On The Road


I left my home base September 8th. My first stop was a tiny little city owned campground. It was very nice and only for one night. It was a busy place because the locals played ball and walked the walking paths. The next night was a stop at a KOA. Very crowded and noisy with an Interstate behind and a highway in front of the campground. Wonderful facilities though. I did do some grocery shopping while I was there. Next stop was a really nice campsite right on the Tennessee River where I stayed for the weekend. It was a gorgeous stay! On Monday, I left there and moved onto another city campground which was nice but I was attacked by fire ants and there were no extra facilities (restrooms and showers) for campers. I left there and arrived in Sherling Lake Park and Campground where I planned to stay for 2 nights.

By the evening of my first day at Sherling Lake, I was sick. So, I extended my stay to a week. Normally, I would be feeling much better after a week but I had to extend my stay to 2 weeks. This did not upset me at all as I’d fallen in love with Sherling when I arrived. The longer I stayed, the more I liked it. I even considered not coming on down to Dauphin (pronounced Daw-feen) Island. Eventually, decided to come on down but I didn’t want to make the entire drive in one day so I stayed for a couple of nights in Creola.


When I arrived in Dauphin Island, there was a strong breeze off the Gulf and Bay so the 80+ degree temperature did not bother me. I took a walk to the beach and noticed several oil rigs (12 – 15 of them) just off the coastline. The community is rebuilding the beach which is non existant right now; it should be done in the next couple of months. There’s a bike path which extends the length of the island (a little less than 8 miles) which is level and wonderful! After 4 days, the breeze died and the mosquitos came out. There are a lot of mosquitos here and they are here all day long. The lack of breeze also makes the temperature more noticable. Since I don’t tolerate heat well and I do not enjoy being a mosquito feeder, I am ready to leave. I will probably stay until the end of the month when I will be heading back to Sherling to spend the rest of the Winter.

I’m learning what I do and don’t like. I would have enjoyed staying at Dauphin if the breeze would have continued to keep the mosquitos at bay. But I’m also happy to be heading back to Sherling because I simply loved the woods and the spaciousness. Dauphin is a normal RV park and, while they do their best to give everyone room to be outside without the back side of an RV in their face, it is too close for my preferences. Since I have a couple weeks left on my stay here and I cannot be outside because of the heat and lack of breeze, I am spending time catching up on computer work and I plan to spend some time at the beach on the West end. The West end of the island is about 1/8th mile wide and gets breezes from the Gulf and the Bay so no mosquitos and it feels less hot. If I can find ways to be outside without getting overheated, I will stay here until the end of the month. If not, I will go back to Sherling.

One thing I’ve really noticed during this trip is how my blood pressure is affected. While in Sherling, I was not taking my blood pressure medication every day because my pressure was really low. When I moved to Dauphin, I suddenly had to take the medication every day and, sometimes, twice per day. I began to notice the twice per day dosages were on days when someone was parked beside me. The more people, the more trouble I have keeping my blood pressure down. If, when I move back to Sherling, my blood pressure drops again, that will strongly imply my blood pressure is connected to what is going on within other people’s bodies.

I know this is very possible for me because, when I did hands-on work with people, I use to tune into my body to see what I was feeling because my body would mirror what was happening within the person on whom I was working; I could feel what they were feeling. I am trying to break this connection but, at this time, I am failing. The blood pressure issue may also determine whether I stay in Dauphin until the end of the month or return to Sherling early.


So far I am finding I love the woods! I also love the water when it a wide expanse of uninterrupted space. In order for me to love the woods, it needs to be in a location which is not kept sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. The care of the area needs to be natural. I also love seclusion. I admit it is really challenging to find seclusion in an RV park. Which is why I am figuring out how to make my RV more boondocking friendly. My lights are already set up to work off of my batteries. I have also doubled my batteries and bought a portable solar panel to charge them. The outlets will not work off my batteries and, while I do have a DC outlet, the DC outlet is located in my bedroom which makes it inconvenient when cooking. I plan to install an inverter which will change the battery DC power to AC power so I can use my outlets throughout the RV. I also want to install a composting toilet to replace my current normal toilet. Doing all this work means I will probably spend all of next Summer close to my home base so I have access to a mailing address for orders, tools for doing the changes, and help from my husband and other people with expertise in this area. Once these changes are in place, I will be able to boondock for at least 2 weeks without needing access to water to fill my holding tank. The more conservative I can be with water, the longer I can stay out in the boonies.

I’m very much enjoying my time in Nature. I’m excited to learn what I do and don’t like when camping. And, I’m excited at the prospect of learning a new skill to keep my blood pressure down. As an aside, I’ve lost at least 15 pounds. I don’t have a scale but I have to wear a belt and I’ve had to punch more holes in the belt to keep it and my pants up. The differences in my eating are:  I’m cooking at home, eating more, having dessert 1 – 3 times per day. I am not exercising though I am more active; not enough to lose weight though. I believe the lack of stress and the ability to sleep, sit in the sun, and doing what I want to do when I want to do it is making the difference. I’m also writing a book; I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned that before or not.


About tsandhage

I blog about my journey towards personal growth. I have been extremely ill and have been fortunate enough to find some recovery. I have taught College level computer classes, been a Massage Therapist, and a Feldenkrais Practitioner which is someone who works with the brain and nervous system to help people find more ability to function and live their lives well. Currently, I live in a RV and travel. I'm on a journey to find out more about myself. I also do photography, write, and have been married over 30 years to my marvelous husband, Jeff. I hope to post once per month. I will share about my life here. I hope you enjoy your time here. I also have a FB Group called "Therese Sandhage" where I put out daily quotes and do my best to encourage the best in all of us and a FB Page called "Gr8 Life" where I talk about what I'm doing in my RV life.
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10 Responses to On The Road

  1. This is very interesting to see how an outsider views Dauphin Island. I’m from Mobile, but the Island holds many memories.
    Yes the mosquitos are horrible when their is no breeze.
    Since H.Katrina, the landscape has changed drastically.
    Have you gone to the pier yet?
    It’s so strange to see a pier that we used to fish from now go to more beach. Weird.
    We have camped in a tent on Sand Island but no more.
    That night a water spout was headed our way. So we threw logs on our tent and all got in our boat to ride out the storm in Billy Goat Hole closer to land.
    When we got back to our tent after the storm everything was still dry. Go figure. It was an adventure.


    • tsandhage says:

      I’m going to check out the pier today. I’ve seen it from the East end beach and it really caught my attention. Then I found out how it was created. Storms interest me because of how varied they are. I like the island and the campground. My reasons for leaving are strictly because of my personal challenges. It’s great to hear from someone familiar with the area!

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      • We used to fish from that pier.


      • I don’t know about being too hot, but I know about being too cold. In an 80 degree breeze ( or less) I put on a jacket. Low thyroid.

        One day you may want to ride the ferry to Gulf Shores. Not sure about $. But there are a lot of good places to eat or shop. You may see Mobile Bay Lighthouse from ferry, but not sure.

        You might like to car ride to Fairhope. It’s across the bay about an hour. Small town, beautiful with flowers everywhere with more shops/ food. They have a beautiful concrete pier/ park/ ducks to feed/ rose garden. The pier is new. Katrina destroyed the old concrete pier. Broke it apart.

        From behind Fort Gaines/ East side of DI , you may see DI Lughthouse. Storms have about washed away the base. There used to be a house on it.

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  2. Congratulations on your weight loss. I’ve lost 87 pounds with Gods help.

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  3. What’s your book about?


    • tsandhage says:

      It’s about my journey of self discovery and the travels I’m doing in the RV. It’s about healing, letting go of reactions, and maintaining that strong connection to God that allows me to live from a place of love at all times. Since I just started writing, I’m sure it will evolve and change as I go forward. Thanks for asking.

      With Love,

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