Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Neighborhood

Before we started this adventure, Betsy and I had wondered how we would feel about “living” so close to total strangers. We were always blessed with having great neighbors when we lived in stick houses. We grew to trust our neighbors…they had a key to the house, fed the cats, brought us food, cut the grass when we were out of town, and so on and so on. Now, we live next to someone on an average of 4 days! Let’s face it at no time in our lives have we had so many neighbors while living in one house. It is like a revolving neighborhood.

We have to say that we have not minded the revolving neighbor door one bit. There is a certain bond or camaraderie that RV’ers feel, especially when you are neighbors. Maybe it is because we are so close and sometimes can look into each other’s windows. Or, maybe because we all share the common interest of camping.

One of the campgrounds with close neighbors.  Fortunately, we loved Bill and Shirley (the RV
to the left) and Bill helped us learn about cable tv.  Bill is the uncle of country music star Sara Evans and they offered to get us back stage passes to a concert.  Too bad we have never been in the same town where her concerts are. 
We have been so fortunate to meet so many wonderful people. We were recently at a National Park campground in Florida and developed a quick friendship with many of our neighbors. At no time have we gotten to know so many people in one campground. The campfire quickly turned into BYOC (bring-your-own-chair) or it was standing room only as so many from the neighborhood gathered at campsite A4, our campsite.

Our campsite at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola, Florida.  Just across the dunes in the background is the beach. All this for $10/night! We could never afford this kind of beach front property.
Total strangers have helped us fix things on the motorhome and give us valuable advice. There was Bill who showed us how to get the cable tv hooked up, Dave who replaced our dry rotted windshield wiper fluid tubing (that we didn’t even know was dry rotted), Allison who loaned us patio chairs so our friends would have a place to sit, Jim who loaned us his ladder so I didn’t have to get mine out, Gil who helped fix our awning, and the list goes on.

We also like to share advice as we did most recently in Florida…like don’t miss the Blue Angels free practice show on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, get the Bacardi 151 rum in your bushwhacker from The Sandshaker, eat at Pet Leg Pete’s and definitely order the spicy Lafitte oysters, and watch that your dog doesn’t walk where there are sand burrs.

Our campsite in Branson, Missouri gave us lots of neighbors.  One of our "closest" neighborhoods.
We have met so many wonderful people and often exchanged cards with contact information. Yes, we still keep in touch with those we met over six months ago when we were “newbies.” We never know who we will see down the road, where or when but we also look forward to meeting new people.

Nancy and Otter in the "front yard" at Sagadahoc Bay, Maine.  For three days
we did not have any neighbors.


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  2. Getting curious to see if you try any boondocking in the future.

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