Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wanderers on the Open Road Have So Many Ways of Going...

... from Lil' tents...

*Dome tents in Zion*

to bigger Tents...

*Whitewall tent in Zion*

to Million Dollar, Toy Hauler rubber tired mansions, with their Smart Cars... and everything in between...

*Toy Hauler Motorhome and its Cargo*

Walking around our campground in Zion a couple weeks back... I wondered about all the different people...  had interesting conversations with several of our fellow yonderers...

There's been a hell of a lot of conversations... here and other places... 'bout what's right. The words run from; "OMG! That Rig is so awesome!"... to ... "That is so foolish! So Wasteful! So... Wrong!"...

I gotta admit it... some of what I've said could be easily misunderstood as bein' judgmental like that... so... let me say again... that's never been my intention... and even if it was... I got no right... or the  knowledge to make such a judgment... and neither does anybody else. How a person "Goes" is... Their choice, and no others...

My main intention has been only to try and get folks... whatever their financial situation... to see... that going after their dreams and ambitions is the goal... not... seeking out and achieving the approval of others... and that poverty... is not an excuse for allowing your life to stagnate where you don't want it to be.

Sure... if you want one of the million dollar RV Mansions... and like me... you're a fella... or fellerette... with a beer-on-sale budget, driving a worn, 11 year old truck draggin' a plain old fiver just as old... or even less... you've got an uphill climb... but so what? If you want it bad enough... whatever it is... what other option do you have?

I mean... if it's what puts a smile in your heart... what other option do you have?

You have got to chase the life that calls to you... You have to do the things that build the foundation for what YOU want... not... what you think other people want you to do...  Whether it be minimalism wandering... or building skyscrapers...

If the lil' tent is your joy... go for it. If the high dollar rig suits you... that is just as sweet... That's the real deal here... or should be...

*Minimalist Full Time Traveler*

The guy driving this lil' rig... a cargo trailer pulled by his Jeep... is choosing his Own way of going. He's going down the road... Full Time... and has been for several months so far... and was about the calmest and seemingly most content fella I've run across so far on this journey...

That's right... like a few others, he's simplified to a pretty minimalism extreme... at least, relative to the rest of the world around us. He has what HE needs and if other folks don't like it... He just smiles and... goes on down the road...

The camp was filled with many others...

*4WD Sportvan*

4WD Sport Vans and Lighter Rigs built by VW :)

*VW Camper Van*


and... even "Adventure Rigs" built on an SUV base...

*Toyota Adventure rig*

There were many Old Reliable... Motorhomes... like this well cared for Old reliable RV...

*Old Faithful Motorhome... and a backpacker tent*
What I'm talking about here... isn't just RVing and Wandering... it's about Living... It's the only Life we've got... Don't waste it... Don't fail to appreciate the flower along the trail... the breeze on your face at sunrise... The friends along the way...

Don't fail to hang tight to the opportunities that come along at the least expected moments... Grab 'em... and hang on!

Don't take what I say as any sort of a judgment...except of my own life... What I say here is only intended as a prod... to try and help break the inertia that can tie people up and hold 'em stagnant... I use 'em to keep my ownself focused as well...

A judgment I hope is acceptable; Ain't it nice to walk through a camp, and see... Just how different folks are... and just how much the differences add to the world around?... and how often they have us looking inside and wondering... "What in the Hell was I thinking?" :)

Just Trying to Keep a Proper Perspective...
... In search of "a more harmonious outcome"
Brian

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15 comments:

Gyspy 49 said...

Brian,

No judgement to me just just sounds like an oppion to me. I really like your writeings, look forward every day to it. I do not think any yhinks that you are judgeing anyone are anything

Harold

Brian said...

Thank You :)

Anonymous said...

Good stuff !!!

ain't for city gals said...

Good post!...I love my little vintage trailers but I could do it out of the back of my pickup also...or one of those big motorhomes look good to me too....have to win the lottery first for that one though!..

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

We all have a story... LOL we started off in a tent and went through so many of them... we love our 24 ft and we'll love the next rig too... Reach for the road with smiles is our motto.... GREAT GREAT GREAT blog today - we enjoyed the pics too...

Evielynne

Sue and Doug said...

everyone has a story and a dream!..be it a big 'ass motorhome' with the big 'honking' slide outs or just a little ole tent!..just being out there on the road of life is the dream everyone has!..some just seem to be able to do it in more comfort and more expense!..us?..we are middle of the road...tent, trailer or big motorhome..we just want to be out there living our life!!..

RV Adventures said...

We started our adventures in an older 30' Motor home with no slides and loved it. After 3 years we decided to upgrade to the truck and 5th wheel with slides. I love our new home but wouldn't trade the memories of our older home. Like you said it is what ever one wants. My husband is a tall man and driving the older motor home bothered his neck and shoulders, he didn't like that we couldn't back up with the tow car .. he is much happier with the new ride as it's much more comfortable for him. Of course we are limited where we can park now due to our length of 38'

Great post, i enjoy following you

RV Adventures said...

Brian,

what type of solar system do you have for boondocking? I am trying to convince hubby we could do it more easily if we had solar. I'd love to do Arizona next winter.

William said...

My family has done drive in and tent, backpacking, mini truck cab over camper, tent camper, pop up slide in, 29 foot sloop ( still use)and now a 5th wheel and truck. All experiences were positive and meaningful. It's not the vehicle or the money spent it's the time in nature with family and friends. Very good post today Brian...
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flyfishnevada.com said...

I love the pictures of all the different rigs. Kind of neat to imagine what each would be like. they each surely have their advantages.

As far as judging, whatever. If you want to go "camping" in a 40 foot motor home, that's your business. Seems excessive, but then again it rained on one of our camping trips last year and a 40-inch TV, DVD player and a couple of sofas might have been nice;)

Gaelyn said...

If it's in your blood to live on the road, then go. I started off in a Chevy Vega. If you know what that is.

Pam said...

Brian, you never fail to inspire me to achieve my dream of full time RV'ing. And I thank you for that! I look forward to reading your blog, to learn and to continue to be inspired. You've got it figured out! Bless you and keep blogging!! You are a master wordsmith!

Brian said...

Sheesh! Runnin' around with a couple days beard... Was gonna go shave... but I'm afraid to do it!

The way you guys have my head all inflated... if I knicked myself... I'd get beat to death... wooshin' around the lil' bathroom, bangin' off the walls and floor...

...like when a kid blows up a ballon... and lets it fly!

Jeffinillinois said...

Loved the campground tour to check out the neighbors rigs. And yes Brian, your pics were awesome!

sierrasue said...

I know this is an old post. But want to say , I love it. Just found your blog so lookin at some of the old post.