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beemerphile1

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Posted: 11/15/19 07:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Climbing up on a soapbox can make you are target, be careful up there.


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Posted: 11/15/19 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

down home wrote:

How many Americans and others ,how many RVers have not touched a blade of grass, went fishing or hunting or exploring or gotten more than 200 ft from the pavement, sidewalk etc, or tourist spot. How many have ventured beyond the noise of the road and the airport, flight paths and the train and heard and experienced only themselves and nature?
Our daily lives do not involve much except from our Rvs to Wal Mart and restaurants and life in our vehicles. The only recreation available to many is jumping i the car and to the store, stop at fast food ,or restaurant and back home or to the RV.
When I was young and Dad's Cousins families in Va now live life such that the house is a place to get out of the rain and snow, sometimes, a place to sleep sometimes..The out of doors was for living not inside under the tv or in the car to and from a store, since there are few parks, in the urban landscape or cityscape, or even in the country today.
THIS IS NO WAY TO LIVE, limited by ho much money can we sped to recreate.


.... And then there's us strange folks who I guess must have an entirely different chemical makeup.

i.e. I think it's ultra-rewarding fun and enjoyment to be able to get a fully self-contained RV out there on the far side of beyond (depending upon the RV) so as to be there with all the comforts of home along, such as:

1. A good air conditioning setup.
2. A good heating setup.
3. A good leak free stay-out-of-the-rain/snow setup.
4. A good sleeping setup.
5. A good toilet setup.
6. A good showering setup.
7. A good food refrigeration setup.
8. A good indoor cooking and baking setup.
9. A good evening movie setup.
10. A good evening reading setup.
11. A good evening board games setup.
12. A good evening propane firepit setup.
13. Plenty of good clothing and proper equipment along for - hiking, photography, fishing, bird watching, rock hounding, sitting outside and napping out of or in the sun, etc. - during the days.

A few years ago when I used to backpack, sometimes I'd look out from our campsite at beautiful nature settings and think "boy, I sure wish I could get our RV to this spot so as to completely enjoy it"!!

However for those of us who still want to do some of the above with our RVs ... I'm afraid the relentless Population Bomb is going to make it more and more difficult for us.


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No agenda or bone to pick. It is simply about how disconnected we have become from the rest of the world the natural world. Our lives are becoming one of confinement, to the cage of asphalt,concrete, our homes ,the stores and the several times a day commute between them, along with stops at fast foo places. I bet there are many ovens never used, today.
One thing that has come back along to bring back some sanity is home shopping for groceries, for those of us without personal shoppers. You o run a risk of the foul pkg of carrots in the bunch since the Pickers in the stores see all as the same.
When I was young we went to the store ad they picked the items from the shelves and cases and bagged them for us. This was when I was at home of course .Most of my time ws in the mountains with Grand Ma with its own clock. e moved to the burbs and they delivered the groceries to us there.
Wives will be telling us how much they miss shopping but, how much time they now have to put effort int the lawn or garden or at school meeting for the kids. And sooo on.

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pnichols wrote:

down home wrote:

How many Americans and others ,how many RVers have not touched a blade of grass, went fishing or hunting or exploring or gotten more than 200 ft from the pavement, sidewalk etc, or tourist spot. How many have ventured beyond the noise of the road and the airport, flight paths and the train and heard and experienced only themselves and nature?
Our daily lives do not involve much except from our Rvs to Wal Mart and restaurants and life in our vehicles. The only recreation available to many is jumping i the car and to the store, stop at fast food ,or restaurant and back home or to the RV.
When I was young and Dad's Cousins families in Va now live life such that the house is a place to get out of the rain and snow, sometimes, a place to sleep sometimes..The out of doors was for living not inside under the tv or in the car to and from a store, since there are few parks, in the urban landscape or cityscape, or even in the country today.
THIS IS NO WAY TO LIVE, limited by ho much money can we sped to recreate.


.... And then there's us strange folks who I guess must have an entirely different chemical makeup.

i.e. I think it's ultra-rewarding fun and enjoyment to be able to get a fully self-contained RV out there on the far side of beyond (depending upon the RV) so as to be there with all the comforts of home along, such as:

1. A good air conditioning setup.
2. A good heating setup.
3. A good leak free stay-out-of-the-rain/snow setup.
4. A good sleeping setup.
5. A good toilet setup.
6. A good showering setup.
7. A good food refrigeration setup.
8. A good indoor cooking and baking setup.
9. A good evening movie setup.
10. A good evening reading setup.
11. A good evening board games setup.
12. A good evening propane firepit setup.
13. Plenty of good clothing and proper equipment along for - hiking, photography, fishing, bird watching, rock hounding, sitting outside and napping out of or in the sun, etc. - during the days.

A few years ago when I used to backpack, sometimes I'd look out from our campsite at beautiful nature settings and think "boy, I sure wish I could get our RV to this spot so as to completely enjoy it"!!

However for those of us who still want to do some of the above with our RVs ... I'm afraid the relentless Population Bomb is going to make it more and more difficult for us.

hot cold dry warm? I was out in the wilds or fishing rain just meant it cooled things a bit. Fish still hit and those that might melt left us alone. First time I felt hot was plowing with the mule pulling a single tree, that as a tad taller than me at age 9. Cooled off quick though. Rand down the drive and off the bridge.
Even when I was married I went hunting or fishing or whatever was rain or snow going to stop me? I had t work, they didn't include a clause in the contract that said I could stay home when it was cold, hot, raining, or snowing or it got dark early or light too late.

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down home wrote:

No agenda or bone to pick. It is simply about how disconnected we have become from the rest of the world the natural world. Our lives are becoming one of confinement, to the cage of asphalt,concrete, our homes ,the stores and the several times a day commute between them, along with stops at fast foo places. I bet there are many ovens never used, today.
One thing that has come back along to bring back some sanity is home shopping for groceries, for those of us without personal shoppers. You o run a risk of the foul pkg of carrots in the bunch since the Pickers in the stores see all as the same.
When I was young we went to the store ad they picked the items from the shelves and cases and bagged them for us. This was when I was at home of course .Most of my time ws in the mountains with Grand Ma with its own clock. e moved to the burbs and they delivered the groceries to us there.
Wives will be telling us how much they miss shopping but, how much time they now have to put effort int the lawn or garden or at school meeting for the kids. And sooo on.


Most people I know have a good balance. The only folks I see who are "disconnected from the natural world" are those who don't WANT to be out there.


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To TOEDTOES, consider this a “like” for your comment.


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My DW thinks boondocking is when we don't get satellite...

I avoid interstates whenever I can find an older US route going the same way. These older routes tend to actually go through a town rather than around the outskirts. This allows you to see the town motto on their sign and some of them are a hoot.

Then sometimes you get a little too far into the US route and need to jump back on the big roads. Remember this folks if you find yourself on US40 in western Penn. instead of I-70


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I am not big on hiking, never been hunting, not a big fishing fan, never played golf, avoid any CG with "resort" in the name, avoid FHU campsites, don't need water at site either, know how to get by with 20amp in my 50amp trailer, don't avoid dry camping, like COE & SPs over private CGs, don't have satellite TV, don't panic if out of cellphone service area, do virtually all repairs myself.

What does that make me? I figure somewhat on the rustic side of the average RVer. You won't come across me way out in the wilderness somewhere but you won't find me glamping in some resort where everyone has their noses stuck up in the clouds either.


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Rv'ers sure love our stereotypes. We try to frame everyone into some sort of box.
Resort Rv'ers have their noses in the air!
If your not touching a blade of grass you're not a real RV'er?
For the record, I don't consider hunting a sport or a challenge until we find a way to arm the animals so they can shoot back.
Shooting a defenseless animal for sport is not a sport or my idea of fun.
I do have many friends that hunt and I don't have any animosity towards them or any hunters. But hunting is not my thing.


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The number 1 reason we started "camping" in 1971 was to be a part of nature. Now, we have a MH but still prefer state and national campgrounds even though we can't risk back roads and wilderness campgrounds. The kind you are talking about isn't really camping but just traveling with a home with wheels. Nothing wrong with that.


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