Do YOU Have The Restless Gene? And More Guano….
A few weeks ago a family member sent me the following article from National Geographic:
The compulsion to see what lies beyond that far ridge or that ocean—or this planet—is a defining part of human identity and success. Link HERE.
It’s a fascinating view of why we (as humans) are the only mammals known to move far and wide across the earth and further, why some of us may be more prone to travel & explore than others. Is it possibly genetic? All wrapped up in the DRD4-7R gene variant? Could this be the very gene that all nomads, and by extention all fulltime RVers share?
Of course it’s not as simple as a single gene, but I found the article compelling nonetheless. I’ve always (personally) had the urge to explore. In fact it’s so ingrained in my bones that I’ll go off the beaten path even if I’m just out for a regular hike. Some how, some way I just have to see what’s over that next ridge. Even when I was in a regular (“fixed”) job, I thrived best in a changing environment where either my job position or location changed every few years, and the more unique (and unusual) the change, the more I liked it. Create a brand new position in a new country that’s never been done before…oh, I am SO all over that! I also believe it’s the very reason I felt so completely “at home” the first time I moved into an RV. From the start I knew this lifestyle was meant for me. So, DRD4-7R…I’d say you and I are definitely good ‘ol friends.
As for the next few days I’m afraid my restless gene will have to wait. There’s yet another big winter storm forecast today so we’ve ditched our boondocking plans (too bad…we had a great spot picked out) and extended our stay at the SKP Co-Op until Monday. Then we’ll mosey on down to Bisbee for our next adventure. The rest of March we’ll be jockeying around Bisbee & Patagonia area, hopefully doing a fair amount of boondocking and finishing up with a re-stock stop in Pheonix before we head towards Utah in April.
Oh, and for those of you avidly following the guano discussion a few days ago, Grant did a bit of inventive googling and found these “Guano Happens” T-shirts in up to 9 different colors on this website. You can even buy the shirt for your dog! Just goes to show that good ideas can’t be stopped and I’m not the only genius out there 🙂 So sadly I won’t be making millions on guano euphemisms, but I can now buy the T-shirt and still giggle myself silly with my own humor. And that’s the kind of guano that makes life worth living 🙂
So what about you? Do you have the restless gene? What are your thoughts on all this? Share below…