The cacti are in bloom signaling spring in the desert. The change in temperature nudges its residents out of hibernation to explore. Snakes that once were few on the hiking trails begin to be seen, and birds dance in hopes of securing a mate.
We are similar to those who came before us – moving our family from winter grounds to summer lodging. We follow the weather now, connected into the unexplainable force nature senses in its pollination and migrations.
We prefer to follow the weather in the mid to upper 70s. We leave the Pacific Northwest before the falling rain, and the north before the ground freezes. Our eyes are on the weather in the spring so we have safe passage through Tornado Alley, and leave Florida before hurricane season. We also appreciate our ability to move across the US and escape the 120 heat of the southwest summers.
On occasion, we choose differently, like when we spent time in the heat of the Everglades in Florida and the crisp winter chill of Breckenridge, Colorado. The RV has a furnace and air conditioning, a luxury in such weather conditions. The amazing part is that we have a choice now on what kind of weather we would like to have outside of our door. At times we experience the feeling of time travel as we have tea time in a friend’s camper one week and walk out to snow, while the next week we can open the same door to the heat of Moab!
We also choose where to travel based on:
- Job opportunities for Jon like our stay in Grapevine, Texas
- Conferences for my writing business
- Visiting our Naturopathic Doctor in Breckenridge, Colorado
- Our biannual visit to our orthodontist at Orthodontist Avenue in Coppell, Texas
- An eye therapist in Olympia, Washington
- Full-time Family Rallies to meet other traveling families
- Intersecting traveling friends or meeting new ones
- Visiting our hometowns in Minnesota
- Visiting amazing destinations we want to experience
The beauty of this life is the freedom. In the beginning, I was still bound by my old way of life – I planned out campgrounds and our route months in advance. I was trying to live scheduled like the days back at my house.
What is the best therapy for a control freak? Life in an RV. At least, it broke down my walls because I had no control over the weather, the people we would meet, or what occurred on travel days. And as far as life on the road following my plans, that was a comedy skit.
Time after time I would have our traveling plans inked on my calendar to have them completely blow up in my face. That can be hard on a control freak’s ego. The unexplainable would happen – a local would share a destination off of the beaten path, our awning would fly off, or we would meet a family that we wanted to spend more time with.
Soon I began to see that the gift of living in an RV is that I can wander freely. Today, I make generalized plans as in the direction we are heading and pencil in a few reservations with room to adjust. If we want to stay longer at a destination during the summer or winter months, I need to make reservations ahead of time. The summer is busy with campers on the weekends, and the winter is busy with snowbirds. However, sometimes just living on faith opens up some of the most beautiful opportunities.
So, how do we choose where we travel?
By embracing that nudge within and trusting in a force like the wind.