Happy New Year from Vogel Talks RVing!

Time glides with undiscover’d haste
The future but a length behind the past.

—John Dryden

The End is almost here!

The majesty that is Zion © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This is article # 140 since my first post on August 18, 2010. Okay, the end isn’t near, but the end of the year is almost here, and it’s time to think about wrap-ups as 2010 draws to a close.

The end of the year is the traditional time for doing a summary, and some reflection.

Looking back there were certain events and articles that kindled reader interest and comments. Please allow me to highlight one from each month.

August: Schwarzenegger vetoes California holding-tank bill

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed AB 1824, a controversial bill that would have prohibited the sale and use of some of the most effective and widely employed holding tank chemicals utilized in waste facilities and toilets on boats and recreational vehicles. Continue reading →

September: Membership camping: Consider all factors before buying

In 1985, Jack and Mildred Kidwell, a Reynoldsburg, Ohio couple in their late 40s bought a Thousand Trails camping membership. Since then, they have paid thousands of dollars in finance charges and membership dues, the couple told Columbus NBC-4i News. Now at age 72 and with severe arthritis, Jack Kidwell said they had to sell their recreational vehicle two years ago, but Equity Lifestyle Properties, the parent company of Thousand Trails membership campgrounds is trying to keep them paying. Continue reading →

October: Snowbirds flock south for the winter

The Joshua Tree is just one of hundreds of plants native to this national park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As Neil Young once sang, “the summer ends and the winter winds begin to holler all around the bend…” The cooler temperatures have many of us thinking about the coming winter and the joys of dealing with snow, ice, bone-chilling cold, and heating bills that challenge the national debt. Continue reading →

November: Our Grand Circle Tour

The American Southwest is famous for incredible scenery, red rock pinnacles, and formations, brilliant sunsets, and deep canyons. It is uncommon land, for an uncommon experience, and it’s all within a stone’s throw of Utah. Few states can boast of so much! We spent the month of October completing our version of the Grand Circle Tour. Continue reading →

December: Cuisine of New Mexico

Chile, Food of the Gods. Renowned New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.” Millions of folks from all over the world have come to know exactly what she meant. The people, the culture, the landscape, the climate, and the cuisine—New Mexico just gets under your skin and takes hold. Continue reading →

Altamira Oriole at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, headquarters of the World Birding Center. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As 2010 draws to a close, I thank you for reading, providing feedback, and coming back frequently to read my latest article! Thank you for your continuing support!

A Happy New Year to all my readers. Best wishes for 2011. Find what brings you joy and go there. Remember, the journey, and not the destination, is the joy of RVing. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in an RV.

Happy Trails. Life is an adventure. Enjoy your journey.

Worth Pondering…

We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

—Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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