Attitude Adjustment: California, Arizona, Sunshine, Colorado River

Sometimes you just need to get out and change everything for a while.

So I did. Six weeks of isolation in a 3-story mountain home was just about enough for me (as was binge-watching Netflix, et al). It was about six weeks ago as well—four days after his 80th birthday—that my dad and mom headed out for a six-month round the USA excursion, from Placerville, CA. It’s taken them to a few places in the southwest so far and will eventually take them to Houston, Orlando, up to the northeast, and back across the country via the northerly route during the summer.

A few days ago they arrived in the Parker, CA area where they’re set up for a month. Didn’t take much convincing to leave the mountains to enjoy time in sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s right on the CA/AZ border, along the Colorado river.

I arrived yesterday afternoon; now focussed on the acclamation and getting my head back into business as usual, including neglecting Patreon too much. I’m here indefinitely, no fixed return time but I imagine it will be a minimum of two weeks. But it might be longer. Who knows? I like it that way.

One note: many folks have messaged me on Facebook but until my 10th ban is up in about two weeks I have no means of replying.

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Mark on February 16, 2018 at 13:38

    Looks like an ‘altitude’ adjustment as well. 🙂

  2. Lute Nikoley on February 16, 2018 at 17:14

    Well now, Richard dad (me) and his mom are looking forward to having a good time. What else would you expect from us? Let’s do it!

  3. thhq on February 17, 2018 at 12:34

    I was in Lake Havasu a couple weeks ago. Good rodeo and skeet shooting. Didn’t try the paddle boat canoes.

    The way people set up 5th wheels out in the desert there was interesting. Never seen that before.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 19, 2018 at 18:13

      It is all, all, all, all over.


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