A number of folks think only retirees are Full-Timers and, of course, that’s not the case. There are many who families, younger couples and singles who enjoy the RV lifestyle. So what do we do when we aren’t workamping, volunteering or traveling? Pretty much anything people with stick-houses do!
One of the things we enjoy is hiking and walking. I make a point to take the digital camera along every time – I love to take photos. The photo above was actually taken on my walk along the river earlier today. You never know what you are going to see. The other day I saw my first Coypu, but it went under the water before I could snap a photo.
Of course, when you are staying in an area for a short or limited period of time, you have to make the most of it. I remember getting up one morning to a nippy 32 degrees and hiking through old growth forest to Sol Duc Falls (Olympic National Park). By the time we got back it was snowing and very slippery. We could have postponed the hike for another day, but if we kept doing that, we may not have gotten to see it and experience nature in such an amazing winter setting. So we always make a point to make the most of our time in an area. I have found this creates richer memories.
Bicycling is another popular hobby among RVers. We have folding bikes we purchased from a marine store. They only weigh about 15 pounds each and fold into a travel bag. They are great for around parks and designated bike trails. One place we workamped, I even road my bike to the entrance gate each morning (to unlock it). Although I was startled one morning when two coyote darted in front of me! I hit the brakes and looked up the hill to see them chasing two deer. I would have missed that if I drove the noisy company car down to the gate.
Reading is a big hobby and most campgrounds and RV resorts offer either a lending library or a place to leave books, magazines and directories. A few we have been to even have places to swap jigsaw puzzles, road maps, coupons and catalogs. We have made a lot of new friends just by sitting outside in our lawn chairs. There is just something about reading a book outside that attracts folks!
Larger campgrounds and RV resorts usually have a number of social activities – so there is always plenty of opportunities to make friends “at home”. We have stayed at parks with golf clubs (they had a golf course right there at the park), computer clubs, Red Hat Ladies, monthly or annual potlucks, choral groups, bingo, art and craft clubs, tennis clubs and other activities. One we stayed at had French classes (which I enjoyed) and even karate classes. So it is very easy to socialize – even if you are only staying a few days. I think I know more about Campers I’ve played bingo with than my friends!
Individual hobbies are the same for Full-Timers, except on a smaller scale because of the storage space and transportation issues (nothing too bulky or fragile). Personally, I collect travel-related items: postcards, pressed pennies and quarters (from a machine at an attraction – some folks refer to them as “squashed pennies”, “souvenir pennies” or “oblongateds”), campground maps (not as popular as collecting restaurant menus), souvenir tee shirts and unique travel mementos. In my free time, I enjoy origami, kirigami, making ningyo dolls and Sumi-e painting. These items take up little space and keep me out of trouble. 😉
Many RVers enjoy the internet and email. It not only allows us to stay in touch with friends and family, but interact with other RVers and plan our routes. A number of Full-Timers have blogs, websites and photo galleries to maintain.
There are numerous things to keep us Full-Timers on the move, even when we’re parked!