Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Two years on the road :)

During our frustrating weekend, we overlooked the fact that on Saturday, June 1, Katie and I started our third year on the road.  We've sure seen a lot of new places, people and things, and learned a LOT about RVing, The Palms and all it's systems in the last two years.  I've never once been sorry I made the decision to leave the condo and start traveling full time in a motor home.  I still love being a full time RVer and still love The Palms as much as the day I first drove it home.  Although I still feel like such a newbie sometimes, I'm glad we have two years under our belts.  We're looking forward to our third year with lots of anticipation and excitement!

One of the first things I saw when we drove down to the beach on Saturday was this Great Blue Heron on the hill.

I'm always trying to get good close-up photos of herons, but I'm not happy yet with what I've taken, so I'll keep trying.  This one isn't too bad.

We had thunder and lightening and a brief, heavy rain last night before dark.  It was nice for a change, and hopefully will dampen the ground and trees in this fire season.

So...  I mentioned bad neighbors in my last post.  I never got to know them, and didn't talk to them (except yelling at them), but this is what they did.  (People who don't dry camp all the time might not see the big deal, but I was totally aggravated!)

I parked in the primitive parking area by the lake on my first evening here.  All the other campers were lined up around the lake.  I was the only RV out in the dry lake bed area, a large area that used to be under water.  I went to bed, exhausted, around 9:30 and a little before 10, I woke up and saw headlights through my curtains and heard a truck approaching.  I started worrying that I was in the middle of a large area in the dark, and hoped they could see us.  They stopped their vehicle, and I looked out the window.  There was another truck there; he must have driven up while I was asleep.  The people got out of the trucks and proceeded, for about 45 minutes to set up CAMP.  Right NEXT to me. The second truck was towing a boat, and the people were jumping up and down from the boat and the truck bed, all brandishing flashlights that were shining all over the place, including in my windows.  It was pitch black outside.  The gates should have closed at dusk, so they were already here during the daylight. Why in the world would they come over where I was parked so late, after it was dark?

This was taken AFTER they took the truck/boat away in the morning. Those were between me and the tent.

The truck with the motor running in the morning was practically right under my window - 15-20 feet away?

Anyway, they finally got things organized - they were slow as molasses, though.  Things quieted down and I went back to sleep.  Then a little after 7 in the morning, I hear the truck again.  I listened to the truck engine running for what seemed to be about 20 minutes.  They were at the boat, getting it organized for going out on the lake to fish all day.  Jumping up, jumping down, discussing things, etc.   Finally I opened my window from my upper bunk and yelled, "Would you SHUT OFF YOUR TRUCK?!?!!!?  I'm trying to SLEEP up here!"  They looked up at me and one man walked over and turned off the engine.  They didn't leave for another 20 or 30 minutes.  Were they planning to run that truck under my window at 7 in the morning for an hour? I wouldn't want to admit to you that I cursed them - NO FISH FOR YOU TODAY.  I don't know if my curse worked or not, but I'm not admitting anything . :)

I noticed an empty area next to the lake where someone had left and I climbed down, got dressed and drove over there.  Katie and I spent the day by the water watching all the weekenders enjoying themselves, fishing, boating, kayaking, jumping in the water just playing.  Then one by one, they packed up and left. There were lots of groups and extended families with a lot of gear for the weekend. 

After all the people in my area left, the Ravens and Turkey Buzzards arrived to clean up all the dead fish that were left on the shore.  It was very interesting to watch the interaction between the two types of birds.  It started with Ravens, then one Turkey Buzzard arrived.  Before I knew it, there were a dozen or so of them, and they were obviously in charge.  The Ravens kept appearing, hopping around, and flying off to other areas. 

These are some of the pictures I took of the Chihuahuan Ravens and Turkey Buzzards:

Turkey Buzzard and catfish

Chihuahuan Raven.  Once the Buzzards arrived, these guys had to find fish in another area.

Raven in flight.

US Supreme Court Justices.  The way they walk around, that's what they remind me of when they are in a group.  My apologies to the Court.  :)

Cooling off in the breeze.

As his wings came down, his tail feathers came in, too.

Turkey Buzzard in flight.  These birds really interest me.

As you can see, the photos aren't as good with the Samsung as with my Nikon.  It might just be that I have the settings all wrong, so I'll have to work on that. It's definitely more fun to shoot photos that come out clear and crisp and colorful.

 A big Welcome to our new Followers:

paxami, who is a "sometime gardener, golfer and photographer, big time reader and animal lover, and a fledgling cellist."   I don't see that you have a blog, but you have a lot of  fun interests, paxami, and hopefully following me and Katie will be fun for you, too!  Thanks for following along with us.

pamela - who doesn't show a blog or any other information, but we're sure happy you are following us on our travels, pamela!

...and fnally, Barbara!  Once when I was introduced to someone, they said, "I've never met a Barbara I didn't like."  I've also found that to be true, so when I went over to Barbara's blog, even though she is not an RVer, I knew I'd love it.  I'll bet you will, too!  She is in Houston, TX, and her profile says, in part, "I read a lot.... novels, internet, soup cans. This blog has evolved into a rambling collection of my thoughts and reflections on life, and quotes or links to other articles and blogs I enjoy."  I'm looking forward to your posts, Barbara - thanks for following Me and My Dog  ...and My RV!
Welcome aboard to you all!  :)

It's cloudy and windy and wonderful here.  From Katie and me, have a great Wednesday, everyone!  :)


  1. All that room and they park right next to you. Very aggravating. You were too nice about it.

  2. Happy Anniversary. I would have yelled at them too but I have a bit of a sailor mouth so it would have been a bit harsher. Hopefully you only have quiet neighbors from here on out!

  3. Congratulations on the milestone, may you have many more.

  4. It's hard to believe it's been two years. You aren't a newbie anymore, but an experienced RV fulltime boondocker!

  5. Probably the best two years you have ever had! Congrats....hope it continues for many many years to come.

    Not sure how we would have handled the camping situation you faced, but we know one thing...if we don't like our neighbors while RVing, all we have to do is move on to the next spot. Can't do that in a stick and bricks situation very easy.

    Dave (Marcia and Bubba and Skruffy)

  6. Congrats!! You were an inspiration to me and now I'm out here doing it too!! It is all you said it would be!!
    Happy Trails

  7. People just don't pay attention. Love the raven in flight and the drying out of wings.

  8. Wow. Seems like you just hit the road. Hard to believe it's been two years, but I guess it has. Time flies as they say...

  9. The time sure does fly when we are enjoying life. Jim and I are well into our fifth year and love it more all the time. Amazing how inconsiderate people are. They must have money to burn to let that truck run so long. Here's wishing you peace and quiet.

  10. Congratulations... always amazes me the kind of mindset that thinks it's acceptable to be inconsiderate to others.

    Way back when ... I put up a tent. Quite a endeavor for me. I was fed up with city and wanted peace and quiet. I pitched the tent far far away.

    A family decided to pitch a huger tent up the hill a bit from me... at NIGHT ... me and my cat were sound asleep.

    A HUGE light shone right in my tent window. I told Yorkshire (cat) we will have none of that. I put on britches and began stomping my way over. up.

    I don't remember having a flashlight, I just followed the light then realized it was the moon.

    So, I went back in m'tent cuddled with m'cat and admired the beauty of the moonlight.

    I like your pictures ... the birds are doing their thing and you captured it.

  11. Great shot of the raven in flight! And the turkey vultures.

    What can you say about such people other than - IDIOTS!!!

    Congrats to you, Katie, and The Palms for 2 wonderful years. Wishing you many many more.

  12. Congratulations on your full timing. We are approaching our third year with motorhome and first year at full timing.

  13. I hate to say this, but people like that honestly don't understand that they are just plain old annoying. We camped in a very primitive campsite once, lots of trees around, very few sites, and in the middle of the night these people pulled up next to me, set up camp and turned on their generator. It was 3am before they shut it down (I think they were playing cards in the 5'ver). Then the next day, they were swearing up a storm at each other, and the generator started again, not to be shut off all day.
    It was so annoying, I went over and asked if they could tone it down (especially the talking cause my son was pretty young at the time). They just looked at each other and chuckled. We ended up moving, as they clearly didn't understand that they were annoying.
    Those types just don't see it.
    Almost need to chase them around with a baseball bat and be "crazy" to make them move!

  14. Congrats, Barb, on your two years on the road . . .you are a pro now.
    Katie, too!

    I don't blame you for yelling at those flakey people. I think you said you had planned to meet up with some other RVers before you got laid up for two days. Can you catch up to them?


    Jo in MN

  15. Congratulations on two years. Seems it went fast (Captain Obvious here)
    I have thoughts about noisy inconsiderate people, but best not to put it in print.

  16. Congratulations Barbara and Katie! and Happy Anniversary!

  17. Congratulations to you and Katie and you begin your third year on the road. Turkey buzzards aren't the most beautiful birds in the world, are they?

  18. Congratulations on the year goal, and the page views is over 300,000!
    I believe that your willingness to yell at injustices will serve you well.

  19. BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your two years. Time does go by fast huh.

    I'd have yelled and definitely used a few curse words at those inconsiderate people. I see it happen over and over - so much space around and yet people have to park right next to you !!

  20. Hi Barbara and Katie...I just joined your blog even tho I have been reading it from the beginning..I just got my RV about t months ago and not able yet to full time...I do love your blog and have learned a lot from you...hope some day to see you two down the road...donna aka grammynmaggie...

  21. Congrats Barb and Katie!

    I was out camping this past week and yes people can be do rude and have no respect for others.

  22. Happy anniversary!

    People are the funniest birds of all. I think everyone who boondocks has at least one story like this - what the heck, people? Like the creepy guy who sits next to you in an empty theater.

  23. Congratulations on your two-year anniversary! I've really enjoyed reading about your adventures (and misadventures, on occasion) and seeing your beautiful photos.

    I'm still amazed at the sheer audacity and cluelessness of some people. All that open space and they choose to set up within spitting distance of you...I'm afraid my Navy vocabulary might have come out if that had been me LOL

  24. I have never been able to figure out, when there is a wide open area, why would someone choose to set up camp right next to someone else? I have had a number of friends, who park in National Forests, complain about the same thing happen. Thousands of acres, and they park right next to you. The whole point, of dispersed camping, is space.


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