concern for my brother in law and our own health issues (we all 3 caught that super crud that has been going around.)
We have been at sixes and sevens about leaving town ever since dbil slipped into a vegetative state, but the doctors now say he may linger for months, or he could go at any minute. Either way he is on hospice and they don’t ever expect him to truly regain consciousness. They said we should all be prepared for “the phone call” but to go on with our lives.
So after much deliberation dh and I decided to hit the road sort of. Because of various appointments with my doctors and the VA for dh we will have to return home for a week in June, and then a few days again in July. Instead of rushing our northwest trip we’ve decided to do these two one month stints a day’s drive from home. That way if dbil passes we could get home quickly, plus be able to return home for the appointments fairly easily. Then in July we will start the northwest trip.
So Friday, we left Oklahoma for Arkansas. We have set up a strict budget for traveling and are eating more meals out of the camper than we have eaten at home in the last few months due to all that was going on at home.
I know to some the idea of travel sounds very expensive, but we’ve done our homework and have had years of experience on traveling on a shoestring. Right now our camping costs us $10 a night because we are staying at Corps of Engineer (COE) parks using our senior’s American the Beautiful National Park pass. That includes our utilities. For $300 a month we are all bills paid in our own camper. In about nine days we will move over to Branson and go to the Blue Grass festival at Silver Dollar City.
We will purchase Senior’s annual passes that will get us in as much as we want for the rest of the year for under $80 each. With the discounts offered with this pass we will also save more than that on any foods we buy there before the year is over. So it will be basically free entertainment.
Because there are often many free or near free things to do in or near the campgrounds our other entertainment is cheap also. Plus dh and I enjoy just hanging around the camper and decompressing. In fact that is what we’ve been doing since Friday. Sleeping late, eating home cooked meals from my dried food storage (we have been eating so good you wouldn’t believe), taking long walks, watching the red headed woodpeckers. Enjoying the antics of the nearby camper’s one year old triplets (thank God it is them and not us!—It was like herding cats for them to keep an eye on all 3 at once).
Peace and quiet are big too. You see we have no wi-fi, our phones are on roaming, (luckily our roaming is free), we’ve not even tried pulling in any tv or radio stations preferring to watch dvds in the evening and listen to music on our computers. When we truly need to get on the internet to research something we can go to the visitor center and use free wi-fi. It is about a 10 minute drive from here. Sure beats paying for a wi-fi hot spot. Between visits to the visitor center we can write up emails, like this one, and prep them for sending, prepare blog and vlog posts and then do the uploads once there. Free is good.
Today, Monday, it has been a steady rain all day. We had planned on going out to a visitor’s center on the dam near where we are and over to do some grocery shopping. Since neither was pressing we choose instead to stay in, read, compose blogs, tidy the camper and cook some great homemade cream of soups. Potato for him, broccoli cheddar for me. All made from dehydrated foods and oh so perfect for the cold rainy day. Then for dessert we had freeze dried chocolate chip ice cream bars. Very good.
So stay tuned, lots of blogs and vlogs ahead, we are traveling finally!