weeks, our easy going RV life schedule becomes one of hectic, sometimes chaotic activity.

We constantly check the calendar to see what dates we can squeeze some new activity into, maybe in between other activities.

It is a busy time! Sometimes we have to take a day to simply hide out and do nothing.

Then, before you know it, it is time to get things ready for the road again.

Every time we leave, it is with a heavy place in our hearts, and we miss the ones we leave behind, before we have gone even a few miles down the road.

Each time we return, we marvel at how much these little ones have grown.

So, we dedicate ourselves to enjoying every second we have together with family, while we can.

A friend sent me something today that I want to share with you dear readers. I want to share it with you because it is so profound!

It is called “The Train” and the author is unknown to me.

“At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we

believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train,

leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and

they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.

Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy,

expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and

give lots of love.

More importantly, thank God for the journey.

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.”

Thank you Jackie, for sending that to me. May God Bless you & Denny. Because of friends like you guys, I always know that Life is Good!



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