Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Oh Summer, Where Art Thou! - Planning For The Warm Weather.

No Snow...Not Yet...But Soon!
    I just heard the weather forecast. They are calling for MORE snow tomorrow, followed by freezing rain for the next day. And to add insult to injury, after the weekend 10 DAYS of snow. I like snow, it's pretty when it begins and the first white covering makes everything look beautiful. But, that's about it. From then on, I watch the accumulation and wonder when I will be pushing the snow off the fabric building and all the cars. I wonder when they will plow my driveway so I can get to work. I wonder how many accident scenes I will be visiting in the middle of the night. And then when it's all over and it's a gray, brown and black slushy mess, I wonder just how long until it's all gone. In between bouts of "wondering" I am also thinking about "wandering." Since I KNOW that it will end at some point (Well at least I hope it will!) I am planning out my first trips of the RV season. I can't help it, I'm still an optimist (mostly.)

At An Aviation Museum
Where to go and what to see this year? I'd REALLY like to go to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio as I have heard they'd done an amazing renovation. It's only 10 hours away, so doable with only a few days off. Since I am a member of Harvest Hosts, I like to plan trips that go past their locations. Often I stay for a night there (and have a meal and buy some goodies!) on the way to someplace I wanted to see or experience. It sure beats Walmart parking lots and you get to see some cool secondary roads and towns. Of course, if I'm fighting time, interstates and Walmarts, Cracker Barrels and the like are fine for a quick overnight rest. So what else? Well, I have the annual Rotorway Fly-in/Gathering in Lake City, FL, but that's in October. There's a lot of time between the beginning of the season and October! There's always my first shakedown trip to Cabela's in Hamburg, PA. Close enough and way interesting!

A Special Place!
I'm always looking for short trips. Between 2 and 4 days with travel miles at or below 400 miles or so. This way I have 1/2 a day's travel at either end and plenty of time to relax upon arrival. If you all have any ideas, I'm always looking for destinations. Perhaps, one day, when I retire...I'll just be able to wander at will. Not yet. Not soon...but eventually! So for the time being, I like to keep the radius relatively local. I found a cool Skiing mountain that is closed in the summer (Obviously!) that allows RV's at the summit parking lot for overnights. It's got amazing views and is very comfortable. You can hike 100's of miles of trails from there. or mountain bike. or not! It's trips like this I seek out. I really ought to compile a more formal list on notecards or something and randomly pull one out when i get a few days strung together that I can use to travel.

I guess the only thing beneficial, from an RV standpoint, to snowstorms is the ability to dream about RV trips when it's NOT snowing! I have a really great imagination for trips.....

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"


  1. Hey, Rich- Are you saying that you will travel 400 miles in 1/2 day on your trips? Or, are you saying that the total trip is about 400 miles?

    Roger White

  2. Roger,
    My max range for a 1.2 day is 400 miles (60mph-ish and 6 hours a 12 hour day) I try and do much less if possible, but there isn't much close by!

    Rich "The Wanderman"

  3. Rich - How is a trip to Harrisburg, PA "close enough" to Seattle? Or Dayton, OH only 10 hours? What am I missing here? Are you still living in Seattle?

    1. Goldie,
      Umm, I've never lived in Seattle! I've been in NY most of my life.

      Rich "The Wanderman"


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