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Monday, April 13, 2015

More Madera, Color Blinded in Tubac, and the "Whether" Back Home

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...

Canyon Giftshop

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
Here's demographic information from RV Life Magazine as of April 2013:


11%  30’s – 40’s  
71%  50’s – 60’s  
18%  70’s and older  

76%  Male  
24%  Female  

Marital Status:
89%  Married/Partnered
11%  Single  

Annual Household Income:
28%  Less than $50,000  
51%  $50,000-$100,000  
15%  $100,000-$150,000  
  6%  Over $150,000  

Type of RV Owned:
53%  Motorized          
47%  Non-Motorized  

Years Spent RVing (not necessarily full-time):
27%  Less than 5 years  
41%  5-20 years  
25%  20-40 years  
  7%  Over 30 years  

Weeks Spent RVing Annually:
  9%  Less than 2 weeks  
28%  2-4 weeks  
23%  4-8 weeks  
19%  8-12 weeks  
13%  More than 12 weeks  
  8%  Full-timer  

Weeks Spent Traveling Outside of an RV Annually:
44%  Less than 2 weeks  
40%  2-4 weeks  
16%  More than 4 weeks  

Favorite Activities When Traveling:
93%  Sightseeing  
74%  Scenic Byways  
67%  Local Events & Festivals  
60%  Outdoors/Hiking/Walking  
48%  Dining Out  
43%  Fishing  
36%  Shopping  
33%  Wineries  
31%  Casinos  
28%  Bicycling  
22%  Boating  
19%  Golfing  
  7%  Motorcyling/ATVing  
  8%  Geocaching  
Other: Museums, Microbreweries, Hunting, Dog Shows, 4-Wheeling, Antiques, Photography, Dancing, Socializing, Prospecting, Birding, Meeting Other RVers, Seeing New Places, Visiting Family, Cruising, Boondocking, Archery, Whitewater Rafting, Historical Sites, Adventuring, and Steam Trains


  1. That Madera Canyon certainly is beautiful. Interesting to see how the scenery changes just 30 short miles away...

  2. I can imagine having a home again but I cannot imagine giving up RVing entirely. I dislike hotels and airplanes and avoid them as much as possible, thus an RV is essential for enjoyable travel!

    This is an excellent statement, I wish more people understood this: "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."

  3. Beautiful pictures Mark...

    It is fun to stand on your head sometimes!

  4. Nietzsche, huh, and all this time we thought Bobbie was your bedside companion.
    After 6 1/2 years on the road I can't imagine doing anything else but I'm sure one day we'll settle somewhere at least part of the year.

  5. "Almost all Rver's… the one's who didn't blow the entire Nest Egg… are off the full-time road within 5 years."

    I don't have the statistics to support you but tend to agree. I think the Favorite Activities When Traveling:
    93% Sightseeing is the reason for that. I don't think most people could travel continuously for 5 years as tourist and not give it up.

    Full Timing in my opinion is not the same as being a Full Time Tourist. Full Timing for me is simply living my life the best I can while residing in an RV. I live much the same now as I did for 5 retired years in a sticks-n-bricks apartment except I have a different front and back yard every month or two and I eat better.

    1. "Full Timing in my opinion is not the same as being a Full Time Tourist. Full Timing for me is simply living my life the best I can while residing in an RV."

      Exactly. And this is what separates you (and a few others) from the glossy-eyed full time Rv tourist. Yours is a pragmatic choice to live a simple mobile life, much like you would in a sticks and bricks… shunning the turnstiles of glitz and show, dining out at fancy overpriced bistros, brewery hopping, wine tastings, bucket list chasing, collecting all 50 states and plastering them on the Rv like honorable "merit bags"… and such.
      I get the huge difference… night and day… and it's a very cool minority you are in :).

    2. I guess I have always been a Full Time Tourist then, as I am also living much as I did in my sticks and bricks....I have always enjoyed "fancy overpriced bistros, brewery hopping, wine tastings, bucket list chasing, collecting all 50 states" and 77 countries....so why should my life as an RV Full Timer be more "pragmatic?" ;-) A little surprised at the chastise...

    3. No, Grasshopper, not a "chastise," else I would be a hypocrite and stoned by my (former) friends. I indulge the glitz once in a while. I enjoy handcrafted brews that pack a buzz. But I found Ed's lifestyle choice refreshing… as in out of the norm. He will not burn out like the rest of us. It's just different strokes for different folks… did you skim read over my Nietzsche? "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
      Same with blogging. I'm not an RV travel blogger… I'm a blogger who happens to travel in an RV. If I can't challenge convention, poke fun, and put my big fat tongue in my cheek once in a while, I will run short on material :))

  6. I doubt that these numbers take into account all the men working in the oil industry, in South Texas, living in their trailerss (not motorhomes). Maybe the magazine doesn't consider them to be RVers. Some have family with them, most do not. They fill up all the snowbird RV parks and a new park opens every week.

  7. Glad I'm not the only one taking closeups of rocks. Except for age and activities I seem to be in the smallest percentages according to this. I'm good with that for, hopefully, many years to come.

  8. That first paragraph cracked me up. I do think long-term we'll end up part time RVing. Traveling is just too much in my blood and I couldn't ever see myself settling down in one place long term. Interestingly enough my age group seems to have been missed in the statistics. Does that mean I don't exist, or that my existence is nit statistically significant? It's enough to give you a complex LOL.

  9. Well, we are coming up on the end of year five in June and don't see an end insight. So we aren't the usual fulltimers, I guess. The first five years flew by, I can see another five in our future. One day we may find a place we want to settle down in, but I can't imagine it right now:)

    I love that second B&W photo:) I, too, love rocks so I enjoyed your photos of the pretty rocks!


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