After about 7 weeks of going at full speed here in Sunny Gulch, in the Sawtooth Mountains of ID....it has actually slowed down just a bit!! I actually only had about 16 campers here last night, and tonight about the same! It is SO peaceful!! And I can actually take a few minutes to do a quick update of "the life of a camphost"!!
But it has been a blast and have met some very cool folks! And it has made the days pass much faster than I expected...have just a little over a month to go and I will be headed south for the winter! In fact, I just might spend this winter just visiting the kids and checking out some of the places that I have been driving past over the years!
It has finally sunk in that about 10 days after Father's Day last year I became a full-time RVer! I had/have been purging stuff out of my life for most of this time, but making the final mental jump took about 11 months! BUT....I have climbed that mental mountain and I am NOW full-time RVing! And it a very "liberating" feeling...quite a free spirit feeling....and totally relaxing!! I have gotten down to 241 lbs and holding (but still getting smaller because I am still throwing away clothes!) and my BP is averaging 131/62! I can honestly say that gettng hurt probably saved my life and added untold years to it!
We have had a bunch of fires out here, in case you haven't seen the news. And in the past 3-5 days the smoke has moved into out little piece of heaven....and it is unbelievably hazy. Little Stanley here was actually under an "Air Quality Alert" today! And when I came out of the house this morning I could smell the smoke!
Moving along now....news from the campground!!!!
Meet Rup & Karen, from Nevada. A cute couple and great campers! Rup classifies himself as a "Billy the Kid" kind of guy....and he is a character! Enjoyed them and their stay. And I figure it was Karen that had the small tree next to the front of the Class A lit up with white lights for the night!! It was great!!
Meet Ruth....my bird lady!!! She is a bird watcher, big time!!! And had a lot of very interesting info for me. She even did up a list of the birds that she saw in the campground and then outside the campground locally. Got the names/pics of several good books and I just might turn into a bird watcher also! Thanks, Ruth!
This is Niklaus, my third camper from Switzerland! Bubbly personality, passing thru for the night.
And thanks to one of my camping couples, I was introduced to "Little Kings Cream Ale"....and I like!! It is a really good drink. I'm going to have to try to find some and bring it along with me for you guys to try when I get to TX & AL.....I might even let you guys in WI & MI give it a try! Heheheh! :P
On the 18th I "celebrated" the 22nd aniversary of my 39th birthday!! And it was John & Rosanna's 3rd (I think) annivesary! So John & I went out to dinner at "The Bridge Street Cafe" (poor Rosanna was in Boise....working!) :-( But we had a good dinner and this was part of the view from the "roof-top" dining area! Was very pleasant.
This is Lenny & Sherri...a really fun couple! Sherri ALWAYS has a smile on her face....even when it is 34 outside and she's making the morning bathroom run! And Lenny always has a remark that will either make you smile or think!! They were a great couple while here!
Tom & Patty...another couple that were great! Patty is like Sherri....always smiling! Tom...the quiet type, until he talks...and then he will get you going!
OH! And meet the new addition to the Trucking Frog Motorpool! Haven't named her yet...maybe because she is not totally mine yet...but in about 14 days she will be a part of our little traveling full-time RVer caravan!!! A 1997 Suzuki Sidekick....automatic, 4WD (w/locking hubs!) and only a 2 owner! The couple that own her now and her uncle!!! (I think that is the right relationship!) As you can imagine....I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas to get here!!
This has really been a good summer for me! I have learned quite a bit about myself! And now know that Abbie, Snickers & I can live quite comfortably (as far as food/drink/daily needs) on about $350/mo.....possibly even less! My main expense will be fuel for the motorpool & maintenance! But that makes me much more at ease with this whole retirement thing! The one thing that I didn't have any trouble doing was getting rid of the "DayTimer" mentality! Slowing down my pace has actually come quite easily!
I believe that about covers this update...there is probably more, but it is almost dark and I'm going to enjoy my fire for a little while before I head in for the night. Hope this finds all well and happy and enjoying life!
Take care and God Bless....til later!! :-)