Today, like all other days, started with a sunrise, black coffee, and moving from the bed to the sofa for a glimpse of FOX News. I am glad we have food in our RV since the breakfast that was published in the bulletin was a misprint.
Other than that, we walked the dog, fed the cat, shot the cat (diabetes), went for a stroll (walk and a scooter), visited with other FMCA members who were nearby, and even made a few friends. Really………
After spending 10 hours and 200 miles the day before in search of accessible RV parks, we rested today. We ventured over to Frontier Hall to examine the new and pre-owned RVs. We took a tour of 1 of 13 coal mines in Wyoming, making Wyoming the coal capital of the world. 50% of coal revenue goes to the Feds and 50% goes to the State. 50% of what goes to the State goes to the Schools. They have some really nice and expensively awesome schools in Gillette with some of the best quality technology for their faculty and students.
Well, after watching in amazement a bus with 50 people just staring at this natural resource (a big black wall of coal on a coal mine tour), we returned to Frontier Hall where we looked at more RVs we can’t afford, and we waited for the Frustrated Maestros to start playing at 5:30pm. Guess what, no Maestros. So, we returned to our coach, visiting with a few neighbors, learning more and more about the full-time RV lifestyle and exchanging personal adventures while RVing.
I was disappointed to see only about 12 coaches parked in the Accessible area. In Louisville, there must have been nearly 300 and plenty of people to talk to about traveling on the road with disabilities. I must say, that the people we have met here are nice, friendly, talkative and genuine just as the people in Louisville were.
There are times when I think of my disabled past and realize, after speaking to a man who lost his wife in a fatal accident, or a woman who lost her husband to a deadly illness, or a man with a medically managed lung disorder, or a war veteran with lifelong war injuries, that my life, though riddled with my own set of challenges, is really pretty good. I have been blessed with a wonderful and loving wife, and two wonderful children. My hope is that all people realize how precious and fragile life is and not to take anything for granted. Challenge yourself at least once a day………….. Go out and make every day a GREAT day!!
Mark Douglass – RVing Accessibility Group President