Oh, my! When I posted yesterday's blog about feeling like we were treading water, I wrote about two other bloggers, Rick and Al. My intentions were good, but the results didn't come out right.
By putting my descriptions of how they have chosen their style of RVing right after the opening question ("Do you ever feel like you're just treading water?"), I inadvertently made some readers feel that I was applying "treading water" to how RIck and Paulette, or Al and Kelly, are spending their time. That was the furthest thing from my mind.
Suzy and I are the ones treading water for the time being. Al and Kelly are actively pursuing their delight with the open desert of the southwest. Rick and Paulette are enjoying basking in the sunshine of Southern California, relaxing in the mode that is most comfortable to them. Treading water? Not on your life.
Every RVer can follow their dream the way they want, whether or not their style would fit what we like to do. Margie and Bruce have a home park in Tumwater, Washington, and they return there regularly for family times, and they blog about fun times with their grandchildren. Donna and Ralph like to visit national and state parks, touring historic places. Donna and Stu are bikers, who dream of visiting every Harley Davidson store in America. Don is ex-military, so he and Sharon stay in a lot of "fam camps" around the country.
Nick and Terry make their living on the road, writing and publishing the Gypsy Journal as well as Nick's books. Mike and Pat are vendors, selling tire pressure monitoring systems and other RV necessities both at rallies around the country and on the Internet. They have a regular circuit they ride among three or four base locations and several rallies.
Some people travel with pets. Many of them have dogs, but Jim and Linda have a cat that they walk around the park on a leash. We've met people traveling with birds. We know others that are avid birders. Many others do it differently from these examples.
Would we live any of those guys' lives? No, our style is different, sort of a combination of several of the others. Right now we are kind of envious of all of them, living their dream while ours is on a temporary hold.
So, if any of our readers thought I was being demeaning of other people's versions of the RV lifestyle, I apologize. It was an awkward juxtaposition of ideas, written quickly. "Open mouth, trade feet!" A bump in the road along ... Our Life on Wheels.