What is wrong with this picture? No Roadtrek! My driveway looks so lonely. It is missing my Roadtrek and I am too. Right now it is at the dealers getting solar panels on and other things fixed. Tomorrow I pick it up. I am looking forward to that. I have missed seeing it and spending time in it while I get Miss Elsie, the cat used to it. I have not given up on a travel companion.
Thanksgiving is coming quickly. I am still adjusting to life as a single woman. I don't have anywhere I need to be for the holidays. What do I do? Well my friend, Nancy came up with a great idea and so we are leaving early Thanksgiving morning in my RT with the ultimate goal being Pinnacles National Park about an hour from Monterey, CA. I am glad we decided to venture out and do Thanksgiving our way. We will stop on the way north at Pismo Beach for Thanksgiving dinner.
This will be the first camping trip with someone else in the RV. I am a little nervous about it because I have gotten used to all my personal space in my RT over the summer. Now I have to share it with someone else. I think this is a good next step for me to do on a short trip to see how it goes. I think it helps that Nancy and I have been friends for many years and have traveled together before.
Here is my list of things to remember, that I have gleaned from many of the postings on the Roadtrek Facebook page and some of my own.
- Change drivers every 2 hours. Jim and I instituted this practice many years ago. It really helps prevent road weariness.
- Figure out how we want to split the expenses before we leave. Nancy will keep an extensive list of everything spent. She is just like that.
- Assign storage areas for each of us. That way they can be neat and tidy, or not.
- Only one person cooking at a time. To help with this we have divided our dinners up. Nancy will be responsible for one and I will be responsible for the other. We have decided to bring our own breakfasts and lunches. Nancy has a lot of special dietary requirements.
- Take turns doing dishes.
- Not everything needs to be done my way. Flexibility is a must. I have learned that over the years of traveling with this friend.
- Share my check list with Nancy so that she can learn about my RT too.
- Plan wisely the trip through the Los Angeles Basin. Since Nancy travels north on business a lot I have decided to let her be in charge of this part of the trip. I detest driving in LA and Thanksgiving seems to be the worst.
- Bring games. Scrabble and Bananagram are a must.
- Bring good music and books.
- Make sure the DVD's are not blu-ray.
- Remember to stop for the unexpected sights that might come up along our route.
- Take chairs so that we can sit outside if anyone needs privacy inside the RT. It is also nice to be comfortable around the campfire.
- And for me give thanks. Thanks that I have a wonderful friend and travel companion. Thanks for the big and small adventures in life. Thanks for my good health so that I can travel and marvel at places. Thanks for everything and everyone in my life. Thanks for the mystery.
- Do you have any to add? I am always up for more info.
What is your adventure for Thanksgiving? Whatever you are doing, enjoy, eat well and laugh often.