Ready to Camp Again & Container Gardening

Radicchio in Earth Box

Radicchio in Earth Box

When we got home from our camping trip to Watson’s Mill Bridge last week, we threw a load of laundry in the washer, put on a pot of coffee, and Ron announced, “I’m ready to go camping again.”

The bell pepper plants are loaded with baby peppers.  The tomatoes are not faring so well.

The bell pepper plants are loaded with baby peppers. The tomatoes are not faring so well.

I was, too.

For some reason, our place just depresses us.  It’s a pit stop.  A place to come home to until we can leave again.

I have been reluctant to plant my square foot gardens.  I guess the truth is, I just don’t want to be tied down by them.  So I’m settling for what I have planted in my ten Earth Boxes — at least for now.  We may lose them while we are out camping.  If so, that’s just the way it is.

We are aging and don’t have a lot of years left.  The camping is SO much more important to us at this stage of our lives.

The cold spring killed the fig trees that we have enjoyed for 15 years.  The buds are all black or brown and I have finally accepted that they are not coming back.

Dead fig trees

Dead fig trees

Anyway, I just made reservations for a week at West Point Lake next week.  We couldn’t get a site for that amount of time on the Georgia side, so we’ll be camping on the Alabama side.

We can’t wait!!!!!!

 

 

 

37 Comments

  1. That’s wonderful that u love camping- I can’t wait to get going again- winter still has it’s icey clutches on us!! You go!! That’s what farmers markets are for-supporting them for our veggies now I say!!

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    • I LOVE your comment! You just took all of the guilt of abandoning my garden away! YAY for farmers’ markets! 🙂

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  2. This time comes to everyone . . . you have to decide what is important . . . and what isn’t. What you want to do with whatever time you have is sometimes elusive, though. These things seem to change as the years go by, and it may be hard to reconcile the feeling of “I should be doing (whatever), but I really want to (fill in the blank)”.

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    • It is elusive, Judy. I feel like it is so irresponsible to abandon the garden and the yard. But we don’t want to be tied down to it — right now.

      But if I were not able to have a garden if I wanted one, it would probably become the most important thing in the world to me.

      For now, though, this year, we are choosing camping.

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  3. I don’t particularly like to garden, but love fresh produce, so always think I would like to have a garden. That isn’t really possible here, so I am absolved of deciding! ;->

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  4. Barbara Goodman

     /  May 1, 2014

    I love being out, camping, boon-docking, hiking etc., and I envy every post I read of yours, my husband wants to work til he’s 70 ( lives to work). I sit and wait til the day comes, I only worry I wont be able to go because I’ve waited so long
    (and my ship has sailed……) Do what you love if you and your mate enjoy it….

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    • Barbara, I would love to just take off for months, and I also worry that I will spend the rest of my life dreaming and not get to do it. But, as part of a couple, I am not free to make some of the decisions I would choose if I were not married. At this point I am just very grateful for each camping trip we can squeeze in, and am SO glad that Ron loves going camping, too.

      We never do anything exciting, but just being OUT is magic for us.

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      • Such is the dilemma when part of a couple. I haven’t found a solution yet. This is one reason that I read so many blogs – especially those by RV’ers. It’s almost like being there, but not quite. I loved your description of your friend’s ?Apex trailer. It was done up so cute. I looked and looked at all of your pictures of it. It gave me great pleasure to see those pictures.

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        • That’s also why I follow so many blogs. I get to live their adventures vicariously — and it really does help. I will probably never boondock out west for months, but I almost feel like I have since I have drunk in so many photos and accounts by others.

          I also loved Peggy’s trailer. It is so uniquely hers — and I would imagine that’s why she thinks she is at home in her bed when she wakes up in the camper.

          I LOVE it when people post photos of the interiors of their rigs. I wouldn’t have thought to express it that way, but it also gives me great pleasure.

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  5. While it is nice to boondock for the serenity, I have most enjoyed being in the Thousand Trails Preserves out here. It is nice to have amenities, and the sites are spacious enough, at least in the preserves we have been in, to provide the privacy that is so coveted. I like being able to go to a clubhouse to be around other people, even if I don’t know them. Social intercourse is such a huge part of most human beings that we crave it. These days we can do it from our kitchen tables using our fingertips (ahem!), but it is not really a substitute for being in the company of another human being, and sharing thoughts and feelings. I WANT TO SEE Peggy’s trailer in person. She had so many things on the walls and on the furniture tops that were clearly meaningful to her, and she looked so terribly happy in the picture of her with your dog. It made my heart feel good for days after reading your entry that day! ;->

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    • Judie, I find that sometimes I love being in isolated places where I feel like I have the whole area to myself. Other times I really crave company and having people to talk with — and how wonderful if they are relaxed enough to invite me to look at their rig! And usually I don’t care to go shopping, but sometimes I just ache to tour little art shops, craft shops, antique shops, or run into an open air band or fair or whatever. I supposed on balance I lean more to the remote areas, but they are all necessary.

      Peggy was happy! She is such a dog lover that just being around them delights her. And Sheba picked up on that and it made her deliriously hyper!

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  6. That’s what is so wonderful about the RV lifestyle. You can have THIS or you can have THAT, and you don’t have to sell your house and move to accomplish it. When we fulltimed in a huge rig, we would go off in the Sportsmobile camper van to be “out back” for a few days at a time. We started (back in the 80’s) out camping in Volkswagen camper vans, so always yearned for that little slice of peace and quiet, like you mention. One time when we were doing this out of Cedar City, Utah, we woke up in a forest, but surrounded by a herd of cows! Score! ;->

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    • A big rig– and a Sportsmobile to take off to the boonies in– sounds like the very best combination of options!

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  7. Oh, it definitely WAS! We had intended to do it for at least twenty years. The cancer changed our lives forever. We never expected such a thing; it was a terrible shock. But we are doing what we can to salvage the RV life in a way that we can do it now. Not as good as what we had planned, but any day on this side of the grass is a good one, so we take best advantage of every day that is given to us!

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    • Judie, that’s what living is all about… rolling with the punches and making the best of what comes your way. I sometimes forget what a wonderful gift each day is. And how many options I have, even though I can’t call all the shots.

      I really love and appreciate your perspective.

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  8. Oh Sharon! I was just wondering about your fig tree this PM as I stared at the bare twigs and branches on mine! I have not completely given up….will hold out awhile longer, hoping!

    Also lost my two rosemary bushes in front of the porch and two 8 foot gardenia shrubs are dried up and brown. One bush does have a few small green leaves…they just appeared this week.

    Everything is green and lush in our yard. The grass we sowed in March is up and got mowed today for the first time. I look at all of my plants, my babies, and wonder how I can leave them? Then I look at our Arizona pictures, remembering the good times. The plants can’t compete with the travel!

    Camp as much as you can and stay positive….you never know what’s around the corner!

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    • The figs did survive the record cold this winter and budded, but the cold spring did them in. I decided to leave mine, too, and hope against hope that they will come back.

      When you love growing things, it really makes the travel/homebody choice more agonizing. But then I figure I can do tabletop gardening when I am too old to camp!

      We do plan to camp — at least a week each month, weather permitting. And I won’t let the other dreams die. I’ll just tuck them away for a while. 🙂

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  9. I think we might be related!!!! I (we) so feel the exact same way you all do. We just don’t have the interest in all the maintenance and upkeep of the home any longer. Mike and I are in the process of painting our house because we can’t afford (don’t want to afford) the $4,500 to hire someone. I scrape and he paints. We have actually gotten half way around the house. We just had all new vinyl windows installed today and upon close inspection there is a pine tree in the backyard that looks diseased. It just never ends. We aren’t “old” but we know time has a way of passing quickly. With my diagnosis of Factor Five Leiden Mutation (genetic blood disorder) I have become more aware of what is important and what isn’t. We want to create memories and see so many awesome sites.

    With the wedding next week we won’t be in town. Sure hate that because we would so love to meet you both. Our son is getting married Thursday, May 8th in Gulf Shores. We are going down in the Casita and camping at Gulf Shores State Park for 3 days and then head to Gunter Hill for 4 days. One day…one day we’ll be in the same place at the same time!!

    Sorry to hear about your fig trees!!! It was a brutal winter for sure!! Our azaleas just weren’t as beautiful as they usually are. I think many of the buds were damaged with those last winter cold snaps we had.

    You guys enjoy your camping trip!!! Looking forward to reading all about it and seeing those awesome pics. Have fun!!

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    • That painting job sounds like a BIG job! I guess just taking it one step at a time is the way to do it.

      I just erased a LONG list of projects including a new roof and having trees removed that we have done and must do. But you know all about those unending projects. It sure does get old — and expensive!

      There is nothing like dealing with the prospect of health problems to crystallize one’s priorities. So maybe they are a blessing in disguise sometimes.

      SO GLAD you are getting away to Gulf Shores. Hope the wedding is everything everyone dreams it will be. Wishing your whole family the very best!

      As close as you are and as often as we go to West Point Lake, I’m sure we’ll meet up with each other sometime this year, probably!

      Enjoy your trip! 🙂

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  10. cozybegone

     /  May 1, 2014

    A pit stop….hit me hard! Slowly we can do less and less! Told Jerry we should start a semi-living on wheels park! Stinks…so just get out and about as much you can…nothing a bull dozer can’t clean up!

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  11. Ruth Ann

     /  May 1, 2014

    Earth boxes gardening is the best! I would have an earth box garden if my condo balcony had more sunshine. Sorry about your fig tree.

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    • You could still do a couple of Earth Boxes, Ann. Just choose plants that like partial shade! Impatiens should thrive there. You could also grow lettuce, romaine and other salad greens, I bet, because you do get morning sun, don’t you?

      Yes, the fig trees are a loss. If I replace them, I’ll look for another fruit tree that can stand subzero temperatures without being devastated by our heat and humidity.

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  12. JO

     /  May 1, 2014

    Another trip for you next week! good for you. I am now making plans for another trip this month too. I was going to just stay home long enough to clean up the camper and do laundry but the winds here have just not given up this year. Maybe I will just take a ride out to Gilbert Ray to meet some of the folks I met camping this week.

    Would Judilyn’s husband not like for her to camp on her own? I know lots of ladies who go without their spouse. Some men just don’t like to camp and don’t mind their wives going off for a few days. Look at the cool trips Kim takes. Just a thought.

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    • The winds sound awful. Hope they ease up soon. And I am so glad you are getting out again!

      Will have to check your blog to read about the new people you met!

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  13. Camping is is just good for the soul, isn’t it? I’m less tired to having a garden, because I can really on our wonderful farmer’s market to get whatever I want. We’re not even home yet, and I’m worried about where my next trip will be.

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    • I guess a good case of hitch itch is truly incurable! Contagious, too. I think I caught mine from RVing blogs.

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  14. Rons statement nails it!!!!….if I could I would be adventuring 90 percent of the time…..I kinda felt the same way you do about gardening …we use to really enjoy it, but the older we got, the maintenance end became less of a joy…so when when we moved into the country we decided to let “Mother Nature” be in charge of our plot of land…except for what we wanted to mow, and weed….seems to be working.. :)…looking forward to your Guys next Adventure…Horst sends

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    • 90/10 sounds like about the right balance to me! And the guilt over neglecting the garden disappears as soon as we pull out of the driveway!

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  15. Eugene J. Masse

     /  May 6, 2014

    Get some of those plant watering globes. Also called Aqua globes for yer potted plants.

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