I love to plan, and I especially love to plan a trip. I have to give myself a pat on the back because I do a helluva great job on it! I went through my maps and brochures today, took a deep breath, and probably discarded well over 50 or 60 maps. You may wonder how and where I could keep that many, but let me tell you the organization of them was a work of art.
I saved a few from surrounding states; I know I won't be driving to the east coast again (but I should never say "never"), but something hit me in the gut and I decided I'm not finished, not by a long shot!
I have two 3 ring binders with information tabbed by site I planned to visit, campground info, attractions, etc. The trip started off well except that I had just started taking a statin drug to lower my cholesterol, and by the time I reached Lake Superior I was really ill. I recovered after sleeping close to 18 hrs. and throwing the damned statins away, but cut the drive a bit short. On the way back to the west I had plans to visit all the southwestern National Parks, and that was the year the government shut down and closed the parks. I can't bring myself to throw the binder and all that info away, so I'm keeping it just in case I get a spurt of energy and an overwhelming desire to see those parks. If that doesn't work out then I plan to do something closer to home, maybe in N. CA. I wasn't born being strong-willed and hard-headed for no reason, and I ain't giving up now! (I'll just slow down a little and make slightly less ambitious plans.)
Tomorrow Steve and I are going shopping for some of the items to remodel my bathroom. Ceramic tile will replace the ugly formica wall board, a new tub and fixtures will be installed, a new toilet - one that is a bit higher rather than the kindergarten sized one that most builders like to use - new floor tiles, sink and vanity base. I will also paint the walls a very light color, and oh, I almost forgot, Steve is going to install a new, slightly larger window. My house tends to be dark (which also keeps the summer sun at bay), so the larger window will be a plus for letting in more light and air, while the sun is blocked by the house next to me. I can't wait to get started. I'm not sure I'm courageous enough to show a "before" photo, but I'll certainly show an "after"!
The Gypsy may be on the road again one of these days!
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10 hours ago
So glad to hear this Gypsy attitude. Keep that binder and those intentions. New bathroom sounds terrific! I'm becoming envious of your sons and son in law.ReplyDelete
I'm actually just keeping my options open rather than measuring my future happiness on it. I love traveling so much that I just can't imagine life without it. A travel companion would be just perfect, especially if it was a 4-legged one. I've been through that search though, and am not going to do it again. It will have to show up in my life.Delete
I am seriously thinking of selling my diesel pusher. It has sat for a year and I see no trip in the near future, so why keep it when someone could enjoy it and travel in luxury.ReplyDelete
I'm glad I sold my 5th wheel when I did, as I was never much of an RV'er - at least not a solo. I'm back to where I started eons ago, in a tent, although I can dream of a little teardrop with no setup requird.Delete
Yes keep your binders you just never know and they are neat so it's not like the stuff is spread out everywhere.ReplyDelete
Show before and after pictures so we can be envious of your son n son in law. But very happy for you.
Heading out for a camping trip tomorrow
I'll probably save the binders, if only to dream about such a trip! You have a great camping trip.Delete
I hope we can still travel for many years to come but you just never know what is around the corner in life. I have my blog books to help me remember everything.ReplyDelete
I think it's an awful feeling to get restless and want to move on, and you can't for one reason or another. I suppose old age is the final deterrent.Delete
Like you I too enjoy pouring over maps or in my case Atlas's & figuring out routes & ways to go. In conjunction with that I now use Google Earth a fair bit to scout out locations ahead. The thought of traveling somewhere has always made me feel good. Apprehensive at times but still feeling good overall.ReplyDelete