A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Tough Women

This lady is from Nevada and in her 40’s I’d guess.  This all she has except for her little red car which is too small to sleep in.  This tent is too short to stand up in.  It gets down to the mid-thirties (1.7 C) every night.  I am cold every morning in my RV and run my heater for an hour or so.
 She is here for the entire winter.  How does she do it?

This woman is from Maine and probably the same age as the lady above.  Only she has her daughter with here, I’d guess 11 or 12 years old.  They have a larger car, an SUV and she told me they sleep in it when it is cold like it is.  They have been living like this for five years.

 Last year I met a lady from Georgia and this is all she had, a Nissan Cube.  No tent.  No shade.  Just a camp chair.  She had her little dog and a ginger cat with her.  Last winter we stayed in Quartzsite until the end of April when it got too hot and we finally moved on.  I had to drive down and see if she was still camped.  Yep, out in the desert all by herself and it had been in the 90’s (32.2 C) most of the month.
I wondered how she could do it being so hot as it was.

There are many more like that (men too) out here living with very little shelter which is especially noticeable with all the big RV’s all around them.  Think how tough the pioneer women were to follow their crazy husbands on a six month long journey westward into the unknown relying on rumors and poor advice as to the route to travel to some destination that rarely lived up to what they had been told.


anonymous said...

Gotta wonder what made them decide to live that way,how they get money for food,etc.,if they have alternatives available or just have to go without now and from now on,too.Have you ever spoken to and/or asked them questions?-Mary

John W. Wall said...

I wondered if the little girl was getting home-schooled.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Many I have talked with Mary have said they left behind as one woman put it “an unpleasant situation”. Tired of the abuse from a husband or boy friend this was their means of surviving. Just know they always add that they have never been happier than they are now living free on the road. I could see the truth in their words.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Most likely she is but what I saw was her yearning for social contact as she was happy we were talking and kept waving at me from the back seat.

Shammickite said...

I can understand the need to get away from a bad situation. But it must get harder as they get older.

Debby said...

I can see the need to escape, but truly, the little girl was heartbreaking to me. I'm a mom, and I'd be doing my very best to get my daughter to a place where she could go to school and have the interaction she needs.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

I enjoy your comments from posts long ago. It makes me look at the post which is as if I am reading it for the first time and holy smoke, I’m the one who wrote it! Ha on me.