By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Some folks, unfamiliar with the RV lifestyle, wonder just what fulltimers do to “keep themselves occupied.” After all, there’s no more lawn to mow, trim to be painted or any of the other things that keep the sticks ‘n bricks folks too busy to enjoy life. For fulltimers, the adventures of the road keep them plenty busy. But lest ye think it’s not enough, here’s a list of things that some RVers do to keep their mental juices flowing.
Be a sport: Make a list and travel to visit all the major league baseball fields, football stadiums, and associated sport Halls of Fame. For golfers, set your course to play all the challenging courses in the country.
Explore history firsthand: Choose an American war and plan visits to battlefields, forts and monuments. Become a fort buff and check out all the sites of “used to be here,” “still here,” and “reconstructed” forts from days past.
Or become a trail master and pick some of the old pioneer trails and follow them from start to finish. Park your rig near a trailhead for one of the nation’s major hiking trails and walk a bit (or a lot), knowing you have a traveling home to come back to. Or pick a favorite historical personage and trace his life course by visiting every place they’ve been or lived.
Get into “training”: With the plethora of renewed historical and scenic railroads around the country, you could stay on track with this pursuit for a long time. From dining trains to mystery trains (and sometimes the twain meets), there’s a railroad for every heart.
It’s the water: We’ve found trailing the Columbia from where it meets up with the Pacific clear back to the headwaters took us through amazing locales. There are plenty of big (and small) rivers to explore. Or visit all the Great Lakes – and don’t forget the great salty one in Utah. Or make canal tracing your thing.
Ghost hunters: We’re not talking spirits, but ghost towns. The West is dotted with old towns that have gone back to the dust, and others that are pretty lively while still maintaining the moniker of “ghost town.”
Go natural: Visit all of the U.S. National Parks and Monuments. There’s a great “passport” book available at nearly all National Park bookstores. As you check into the visitor centers as you make your rounds, you can stamp your passport with a seal from each of them. How about a trip to visit all the country’s famous trees? The largest, oldest, rarest.
We could go on and on. There are so many “projects” fulltimers can pursue. The Internet is a great resource for getting started with your planning process. Follow your mind and heart, and who knows where your fulltiming can take you.