Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas weekend, the most wonderful time of the year.

christmas-birdSeason’s greetings fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all readers!

Thank you for your readership this past year!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.

May the miracle of this wonderful season fill your heart with peace and happiness and bless your life throughout the year.

As we approach Christmas Eve we’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying balmy Gulf breezes, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in fresh from the Gulf shrimp, oysters, and native fish.

As usual my regular postings will continue daily throughout Christmas week.

As we say goodbye to 2012 and introduce 2013, I plan to bring some exciting new things to Vogel Talks RVing.

On January 1, I’ll give you a peek behind the curtain on a new series on photography—Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit.

For me, the ultimate experience of RVing requires a camera. Without a camera I bring home memories. With a camera, I bring home a series of images of the memories that I can return to over and over and share with readers of my posts. Memories become more complete and permanent through photos.

We’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying balmy Gulf breezes, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in fresh from the Gulf shrimp. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast enjoying balmy Gulf breezes, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in fresh from the Gulf shrimp. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 71.8 million people participated in at least one type of wildlife-watching activity, such as observing, feeding, and photographing wildlife.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all!

Forget sugar plums!

When you drift off to sleep tonight,

I’ll be dreaming of fabulous RV destinations I’d love to visit,

Acadia, Mount Rainier, and Yellowstone national parks

Sweet dreams and happy holidays!

Snowbird Christmas

Cranky as an RV space heater,

I groan and grumble in pre-dawn chill,

wait for the coffee pot to finish playing

reveille to my numb mind.

Shuffling around the RV Park,

Snowbirds and Winter Texans make mischief,

cackling like contented

chickens under the Arizona sun.

A grateful respite from grueling

gray cold fronts of International Falls,

Winnipeg, and Green Bay.

Amid chants of Go Packers Go!

Yuma is a favorite Arizona destination for northern snowbirds. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Yuma is a favorite Arizona destination for northern snowbirds. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A time of celebration and decorations

Christmas lights, ornaments, nativity

scenes, Wal-Mart Santas and reindeer

A plastic Jesus or two adorn motorhomes,

fifth wheel trailers, and old converted buses.

Christmas Eve, wrinkled faces gather

in the clubhouse by the artificial tree

reminiscing of Christmases past during simpler times

speaking of children in childish voices.

Worth Pondering…
May the joy of today, bring forth happiness for tomorrow—and may the cold Alberta air stay up north!

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