Basecamp Definition: A main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities, such as exploring, reconnaissance, or mountain climbing.
That about does it, except for the mountain climbing. We don’t mind hiking up mountains, in fact we like mountains, really high ones. But dangling in the air while hanging on with our fingers on a sheer rock face a thousand (or fifty) feet above the ground really isn’t our thing.
Our basecamp in Loudoun County, Virginia is actually the result of a 16-year campaign by our daughter, Tasha, her husband, Clay, and our grandkids Ethan and Cody to persuade us to move closer to them. (Our son Tony and his wife Cammie also had their hat in the ring but the highest mountain in Florida is 345 feet— and yes, we’ve hiked up it— plus they don’t have space for Serafina or a handy dandy efficient apartment to hang out in when we aren’t traveling. Sorry kids.)
We are back on the road now, dashing across the country on freeways to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Serafina has an appointment for a checkup while still under warranty. As to why Sioux Falls instead of somewhere closer to Virginia, It has to do with my desire to explore more of the northern part of the Western US before the snow flies. Setting the appointment in South Dakota makes sure we get out there ASAP. Then we will slow down and return to moseying on back roads.
BTW, my apologies for being so negligent on keeping up on blogs and comments lately. Between moving, going to Europe, unpacking, and getting ready for another four months on the road, life has been a bit hectic.
As we return to the road, Peggy and I decided it would be fun to share what our ‘not so rough’ basecamp looks like.
18 thoughts on “A (not so rough)Base Camp… Loudoun County, Virginia”
So glad you’re sharing when you can and posting scenes both inside and outside. You’re fortunate to have such good health and a terminal case of wanderlust! Best wishes for more safe travels.
Laughing, Rusha… a terminal case of wanderlust, indeed. –Curt
Looks like you have everything you need! Hope the weather stays nice for you on your northern jaunt. About this time of year we start watching for possible frost at night, but that is normal for Albertans who live fairly close to the mountains!
Though we still have a large house, my home office centers on my recliner chair in our living room. Hubby built me a computer table on wheels. I can sit in my chair, pull (roll) the table up to the front of the chair, lift the chair leg rest to whatever is comfortable, pull out the keyboard tray attached to the underside of the table – and my home office is ready to use! I use a side table for my scanner.
We are already noting a slight drop in the temperature, Margy. After all the heat, it is a welcome relief.
My lap has been serving as my desk for years, wherever I happen to be, Margy. I’ve had a laptop for at least 20 years. The red chair in the photo has served as my ‘at home’ office for the past ten years. 🙂 Our trailer, Serafina, has a comfy chair that is serving now.
The base camp looks great. Hope your trip to Sioux Falls gives you some time to explore Nebraska.
Not this time, Peggy. But we have been in and out of the state a few times in the past. Our last time was a couple of years ago when we were following the path of the early 1900 auto race around the world. Also, my father was born in Nebraska. –Curt
I am sure you both will like Amsterdam. Downsizing is difficult, especially choosing what to get rid of.
We loved Amsterdam, Gerard. It’s been a favorite city of mine ever since I first visited in 1967. I’ve been working through our photos of this summer’s visit for Friday’s post. Fun. –Curt
it’s great that you have a place so reminiscent of your Oregon home in the woods.
We are lucky to be surrounded by woods being so close to Washington, Ray. And our apartment has enough of our ‘treasures’ in it to make us feel at home.
We live in D.C. for many years, transferred for a few years to NJ and then moved back to DC for a while. Most of that time, we lived in the city.
On on return the second time, we found we enjoyed the galleries and museums much more. Previously, we only toured them with out of town guests and tried to see everything in one day; it was exhausting. On our second move to the area, we would select just one thing we wanted to see, perhaps a new exhibit, go see it for a couple hours, and leave other things to another day. I don’t know if you are close enough to do that, but I would highly recommend it. In visits after we moved to Florida, we also found that parking near a subway in Virginia and using public transport was much more effective than trying to face DC traffic and parking woes.
Thanks Ray. We simply didn’t have time with our move and Rhine River trip to take advantage of the culture opportunities in DC, but we will be back in January and are planning to do exactly what your recommend: Drive to the nearest Metro station and leave the car. The times I have been in DC in the past, I have always enjoyed the art galleries and once, Barbara Streisand at the Kennedy Center.
Looks like a comfy spot, and it’s nice to have family around.
Quite comfy, Dave. While it’s not the West, it’s a great place to return to between our adventure. And the kids and grand kids are great.
Love to see how cosy and happy you and Peggy are. Wonderful post Curt.
Peggy and I are lucky, Sylvia. We both got it right on the second time around. 🙂 Hard to believe we are coming up on our 30th this year. Thanks!
Looks like a great basecamp, Curt. A manageable space, the beautiful outdoors, and best of all, family right there!
Thank you so much for showing us your basecamp so we can picture where you will come back to after each adventure. It looks beautiful and relaxing and inviting. How wonderful to have your family fighting over who gets to have you with them. I am looking forward to seeing Amsterdam through your eyes. I’ve had it on my bucket list for some time.