Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here
The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort in Nicolaus, California. I’m scheduled to depart May 10th.
This entry was posted December 25, 2012
Christmas Day finds me with the motorhome at the Tropic Winds RV Resort hiding out from the cold weather in Harlingen, Texas. Are you having a White Christmas? I’m not. Yesterday was 83 degrees…84 forecast for today. It’s the primary reason I’m here.
I do not consider myself a superstitious person, but for many years I’ve considered the number 17 my unlucky number. True or not, year 17 of my full-time RVing lifestyle concluded two days ago. If you are a regular follower of this Blog, you know year 17 was the year Mary and I were involved in a terrible death fatality accident on May 27th in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. If you missed that Blog entry you can read it by clicking this link…
I was sitting a mere six feet from the unfortunate man who was killed. An experience like that gives a person a whole new perspective of life. Each day becomes so precious. Be sure to tell those of your family and friends how much you care about and love them. They are your most precious possessions.
Mary returned home to California June 19th for a July 4th family reunion. Once there, she started having medical problems apparently resulting from the accident. She has been away from me since that time. Right now she’s enjoying the holiday season with her family. She has purchased her airline ticket to rejoin me here in Harlingen on January 3rd.
She recently published her Christmas letter. If you have not seen it, you can read it now…
Today, I begin my Christmas Cards. Since re-cooping from the May 27th accident has taken over my life, I have very little news to impart.
From January through May, Jim and I did our usual trekking around the country side, being perpetual tourists. Our plan was to spend most of the year in New Mexico, a state he had not visited, in-depth, given his many years on the road.
We visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, numerous desert ruins, petroglyphs, desert hikes, saw a lot of cactus, and old mines and mining towns. (Drank some good beer.) We crossed into Mexico at six different border crossings through Arizona and New Mexico. At Columbus, New Mexico we experienced a Cabalgata where the Sheriff of Luna County met the Sheriff across the border and invited a cavalcade of horseback riding caballeros to cross into New Mexico for a fiesta to celebrate their common heritage. It was a wonderful event of great fellowship with our Mexican neighbors.
Traveling about, I learned so much about the prolific Native American tribes throughout the west, Navajo, O’ddham Papago, Zuni, all antecedents of the Anasazi ancient people. Beautiful people, interesting traditions, great jewelry makers, many historical Native sites, native heroes and kids.
Near Albuquerque, a high point was participating in a balloon fest and celebration of our nations veterans. Life on the road is interesting and rewarding no matter where we go and who we meet.
The accident happened in Canyon de Chelly and Jim and I feel lucky to be alive. One man died, and the rest of us were injured, many more seriously than us. The trouble with an accident like this one is you don’t realize the extent of your injuries until the pain medications are all gone and then you find out you can’t do the things you used to. I also had to have surgery that may or may not be related to the accident. Opinion on that varies from one doctor to another.
The benefit of being home for six months has allowed me time to tackle projects put off more years than I care to admit. Some genealogy, transcribing notes from old trips, getting sprinkling systems renewed, my house painted, mature trees pruned and stabilized. Had work done on my trusty truck and a new battery pack for the Prius. I’m back on the road and driving.
We are all grateful for family and friends and all the good things life brings us. We are so very, very fortunate. I’m looking forward to Christmas and flying back to the Motor Home on January 3rd. It is cold here and Jim is complaining about the heat in Texas. (Hard to keep a weather wimp happy.)
We will start our second (for me) circumnavigation of the United States. Number six for Jim. We’ll start from the remote tip of Texas, at Harlingen. I look forward to exploring the gulf coast. Mardi Gras in February in Galveston, Texas. Visiting Karen and Glen in Virginia, Jim’s family in Connecticut, and his many friends on the East Coast. Then, a different route home than the one we took in 2010.
May your Christmas be perfect. Enjoy the season. Don’t forget to share something with those less fortunate. And, above all, hug tight your loved ones and value the things in life you can’t buy
We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
Mary and Jim
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW!
Mary did not post this date.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTO.
Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 81 degrees.
Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…
On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
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