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Published: March 14th 2010
Kathie and Paul
Taken in Venice
Preparation is everything
It is amazing how much you can put into a well designed RV. When I informed Paul that I took up only one-half of the closet in the bedroom, he insisted that I was never good at math - what a boy thing to say! Just because I need to take most of my clothes; I mean who knows what it's like in the Grand Canyon in April? We're from Florida. Reports range from a low of 26 degrees F to a high of 75 degrees F - jeans to shorts - Tee's to sweaters - must have them all. Besides, one big advantage to RV'ing is that you can't be charged for extra baggage (except in gas mileage). Paul can do with three pair of jeans and maybe some shorts to show off his cute knees- but no, he has to make it a contest. His biggest concern is shoes and jackets; obsessed, he is, with both. The sales people in Marshall's know him by name! He just reminded me that we need exercise clothes, as we must walk every single day; if it were not for Paul I would
Georgie Boy and Paul
Paulo getting the RV ready.
be a complete passenger potato. Before long the RV will be too heavy to get out of the driveway.
Probably, the heaviest thing we are carrying is 5000 (slight exaggeration) books. Bird, plant, varmit, fish, rock and shell identification books are a necessity; let no living, or once living, thing go unidentified. Of course you also need every tour book from AAA for every state you may traverse and maps to go with them. We must have our favorite Thai cook book and then there's the Cooking Light and the Grill book. This doesn't even compare with the number of personal books to read along the way; maybe there should be such a thing as a National Library Card or NetBooks - like NetFlicks. Actually, if we had any brains at all we would have bought Kindles or those new Nooks from Barnes & Noble; less expensive in the long run and much lighter. Being very attached to the feel and smell of a newly printed page and my favorite Johnny Depp book mark, however, I'm not sure how much I would love my books in plastic. Yes, tons of books and more.
Lilly, the Key West rescue
can't identify birds without binoculars and spotting scopes and field bags to carry everything in while you are hiking around; one for him and one for me. I just read that you can get all of these applications on the i-phone. Maybe we need to be more technologically modern. We do, each have our computers and the MiFi wireless card, so we are not total, dare I say it without upsetting those Neanderthal guys on TV, cave people.
Next to go in the RV will be the kitchen, we are presently debating the possibility of a crock-pot working while we are driving along the road; can you guess who says yes and who says no? The refrigerator is small, but room will be found for his ketchup and my chardonnay and other essentials like coffee, eggs, yogurt, fruit, peanut butter pretzels and sleepy time tea. Goodness knows we can stop for groceries; we are not traveling the desert yet. I remember the time we drove to the Agate Fossil Beds in Nebraska, but that’s another story.
Lilly the Key West rescued Cat Girl will miss her beloved lanai, but is prepared to come along; litter box under the bench seat in the dinette, wolf fur (faux of course) and sheep skin (real) ready for her tender "Princess and the Pea" bottom. She likes the sheep skin on the dash so she can jump up and see the flying trees and such. However, she is cross-eyed and gets very exhausted from moving her head back and forth so fast in order to focus. Before long she will be soundly sleeping on her wolf fur. She is such a funny little cat.
We are traveling in our new RV, well not new, but new to us. It is a Class A, 30 foot Georgie Boy; beautiful and roomy yet small enough to go anywhere. We do not tow. We can rent a car, use our bikes, or even buy a heap if we are going to be somewhere for several months. That is what we will do when we volunteer in the National Parks for the season. We just can't see running one engine and towing another. We are almost ready leave Englewood, Florida on our way west - load up?
Uh-oh, first glitch and we have not even hit the road. A cotter pin under the slider sheared off and we can't get it to lock in place. I am forming the picture in my mind of riding down the road as the slider rolls out. I can see the face on the poor guy in the SUV to our left? Not good - no not good at all. More to come.
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