Me and My Travel Trailer, Episode 5

I thought for the few of you who followed my RVing adventures last fall, that I would post an update. I believe I have gone out camping now four times since I last posted. I’m losing count, and that’s a good thing. I am happy to report that I have made much progress in learning the skills needed for towing and using the little travel trailer.

In fact, last week, when I was hitching up the trailer for Grandson and I to go for a few days at a Florida state park, Grandson said, “You’re gettin’ a lot better at this, Nana.” Since the boy is not given much to praise, I was impressed, and so proud.

I have learned what to bring on a camping trip to make me comfortable. I have learned what equipment I like, as opposed to much that is recommended. For instance, I still have not figured out how to work the electronic tire monitoring contraption that many people (men) insist is a requirement. And I like blocks of real wood for supports, not plastic.

I have learned that while I like to see the fancy ‘glamping’ other women create–such beautiful and inviting decorating!–I don’t want the work involved. How funny to find I am a minimalist when camping.  I want to get where I’m going and get out on a hike. Another thing I’ve learned–I like to hike. Long walks where I figure out problems with the plot of my current WIP (work-in-progress) or simply soak up the quiet and beauty of nature.

I have learned I am more capable for many things than I have before imagined. Repeatedly I have to solve little glitches, and when I cannot, I have learned that I can ask for help. And campers are the most helpful people! Usually the instant I begin to back into a camping spot, a man will walk over and politely ask if I want help, to which I answer with my best Southern-girl smile, “I can use all the help I can get.”

I’m a lot better at backing up, too!

If there is something you want to do, get out and do it. Don’t worry about knowing everything; you will learn along the way. There is light for each step. If you find you don’t like doing whatever it is, you can always stop. But at least you will have found out.

Blessings,
CurtissAnn

12 thoughts on “Me and My Travel Trailer, Episode 5

    • Anne, I had gone out Monday with my grandson, 11 yrs. old. While we did have some good times, and wonderful hiking, things in the kayaking department didn’t go so good, so we came home early. I went back out again for some alone time. LOL!

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I love hearing about your travel trailer adventures, Also, i find your adventures to be so inspiring!! I retired a couple years ago, and I know that most of my friends thought that Hubs and I would sit around, playing on computer and reading. But, inspired by people like you, we have gotten out and about, “exploring”, as I like to call it. Thanks again for posting, and yes, I agree this would make a great book!!

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    • Lynn, I laugh at the idea of being retired and having nothing to do. When my husband retired, he was so busy that he wondered how he ever worked. Now that I’m alone, my little travel trailer gives me an escape from the never-ending responsibilities. Well, I must trade one set of responsibilities for another. 🙂

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  2. We full-time work and travel in our RV and absolutely love it–I love that you are out there doing what you love whenever you have the chance. I often wonder if I’d do this alo if anything horrible would ever happen–and I have to say I definitely would. This lifestyle teaches me something about myself every single day. Safe travels to you! Dawn

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    • Stepping out solo has at times seemed to be more than I can manage. I tell myself to stay in the ‘now’, and when needed, assistance has always arrived. You are right–I am learning about myself. Well, even here at home, I’m learning about myself. Widowhood is a whole ‘nother country. The greatest lesson is on trusting God and His Spirit’s voice. So far so good.

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  3. I hope you write a book about this–either fiction or non-. I think it’s so interesting and keep wondering–I’ll bet a lot of us do–if I could do this if I were on my own. I’m loving “Travels with CurtissAnn.”

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