Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Nana Crosses State Lines on an RV Adventure
We have been members of the RV community for just a few weeks and are still trying to figure out how to fit in. We seem to be in the correct age range, but we don't have a small yappy dog. The spouse is sporting shorts and wearing socks with his sandals which passes for native dress in an RV park. I think we're going to fit in with this crowd.
Since purchasing the RV we have been attending garage sales to find the essential RV lifestyle items. I was thrilled to find a small electric coffee pot for only $2.00, but still have had no luck finding a few sets of unbreakable dishes that can also go in the microwave. We may not have dishes, but I do have a string of fish lights to hang on the awning.
Last weekend we thought we had sufficiently provisioned the RV to go on a shake down trip. We loaded up with food and beverages, made the beds, and filled the storage compartments with everything we thought we would need. At the last minute we remembered to get a pad of sticky notes and a pen to keep notes of all the forgotten items. We probably used that pad more than any other item on the trip.
We headed across the river to Washington state and learned our first lesson in RVing: make a reservation! The park at Plymouth was full, as was the next park 20 miles to the west. At that point we headed back to Oregon and decided we would just camp at Umatilla, a mere 5 miles from home. Unfortunately, Umatilla was celebrating Umatilla Landing Days and not only was the RV park full, but we got to practice driving our RV among hundreds of cars parked askew and wandering crowds of people looking for the festivities. We ended up spending the night at the RV park at Hat Rock.
Sunday morning Paul got up and made coffee and then said to me "I hate to ask, but did you pack coffee cups?" We added coffee cups to the list of things we needed, along with a fly swatter and bug repellent.
This weekend we learned how to make a reservation on-line and we purchased an America the Beautiful Senior pass that gives us 50% off the park fees. We stayed at Plymouth Park, just across the river in Washington state.
We are starting to get familiar with how everything works in the RV, although I'm still a little frightened of the toilet flushing! This morning I took my first RV shower, which reminded me of my showering experiences in England...a tiny little bathroom, odd plumbing, and low water pressure.
I drove the RV for the first time...only a few feet in the RV park, but it's a start. I think I'm going to like our little house on wheels.