Christmas comes early in Yellowstone. No, I’m not referring to the weather. It isn’t getting that cold at night yet fortunately, I’m referring to the annual August 25th Christmas celebration that most of the lodges and stores participate in in the park.
There is a story behind it, it’s not entirely a marketing gimmick. The legend goes that back in the early days of Yellowstone, a freak snowstorm on August 25th stranded a bunch of visitors inside the park. A tree was cut down and hauled inside and decorated as if for Christmas to keep people occupied until the roads cleared.
How much truth there is to the story is debatable. It can snow in Yellowstone any day of the year so it’s possible the storm happened but the details are lost to history. It is true Christmas has been celebrated on August 25th here for a long time.
For those who are wondering what my current travel plans are, I’ll probably be spending proper Christmas somewhere on the road between Texas and Arizona where I’m not likely to get to celebrate. I did get a travel trailer Christmas ornament in my work mailbox from Santa though, so it’ll even out by the end of the year.
My employment with the Yellowstone Association ends October 1st or 2nd, my job at the Amazon fulfillment center in Haslet, Texas starts the week of October 19th. Between those two I need to get Cas in to the Casita Factory near Waco to fix something they messed up when they were replacing my water heater this spring. If there’s time, I might also stop by Little House Customs to get a couple other things done on Cas, if not, I’ll get them done after Amazon lets out on December 23rd, which means Christmas will be spent in Texas – neither LHC nor the factory are far from Haslet.
Barring any changes (remember: jello plans), I’d like to spend the rest of the winter…
…boondocking in the southwest this year! Longtime readers will know that since the very beginning I’ve wanted to visit Quartzsite and try boondocking but it just hasn’t been a practical option before now. Cas came with no propane heat source, and saving up the money for that and solar equipment or a generator was a slow process. The plan is to start with as modest a setup as I think I can get by on, and then upgrade later if I enjoy boondocking (I think I will, but you never know), and once I know better what my power and heat needs will be.
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Now for the request. As some of you know, I’m a featured blogger with the new Xscapers lifestyle club run by Escapees. Recently they put out a survey to get a better idea of RVer demographics, and I’d be pleased as punch if you’d be willing to take a minute or two out of your day to take the survey. I’ve already done it myself and can say that it’s pretty painless.
It’s completely anonymous – no personally identifiable information is collected or stored – and this survey is for all RVers, whether you’re a member of Escapees/Xscapers or not. Full-time or part-time, working or retired, single, married, or other, Escapees would love to hear from all of you. Here is the official announcement:
RVer Census: Let Your Voice Be Heard
Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this important survey.
INFORMATION IDENTIFYING YOU PERSONALLY WILL NOT BE COLLECTED OR STORED BY ESCAPEES RV CLUB.
Escapees RV Club earned a reputation for being a leader in advocacy for RVers’ rights. Over the past 37 years, Escapees has fought to uphold full-time RVers’ right to vote; defeated unfair RV-specific taxes; protected overnight parking rights; and stood up to city, county, state, and federal regulations that threatened our personal freedoms.
When working together, the RVing community has the ability to shape regulations affecting issues such as healthcare, employment, insurance, voting, and more. Participating in this survey is crucial to Escapees and Xscapers advocacy of your rights and to the protection of the RVing community as a whole.
Together we can let manufacturers, companies, employers and government agencies know that we are a powerful demographic.
Please share this survey with other RVers. Thank you, in advance, for making a difference!
As some of you have already heard, health insurance plans for working-age full-timers are up in the air for 2016 now that several key insurance companies are reportedly pulling their PPO plans off the Healthcare Marketplace next year.
Right now I have a health insurance plan that will only cover my care if I drove back up to South Dakota, if I need treatment while I’m traveling I’m SOL. I was hoping to “move” to Texas this year to enroll in a plan that would cover me across the country, but now it’s looking like those plans may not exist anymore. That’s one reason why I believe this census to be so important: the more we individual RVers make our needs known, the better leverage we’ll have as a community to make changes.
Please, consider adding your voice.
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