I read a rather spooky thought from my bedside companion, Friedrich Nietzsche, last night: "If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." Now I know why I always feel like someone's watching, and relieved that it's not God.
Unlike Dewy Decimals, Chronological Order is highly overrated. It's a lot like standing in line, which I was never really good at. Thus the Chronological Disordered jump-around of today's BCB post… just to keep you on your toes.
A good example of my C. D. is that I've gone from Lazy Daze to Lazy Boy without mentioning it... from Imax RV Windows to the real thing on our sun-stroked perch overlooking Lovely Ouray. The white plague is gone from town minus a few shady spots on the north sides of buildings.
We've been indulging the "Stairmaster," Oak Creek Trail. It's clear of snow and dry as toast... as is the roly-poly Perimeter Trail. And yesterday we rode the old railroad grade to Ridgway on our mountain bikes. Another couple of weeks should do the trick of reacclimatizing our lungs to the elevational reality of Lovely Ouray.
Grass is green here, but deciduous trees are still painfully grey. Morning weather has been conducive to shorts and a long sleeve poly pro shirt, which then becomes too warm halfway through our outings. Something must have happened to our bathroom scale while we were gone. It now reads 10 pounds heavier that when we left. I guess we'll have to replace it. This, on top of Bobbie shrinking my hiking shorts in the dryer.
Allow me a quick word about the "whether back home." It's a Prius life we live, alternating between gas and electric, home and away. No matter how hard one tries to escape the rut of routine in the day to day, if they step back far enough the big picture reveals a mass of overlapping circles. I hate that… yet love it too. I don't think humans are wired for a 24/7/365 life of uncertainty, not to mention, a candle burned from both ends lasts half as long.
I can't imagine living in a box on wheels the rest of my days, nor can I imagine padding circles around a "home." If I was forced to live a "monogamous" life and choose between home and road, I would promptly regret my decision, either way. Almost all Rver's… the one's who didn't blow the entire Nest Egg… are off the full-time road within 5 years. While I don't have any hard statistics to back it up, I believe half, if not most, sell the Mo Ho and/or rig and buy a place with tolerable year round climate. That surprises me.
There was a time when I thought I could live out the rest of my life on the road. Like most times I thought I knew what I wanted more than anything, I was being naive and shortsighted. I never thought I'd say this, but even Dark Chocolate Chips or Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia gets old after a "while." Too much of a good thing is the best way to ruin a good thing.
Now, direct from the here and now, Adventures In Retrospect...
|The crags and clouds above Camp Madera|
|Madera's Bog Springs Reflecting Sycomores...|
|From trails above Camp Madera|
|Did I ever tell you how much I love pretty rocks????|
|We meet fellow blogger and Lazy Daze owner Plein Guy in Camp Madera|
|No, that's not Goldie…. Lazy Dazer's Joe and Sally takes Plein Guy's spot as soon as he pulls out|
|Rain in Camp Madera forces a trip to colorful Tubac|
|"It's A Clean Machine…"|
|Something's not right in this photo… What and why?|
|Tarp Art in the Park|
|Urban Cowboy Hangout|
|I have a weakness for Lavender… and old trucks|
|And old cars. Some of us were probably conceived in the back seats of one of these|
|Courtyards are cool|
|Diagnostics readout says there's a problem with the Left Rear Wheel|
|Porches are cool|
|In Case of Fire, Bend Bars!|
|Now I want pink benches in front of our house, and a little house with a ceramic Jesus… and that cactus… and that's all I need… and that lamp post, but that's all!!!|
More from my bedside Nietzsche:
"To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in suffering."
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
"We have art in order not to die of the truth."
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
|Evidently….I like to sweat|
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71% 50’s – 60’s
18% 70’s and older
Annual Household Income:
28% Less than $50,000
6% Over $150,000
Type of RV Owned:
Years Spent RVing (not necessarily full-time):
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41% 5-20 years
25% 20-40 years
7% Over 30 years
Weeks Spent RVing Annually:
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28% 2-4 weeks
23% 4-8 weeks
19% 8-12 weeks
13% More than 12 weeks
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44% Less than 2 weeks
40% 2-4 weeks
16% More than 4 weeks
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67% Local Events & Festivals
48% Dining Out
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