As I’ve been sitting here in the sweltering heat the last few days, it dawned on me that June 29 marked my sixth anniversary of being on the road. While swimming in the pool last night, I began to contemplate what that has meant to me. Without getting maudlin, I’ve decided to post some of the lessons I have learned while fulltiming. Some where new, and others just reinforced what we sometimes forget to remember. I’ve included some photos from the appropriate years (most of which I don’t think you have seen).
MEDICINE ROCKS STATE PARK, MONTANA
1. In my first year of fulltiming, I learned that I really needed a toad. The little scooter that I had just didn’t cut the mustard.
MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
2. One of the places I volunteered at that year was Fort Flagler State Park, Washington. It was here that I learned that I should never again volunteer for an office job. I prefer to be outside.
CADDO LAKE STATE PARK, TEXAS
3. As I spent more time in remote locations, I learned I needed a Wilson amplifier and trucker’s antenna so I could stay in touch with the world.
ALLIGATOR RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, NORTH CAROLINA
4. Being in sunny hot locations also meant I really needed sun shades for the windshield and front side windows. I got my first set at the Escapade in Indiana that year.
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
5. The spring of ‘08 is when Emma adopted me, and I learned real quickly that I needed to secure her traveling crate while under way. An abrupt turn had it turning upside down and going down the stairs with her in it. She didn’t complain, but I learned a lesson.
DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT, UTAH
6. While volunteering at Dinosaur Nat’l Monument, I learned to trust my surge guard. Staff tried to convince me that it was broken, but I stood my ground and it turned out the electric power at the sight was consistently low.
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, ARKANSAS
7. It was in Hot Springs Arkansas that I learned to take time for my first ever spa treatment and massage. What a luscious and relaxing experience that was.
SWAN LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, MISSOURI
8. While volunteering at Swan Lake NWR, I had plenty of time to be reminded to take time for nature. It’s amazing what you can see if you just take the time to relax and be observant.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
9. At Yellowstone, I learned that sometimes cameras crap out, and it’s worth a 250 mile drive to purchase a new one so you can have these portraits of your memories in more than your mind.
MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, OREGON
10. This is something I’ve learned, but still have to work on. Mr. wise old owl tried to teach me to take a nap if you’re tired. He was very good at doing that right outside the visitor’s center at Malheur.
ANAHUAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, TEXAS
11. I have surely learned by now to savor any and all sunsets or sunrises that I observe.
SELMA TO MONTGOMERY FREEDOM MARCH, ALABAMA
12. And I hope I have the guts to stand up for what I believe in.
It has been a marvelous six years for me on the road, and I hope I’ll be able to do six more. Nothing very prolific in what I’ve learned, but what a journey it has been. As always…
DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. THERE’S ENOUGH TO GO AROUND.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy