Sunday, September 07, 2008

Lazy Sunday RV Dreaming

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." --H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Denny and I tout our lifestyle to those who ask. Yesterday at a 50th wedding anniversary party we ran into a husband and wife duo who exemplified many couples we talk to; the husband was enthralled with the idea of traveling by RV and the wife would never leave her children and grandchildren. She was proud of the fact that they had moved within walking distance of every adult child and said she had to see at least one of her kids or grandkids every day. That made me shudder internally. Thus the quote above, which appeared today at the bottom of this blog (have you discovered that?)

Our lifestyle certainly is not for everyone. And don't get me wrong; we love our sons and our grandkids. But they have their lives and we have ours. I know they wouldn't mind seeing us more often but I also know they wouldn't want us hovering all the time (this would especially go for our daughters-in-law since I have a rather strong personality).

That being said, there's still much too much out there for us to see so the kids will continue to have to tell folks they are RV orphans whose parents are lost to the road...

Okay, admit it. When you saw this picture you immediately saw Julie Andrews standing there singing "The Hills are Alive", right? If you didn't before you do now, right?

I have titled my pictures in various ways over the years, finally settling on a format of year/month/day/descriptive name. This picture was titled "bubbling rocks, Red Cliff Recreational Area". Can you see why?

There are many areas of the country where red rock formations rise from the earth in majestic beauty; Sedona, AZ, Grant, NM, between Pahrump and Las Vegas, NV and here near Harrisburg, UT at the Red Cliffs Recreational Area.

How can you not want to travel when you know there are waterfalls out there like this one at the Newberry Volcanic National Monument near Bend, Oregon? The sky is truly this blue and the air is crystal clear. You find yourself inhaling huge deep breaths just to taste it.

The wharf at Victoria, British Columbia is a great place to people watch. You can explore much of the town on foot if you choose to leave your vehicle back at the States.

The optical illusion of Mt. Rainier floating over the city of Seattle probably has a scientific explanation but I still enjoy the magical effect.

The once verdant slopes of Mt. St. Helen are slowly replenishing themselves with grasses and wildflowers. Nature works hard to recreate what once was before the horrific volcanic eruption of May 18, 1980.

A blue heron waits patiently for an unwary salmon to swim by near the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Washington.

1 comment:

Coll said...

Such beautiful photos.. was happy to see the one of Victoria.. I love that place. :-)

I must admit that the scene you painted of the typical husband and wife pretty much depicts me and Roland. He would pick up and go at a moments notice. I am more the one that wants to stay in my own backyard. We are who we are I suppose. :-) And I love the quote.

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