Thursday, May 7, 2020

Socially speaking......

6:38 am - Thursday - May 7th - Flagstaff, AZ - 43° F, 40% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the southwest.......clear, blue, chilly skies today with a forecast high of 79° F, but we will be rolling our wheels later this morning for Page, AZ and the local Elks Lodge, which is still offering RV spots with electric and water.  On this day in 2013 we were in Indianapolis, IN beginning our 16 days working the Indy 500......


"I think I could do this....well, maybe not...."

Wednesday we received our stimulus deposit from the U.S. Treasury Department.  Most people we know received their payments several weeks ago, but we did get them in the end.  We stayed an extra day in Flagstaff thinking we would do a big wash, but found out too late that the laundry here is closed due to the Wuhan virus, as the owners do not want to be responsible for keeping the facility properly sanitized, plus they would have to have someone monitoring the ingress, and egress of customers to be sure social distancing is being practiced.....I totally get that, but it just didn't occur to me at the time we decided to extend our stay.

So, what to do on a day we were supposed to be traveling?  Well, I spent the better part of the day binge watching Maine Cabin Masters, a show about guys who go around northern Maine reconstructing/restoring cabins, or 'camps' as they call them that have fallen into disrepair.  It's actually very interesting.  I haven't had a day of watching mindless TV for a long time, and I was due.  Of course there were numerous catnaps thrown in for good measure.

When we first arrived at Black Bart's RV Park we met Cody who had just purchased a 1988 Newell Classic about 7 months before as he and his wife, Hannah, began their full time experience.  Cody and Hannah are 20/30 somethings who decided to escape the 'cubicle' life for the nomadic life.  On Tuesday we invited them to join us for a social hour touring each other's coaches.  They arrived around 4 pm, the tour began with our coach, then Glenn and Laureen's, then their 1988.......

 TLE and Hannah talking in the kitchen of their 1988 Newell, 40 foot, tag axle Newell Classic


.....we spent about an hour at Cody and Hannah's Newell talking about the nomadic life, Newell issues, etc.  It was a delightful time, and it did not really feel like we were spending time with people younger than all of our children....they felt like peers, and that is the magic of this lifestyle......

 Cody in their bedroom with Glenn and Laureen

....about 6:30 pm we were wrapping up our social time, and saying our until next times.  We look forward to meeting up with them on the road sometime this summer....

 
......we retired to Glenn and Laureen's 1984 Newell for snacks, and adult beverages for the balance of the evening talking about our plans for the next few weeks.  While we were talking I noticed we were getting a beautiful sunset........


.....and snuck outside to get the shot.  We decided our next stop on our summer long odyssey without Alaska will be Page, AZ where we will spend a few days before heading northeast to Goosenecks State Park, one of our all time favorite boondocking sites.  There Glenn and Laureen will get a chance to utilize their new solar system for about a week.

Life is good, and we're back into the mode of 'making it up as we go'.....the best way to travel.  On a positive note it appears that many Arizona, and Utah State and National Parks will begin to reopen in the next week to ten days.....yay for us!

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