Full Time RVing -- Year 2 Has Come and Gone...
Charlie Brown (Cocker Spaniel) and I have been traveling around these wonderful United States for a full two years now as of December 1st, 2012. It’s a big country. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to see just a small part of it and have learned it would take lifetimes to see all of it. Shoot, Texas alone is so diverse offering residents and visitors harsh dry deserts to lush, green farmlands to the Gulf shore waters! California is much the same spanning desert climes to the cooler Northwest bordering the rocky Oregon coastline. We haven’t seen it all but we’ve seen a great deal of America.
Townships and cities sometimes became blurred. Casper Wyoming is a most charming name however the city is so alike to so many others with nothing to really set it apart. Fast food restaurants and churches, traffic cones and construction around each and every turn. Other than a few minor changes in accents, the people were the same. Mostly kind and considerate. More than often—friendly. There was only one instance of “road rage” from some distraught gentleman on a less than crowded ten-lane in California just north of L.A. Other than his five finger salute, it was smooth sailing everywhere we wandered.
I swam in the Pacific. Well, our original goal was the little town of Eureka and a swim in the ocean. Unlike the beaches along the Eastern Seaboard, I quickly learned (very quickly) the waters along the Northern California coast are cold…icy cold even in the summer. My swim was more of a Texas quickstep in and quickstep out! The cold waters are often met with dangerous undertows as well. Then there are the rocks!
Though Charlie enjoyed chasing rabbits through the desert, I decided we are not desert folk. Most of the USA from central Texas to the middle of California is harsh, dry land where a few grand cities were built and flourished. Take the city away and there is nothing but dirt and dry. Northern California and all along the Oregon coast was picturesque and beautiful. We met quite a few other RVers that now call the area around Salem and Eugene home. We were there in the summer enjoying cool afternoons and chilly eves. Winter would certainly be too cold for us. After Oregon there were only two choices—East and/or South.
Along the way we saw great and unexpected beauty in Iowa and Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota. We stayed awhile in Nevada and took our time in Utah. There was more to the mid-West than farmlands and Eastern Oklahoma was so great we stayed a month. Memphis was sprawling with just way too much traffic for me. It would take a lifetime to experience the great entertainment venues there.
We are back along the Gulf Shores for now. Winter will soon be upon us. The South has us for the next few months but the Northeast beckons…