Well, kinda. On a whim, I responded to an invitation put out by the Albuquerque Journal for stories about RV life. They ended up featuring us! I sent three photos. One features our very first venture into RVing with a 1948 transit bus, the second is our current coach. I like the symmetry of the images showing us in the same stance but almost 40 years apart!
I also submitted the most beautiful photo I’ve ever taken. It was a completely unplanned moment where I was in the RV at Lake Granby where we were camp hosts and just happened to look out the window (I think I was doing dishes or something). Stephen was down by the lake playing guitar with another camper and I guess I looked out to see what they were up to and saw this.
Those beautiful clouds and mountains and a piece of rainbow, perfectly mirrored in the lake. Very proud of that image and it looked great featured as almost a quarter of a page in the article. I basically used the same story I share here on my blog as my opening message.
I realized when I sent in my submission how strong my urge is to share the experience of RV life. In a way, the best word I can come up with for the experience is magical. One of the word’s definitions is “beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life”. That’s exactly it.
I think the key phrase there is “removed from everyday life”. For some reason, even when we’re stationary at our base camp, the fact that I’m living in my RV removes me from everydayness and I know my life is unique and adventure bound.
I have a strong tie to the pioneers that crossed the west to create a new life. If I believed in reincarnation, I would say I lived that life. I really have no idea why those people and that time feel so close to me, but being an RVer gives me a small taste of what compelled them to move into the unknown. You’ve got to embrace the unknown and welcome it into your life in order to venture out and see what life brings you.
The hardships the pioneers faced are beyond what I can imagine. And yet, somehow, I get a glimpse of what they might have felt in their bones about the possibilities they opened up in their lives by taking a risk.
Of course, we do have our own brand of hardships and just like those pioneers, we must draw from our own resourcefulness and character to face them as we travel down the road.
What this blog is partly about is the same bonding experience the pioneers had. Pioneers knew they had to rely on each other for their very existence. That is what RVing can give a couple if they meet their hardships together and learn how to work in tandem. “We will get through this together” is the very basic premise we build on each and every day.