I've been back at my sticks-and-bricks home for 3 weeks now -- readjusting, catching up, and pondering the past four months of being a snowbird. I got home a few days before John's birthday; and now we are getting ready to celebrate Father's Day, enjoy hometown baseball, and participate in our Fall City Day celebration.
|Second day home, I went to Pike Place Farmer's Market in|
Seattle. For John's birthday dinner, I got some yummy
Beecher's famous Mac & Cheese at the market. 5/30/15
|Fall City is now home of a semi-pro baseball team,|
the Northwest Honkers! 6/7/15
To be fair, I did take 4 shorter excursions ranging from 3 days to 3 weeks to see other locations, camp alone, and visit friends and family.
One of the biggest benefits of being a snowbird was getting to know a place better, through various weather conditions -- temperatures, lighting, rain, sunshine, clouds -- and night time stars and moon phases. I got to know the sounds and sights of the native animals and plants throughout days and weeks. A place is more than a moment in time; rather, it's dynamic through time, similar yet different from day to day.
Similarly, I got to know some of my friends better, as well as make new friends. I so appreciate when I'm able to spend time with others who enjoy being in nature while living out of their vehicles. I'm grateful to be with people who get me, and I them. I enjoyed visiting, laughing, sharing meals, and hiking with friends. In addition to the camaraderie, I appreciated the additional sense of safety having other trusted folks around me. I camped a couple of weeks alone and I prefer having the company of others.
Another benefit of being a snowbird is the financial savings. Except for the miles to get to and from the Pacific Northwest, I drove very little. So, I both saved on wear and tear on the car, as well as fuel. Plus, I boondocked on public land where there are no camping fees.
|Our camp after a rain storm. According to the locals, Moab|
had more storms this year than usual. 5/16/15
|By sharing a "campsite" with Bob, we individually paid half the cost|
at Monument Valley. Plus, it was a pleasure to experience this
amazing place with a friend. 4/28/15
To be honest, however, I missed the travel, driving the back roads, and exploring new places. I got itchy feet. I was near to some locations I wanted to go to, but didn't. But, the bit of shunpiking and exploration I did do was thoroughly enjoyed.
|Our 2001 Adventurer Class C gets 10 MPG. 9/12|
|Lots of standing, cooking and visiting room in our Class C. 9/12|
|I suspect our Class C would have bottomed out at the|
ditch on this road to my campsite in the Prescott NF.
It would have certainly got scratched up. 3/22/15
|When using the Prius, my kitchen and living spaces are outside. 3/28/15|
On my next blog post, I'll do some product reviews for those items I found useful or disappointing during my 4 months as a snowbird.