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Old 09-07-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Wow, lots of newbies here. Nice. I just bought a "new" Freedom pop-up yesterday. Set it up this morning and hard to imagine I spent the whole day getting to know it. Even though it is a few years old, it is in like-new condition. Nice to see people who take care of their things.

I've had two traditional camping trailers in my distant past, Wilderness 19 and 24'. Very nice with young children and have many fond memories of our adventures. Due to a sad ending to my marriage, (things happen)," I had to divest myself of my toys. Had to revert back to tent camping, which was not wonderful. It's hard to go backwards...but sometimes we must do what we must.

I'm now retired and decided to get back into trailering, on a different scale. Have not been on my maiden trip yet. Planning that in two weeks to the California coast (Bodega Bay). Images of "birds" appearing to anyone?

I'm a serious amateur photographer, motorcycle enthusiast and woodworker. Getting adjusted to retired life has not been a stroll in the park. Camping will only improve things.

Have answered all of my own questions so far, but I'm sure I'll have a few before the dust settles.

I'm testing out the refrigerator as I type this. Now, in the name of education, I must open the brewski that I've used as my sample subject.

Cheers to all,
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum !
You better get into the September photo contest !
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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Thank you. Still learning to navigate the forum. Have seen a photos section, but nothing about a contest. Of course, I haven't been on my maiden camping trip yet, so have nothing camping related to share. But give me a couple of weeks!
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #4
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Thank you. Still learning to navigate the forum. Have seen a photos section, but nothing about a contest. Of course, I haven't been on my maiden camping trip yet, so have nothing camping related to share. But give me a couple of weeks!
Look in on the road travel chat section
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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to the forums! Ditto about checking out the September photo contest.

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Old 09-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
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Hey there

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Welcome to the forum...
Retirement can be a ruff transition. All that sleeping as late as you want, drinking coffee on the deck during rush hour, going shopping at Lowe's when everyone else is at work and planning on your next camping trip. It is the cross we must bare, but somebody's got to do it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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OK, found it, thanks. Guess I had better plan my parking spot on my next (first) trip.

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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Thanks, I found the pics. Got one trip planned for the end of the month.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:30 PM   #10
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Thanks, Russ. You make a very valid point there. I have been planning my retirement for many years...to take place about 5 years from now. I think retirement is much better if you do it on your own terms. I'm adjusting. I've got three camping trips planned (I'm one of those "planner" types). I live 50 miles from the Calif. coast, so year-round camping is possible. I've done a lot of work around my house the past two years, so I haven't exactly "wasted" my time, but I haven't done anything fun (retirement-like) yet. I'm about to change that.

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