Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | February 10, 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin’

The Truth or Consequences locals often speak of a powerful energy vortex in the area that regularly shakes things up both in the town and the lives of those who live here.

Call it what you will, there’s certainly been some shaking up in our lives, and in one week we went from planning on staying at Riverbend Hot Springs for the summer, to plotting our route to Florida!

We were offered the opportunity to spend the summer at a lovely rural resort in Welaka, Florida. It’s situated on the St. Johns River, about 1.5 hours southeast of Gainesville, on the Altalntic side of the state.

We visited Welaka Lodge & Resort in 2011: 19 RV sites, 5 charming cottages, swimming pool, fishing dock complete with Tiki Bar, and ~ here’s the big plus ~ a slip for our boat so we can get in a good deal of river navigating and fishing done on the St. Johns!

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Once we decided to take Welaka up on their offer, we had a few other decisions to make, based on a bit of soul-searching we’d been doing while holed up in our winter cocoons…

As we emerged from the darkness, we’d decided that it was time to do a little downsizing. Our 38′ fifth wheel and big diesel truck combo was expensive to haul around, and after living in the space for 2.5 years, we decided that we could actually survive and thrive in a smaller space.

In addition, we’d acquired a boat while in New Mexico, which presented a towing dilemma…truck pulling fifth wheel, fifth wheel pulling boat ~ illegal in some states!

So, we put on our RV trading hats and spent two days in Albuquerque and one in Las Cruces, scouring dealerships for our next home.

That, plus many hours online when not physically shopping, brought to us a gently used 2005 Fleetwood Tioga Class C motorhome which we will pick up tomorrow.

The past few days have been bittersweet as we packed up our belongings in preparation for transfer from one home to the next, and prepared to leave “The Shanty” (our pet name for the fifth wheel) and pick-up truck behind.

Keith and I are excited to get settled into the motorhome, but Catty Jones (who no doubt will revert back to her former Florida name of Gator Bait in a month or so) is just not sure what is going on.

We have another seven weeks to enjoy New Mexico before we trek east. We’ve made some wonderful friends while in Truth or Consequences and we hate to leave them behind, but we’ll be back to catch up with them on down the road, and we promise to post pictures of our new digs soon!

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