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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

More Solitude Views, Haircuts and Towing Cars In Park

It’s been interesting reading all your views regarding solitude—if you guys are a cross section, I would say most RVers are solitary type people.  I’m not what I would consider a social butterfly even though I’m more social than Michael.  Sometimes on a Friday night in Montana when we are hitting the hay at 9pm I will say, “geez we are boring, going to bed so early on a Friday night, we should be out partying!”  Not on your life!  I am perfectly content to be with Michael and Emmi whether at our home in Montana or out in the RV.  I’ve always been a morning person which served me well in the operating room and I turn into a pumpkin about 8-9pm!  Yes, I do like to visit with friends and family on occasion but even I would get tired of a steady diet of socializing. 

Once in the earlier days of my marriage to Michael I had a friend ask me didn’t I feel “smothered” by him—this question was asked after Michael and I had spoken on the phone for the umpteenth time that day.  I have never felt smothered by the attention and affection he shows me, I relish it—it’s one of the reasons we can live in less than 400 square feet for months on end!!  

It’s been a while since I had a haircut—since before we left Montana in fact—so today was the day.  I went back to the same salon I used last year but tried a different stylist—time will tell.

On the way out to look at some property this afternoon stormy clouds were rolling in over the mountains giving the desert floor a warm brown glow plus the added bonus of an oddly shaped rainbow—snapped with my iPhone, the photo isn’t the greatest. 


This morning Michael and I were sitting here on the couch surfing the internet, reading the news and blogs.  We had noticed a motorhome parked up the street beside a house which all ready had two motorhomes in the driveway—I made some comment about this and went back to reading. 

All of a sudden I heard this terrible squeak/squeal, looked up and the motorhome was turning into the next street with its tow car front tires skidding along on the pavement—not turning!!!  I jumped off the couch, shoved my feet into slippers, grabbed the keys, roared out the door, started the jeep and raced after the guy—I stopped him about halfway up the next street.  I’m sorry to say but some people should NOT be driving motorhomes.  He gave me this confused look as I exited the jeep and walked up to his driver’s window—“I thought it felt different but I was going to wait until I turned the next corner so I could see the wheels!!!!!”   Good grief!!  It was pouring rain and I left him trying to decide what to do.

As he seemed so confused I drove back to the house where the motorhome had been parked finding a guy outside trying to convince his dog to go potty in the rain—I told him what had happened.  We saw two guys from that house walking up the road to where the motorhome was sitting but the motorhome never came back to the house.  Michael said as much as it was raining the tires might have just been sliding and not skidding the rubber off but it was doubtful.  Who knows, the guy may be driving around with a flat spot on each of his front tires!

When we are towing the jeep I remain outside the motorhome when we start to roll watching the jeep tires turn and the steering wheel move—it’s just the way we do things.

Tomorrow we are off on an adventure—stay tuned!


  1. The learning curve of traveling in a motorhome is HUGE! We have learned that if something feels, sounds or looks a bit "off," we immediately put the bus into park and check things out.

    1. Yep, Nan, we do too! If one of us even thinks something is wrong we stop as soon as we can!!

  2. I agree. Some folks just don't get it. Doesn't matter if it's a large motorhome or small travel trailer. You wonder how they ever get anywhere.

  3. I hit the road so I wouldn't become a hermit in my house. Last summer my financial planner told me she thought I was a bit of a hermit anyway in my volunteering lifestyle. I guess degrees of socializing is a personal thing. Does that make me a part time hermit and part time socializer?? I don't know.

    1. I would never peg you as a hermit Judy--there's another blog topic--do other people see you as you see yourself!

  4. That RV owner should have been thrilled that you rushed out to stop the rig before serious damage could occur. Nice gesture on your part.

  5. I spend more time with, and feel less smothered by, Bill than anyone I've ever been with. For me it is more about the person than the amount of contact with them :-) It's a good reminder that even in the rain you have to run the full checklist - interesting that none of the guys standing around that house didn't notice. Thanks for making the effort to get in the Jeep and stop him. I like to know others will chase me down when I'm stupid :-))))))

  6. Interesting discussion on solitude Janna. I spent a large portion of my career supervising large numbers of folks and towards the end gave a lot of public presentations and dealt with the public on a daily basis. I was pretty comfortable with that activity and actually came to look forward to the rush that doing those things brought. But I have always been pretty comfortable with my own company and really enjoy the times that there is just Brenda and I and the beautiful world our Lord has created for us.

    Yep, I still love telling a good story or two, but am really just as happy telling it to Max, Maya or Blue or Willow, as I am sharing it with a crowd. In fact sometimes I think their expressions are more indicative of the value of the story than others. And unlike others they never remind me that I have told that story a time or two before.

    So give me a high mountain trail, a horse, my dog, and my good wife and I am pretty happy, even though once in while I like to come down off the mountain to a crackling fire and tell everyone else what a great time we had.

  7. To me, solitude is simply a state of mind and not a location. Even though we stay in a 500 site RV Resort here in DHS, I can enjoy all the solitude I want and I usually do want a lot. I don't go to rallies, reunions or even organized events here at the Sands (except for the pancake breakfasts - I make an exception for food!). I still don't know the names of the folks in the sites on either side of us here.

    Do I consider myself a social person? Yes. Do I want to socialize a lot? No. Is that a contradiction? Perhaps to some - but, I think not and I believe both JB and Mike might agree with me.


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