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Hi, SavannahCharles, I just joined this past week and have been enjoying the groups. I think I am going to love being part of the RV group, reading everyone's stories and sharing mine. I can totally relate to your circumstances now and I hope I can share stories from my past years of RVing and camping that you will enjoy. But, I am now suffering from vertigo and it is so debilitating for the past 3 years that I have not been able to do any driving in the Rocky Mountains of my Colorado. I live close enough to touch them but unable to be in them. It is a very sad situation for me. My birthdays that I celebrated out here were always spent in the mountains. I drove to my favorite little town, Estes Park, spending the day shopping and driving throughout the National Park. My 50th birthday is coming up shortly and I keep telling myself that I am going to do my tradition (I haven't been in the mountains at all for almost 3 years now) but I truly doubt I will be able to. I don't mind turning 50 but I do mind not being able to be in the mountains for it.
My hometown is St. Louis, MO. My mom is from CO, my dad attended college out here, and growing up his family came out here for their vacations. So, every summer we would pack up the ol' station wagon with our family-sized tent, cots, and everything else needed for a family of 7 to camp in the Rockies. Such memories I have of those days! We climbed mountains, or at least they seemed like the true 14'ers as a kid, hiked, took in the awesome beauty of our surroundings. My parents never took us to Disneyland or other tourist-y places...we spent our vacations in the Rockies. Out of 5 kids, 4 of us are addicted to the mountains and are so grateful for those vacations. To this day I still thank my parents for raising us to appreciate nature and the peace and beauty of the mountains.
In '71, my parents bought our very first RV. the 2 oldest siblings were out on their own and the 3rd was close to it, too. So, my younger brother and I were the main travellers with them. I have always joked to people that "roughing it" with a motorhome is not having electric, sewer and water hook-ups! LOL www.aarp.org/community/editor/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/teeth_smile.gif" /> With the motorhome, we started exploring more of the West and what a West we have!! I will never forget those trips.
When my parents decided it was time to buy a new RV, my husband and I came out to Colorado (I had moved back East for a job) and bought the one I grew up in. We then made mkany memories with his boys and the motorhome.
I have become very excited with this reply that I want to dig up some old pictures to post. I hope this has given you just a little insight into me but I will be so happy to share trip stories with you.
I hope to hear from you!
It was great to hear from you. I hope we can share lots of things on here as we become 'great friends'.....Well,well,well.......I did not mention this in my original post but when I was growing up we,meaning of course...my parents....had what was referred to as a Travel Trailer.....it was ..white with a strange color..not really green and not really blue decorating the sides....it really was much more like green.....Anyway I sort of remember the experience when they bought it....at the factory....and so EVERY and I do mean EVERY weekend it got hitched up to the Station Wagon and off we went....to camp somewhere.....99% of the time the location was 'on the water' so to speak....Wish I could say I have great memories of doing that...but I don't...I can see myself like in a dream doing a few things....more then any other it was me fishing.
They say ..."great minds think alike" and it sure seems to apply here.....guess who when married ....took ski trips every winter to Breckenridge??? I started going up there decades ago....back when the people of Breckenridge swore there would NEVER be a 'fast food' place in their town......a vow that ended up being broken years later. Now, those were the days.....usually about 10 days....and if possible more then one extended stay. It now has been a lifetime ago since going up there has been possible...BUT...my ski boots are still in my closet...dumb really because the chances of it snowing in my closet are slim to none. They just represent a time in my life when all was right with the world......when dreams were possible because the future was ahead....and the unknown was just that....UNknown...I know I will NEVER make it back to Breckenridge before I exit this planet and I have been trying to work up my 'mojo' and get rid of them.....little by little I am getting there.....as I attempt to clean out,....sort out... and then finally put to rest all of the useless, to me now, items from my past life I am considering doing what a friend did when faced with the same issue......it is so simple really.....Just take 'pictures' of these so called treasures.....then toss them out.
As the years continue to pass by and I feel like I need a "fix" from my past...even if the only intention is to regroup my emotions and feelings in an attempt to explain and understand the who,what,when,where,why and how I ended up where I am....HERE and NOW ....I would be able to 'revisit',this time in a photo,at least some of what was then my reality. There is so much just pure JUNK around this house that is of no use to anyone here it isn't even funny....it is sad...sad to the bone. Gee,how items that do not have a heart or soul or any feelings are able to bring up so many emotions in a person is just scary.. Since my financial situation for lack of another term,sucks,I amuse myself going to resale shops,flea markets,garage sales and any kind of consignment place .....and in all these places the number of 'things'...'items' and 'junk' can plain and simple....give me a headache and I don't mean from heaven.
I can't help but let my mind run wild looking at all of the "STUFF".....stuff that someone...somewhere at sometime went out...probably put a great deal of thought into and purchasesd"It" either fro themselves or for someone else......my insane mind even thinks about really DUMB things.. like all of the times someone had to dust the item or after time passed even washed it because it had gotten so dirty sitting there.
When I allow myself to drift off into my Dreamworld I look around this house and make lists in my mind that go like this....."keep"....."sell"...."donate"...........I have come to the conclusion the 'stuff' hanging on the walls will not be coming with me.....I don't really have a house full of framed pictures of family members....I did do that decades ago...but not anymore.....that is what they make photo books for....Several months ago I actually took down the ones that were still on the walls....took the photo out and put the frames in a box to attempt to sell at my garage sale....In my dream RV the wall space is very limited but somehow I would like to hang up the numerous 5x7 black wooden frames ...with a maroon matt that has various 'old postcards' in them ...really old to me like from the 1950's....before the postcards like today ......these are more like a painting. They all deal with New Orleans or Texas and a couple of famous resturants. I wonder....could they be mounted on the ceiling so at least when I would be lying in bed I could enjoy them........Fact is, it just does not matter....cause the RV is a dream anyway.
Well, it is time for me to move on for the night.....I have been sitting here on this machine now for over six hours...it is now 6:30 AM.....I see the sun coming up outside of my window.....and I got on here 'yesterday...' as in about 9:00PM yesterday jnight.
I would like to see US,,,here make each other 'friends' on here....it is my understanding that "then" we could write to each other and not feel like the entire membership of AARP is peaking over our shoulders....I'll be putting my friendship 'request' soon ...so 'heads up' ...it will be sent on its way ....toward you.
Take care and hope to talk with you soon....................