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Bears, Boredom and Bullies

June 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Bears, Boredom and Bullies

Each spring our family makes an annual pilgrimage into the wilderness. This year, like most, we selected a cozy campground that sits tucked away in a mountain forest as our base camp and settled in for a few days of hiking and exploring. Our campfire provides a relaxing atmosphere at the end of each day’s activities. Spring is the perfect time of year for our family. The weather is sunny and cool, wildflowers are blooming and showing off a thousand vibrant colors, and wildlife is out in abundance. The happy melodies of songbirds provide a wonderfully calming musical backdrop as we hike, stopping frequently to photograph the many splendors that the forest offers. Wild Animals Enjoy Springtime Too During the first day of our trip while hiking we enjoyed watching a pair of gray squirrels dancing to the music of a ruby-crowned kinglet as he roosted atop a lodgepole pine.  At lunchtime we made our way back to camp just in time to see a black bear lumbering his way through a nearby meadow,... [Read more...]

Where Cavemen Store Their RV’s

June 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Where Cavemen Store Their RV’s

Winterizing your RV is a lot of work with zero payoff. Basically, you are just spending time “preventing” problems from. Realizing that I was going to be buried in RV related activities for the rest of the week, I longed to get away and jumped at the chance to go zip lining and hiking through caves for a couple of hours at night. I looked forward to a lot of fun and a chance to cool off from the 95 degree weather I was experiencing at 5 p.m. in the evening. I wasn’t expecting to walk past RVs 50 feet underground. happening. Chalk that up with brushing your teeth, taking out the trash and other completely non-exciting things we do to make sure things don’t go bad. It’s not something most people long to do. So I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the non-winterizing option I saw while I was at the Rally in Louisville this week: Storing Your RV in a Cave. Sure enough, as I walked into the entrance of the cave to the Louisville Underground, I was passed by RV’s driving out.... [Read more...]

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

June 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

HOW TO ATTRACT BLACK BEARS (…and get a picture, too.)

Even with the population of black bear increasing in Virginia, the possibility of seeing one is still an uncommon and exciting experience.  These creatures can range from 90 to 500 pounds in weight and stand as tall as 7 feet when erect.  Male black bears are naturally larger than females. Black bears are somewhat nocturnal, or crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn).  Seeing one during the daylight hours is less likely as they are naturally afraid of humans and somewhat solitary animals. Black bears in Virginia are mostly vegetarian eating a variety of roots, nuts, seeds, berries, grasses, insects, and fruits.  But, when given a chance to eat meats they will not hesitate. On our recent outing to Big Meadows campground in the Shenandoah National Park, the Rangers (now called Park Police) warned us to be careful, as there had been numerous sightings of black bears in the campground. This was exciting news to me – in over twenty years of visiting the park and campground, I had only seen... [Read more...]

Tips From A Therapist Making a Major Life Change After 50

May 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Tips From A Therapist Making a Major Life Change After 50

My husband and I have both been therapists for years and are making a cross country move from our home of 23 years in Wisconsin to Taos, NM. So what terrific coping skills have I developed in my work as a therapist that will make this, or any other major life change (ie. Retirement, RVing fulltime and giving up a brick and mortar home, caring full time for grandchildren, etc.) easier? There are a few ideas I can share with you: 1.  First of all, just like climbing a mountain, I need to take one step at a time. Whether you are trying to come to terms with a partner retiring, or taking to the road full-time or moving to a new location, you will adjust better and more quickly if you can break the process down into steps and take one to them at a time. The first thing we needed to do was obtain a mailing address; in our town, this is via a PO Box. The first weekday of our trip out this spring, we made a trip to the post office to reserve our box. Three days later we could pick up our keys... [Read more...]

Making a Major Life Change After 50, Continued…

May 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Making a Major Life Change After 50, Continued…

Yes, we are finally about to embark on our cross country move from Wisconsin to Taos, NM. We recently accepted an offer on our Manitowoc home and hopefully it will close without a hitch in May 30th. But moving after 50 seems more complicated and difficult than it was at 20. Our home in Manitowoc Is it that I miss the memories of my children growing up here? Yes and no. I love all the memories of raising our children in that home, but realize they are precious memories, not the reality of what I am living now. I am ready to live in a location that gives me more of what I want to do. That place is Taos. It has a multitude of hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Terry and I will be able to find a new hike to do every day of the week if we so desire. And we will be able to find a new singer, band or lecture to listen to or restaurant that appeals to us as often as we will be able to afford looking for them. And for those times we must stay home, we will always enjoy the KTAO Solar... [Read more...]

Making a Major Life Change After 50

May 20, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Making a Major Life Change After 50

I moved many times in my young adult life. I moved from home to college, college to law school in Madison, WI, from Madison to a new city in Wisconsin for my first job, then back to Madison for my husband’s promotion, then to my hometown of Manitowoc, WI to raise my daughter when he wanted a divorce—all within a period of 10 years! However, since I met and married Terry in 1989, we have lived in the same house that we bought two weeks before our wedding—23 years ago. Our home in Manitowoc, WI Now, however, at the age of 53 and ¾ we are making the move to Taos, NM. We will be leaving behind everything we have known throughout our 23 years of marriage: our jobs, extended families, friends, running, biking, rollerblading and skiing routes, favorite camping destinations and the like. We are leaving. The reasons we are leaving are good ones. We “fit” in New Mexico somehow. In a town that accepts what anyone brings, we can be who we are. There is music, dancing (which is something... [Read more...]

WE FOUND A PHOTO OF PRESIDENT CLINTON NUDE!

February 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

WE FOUND A PHOTO OF PRESIDENT CLINTON NUDE!

Hanging out around a library wasn’t exactly one of the most exciting items on my list of things to do Monday.  But, it was President’s Day and we were not that far from the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Besides, admission is free on President’s Day and I have never been one to pass up free admission to anything. In case you may have forgotten, Bill Clinton was our 42nd President serving two terms between 1992 and 2000.  While he may be best remembered for his shenanigans with a young White House aide, it was during his presidency that we reversed a climbing federal budget deficit and created nearly twenty-three million new American jobs.  No prior administration had overseen the creation of so many new jobs, or at such a rapid pace. Entrance to the Clinton Library The Clinton Presidential Library is situated in a new 30-acre city park located right on the edge of the Arkansas River in the revitalized River Market area of Little Rock. ... [Read more...]

The Most Romantic Disastrous Camping Trip Ever—Part 2

February 14, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

The Most Romantic Disastrous Camping Trip Ever—Part 2

Read Part 1 So, there we were—no fire…raw, uncooked food…and a tent that looked like it was constructed by a team of drunk squirrels. Undaunted, my new young wife and I decided to make proverbial lemonade from our lemons.  Since I had camped in the area many times previous, I knew of a backwoods café about 25 miles away, that usually stayed open as long as the owner stayed awake. Road Sign for the Restaurant--should have tipped us off! We piled back into the car and headed over, ravenous for a meal. Though I had camped in this spot before, I had never eaten at this particular café, as I had always been able cook my own food. Now, since we were prohibited from making a fire, and since we were too broke to buy our own camp stove, we had been forced to give this little backwoods restaurant a try. When we arrived at establishment, we realized that we were the only patrons in the café. As we ordered and awaited our dinner, out to the corner of our eyes we could see various people wandering... [Read more...]

Wild Dogs in the Village!! Part 1

February 8, 2012 by · 20 Comments 

Wild Dogs in the Village!!  Part 1

Wild Dogs in the Village! (Part One) It seems that many RVers are also “dog people,” so I thought I would share my adventure.  Looking back on this ongoing adventure, I find it interesting at how people who seem to have such a strong common interest (RVers, to be specific) can view the same situation so differently. The puppy of the two The adventure started one morning when I took my dog (a 16-year-old Maltese mix) out for her morning walk (well, at her age, and in the morning, it is tough to call it a walk, it is more of a mosey).  Suddenly, out of nowhere, a young adult dog and a puppy came up for a visit.  They were obviously interested in meeting my dog.  Once I saw the body language of the two dogs, I gladly allowed them to visit with my dog.  I noticed right away, though, that these two were not going to allow me to touch them.  Soon they grew bored with such an inactive dog, and headed off to find another dog to play with. I continued my walk and it was not long... [Read more...]

A Romantic, Disastrous Camping Trip

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A Romantic, Disastrous Camping Trip

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here is the story of the most romantic, disastrous camping trip I have ever had. When my wife and I were first married, we were poor. Dirt poor. The kind of poor where we thought how much does a kidney sell for on the black market? Yet, as broke as we were, we still managed to have fun and do nice things for each other once-in-awhile. For my birthday one year, my wife planned to surprise me with a weekend camping trip to one of my favorite spots on the west coast. Knowing how much I enjoyed camping and the outdoors (and plus camping is a inexpensive vacation), my wife secretly reserved a space in my favorite campground, shopped for my favorite camping foods, and packed our car for the weekend. Did I mention that we were poor? Previous to this trip, we had both thrown away our own tents and much of our camping gear. These were supplies that we had used throughout our childhood, and our tents had holes, our sleeping bags smelled of dead fish, and our camp... [Read more...]

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