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 9/3/2007 9:24 AM
 
Welcome Carol! There are a lot of solo women who travel and workcamp. I am a solo women also who lost her husband nearly two years ago (he just up and left me!... the grief is the same). I live in my own home, and go camping as much as possible from late May until October. At 65 I have had to return to work as I got very little from the divorce ($$ to live on). But that's OK,.. I'm doing fine and you will to. The trick is to keep looking forward, not backward. What's done is done. Can't change it. So get out there and find some new friends and some new joy. My best wishes go out to you and a hug too.
Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 9/3/2007 11:22 AM
 
Hi Carol, As Sprinter asked, where in PA are you? I'm here till the end of the season - workcamping! And would be happy to have you come visit and see what I do and where I'm at. I'm in Narvon. And I know if you could plan to come when Sprinter is available, she'd probably head over also :)
I gave notice on my job a little over 2 1/2 years ago when I bought my 22' Class C and have never looked back. I had never owned a motorhome and immediately went full time. I knew nothing about all the things involved. First thing I did was make a short check list for hooking up and unhooking (more important one, in my mind) - The rest I've learned as I've gone. I'm not real mechanically inclined, but I'm also willing to try many things before calling a mechanic. I've had to get my fridge repaired and generator repaired - things I couldn't have thought of doing myself. And I make sure to get my oil changes, etc. None of it is any more overwhelming that taking care of all the things in a stick built house that go wrong. Just have to accept that sometimes the plans change when something happens.
I wouldn't be without Good Sam's Emergency service. I've used them twice (one tire blow-out and once my awning arm broke driving down the road and the entire awning came crashing down). They had someone out to take care of me both times in less time that I would have thought. And another time I called them when I had a leak from my toilet. I knew that wasn't covered - I just asked them if they knew who I could contact in the area I was in - and they graciously made the phone calls and found someone for me!
I'm going to turn 55 this year - so wasn't much older than you when I started this lifestyle. And I do not have a big financial cushion so to keep the lifestyle I have to do some workcamping. But I do it on my terms for the most part. Last year I found a place where I workcamped 2 days a week for my full hook up site (no other amenities) - but it was the location I wanted. I was in NH - and on my 5 days off a week, I'd take the rv and traipse around NH, Vermont, Maine, etc. With that cg as a base, I could afford to do it my way.
This year is different. I'm workcamping at a resort cg - and putting in more hours. I'm doing some sightseeing and a lot of relaxing. I chose to work more hours because I wear hearing aids and the extra money is going to buy me a new pair of them this winter. But it hasn't stopped me from taking trips to Philadelphia and Gettysburgh and Hershey and all the little Amish towns around here.
So, yes, you can do this - your way!
Glad to have you with us - and hope I didn't write too much. Again - let us know where in PA you are and if not come here - maybe we can meet up for lunch or dinner somewhere. Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 9/3/2007 12:05 PM
 
To those who asked, I am in Lancaster, PA. So I know I'm pretty close to Womelsdorf, not sure about Narvon. Right now I live in a condo which is in a restored silk mill factory and in the winter I can see the Susquahanna River - so I like unique living spaces. I'm certainly open to meeting a few "locals" somewhere for a meal and learning more about their experiences. I'm fairly flexible in my schedule. Thank you for being so open to me.
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 9/3/2007 12:59 PM
 
Wow Carol, you're closer to Narvon than Womelsdorf, and that's close! We must get together. I'll write Bethers with my schedule and we'll private message you.
Now, if we could only push a button and get Molly here too, that would be great!
Love, Sharon
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 9/4/2007 3:53 PM
 
Carol, I sent you a pm - so check your inbox! Short notice - but hope you can join us.
If you're in Lancaster - you're very, very close to where I'm at. Many of the workcampers at this cg are here in the summer because this is where their family is. Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 9/4/2007 4:44 PM
 
Hey Carol, I'm sorry for your loss, and I know that it will take a while to ease your pain. The gals on here are wonderful and are always eager to help and give support..so you're not alone ..that's for sure !
I was introduced to RVing through dog shows and have been trucking for over 35 years..mainly with lots of dogs on board.. I would have loved to gone full time but due to my health issues it's made a lot of my dreams be put to pastures ..however, I get out when I can.. and only till recently I bought a winter home in Florida due to the fact it's difficult to find a campground with 4 dogs on board and especially Rotties..and the one I stayed at for over 7 years was sold.. I'm still keeping my Rig I won't give her up as I still can do weekend get aways...to anywhere USA..that's the joy of it.. You're always at home no matter where you park her !!!
I also live in Pa, Bucks country.. I'm in between Yardley and New Hope.. and I'm hoping all goes well that I can catch up with the rest of the gals in Pa..
Welcome to the Forum too !
God Bless Barbzeee
Life is full of surprises, just go with the flow !
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