ENJOYING THE LOCAL SCENE

Many travel to see the sights; but for Sharon and I, we enjoy becoming involved in local culture, cuisine, and daily life, as well. 
As case in point, our last week in Utah, we attended the Art Festival in Moab; two days filled with a variety of music, home made ice cream, local food, and “beverage”! The first week in Colorado, we happened upon the annual “Mike, The Headless Chicken Festival,” in Fruida! Check it out, there really was a Mike and he lived nearly two years after having his head loped off! Sounds like Festival material to me! Point of the story; don’t just come for the scenery!

In addition, I made a business connection at the headless chicken ( πŸ— ) event and was able to attend a networking meeting in Grand Junction!  From that meeting, I came away with several leads and more suggestions of what the locals wanted us to see.

Even more, we “camped” at the local Moose Lodge and joined them for dinners, dancing, and more suggestions of local things to see & do. Just traveling through is a short change of the total experience!


SO MUCH WE LEARN FROM THIS DOG! Maximus is our guide & mentor!

How special can one little dog be? Well, we all have our favorites and, admittedly, every canine companion that has taken part of my heart has been special to me. But Maximus, our traveling companion on this adventure, has been leading and teaching as a master of positivity and neighborliness!

Max greets each new encounter with a waggly butt and happy expectation. Patient with all the petting and rubbing; he truly enjoys the attention and appears surprised when a few pass him by or look dolisapprovingly.

He teaches a philosophy of open acceptance & joy in what he receives. His family is not financially wealthy, yet Max assumes abundance and takes in a happy attitude.

Each day, we learn from Max; a real blessing. Certainly an angel, with ears hung low & tail cut short.

STUFF HAPPENS…

 Every once in a while, stuff happens! It’s not so much “the stuff”; but, how one responds.

Sharon and I have been very fortunate with our adventure, no major mechanical failures, never stranded out in the ‘boonies’; we are blessed!

Monday morning, 10 miles South of Salt Lake City, driving along  I-15, we heard a loud ‘POP’, followed by some rattling underneath the RV. We were able to safely pull over and found a blown tire and minor surrounding damage. 

For many, this may have been a time to lose composure, shout “why me”, and sink by the side of the road in frustrated tears. I have learned, this response is not helpful! While there have been life events, where I chose a similar reaction, it was never helpful!

Stuff happens, and the healthiest response seems to be the one that harks back to my counseling methodology; solution-based action. You can’t change what happened, but you can manage your own behavior. Calm thinking produces manageable progress toward a viable outcome!

Long story short; roadside assistance arrived, mounted a new (gold-plated) tire, and wished us safe travels. We arrived at our destination, late but safe, and after supper and bed; writing this overview.

Perhaps this is indeed, a metaphor for life…

SMALL TOWNS; BIG FRIENDLY PEOPLE

Perhaps the most pleasant learning that we take from our adventure, thus far, is the genuine friendliness of people we meet. Bonnie & Tony in Florida, the parishioners at Unity Church in the Woods, many campground “neighbors” like Greg in Missouri who fixed our taillight, and Marcy Brandt (pictured with Sharon). Marcy is the Executive Director & all around staff at the Minden, Nebraska Opera House. 

It was late afternoon, when we wanderers happened upon this restored gem Opera House. It would have been easy to say, “sorry, we are ready to close”, but, Marcy dropped her office duties and gave us the deluxe tour. We learned much about history and of the town she loves.

It is the Marcy’s of this world, who give me hope; maybe we can overcome and progress, despite the selfishness and fear so evident in the news.

Oklahoma Morning!

Here we are in a state park in Oklahoma! We have a truly glorious view of Lake Eufaula right from the bedroom of the RV. I am feeling so blessed and greatful to be having this experience.  I was wondering what the purpose of this trip is for me and I am beginning to understand God’s wish for me to have the internal peace I need to understand the infinite Love God has for all of us. This country is so beautiful, the people I meet so generous and loving, and the time of silences so filled with learning.  Today my lesson has been two fold- wow God had blessings to bestow and God’s plan for salvation includes Me.  Just look out at the Beauty God provides. I am awed by the gifts given me through my family, friends and adventures ahead. Gypsy life is suiting me!!! Sharon  Namaste!!!

IN PRAISE OF UNIQUE MUSEUMS; on the BYE-WAYS of AMERICA.

You can miss a lot, by not looking! Small, unimposing museums and assorted “Americana” dot the highways of our country, yet we mostly drive by. 

Case in point; the Jello Museum in LeRoy, NY.  There you will find everything you didn’t care to know about the gelatin dessert that most of us grew up with! Such as: most popular flavor is cherry! Story left unsaid: Bill Cosby (for a while, a Jello spokesman) references have been removed from display, taking Jack Benny (“Jello-again”) with him.

You will not find these “gems” along the four-lane super-duper highways. You need to get off!

OFF TO THE NEXT STAGE

We survived learning to live in a reduced space for an extended period! Two and a half months at an RV park in Florida, offered new lessons; perhaps the most important, that we don’t really need much of the “stuff” we accumulate, such as my comfortable recliner chair, fine dish ware, or  numerous clothing ensembles. Shabby chic is just fine!

We left Florida about a week ago, moving North to Virginia, for a visit with our sons and families. Colder weather was a shock; but we have heat, forming a cacoon of relative comfort. It is pleasant to spend some time with family; but we are missing the ones in New Hampshire, too!

While here, we’re planning some RV maintenance (3 new tires, a wash & wax, and safety check) that will last a couple days; enough time for a quick sprint to visit my mother, a grooming with Valerie at Twisted Scissors, and a doctor appointment. Then, back to Virginia and a heading West toward Tennessee.

There has been a negative; our current campground is less than it might be. 😟The field personnel are cordial and helpful; but one lady managing the store and entry to the park, seems devoid of customer service skills. Last evening, one son, his wife, and our nearly three year-old granddaughter came for a short visit and ice cream dessert. They were charged $5 per person for entry. UNACCEPTABLE! There were no services they used and the pool is closed! We will be conversing with the owner and unlikely to return in the future. Sad for them; because we might have stayed several weeks each year.