Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Getting Ready: A Camping Check List

See that photo of me "Getting Ready" well there is allot more to getting ready than meets the eye.


_ Learn to open and close the awning

I heard all kinds of stories about storms coming and whipping your awning apart. Then the warning: ALWAYS pull up the awning before getting ready for bed. (One looks foolish running around in nightclothes flapping in the wind and rain trying to get hold of that awning) Sure enough, the second night the awning gets left up...we get a wind and rain storm..."He said" (Bill), never listens to me
......oh maybe I am looking at this all wrong
...he's just an adventurer, living in the moment!

_Learn to hitch up

That was camping trip #1. What you didn't hear yet was how impressive our Airstream Buddies Carl and Cindy were when they towed our new airstream home. They worked with such impressive co-operation and looked so "professional" it was hard to believe Bill and I could ever manage that kind of communication. They used hand not the Jersey salute..although it's a good one to know and I am sure I will need that one soon!
So we begin...and the person in the truck, backing up, that would be Bill of course...had the windows up...hey it's hot in Texas! He cannot hear anything I am hand signals it is!

_ Learn how to use the dump

Grey water, black volunteers to help..but at last a very candid Airstream buddy explained all of the procedures...even milking....???
This is to be practiced on the next trip...which should be accompanied by lots of " eye rolling"...our granddaughter will be with us!

We'll keep you posted!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Camping at Lake Whitney

Bill had no memory of earlier conversations about leaving on Friday for our camping trip. What can I say, he's a man!

Carl, an Airstream buddy, came by just as the tension was becoming taunt...(perfect timing). We got another lesson on hitching up....and we needed it! I grabbed our stuff and food, and threw it inside before Bill could change his mind.

Off for our first camping trailer looks good rambling along behind us! Bill amazed me with his ability to back it into our selected spot...and even close to the electric hook up ...and lined up almost perfectly with the little crushed granite patio.

Since we were stressed handeling the hitch up procedures, not using the water & sewer systems seemed like a good idea....the idea was to relax and having another big learing curve didn't seem to be the best way to accomplish that. We'll wait until the fall to deal with the propane...another stressful learning curve.

Our poor Maggie does not seem to excited about the next trip...hopefully she can bear with us and our sojurns into the "wilderness" until the cooler temperatures come.

Bill's side of the story: HERE

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Getting Ready