Our setup at a KOA in south central Florida.
Happy New Year! It's about time that we sent 2020 out and welcome in 2021, which I sincerely hope will bring in better things for all of us.
We first started exploring the idea of traveling across the country in an RV this past year, the last thought on any of our minds would have been a pandemic that shut down various parts of the country. All the events we planned on going to were cancelled, one by one. The reality set in that we would need to shift our focus and adjust our plans. We delayed picking up our RV for several months. Instead of planning on going to events, we decided to keep to ourselves and look for activities that allow for safer social distancing. Instead of exploring downtowns, we now go to nature parks and wildlife preserves, with the occasional visit to an art museum, if health safety protocols are in effect. Instead of going out to eat, we are cooking with the occasional splurge on take out or outdoor dining.
Traveling in an RV allows us to travel in a way that keeps ourselves and others safe. Our home is mobile and we created a lifestyle that thrives on self-isolation. We deliberately made a choice to spend the travel time working on personal projects rather than looking for events and doing the more typical touristy activities. But I will admit that I deeply miss walking through downtowns, browsing through bookstores, going to concerts, and eating out at that cute cafe. I can only continue to hope eventually these dark days will be over soon if we continue to care for each other by social distancing and wearing a mask.
Traveling as a slow quiet journey, without any particular destination in mind is the kind of travel I've been longing to do for years. Most of my past trips where all about seeing as much as possible, cramming in as many activities and sights before rushing off to the next spot, only to return completely exhausted with a haze of travel memories and a longing for more. Our 5th Wheel Travel Trailer makes slow travel easy - we find an RV camp ground to stay out for a few weeks or even up to a month before moving on to another location. We spend days thinking about where to go and what to see. Occasionally, we can even take a leisurely drive to explore the area, allowing us to really explore and get to know the spot we're staying at. We're surrounded by other travelers, which makes the neighborhood temporary. Our lives briefly touch with short conversations and exchanges of advice on where to go and how to get there.
We don't have much contact with others, save for a few video visits or online rounds of Among Us with friends. With less social obligations, I have time to work on myself. There's a huge list of books I want to spend time reading and absorbing, some photography skills I want to brush up on, and several creative projects I want to pursue, including rediscovering the comforts of writing. I used to enjoy writing or journaling on a regular basis, but a long career in writing and editing technical software manuals and a stint in grad school hammered all the enjoyment out of it. I think it's about time to reclaim writing as a tool for self-discovery.
I'm looking forward to sharing more. Welcome to my journey.
Hello! My name is Kat (she, her, hers), and I'm here to tell you about my travels in a Grand Design Momentum 5th Wheel Travel Trailer with my better half, James and my kitty, Miss Puff Puff.