We officially moved into the RV, or La Tortuga, 18 days ago and things have been…well…OK. Let’s just say there were still some loose ends and bugs to work out.
First stop: Frisco, Colorado
The first week away from home took us all the way to Frisco, Colorado, a mere 10-mile drive. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Turns out, packing away 14 years’ worth of stuff was a bit of a challenge. And that was after I downsized so many of our belongings over the past year! Anyway, we still needed a few days to wrap up a few things; purge the extra belongings hastily thrown into the RV, fix a few (a lot) of RV issues, install our solar and sell off our remaining assets, including our Ford Escape. You know…the little things!
From Frisco, we found our way North to Wolford Reservoir, just outside Kremmling, Colorado, a whopping 50-mile drive. We were really getting somewhere. OK, so we’re taking baby steps!
Still needing to work on our ‘To Do’ list, we were also in desperate need of some solitude where we could just breath, organize our minds and continue our projects in order to hit the road. Also, waking up to beautiful sunrises and fisherman trolling across the calm waters of the reservoir really helped us relax for the first time since leaving home. The time also offered me a moment to reflect on what was really happening…
We are living in an RV… like for real!
What’s also real is preparing to take your first hot shower inside the RV, only to discover no water flowing in through the nozzle. However, where we did find it flowing was in through the window seals after our first big rain storm. Just one more thing for the fix-it list! And topping my ‘favorites’ list about living in the RV so far? The fact you can hear every sound another member of your family makes. Sounds like chewing or farting…or breathing! Ugh! Did I really sign up for a year of this?
I have a funny feeling this will not be my last post about the woes of living in an RV.
Last Thursday, we drove La Tortuga south to the booming metropolis of Nathrop, Colorado, home of our good friends Mark & Kym, and just around the corner from our new land. This destination was actually planned well in advance as a final get together with close friends, spent hiking, jeeping and what else? You got it…barn dancing! So, it turns out the Little House on the Prairie is still alive and well in Nathrop. We just happened past a sign advertising the dance and we knew right then what our Saturday night plans would be. I mean who passes up the chance to square dance with a bunch of strangers? Certainly not us!
And what’s up with Noah during all of this?
Noah has been spending a lot of time with some of his best pals. He’s been boating, fishing, rock climbing, trampolining and most exciting of all, creating the best world possible in Mine Craft before video games cease to exist for him for the next year.
RV School is officially in session.
The official Jakoby RV Road School Program has officially become a reality. Oh my Lord! What were we thinking? I’ve always had a lot of respect for teachers, but I have now moved them up to saint status. Remember the show ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ Let’s just say I’m realizing I may not even be smarter than a 4th grader. I blame New Math! Needless to say, I think we’re all going to learn a lot this next year!
The Great Sand Dunes
We departed Nathrop this afternoon for the Great Sand Dunes. It was kind of a last-minute destination so no need for reservations, right? I mean, it’s Wednesday and kids are back in school. News alert! This is still a popular spot for everyone else in the world. We arrived to a “Campground Full” sign and we forced to find another site back in the opposite direction. That’s what you get for being spontaneous travelers, I suppose.
Lesson # 1: Always call ahead and check availability before driving into the middle of nowhere.
As always, be sure and share any great spots you’ve been to that you think we shouldn’t miss. And maybe call and check availability for us while you’re at it!