It appears to me that there are four types of RVers:
1. The snowbirds who spend the winter somewhere else for “the season”
and then go back to their home base;
2. The RVers who winter for “the season” and then go travel from RV park
to RV park,
3. The RVers who go from RV park to RV park because they live year round
in their RV,
and then there’s me...
4. The RVer who spends the winter in one RV park for “the season” and goes
searching for a home base because their house is rented.
Have I missed anything?
I bring this up because I’m still trying to figure out what type of RVer I want to be. I know when “the season” ended and all the folks I met at the Voyager in Tucson left to go home, I felt a twinge because I didn’t have a house to go home to because I’ve rented it to Kate and Mike (Hi guys…Kate reads my blog.) That’s ok because due to the weather I don’t want to return to the Seattle area, although I feel a twinge when I say that. However, I have a motorhome so I can visit whenever I want.
When I went to Tucson for my first “season” last October, my plan when it ended was to check out Twin Falls, ID to see if it could become my new home base. I have a friend I worked with at Boeing who lives here, so I didn’t just pull this location out of a hat. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, that’s where I am now. (I prepared this yesterday, the 2nd, and was unable to publish it because of wifi problems.)
I’ve been here since May 24th. I’m staying at the Flying J Ranch, a mobile home community that recently started allowing RVs to stay and I happen to be the first RVer to move in. The spaces are large, some larger than others. It depends on what size mobile home used to be in the space. I started out in a double wide space then moved to a single wide space and I still have way more room than I would in an RV park…
There’s a catch though…the rentals are for a month ($450) at a time but it includes wifi. I think Twin Falls is a great place to visit and if you want to check it out for a month or so then Lanning is the man to call...
I knew within the first month that this won’t be my new home base after spending “the season” in Tucson. It’s missing a lot of what I’m used to and don’t want to do without. My biggest problem is finding organic food in a grocery store and a vegetarian restaurant or two. I’m in beef and dairy country and I don’t partake of either since I consider myself a vegetarian almost vegan. Talk about a mismatch.
What Twin Falls does have is a canyon rim trail above the Snake River. I can walk to the path from where I’m staying and that’s probably its biggest draw for me. I was stunned the first time I went around a curve and saw this…
On the way back I saw this...
Another draw to Twin Falls that appeals to a bunch of people, but me as just an observer, is the Perrine Bridge...
that people base jump off. The bridge is 486’ above the Snake River and it took my breath away the first time I saw someone jump off of it…
|The "jumper"on the far right is climbing over the railing|
|The jumper has jumped. Where's the parachute????|
Another negative for me is the wind. There seems to be a theme here concerning me and wind. I’m finding way too much of it on and off the road. A number of people have informed me that Idaho is just windy.
I guess I’ll have to keep looking for my new home base. Maybe instead of Seattle being my home base and going to Tucson for the winter, Tucson should be my home base and I go somewhere for the summer…like Seattle!!!
I keep having thoughts flash through my head and a bizarre one just went through…with pictures. I saw me driving my motorhome with an anchor dragging behind it. My interpretation is that I want to do both…RV and have a permanent home base.
I love living in my Alfa. When it isn’t windy I think I like driving it. Even though I’ve driven it more than 1,000 miles, I don’t think I’ve reached a place where I’m totally comfortable driving it…yet.
I haven’t been able to sell my Winnebago View and because of gas prices I’m thinking of driving to Tucson and switching RVs. How crazy is that? In a way, at least for me, it makes sense. Live in the Alfa and take short trips in the View. Hmmmm, that might work.
I’m paid up here in Twin Falls until July 24th. I don’t think I’m going to make it. I’m feeling antsy and I think I’m ready to leave. I need to rent a trailer for my Volvo and then I’m off.
I guess…bottom line…I’m just an RVer...in training.
Lovin’ the Sunshine,