"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, April 25, 2021

That's All Folks!!

 This blog came to life on April 23, 2011.  All my life I had looked forward to the day I could travel this great country of ours at my own pace.  That day came on April 18, 2008.  Retirement after 42+ years in the communications industry.  We immediately hit the road with our Casita travel trailer.  The West had always had a magnetic draw on me, and we let it lead us to some great adventures from 2008 till 2011.  Yellowstone, Glacier, the Tetons's, Colorado, Southern Utah; we stayed on the road as much as we could.

I had been reading blogs for a number of years, even before retirement, and looked forward to reading each and every post of my favorite travelers.  Early in 2011,  I had the idea to start "Eggrollings".  No one that I knew of chronicled traveling with a Casita.  I did a little digging on the how-tos, and "Eggrollings" was born.

I won't bore you with details.  You can read it all if you like.  For ten years I documented our travels.  Wanda and I, along with Sally the tag-a-long,  have lived our dream the past ten years.  Forty six of the continental 48 States, Northern Mexico, four Canadian Provinces, and my lifetime dream, Alaska.  It's all documented in Eggrollings.

One of the highlights of blogging was the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers.  We attended either two or three bloggerfests in Quartszite.  Met some of my heros.  Al, of  The Bayfield Bunch; Mark, of Box Canyon Blog;  John, of Just Finding our WayGeogypsy;   Tin Tepee; and a number of more.  Some I've never met but consider them close friends such as Horst, of Texas Reflections.  Finding our blog on "HitchItch" was like winning an award of some kind.

Times have changed.  Blogs have been replaced by all the social media outlets. Campendium will tell you everything, about everywhere.  There are no secret campsites anymore.  Someone has posted the locations on the web, and now most are littered with garbage, human waste, and toilet paper blowing in the wind.

It's been a great run.  April 2011, to April 2021.  I can't think of a better time to say goodbye.  We appreciate all the comments through the years. We look forward to still reading posts from our favorite bloggers, and maybe a new one or two. That's not likely to change. 

May the memories of Eggrollings stay with us till the end.  If not, we can hopefully read it on the web.

Happy Trails till we Meet Again........jc

 

 

 


 

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021

We're Still Kicking!!

At the time of my last post, almost two months ago, a lot, and not much, has happened.  We had plans to leave for Arizona on the fourth of January.  We were looking forward to being in different surroundings.  The desert was to be a welcome respite.

My brother in law became ill the week before Christmas.  He was thought to be in good health and figured he had a bug of some kind.  After a few days of the same, he visited the emergency room due to dehydration.  Some tests were done, he was admitted to the hospital, and passed this life on January 19th.  His death was such a shock.  Reminds one of how quickly our lives can change.

Needless to say, our travel plans were scrambled.  We cancelled the reservations we had at Kartcher Caverns, Lost Dutchman, and Organ Pipe.  Missed seeing all our Quartzsite friends for two years in a row.  

A major benefit came from staying home, though.  The state of Mississippi has done an awesome job of rolling out the covid vaccine.  Wanda and I have received both shots.  Our Governor handed the job over to our department of health, and the national guard.  A website, along with a phone number with real people to talk with, was put in place.  A few bugs the first few days, but has worked flawlessly since.  As vaccine becomes available word is spread by television and social media.  One goes to the website, or makes a call,  and picks your appointment time and location.  It's drive through, but the longest time we spent in line was around fifteen minutes.  Seeing all the car lines in some other states makes me thankful to live in  a "backward State". 😂

Once thing settled down from brother in law's passing, we wanted to go someplace.  Arizona was out of the question at that late time.  We looked around and decided on East Bank campground.  Though the address is Bainbridge, Georgia, twenty miles away, the campground is within about a mile of the Georgia, Alabama, and Florida lines.  The closest town being Chattahoochee, Florida.  It also sits within a quarter mile or so of the Eastern/Central time zone.  Our phones were constantly showing the wrong time, depending on which cell tower they was using.  We could have used better weather as it rained, and was cold with high winds most days.  We were joined there by friends from Alabama and made the best of the two days of sunshine we had.


Once back home we spent our time waiting on Spring to arrive.  We fed birds and other wildlife.


And then came the Arctic front.  The local weather folks were beside themselves.  They were talking about its coming two weeks beforehand.  More folks should have listened to them.  Thankfully, Mississippi was spared when compared to Texas.  Our part of the state had mixed conditions.  At our house it was sleet.  Almost three inches of frozen pellets of ice.  Sleet causes very little damage in the way of falling trees and power lines.  Just a few miles away it was freezing rain.  Trees and power lines down everywhere.  We never lost power, but endured four days with temperatures from 12-31*,  We had no frozen or busted pipes when it was over.  Now, we wait for our electric bill as our heat ran forever, it seemed.

                                                           That's sleet coming down.

 
Our driveway.
 
 
Our road.


                                                                           It's all ice.

 
Not happy!
 
 
We were feeding Cardinals, other small birds, and squirrels; then the black birds appeared.

 
We're already planning for next year, though.
 

                                                 Looking forward to days like these, again.

 
HAPPY!!
Let it snow..

 

That;s all our news for now.  We do plan for a few days on the road in March.  Another short trip in April, then a month long journey In May.  Plans, without them you'll never get there.....jc

Sunday, December 27, 2020

It's Almost Gone!!



2020, that is. Thankfully, the year, with all its headaches, will be history in just a few more days.  In all my years, I remember nothing to compare it to.  The Kennedy assassination, the civil rights and vietnam war demonstrations, the gasoline shortage,  9-11; nothing compares to what our Country has experienced in 2020.

 

 It was a year full of promise as far as travels were concerned.  There were trips after trips planned from January till October.  A herniated disc put the Arizona trip of January and February in the can.  We did attend a small gathering in Alabama the third week of March. Life was getting better.  Word was of some virus from China making its appearance in the USA. 

Just a few weeks later the Country is in lock-down.  Shortages of basic items, and threats of more.  Reservations cancelled as I prepared a garden.  At least we'll have something to eat.

We ran away from home the month of August, and once again in October.  Social distancing was actually easier on the road than at home.  Since October, we've been close to home, visiting only with family and our close neighbor.

Now that 2021 is just a few days away, we are planning to start it off on the right track.  I received word there aren't many folks hanging out in the Southwest this Winter.   Social distancing shouldn't be a problem.  


 As the sun sets on 2020,  may the year 2021 be the light at the end of the tunnel for everyone. 

.......jc