Did You Ever Have One of Those Days?

Driving in The US this summer

Driving in The US this summer

This summer I drove my Roadtrek Agile SS all over the country for 2 1/2 months. I love my Roadtrek and I take very good care of it. Today you would not think so. I successfully loaded a large board into it to take up to LA to my in-laws. With the help of my neighbors it was successful and is ready for the trip north on Monday.

Then I decided that I needed to level it in my driveway. I backed up and hit the upper left corner of my roof. Bang!!! There is a small bump in my RT and I blew out my back window on the passenger side. Arrgh!!!  I did get the window fixed but the bump is still there. Sigh. I am not feeling like a good owner at the moment. I try to convince myself that these are just things that happen but I am not very happy with myself. Sigh.

When things like this happen I have no one to commiserate with so I decided to do that with all of you here. This is when I miss my husband the most. He would not have been happy yet he would have supported me and help me see the big picture. I guess I have to try to do that on my own.

It has been one year since Jim died. I have done a lot. Mostly I handle everything well. I miss traveling in my RT. I have done a few local trips with friends for day hikes. This is a beautiful time  in southern CA. It is perfect traveling and camping weather.

Julian

Julian

The mountains are in their fall mode. Leaves are changing and the apples are in. There is a small town, Julian, about one hour east of San Diego. It used to be the second largest city in the silver and gold mining hey days. Today it is a small town that is known for it's apples and has some unique stores, apple pie shops and a hard rock gold mine you can tour. There are several wineries in the area. It really is a very nice area. I spent lunch on Wednesday there with a friend. We did some hiking and then ate a Jeremy's on the Hill, a farm-to-table restaurant. Yummy. And…it was my birthday. And….it was a much better day than today.

Jim & "The Slot"

Jim & “The Slot”

The Anza Borrego is calling and I soon shall be on my way out there. If you like deserts, this one is special. It is the largest state park in the US. There are wonderful canyons you can hike into and see palm oases.  San Diego is considered a bio-diversity hot spot in the United States. It is because of places like the Anza Borrego that the county has the above status. There are plants, trees, animals and bugs that only live in this desert. It is pretty unique. I really like the slot canyons. Sitting out under a natural night sky and looking at the stars is pretty amazing, too.





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I don't know if I feel much better but it is good to at least tell someone when I have a rotten day. Jim and I built two sixteen foot kayaks. When we had been using them for a month  and the paint was rubbed off in a few places, an owner of a local shop said that she was glad to see we were using the kayaks. Dinging them up shows they are used. Maybe I can apply that to my cute RT. Sigh.

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Janet in her red Kayak, Wander Woman

Jim in his Kayak, Ronan

Jim in his Kayak, Ronan

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21 comments

  1. I feel your pain. I travel with a Vintage Airstream trailer, and every time I go, at least one thing goes wrong. On my most recent trip, I was deep in the mountains when I got a flat tire on the camper. The spare tire was from 1970 and I couldn’t use it. Spent an entire day getting the flat tire off, driving an hour to the nearest town, getting a new tire, driving back, and putting it on the trailer. My camper also has some dents and dings in it from backing into obstacles. But I still love my Airstream, and take some pride in the fact that I travel alone. My dings are just reminders that I can always improve, do better, and I am living riveted!

  2. Morning Star

    Hi Janet, I don’t remember what the back corner of the RT’s are made of but I had a nice ding in my corner of the world once and took it to a no paint ding expert and he removed the ding in 30 min. He rolled it out from the inside with crazy little tools. It worked and the ding is totally gone. My husband once told me the same “a little wear and tear shows it’s well traveled” He saw things like that as a badge that things had been accomplished in life. I am proud of all of the girls out to take adventure at hand and live life to the fullest. I enjoy your articles they keep me in touch with the traveling life style when I am not able to go myself. Thanks Janet and Happy trails to you /*

    • Morning Star

      Hi Janet, I don’t remember what the back corner of the RT’s are made of but I had a nice ding in my corner of the world once and took it to a no paint ding expert and he removed the ding in 30 min. He rolled it out from the inside with crazy little tools. It worked and the ding is totally gone. My husband once told me the same “a little wear and tear shows it’s well traveled” He saw things like that as a badge that things had been accomplished in life. I am proud of all of the girls who take adventure at hand and live life to the fullest. I enjoy your articles they keep me in touch with the traveling life style when I am not able to go myself. Thanks Janet and Happy trails to you /*

  3. Laura H P

    I think your local shop owner was right: dings and scratches remind us that we are using our equipment. I guess that goes for aging as well…”dings” and grey hair and hobbles…means we’re using our “equipment.” Continued happy trails to you.

  4. Jennifer Fawcett

    Like you, I purchased my 1994 Roadtrek after my husband passed away. I found this little gem on Ebay; it had been owned by a retired couple, treated very kindly and garaged its entire life. Now, it sits in my driveway, baking in the Arizona sun. I have tried a couple of car covers, but they disintegrate within a couple of months of sunshine. There have been a few dings, scratches, screw ups and do overs; but with every mistake is a lesson learned. I found I *can* do this on my own! I still work (probably always will!), so my trips are limited to long weekends outside Phoenix; but there are so many places to go within a two hour drive, and the Roadtrek is perfect for that! Love the blog!

  5. Peter Liller

    Janet,
    Glad to see you on the road. Is there a way to follow your travels? I am also a solo traveler, and appreciate you sharing your experiences.
    PL

    • JanetA

      Peter
      I have my own blog which you can follow if you would like. It is
      journeysofthankfulness.wordpress.com
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Janet

  6. Hi Janet,

    My family has been going to Borrego Springs for 47 years (since I was a year old). We still own a house there although we all live in Texas now. It’s an awesome place!

    Safe travels. 🙂

  7. Sherry Hooker

    Hi, Janet. Belated happy birthday. I agree with others here, the dings and bumps mean your little RV is getting used, not put into a garage and kept pretty, but never appreciated. I think your Jim is smiling down on you with a heart full of pride. You keep rolling and don’t mind those bumps too much.

  8. Robert Dawson Sr

    Belated happy birthday janet i know its tough but your doing wonderful couping with the lost of your husband.Gods blessings and prayers as you journey on.Bob in Md

  9. Bill Sprague

    Janet,

    I was just there visiting the valley of despond. I was backing my Blizzard Pearl 4Runner out of a parking space at night when I heard the beep-beep of the backup warning and a bump. I’d backed into a black Honda Accord. I walked back into a the ice cream shop and asked who owned the Honda. A big guy and his son got up. We walked outside and determined we’d only traded a small amount of paint and he was satisfied he’s car was none the worse….. I received mercy.

    But, at 70, after 54 years of driving; my confidence was jarred (as it should have been) and I’ve not been as casual lately in my driving habits. I walk around my 4Runner to see what’s in the neighborhood, before I back out. Heck I had three mirrors and a backup TV and still did a bonehead thing. You have and excuse Janet. Your RT is much bigger! I have none.

    Now, we both better get back out on the road!

    Thanks,

    Bill

  10. Everyone has one of those days, sometimes even lots in a row. You are really doing well. Sorry about the ding in your RT, but no one will notice, the rest of it is just spectacular!