After lots of packing and cleaning, both the RV and the Sarasota house, I’m back in my little traveling home. Last Sunday, I drove 500 miles from Sarasota, Florida, to the Athens, Georgia area, where I’ll stay for a month. It’s the perfect place to get re-adjusted: I’m familiar with the campground because I stayed here last November, and there’s a truly amazing mobile RV mechanic here who doesn’t mind when I call him on a Sunday with a stupid question!
Before I left Sarasota, I took the RV in to a local dealer to have them inspect the engine, do an oil change, replace the little awning topper on the slide-out, and flush the water system. Everything checked out, and we were both rarin’ to go!
The trip took me about 8 1/2 hours, including three quick stops along the way. I love to get on the road really early on a Sunday morning, like 4:30 or 5 am – that way, before I hit any traffic, I’m already halfway there. Maybe I like to do it that way because it’s what my parents did when we did car trips as a family, and it worked well. I get to my destination well before dark, with plenty of time to set up camp and put dinner together.
After a four month hiatus, I was kind of worried that I would forget everything Eric taught me about operating the RV. I had to do everything slowly and deliberately at first, but it all came back to me just fine. I knew I must be pretty comfortable with it when I was deep in thought, and then suddenly realized I was going 75 mph and passing a huge truck! And I set up camp just fine on arrival in Georgia, including slapping on some stickers which my thoughtful son gave to me for Christmas:
I love it here! My little campsite faces a pond so I have a lovely view and lots of privacy. Spring is here and the weather is PERFECT, in the 80’s during the day and 50’s at night. I keep all my doors and windows open so I can hear the birds all day, and the crickets and frogs all night. Probably about ten times a day, and also when I wake up during the night, I find myself saying out loud, “OMG, this is so friggin’ awesome!!”.
During the day, I work outside under the awning at the picnic table or in my comfy chair. I take long walks around the campground, chatting with people here and there. I’m in the middle of reading a long novel. I spent one day this week doing deed research at the Elbert County Courthouse in Elberton – more on that in another post. And I’m trying to finish up a series of genealogy classes toward earning a certificate, which I started a few years ago.
So, to quote my favorite Native American saying, my heart soars like an eagle these days. I get to be outside as much as I want, and do genealogy all day long – I am one lucky lady!!