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And Now For Our Next Trick

July 13, 2014

Wow.  It’s been over a month since I last posted.  If you’ve followed this blog over the last couple of years, you know that when we sit still for any length of time, my writing seems to slow down.  It’s not that we haven’t done anything.  It’s just that what we’ve done are the things many people do in normal life.  We’ve been down to the coast a couple of times (not pretty these days… from Galveston to Port Aransas, the Gulf of Mexico is throwing seaweed onto the beaches so fast, and so thick, that municipalities can’t keep up.  We have photos, but it’s too ugly to show. We did visit a Texas historical site recently.  On our way back from a few days at Port Aransas with part of our kids and grandkids, we stopped in Goliad. goliad tx 1 According to its website, the Presidio La Bahia (fort on the bay) and Our Lady of Loreto Chapel were first constructed in 1721 near present day Port Lavaca.  Troubles with the native Karankawa Indians led to the fort being relocated inland along the Guadalupe River.  In 1749, the fort and the mission were moved again, to the present location on the recommendation of Jose de Escandon, whom the Spanish government had authorized to explore ways to prevent further encroachment of the English and French. goliad tx 2 Our Lady of Loreto Chapel was completed in 1779, as a place for the soldiers at the presidio to worship.  Following the Goliad Massacre during the Texas Revolution, “Remember Goliad!” was as much a rallying cry for the Texan forces as the more familiar “Remember the Alamo!”  The chapel is now a Catholic historic site, and regular services continue to be held here to this day. http://www.presidiolabahia.org/massacre.htm I think our short visit to Goliad may have stirred the old wanderlust in Nell and I.  Future adventures are always part of our conversation, but we’ve returned to serious talk about where we want to go from here and how we want to live.

Neither of us is excited about the idea of living in an apartment.  Maybe someday when we’re too infirm to get around, but not yet.  While we still want to travel and camp, I no longer want to drive a 36 foot motorhome on narrow winding roads and through mountains.  We have friends who have laughed at that, because they want to move up to a 40+ foot motorhome for their travels.  We do know that we truly prefer living in an RV in a nice rv park over the close quarters of an apartment complex.  As we sit here looking out at two rows of primarily fifth-wheel trailers, a plan has begun to form. We have pretty much committed to staying where we are until the end of the year.  In the interim, we will be looking at rv parks in the Austin area, seeing what we can get for the Bounder, finding a large pre-owned fifth-wheel trailer and someone to tow it to our destination.  (There are companies that do that, and it’s not terribly expensive.)  We’ll set up housekeeping with the fifth wheel as our principal home, and then we’ll focus on getting a small class C motorhome that will tow the Honda CR-V.   It’s basically the same as the original plan, except we’re substituting a fifth-wheel in place of an apartment, and resettling to a different location.

For those who aren’t familiar with what a fifth wheel trailer is, here’s an example: Redwood11_38FL_ext,jpg Yeah, I know.  We’re nuts.  But if you’ve been following along for the last couple of years, that shouldn’t come as any surprise.  All we’re trying to do is settle into the lifestyle we want, while keeping the ability to get on the road whenever the mood strikes.  Our travels so far tell us that there are a lot of state parks and Corps of Engineers parks where we can sit for a week or two on the bank of a lake or river.  But we need to give ourselves the ability to do that and still be comfortable. Stay tuned.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2014 10:29 pm

    I think it sounds like a great idea! There is something about living in an RV that is exciting and makes sense $$$$$ wise. A smaller Class C sounds like a good escape now and then from the “NORM”
    We stopped full time rv-ing due to a medical condition that thankfully has not progressed any further so we are talking about a smaller Class C to escape some of the summer heat here in Florida and head up to New England for 6 – 8 weeks.

    Wish you the best and you’ll work it all out.

    • July 13, 2014 10:34 pm

      Richard, I knew if anyone would understand it would be you. I can’t tell you how happy we both are to hear that the medical issue isn’t progressing. Thanks for the encouragement… and all the best to you all. We think about you often.

  2. July 14, 2014 5:11 am

    I hope you find a rig that suits you Ralph. You still have the wanderlust.

    • July 14, 2014 1:02 pm

      Indeed we do, Doug. Nell is especially anxious to get back on the road in some way. At this point it’s just an idea, but we have a habit of making our ideas into reality, so we’ll see what happens. Thanks!

  3. July 14, 2014 11:28 pm

    That is exactly what we did. The 5th wheel worked perfectly and we were able to find one that fit our budget new so that I could add stuff like a built in vac and a small dishwasher. I liked a table and chairs better than the booth but that is personal preference of course. We were able to get into more state parks with the rig and it was very easy to detach from the truck. We were able to find a 2500 diesel truck with all the bells and whistles on it including seat warmers for 16,000k but of course it was used and and had about 60,000miles. It was great for the time we used it. Good luck and have fun. Syd Harper

    • July 15, 2014 8:35 pm

      Syd, the 5th wheel will be parked fulltime, so rather than buying a truck to tow it, we’ll just pay to have it moved to the fulltime location. By getting a less expensive used one, the plan is to use the savings to buy a small (maybe 24′) which we will use for our travels.

  4. July 15, 2014 9:08 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good plan. I like it better than the apartment. Plus you can move the 5ver location when you get tired of a location.

    • July 15, 2014 9:51 pm

      PG, we think this might be the compromise we’re looking for. Now we just have to force ourselves to go slow and pick the right 5ver and the right park.

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