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Looking back…

In the first months of 2008, we found ourselves camping in Port Angeles (WA) between Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We could see the mountains of British Columbia (Canada) in the distance. Behind us was Olympic National Park. It was an amazing location with gorgeous views.

During the day the beach was active with surfers, paddle boarders and kayakers. Yes, surfers in Washington! They surf the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the colder months and aren’t afraid to don their wet suits and brave the cold for a few seconds on their boards.

As winter progressed we were very fortunate with snowfall. Just a few times and not too heavy, although the cold winds remind you that winter can be unforgiving. I did love seeing the snow fall on the beach. Close to shore it stops  – about two feet above the sand/water.

It was amazing what we saw at the beach in winter. One day we saw a small octopus had washed up and three bald eagles were tearing into it! If only I had my camera at the time – what a sight! And in addition to periodic whale sightings, we also saw submarines heading out to the Pacific Ocean.

So where ever we end up each winter, I try not to complain too much about the cold weather – knowing that somewhere along the Strait there are surfers eagerly awaiting to head out into the icy water. 😉

Boy, is the white stuff really drifting here… oh wait, that’s sand! 😉

I recently had surgery and found that it took longer to recovery than I anticipated. I hope to catch up before the end of the year though – especially with our travel adventures for the 2010!

I hope everyone who is on-the-road had a lovely season and is at their winter home (or on the way). It appears to be cold all over the country, so no escaping that winter chill! Even here in Florida we have had a few nights in the 30s. Brrr!

Thanks to all who emailed me while I was offline! I wish I had time to respond to you all, but if I did, I wouldn’t have any time to post more. 🙂

In all our years Full-Timing, I don’t think we’ve ever had to pack and re-pack as much as we’ve had to this winter. For instance, the last few days it has went from air-condition to furnace conditions – and oh yeah – throw in two days of sleet!

And just when you don’t think you need that winter jacket and place it under the bed storage area and dig out those souvenir tee-shirts again… well, Mother Nature pulls a fast-one. For those who live in a RV – you know how it is with the clothing storage situation!

So our winter in Texas has proven to keep us busy watching the Weather channel! 😉

Yet somehow I have managed to get all my camp reviews typed and photos organized and ready to post. I’ll be doing that soon… Updating some links and adding a few suggested by RVers. If you have some you’d like to share, feel free to comment here or email me with them.

And to those who have emailed or messaged me at RV groups – yes, I’m still alive! A little chilly now and then, but still going! 😉

Once again we found ourselves in the great state of Texas with a host of other winter migrants. Instead of being called “snowbirds” or seasonal travellers, we are referred to as “Winter Texans”.

However, this year I must emphasis the word “winter”. It has been the craziest winter for this area. From gray days with drizzling rain to forecasts of snow flurries and icy roadways!

We have literally dug into our winter camping clothes (worn only while staying outside Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington) and are wondering if we will ever see the sun again. Okay, I am a bit overly dramatic – we have seen the sun… just not enough of it! 😉

Yet it is a great reminder to be prepared for anything and everything when travelling to another region.

So if you are travelling for the holidays or if you are a mid-season (January to April) snowbird, be mindful of unusual weather all over the country. Pack clothing you can layer for hot-to-cold temps and keep advised of weather conditions.

There is nothing worse than getting caught in miserable weather AND not being dressed for it. Speaking of which… I need another hot chocolate! 😉

The weather outside is frightful!
The weather outside is frightful!

This week we were planning several site-seeing trips in this region, unfortunately we find ourselves in a Winter Storm Watch for the next two days. Apparently Mother Nature says that  South Texas isn’t south enough to escape her winter grasp! 😉

The temperature has already started to drop and the wind gusts are rustling the slide awnings. So we’ve set the propane furnace, turned on a little ceramic heater and declared it a stay-indoors day!

Meanwhile our  camping neighbors are quickly trying to pack and head home. They weren’t prepared for such weather and decided they would spend their vacation in a warm house. The propane truck can be heard a few campsites down. Several of the Winter Texans staying here are in need of propane and with the weather changing, an empty tank is not advised. I imagine as the wind gust escalate, we’ll find more Campers pulling in to hunker down for a day or two. It is difficult to drive a RV during windy and stormy conditions.

Only those who have a purpose to be in this weather are outside. The rest of us are sitting in our RVs and catching up on projects, reading or watching television. We are all just making the most of the situation.

I’ve been updating state photos on THE MODERN NOMAD and scouting for places to visit on our journey eastward in a few weeks. It also makes me wonder where we will be at this time next year.

Last year at this time we were staying on the North Olympic Peninsula, and if I recall, on this very date, we were cold and wet. 😉 Pretty much a typical Washington winter!

Last year on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Last year on the North Olympic Peninsula.

 Location is a topic that we dwell on, especially at the holidays. I can tell you where I was at various holidays the last several years. Although don’t ask me what I had a breakfast yesterday!

But I am often reminded about the quotes prompting us to reflect on the road of life. They encourage us to remember that life is about the journey and not the destination.

And then I think of all the places we have been. All those rough roads and detours. Funny thing about the rough roads, they make you appreciate the smooth ones even more. And I don’t mind detours anymore (unless we have to back our rig out of one in the dark!) because we often found ourselves in a direction we never would have been. If you spend the journey weaving in-and-out of traffic or speeding along in the fast lane, you miss a great deal.

So who knows where we will be at this time next year. It doesn’t matter much though. What does matter is where we’ve been together. Although if I’m wet and cold, I may grumble a bit. 😉 

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