Full-Time Lifestyle 1st Anniversary

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Jubilee College State Park

Good morning everyone. This post is a few days late as our 1st anniversary as full-time RVer’s was last Saturday the 15th (also our daughter Karen’s birthday). I’ve just been so busy having fun I haven’t had time to post. I guess that’s the way it should be.

We have completed one full year of living the RV lifestyle. It sure has gone by fast. Looking back I had my doubts we would ever be able to start our adventure. We had so many road blocks that kept getting in the way. My health being the biggest one. But, here we are living the lifestyle with no regrets.

Many people have asked if I miss not having a home. My answer is always the same. Winnie is my home. I do not miss owning a large home or do I need all that space. I have everything I need right here. I do not have to pack and unpack a suitcase or sleep in a strange bed. We are always home wherever we are.

The best part of living this lifestyle is that we get to visit our children more often. With our grown children living in 4 different states we didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we would have liked. Now, we are trying to divide up our time equally between the states and we still have time to see family and friends who live farther away.

We have been asked many times which of the many places we went was our favorite. I can honestly say I don’t have one. We enjoyed so many of the places we went and saw for different reasons. We enjoyed the Corps of Engineering campgrounds for the wildlife and wilderness settings. We love any campground that is by the water. I mean, who wouldn’t.  And, we love any place that gets us closer to our friends and family.

Another question we have been asked numerous times is what has been downside of living this lifestyle. The answer is not too much. The same things you find unpleasant living in S&B home you will find just as unpleasant living in a motorhome. You still have to clean, things breakdown, the weather is not always pleasant and you sometimes have to deal with unpleasant neighbors. We just get to move if we don’t like where we are.

We have learned a few lessons along the way. First, take your time and don’t try to rush when setting up or leaving an area. Second, don’t try to do things when you are tired. That is when accidents happen. Just ask Clyde.

We have had a great first year living this lifestyle and I am so happy we are able to continue living the dream.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Back Again Peoria

Good morning. We made it. We had beautiful day for traveling yesterday and made it to our destination without any drama. Just the way we like it. 415 miles total.

We are at Jubilee College State Park, which is just west of Peoria, Illinois. We stayed here last spring when the park was only partially open for the winter. We were snowed in the first night. We came back north just a tad too early.

The campground has 3 loops. Last spring we stayed in the 1st loop, Coyote Cove. The other two loops were closed off for the winter. The 2nd loop is Possum Bend. The 3rd loop is Woodchuck Ridge, where we are this time.  At the moment we are the only campers in the campground. I don’t think that will last long. There are still plenty of weekend campers that love fall camping. Yes, fall. It is September even though the temperatures are still summer like.

There are a handful of 50 amp sites in this loop. The majority of sites are 30 amp. We prefer 50 amp when we can get it. The sites all have a gravel pad, picnic table and fire pit. Our site is located along the outer circle backing up to the woods. It is nice and level. I will take some pictures to share. It really is a pretty park.

As for amenities, the park doesn’t offer many. I see two pit toilets in the loop, but no shower house or flush toilets. There is a building in the 2nd loop with showers and flush toilets but I haven’t checked them out yet.

The weather forecast is showing all day rain for the next 3-4 days. That puts a damper on enjoying the outdoors. But, I always have my crafts or a book.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Goodbye Michigan

Good morning family and friends. Summer vacation is over. It sure went by fast. We had a great summer and we will take with us so many good memories.

As I write this we are on the road heading to Peoria, Illinois where we will spend the next 3 weeks with family and friends . It is a longer ride and more miles than we normally like to do in a day, but we have made the same journey so many times before we could do it on auto pilot in our sleep.

The weather this morning made the process of dumping the black and grey tanks, filling the potable water and hooking up the car fast and easy. Well as fast as you can anyway. It is so much nicer to do when it is not raining, snowing, freezing or so hot you are melting. We also like that we waited a day so that we did not have to feel rushed with a line behind us waiting to use the dump station. Yesterday, the end of a holiday weekend, campers were lined up all morning long waiting to dump so they could head home. That is one advantage we have being full-timers and retired-we can come and go at will.

We are going to miss everyone here, but we are looking forward to starting our 2nd adventure in Winnie. We are able to get an earlier start this fall than we did last year by a couple of months, which is a good thing. And, we also have an itinerary for this winter. Last year we had no idea where we were going or where we would stay. Everything worked out perfectly, but it is nice to not to have that worry.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Morning Walks

I’m back. I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by. We have been at Brighton Recreation Area for the last 15 days. It has been extremely hot and humid. One of the perks of high humidity is that my hair curls very nicely. Just wash it, fluff it and I’m ready to go.  But on the down side, with the park in desperate need up an electrical updating we have not even had the 30 amps the park is supposed to have. That means no air conditioning and at times no fans. Ugh.

We have really been enjoying the beach. The grandkids spend as long as they can in the water and playing in the sand. We take a picnic lunch down so we can spend the day. It was so cute when our little Zack asked if we could “do this every day” (go to the beach). Don’t we wish.

One thing I started to do is getting up early, about 6 a.m., and going for a walk. I’m trying to get in better shape or condition as our swim coach used to say. Before I got sick I used to go for walks. I had been missing the fresh air and good feeling you get from a little exercise. I started out slow, going for about 20 minutes each morning. I am now up to over an hour and walking at a brisk pace. I am getting the recommended 10,000 steps in a day which I thought was impossible for me to do. My daughter bought me a Fitbit and I love it. I can track my steps, heart rate, miles I’ve walked and more.

I started out wearing my sketcher slip-on shoes. They were fine for the short walks I was doing, but the faster I walked and the longer I walked the more I noticed I needed new shoes. I started to get blisters on my feet. I also do not wear socks with those shoes which two of my children scolded me for. So, we (my son, daughter and granddaughter) made a trip to Costco where I bought a pair of shoes appropriate for walking and a new outfit to wear. Now I will look like a real athlete. All I need is earphones and music. I was going to say a Walkman but that would date me. I think they stream music now (whatever that means).

When you go for early morning walks you walk when it is calm and quiet. Very few campers are up and about. I may see an occasional dog walker or two, a runner, a biker and maybe another walker. I will sometimes see a someone sitting out by their campfire drinking coffee or in a lounge chair reading a book. You give a nod hello as you don’t want to wake other campers or break the peace and quiet. On the water I might see a fisherman casting his line. This morning a swimmer was in the water doing laps. By the time I am done and ready to head on back the campers are up and about getting breakfast ready or heading to the showers. I am ready for my bowl of oatmeal and blueberries.

This is Sunday. Today we watched the park empty out. All of the week-end campers had to go home. I can remember when it was us who had to go home and I would think how much I really didn’t want to leave. I wanted to stay at the campground. Now I watch as the other campers are packing up and think about how lucky I am that I can enjoy this lifestyle.

Tomorrow morning we pack up and head back over to Proud Lake State Park. But first we have an appointment at General RV to get some work done. We had Winnie over there a few weeks ago to have some needed maintenance done. They needed to order a few parts which are now in. So we are making a stop there first thing in the morning to have the work completed. Meanwhile, the latch broke on our screen door and the closing latch on a drawer broke so we will need to order both of those parts. It seems like maintenance and repairs are never-ending. But, then again it is no different from when we owned a home.

I’m moving along on Sue Grafton’s, Kinsey Millhone Series. I am now starting “W” is for Wasted. I love a good book and I love my library. I would much rather hold a book than read it on a tablet. But, I will read it whichever way it is available.

That’s about all for now. Have a good week. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Loving our Lifestyle

Good morning. I’m back. I didn’t want you to think I forgot about you or my blog. We are back at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. The campgrounds have been fairly empty during the week days and then fill up for the weekends. Now that the kids are out of school we should be seeing more families camping during the week.

We are just about done with all the doctor visits. Yah. It seems that’s all we do is make our plans around a doctor visit or test. It will be nice to put this stuff behind us and be able to make our plans for the fall and winter.

We have no idea where we are going or what we will be doing once we leave here. We know we will be visiting with our children in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. We don’t know in what order, but we do know that is where we will be heading. After that it is all up in the air.

We would love to go through the mountains but neither of us are comfortable with the driving we’ve done so far on the nobs and big hills. I don’t know how we would ever drive through anything higher. Our motorhome is not diesel. We have a gas engine and we tow our car. We are afraid we would asking to much of Winnie’s engine to go up and down the mountains. We just don’t know.

We have enjoyed some really nice summer weather. It’s funny that wherever we went on our winter adventure we didn’t have the nice weather we were hoping for. We kept hearing “this is the worst winter we’ve had in years”. Now that we are back where we started we are finally having beautiful days. We have had some rain, some cooler days and some very hot days but for the most part we have had perfect summer days.

We are sorry to hear about the flooding and heavy rain they had in some of the areas of Texas we visited. Our friend Steve told us they got 10″ of rain in a very short period of time. That is a lot of rain!

I have been able to get my reading fix in. I am now on “P” is for Peril of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. I will hopefully be able to complete the alphabet before we leave here.

Well, that’s about it for now. Have a nice weekend. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Time is Flying By

Good morning. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Time seems to fly by. We haven’t done anything spectacular to talk about. We’ve just been busy doing everyday things you are all doing too. Sometimes it’s just the two of us and other times we are with family.

We played games. The weather was nice enough that we enjoyed playing Rummikub under the shade of a tree on the picnic table. I don’t enjoy sitting at a table without a back on my seat anymore. So it’s a good thing we kept the stadium seat we had when we owned our home. We got a second stadium seat at Costco last year for Clyde. They work really good on the picnic table bench.

I finished all of the books I had gotten from the library. I’m moving along the alphabet in Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series. I will be starting on “J” next after I get to the library.

We did enjoy our stay at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. We knew it was time to move on because we ran out of water in our tank and the black holding tank was getting full. So it’s either go dump or move on to another campground.

We planned ahead and yesterday moved back to Brighton Recreation Area. We have the same spot as last time. I like it here. It is a nice level site with shade and plenty of room. After setting up we made a trip to the library and the grocery store. The librarian had a couple of books waiting for me and I found a few more on the shelf. That should be good for a while.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

A Day at General RV

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. The weather was very cooperative and for the most part kept the rain at bay. The hot temperatures made for an enjoyable time at the beach. We grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. All in all, it was a great start to our summer.

Tuesday was moving day. We left Brighton Recreation Area and headed over to General RV in Wixom to spend the night. We had scheduled an appointment to have work done on our motorhome the following day. The RV dealership has a few spots with 50/30 amp outlets to accommodate RV’ers like ourselves. This is their busiest time of the year and the parking lot was crowded. We sat and waited a long time watching all types of RV’s coming and going and being moved around. It took them a while but they were finally able to open up an area for us to spend the night.

We weren’t the only unit spending the night. There were a couple of RV’ers (one was a 5th wheel toy hauler and the other was a motorhome) who had purchased new units and were in the midst of moving their belongings from the old unit to the new one who spent the night too. The couple in the 5th wheel toy hauler told me they had their old unit 20 years. They were leaving for home (Las Vegas) in the morning. We call them “happy campers”.

Our spot opened onto a nice grassy area, so we were able to open both the bedroom and dinette slide out. We could have opened the full slide out too, but we didn’t find it necessary for just the night.

In the morning we went in and talked to our service writer, Jennifer who was happy to see us. We discussed all the issues we were having and wanted to have checked out. Living in a motorhome full-time does put a lot of wear and tear on the unit. We had no major issues, just a good number of smaller things that needed to be looked at and taken care of. We knew we would have an all day wait.

We left our home in their capable hands and went to go do laundry. We were having such a good time over the weekend with the grandkids, we didn’t have time to get any clothes washed. Lets see . . . work or play? Yep, we decided correctly. The grandkids come first.

With laundry done, we went back to General RV to check on the progress on our motorhome and wait for the work to be finished. I had a good book to read while I waited. Clyde and Patty Pepper watched TV and people watched. We couldn’t believe how good Patty Pepper was. She only had a couple of episodes of barking when she saw another dog with their owners. For the most part she laid at Clyde’s feet and slept.

It was after 5pm when we were given back the keys to our motorhome. A couple of the items on our to-do list need new parts that were being ordered. We will have to go back to have that work completed. But, for now we were finished and on our way to Proud Lake State Park, which is only 5 miles from the RV dealership.

When we pulled into the campground they were just finishing up cutting the grass on our site. Nice. With all the rain we have been having the grass was quite long. Clyde was even able to get the piles of grass raked up. Now the site looks great.

Our grandson Tristan had just gotten off of work and stopped by to see us. He helped us finish setting up and of course I fed him dinner before he had to head home. It is nice that he lives so close to the campground. We will get to see him often.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn