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  • End of 2020

    Posted on December 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    December: No break, even at the end of the year.

    One would think that after a pretty terrible year it would end well. Nope, not for us at least. SAM said she wanted to go to the grocery and since I had been in the RV since the cold snap started, I told here I would take her. I dropped her off at the entrance of Walmart and told her where I would meet her at the end of the row. It was very busy and the row extended, as did other rows too, a long way out.

    I parked at the end of the row and was surrounded by vehicles. As time passed the rush seemed to dissipate and one then another and another left leaving me more or less isolated out in the boondocks. I was stationary, in Park and trying to tune the Amateur Radio and all of a sudden CRUNCH and I was thrown forward and to starboard. A guy driving a 25’± RV hit my aft port side of the Civic. I jumped out and told him to stop moving. Well, the next hour was spent taking pictures of each other’s data and calling the police (who did nothing but run both the RV & Civic plates). The officer said it was private property and did not write up police reports in cases of no bodily injury’s. We continue to try and sort out the repairs and other post crash data.

    The rest of the year summary

    This year 2020 started out with us in our RV at the Escapees Rainbow’s End RV Park in Livingston, TX.   We commute from Livingston to see family on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  We enjoyed being with the family on many of the days during this holiday season. Covid-19 had not become a major issue yet but this Influenza B was a killer too. We lost a couple of friends.

    After New Years Day we started to prep for our early January travel but on the morning of our departure our slide would not retract.  We finally found someone to repair the hydraulic system. On the way East along I-10, we stopped at a Lodge in Slidel, LA. We were going to spend time in New Orleans but Covid 1-19 was rearing its head and left early

    Farther to the East along I-10 we stopped at Summerdale/Foley/Fairhope area to check out the Escapees RV Park.  We really enjoyed our time here and explored the area from Pensacola to Mobile.  The highlights were touring the Battleship USS Alabama (BB-60) and Submarine USS Drum (SS-228) plus we went several times to watch the Blue Angels fly at NAS Pensacola.  We left Alabama mid-April and since Covid-19 was in full swing and accelerating we drove straight home with two overnights enroute near Athens, AL and Columbus, IN. 

    Our Summer was spent more-or-less hunkered down in our small town.  We did become Boondockers Welcome hosts, an organization, whose members allow free camping on their property and enjoyed talking with new arrivals – socially distanced of course – down at the beach watching bondfires.  Our summer ended with prep for the Fall departure, lawn work and chainsawing all the wood from the summer storm.  The bad news for the summer was the 15” DIAMETER TREE THAT FELL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOUSE ROOF.  Our insurance company was great but some of the repair crews not so much.

    This 2020/21 Christmas season finds us in Southern Alabama.  We are staying all season in a RV Park.  It is a rather spacious park that is perfect for Covid-19 separation.  However, nothing is happening in the park as all buildings are closed and all social groups are banned except the biking group. Every evening at 4 PM we go out riding for 3 miles – some, like us, ride even further. We also walk most mornings for a mile+ while being lead by our little dog. 

    May God bless you and your families for the remainder of this year and into the next.