In the words of the esteemed, oft loquacious Mark Twain, "Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated." Ok, I'm walking a delicate tightrope here, fully realizing that this post will likely throw my RV pal, Wandrin Lloyd, into super-grump mode. Fortunately, I'm safely out of reach. Unfortunately, it concerns a matter of Life and Death. I will try to dance around the "elephant in the room" and dwell on the former, knowing that, not just for Lloyd but for all of us, the latter always has the last word.
Bobbie and I are deeply saddened after reading Lloyd's "Last Post." Apparently, the Wandrin Man is losing his battle with cancer and has "a couple months" to live.
Lloyd's masthead mantra, "Enjoy the Journey," is suddenly inordinate… proverbial. Since retirement, he has always (and we pray gets to continue to) live by those words—that they become his epitaph somewhere further down the road, and that Mark Twain's quip becomes a sardonic footnote to his "My Way" life. It would be a fitting kick to the balls of "medicine."
"Tightrope" notwithstanding, I'm going to "poke the badger" some more by showering a little attention on our RV inspired friendship. Sometimes, as with my Dad, death just doesn't come knocking, rather, it kicks down the door. Sudden deaths leaves no time for goodbyes or reminisces or preparation. But there are second and third chances with cancer, and, serious as it is, I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity. I know you don't approve, Lloyd, that's why I didn't bother to ask permission :) Some tightropes are worth the risk.
Hang in, Lloyd, the whole Rv community is pulling for you and appreciates your long standing blog presence and inspiring Journey!
Love and support,
Mark and Bobbie
|Blue Lakes Pass|
|Senator Beck Mine Hike|
|Madera Canyon Arizona Hike|
|Story time in our living room… with Sandy looking and listening on :)|
|Lloyd and Sandy in Yankee Boy Basin|
|Bobbie and Lloyd below Blue Lakes Pass|
|A visit to Telluride|
|Sandy, Lloyd and John Q visit BCB in Lovely Ouray|
|Lloyd at Blue Lakes|
|Tex Mex and Margaritas in Lovely Ouray|
|And just a couple of months ago at Sandy's birthday party in Green Valley, Arizona...|