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Hurry up and …….wait

September brings inviting, cool mornings; multi-shaded, golden colors; beautiful, migrating birds and a slow, buildup of excitement in both of us.

Rockhound State Park - the Little Florida Mountains in the background.
The Rambling Rose parked at Rockhound State Park – the Little Florida Mountains in the background. Last year early in our trip.

This excitement starts off with a slight tingle of anticipation and builds until we speed up in the merging lane to enter onto the interstate, with the nose of The Rambling Rose pointing south. Upon merging onto the interstate our excitement mellows after huge sighs, then pure joy seeps into our daily routine.

Today forward, we can start to count down the days before we head south for the winter. Two months, maybe less, before we get back On-The-Big-Road.

As time approaches, for our departure, we are ready to experience different scenery with longings to explore new places. Some of our travel plans we outline, some will include whatever whimsy desire we might want to pursue at any given moment.

We usually don’t schedule all our days, because we just like to take our time, stay longer in a place if we like an area and leave if we don’t. I am not one that needs travel  plans laid out with reservations from point to point. We are more of the go-with-the-flow type traveler. However, we do make reservations when needed and around holidays. For one nighters, I will make a reservation the day before wanting to arrive or while traveling down the road the same day.

I think we are both getting excited!

Hubby’s fifth summer, contracting back to work with the company he retired from, will soon be ending at the end of September.  Fifth and last! Yeah! I truly can’t complain about him working these past five summers (not too much!), they needed him, he must have needed the challenges and it certainly helped buy things we needed or wanted.  Like this year before we leave, we need six new tires for The Rambling Rose! Whoa!

His time at work, during these summer months, also allowed me time to pursue my interests. For future plans beyond this winter, since hubby won’t be working during the summer months any more, we are planning on doing a lot more traveling. West, northwest here we come, but first we head south!

So we have to wait until sometime after September to leave and we will have to hurry up and get things ready.  There is always a lot to do! 

I think you are lucky if you get to store your rig at your house! Since we live on a hill we can’t even bring our coach to our house for loading and unloading, much less storing it at home – no room with too much of an incline.

Our coach is stored about ten miles away from our house, which isn’t too bad. We arrive from our winter trip in early spring so we need to winterized it, because we still could have cold temperatures and even snow like last year. In addition, we have to leave the coach winterized until almost time to leave, because we could have cold temperatures and snow. The year before last we got a huge snow storm days before leaving; power was knocked out, tree limbs fell and business were shut down. It was a mess.

Looking for Berries
Looking for Berries
Snow storm earlier this year.

We usually bring the coach to a local RV park, for two days or so, to clean her, load her up and to check systems, making sure they are in working order – hoses, heater, diesel burner, refrigerator and the list goes on.

Since we don’t have any hook ups at the storage place we unload everything at the end of our winter trip and then reload again. It is daunting to think about, but offers excellent cleaning and organizing opportunities and I now have the tasks down pat. Thinking about what needs to be done is sometimes worse than doing what needs to be done. Most of the time anyway.

So we are going to hurry up and get done what we can; make our lists and check them twice; drive The Rambling Rose to the tire store for her brand new wheels; use our home exercise room as a staging area loading it up with items we want to bring with us;  promise ourselves not to bring too many clothes (as we don’t ever use them all, but always bring too many anyway) and finally just enjoy the remaining fall days at home.

There is still some fun to be had here in beautiful, colorful Colorado! Plus, the fall is my favorite season with spring being a close second. These can flip first and second places very quickly! A photo trip or two, to Rocky Mountain National Park are just absolutely necessary.

A couple more annual doctor visits; one more dog grooming schedule; a few last minute maintenance items on the house and coach to complete – then we get to wait a little longer! October is coming!

I will be sharing more of, our get ready experiences , with you as they happen.

I bet you can’t wait!

Tamias minimus - Chipmunk
Tamias minimus – Chipmunk in Rocky Mountain National Park

WP:~Mule Deer~

Sheila’s Wildlife Photos: ~Mule Deer in Rocky Mountain National Park~


Mule Deer (male)
Mule Deer (male)

These Mule deer images were taken in September, 2012 in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were in a meadow munching on vegetation; it was fun to photograph  and  observe their behavior.


Close Up of his Big Ears
Close Up of his Big Ears


Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are indigenous to western North America and are found west of the Missouri River. They are named Mule deer, because they have big ears like a mule.

A most handsome face
A most handsome face
"I might try this one"
“I might try this one”
"Go Away!"
“Go Away!”

Poetry:~Fall is in the air~

autumn harmonies 

resonance comes from a far

musical rhythms


classic “V” in view

unfurled across the sky

geese fly in formation


brave leader singing

honk-a-lonk notes

signaling fall migration

                              By Sheila: August 24, 2013

While having coffee yesterday morning, on the deck, Howard and I could hear Canada Geese honking. Two flocks flew directly over head, bringing signs of fall with them. I can’t believe I don’t have an image of a Canada Goose. Note to self  – take one!

(photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park 09/2012)