Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Winter Camping Trip - Day-1 thru 3

Day 1 and 2
Well, we got here. But, it was a punishing trip.
My wife and I have made some long trips before, but with this one, we finally overdid it.

You see, we left Home in Florida at 3-AM, heading to Myrtle Beach, SC. My wife had an appointment with a Doctor of hers, so we detoured there and then we went through Raleigh, NC to pick up our grand-daughter. After that stop we continued on to our campsite in Lynchburg VA.

The whole idea was to save on a hotel room on the way up.

Oh, we traded off with the driving, several times, and we made a number of rest are stops just to stretch relax a little. But, we ended up spending over twenty hours in the car, just driving.

Never again! By the time we got to the camper, my son-in-law had everything set up for us, so we just unloaded the overnight necessities, but we were WHIPPED! And wound up on caffeine, of course.

We had a glass of wine, put on our PJ's and crashed for the night.

But, the next day, we were drained. Oh, we got up, had our coffee, turned on the TV for the news, going through the motions of normality but we had done more than our bodies wanted us to do.

Instead of hopping out of bed and doing all of those little things that we normally do on the first day in the campground, we just sat around like a pair of Zombies.

We had no energy. we were not hungry, and as we talked to relatives on the phone, we turned down ALL invitations to come over and visit.

We just didn't have it in us. So, we begged off, and did the couch potato thing until bedtime that night.

Now, this morning, our bodies and our brains had healed themselves. We were up bright and early, had our morning Coffee and then we ran a number of errands. We even visited a few people before we returned to our Camper. All was finally normal.

So, the question is, what did we save by not stopping over in a hotel room halfway up?  OK, we saved around $80-plus on the hotel room but we wasted a whole day of our camping trip, anyway.

My wife and I have talked it over and for us, it will definitely be in our plans to cut out the stop-overs. Oh, we got a lot done, and we are really enjoying having our grand-daughter with us, but marathon drives to our "second home camper" are definitely off of our list for the future.

As my wife said; We have camped all over the country, over the years, but we have no excuse for being so stupid. She added; We needed to start acting our age, and slow down.

Anyway, I will go out later and give the camper a good inspection during the daylight hours that are left because, even though the weather is nice and unseasonably warm today, starting tomorrow they are calling for afternoon rain and nighttime temperatures in the twenties for several days.

I want to be ready!

DAY-3 Weather and filling the Pantry

As you can tell by the photo our Day-3 started out dreary. If you look back in my older posts, I have this identical picture but then it was Autumn and the colors were fantastic.

But, its OK, I grew up here in Lynchburg, so I'm quite familiar with what a real winter of dormant nature is like.

 No Problem for me.

The weather itself, is crazy warm for this time of year, but I'm not complaining about that either.
In fact, just to show people that I now come from the tropical world of Florida, I waked around in shorts, a T-Shirt and flip-flops. The rest of the 'Burg was wrapped up as if they were just waiting for the next cold snap to hit.

Anyway, we got our fridge and pantry stocked up first of all and then we even visited our eldest daughter for a bit before we all split up.

My wife and daughters went shopping. (By the way, at some time in the future I want to write an article about this strange female phenomenon of running off to wander Malls and stores, as soon as they get together. Curious!)

My son, myson-in-law and I did the logical male thing. We went directly to a sports bar and had a very unhealthy lunch along with beer and "throw the shells in the floor" peanuts.

A much more logical use of bonding time, in my opinion.

Later, as we had all gotten back together, the guys and I tried to go over to a local Flea Market but that's when the showers started.

By the time we got there, the flea market field was 3/4 empty, so we turned around and went back to spend a little more time with the girls.

Later, my wife and I went back to the camper and spent an hour or so, setting up all of those little things that make a camper a little more "homey". Things like; pulling out Helens little throw blanket that she likes to have over her legs while on the sofa, and my distribution of reading glasses in strategic places around the camper (I am so blind close-up without my readers) for use when the need arises.

We set up our MIFI box, pulled out our iPads and plugged them up to charge, and finally, we just put on our pajamas and sat back with a little music playing in the background for an hour or so, as we caught up with our emails, etc.

Then it was; relax and watch a new DVD movie and then off to bed. We slept wonderfully with the sound of rain dripping on the camper roof through the night.

We did have to change one of our planned activities for the day, but we still might be able to get it done before we leave. Overall, considering we had a day that was half nice and half rain, it turned out OK.