Well it is always a bitter sweet moment when you get back home and finally have to unpack the trailer for the season
. We had a great time and the little bumps along the way are now the great stories we share with family and friends. Were sorry that we never got to Texas I guess the family there will have to wait another year to see if we blow in for a visit. As sit here thinking about the trip and the fun we had I would like to share a few thoughts.
The two night rule is crucial for sanity and relaxation.
My wife and I agreed early on that we would stay in a campground a minimum of two nights before we moved on. You really get to enjoy a place when you take time to find the rhythm of the place.
Most repair places only swap parts, not repair anything
. Our AC was a battle for the first half of our trip and we did worry if it would die during most of the trip. This is one of the reasons we did not get to Texas this year (to !@#$
HOT!!!). As we tried to get the AC looked at the reacquiring theme was we can replace that for you. Not, we can fix that for you. Luckily I am pretty handy so we managed to fix it ourselves this time.
Camping next to the Mississippi river is truly an honor
. I forget that the Mississippi river is a working river. To see the barges go by and wonder what they are carrying, and how they can move at one time is truly amazing.
Even during international there are still Airstreams out on the road.
While not every person we met in an AS was a excited to see another one of the aluminum crazy; it was cool to see them anyway. For those of you who are vintage, you know that being the oldest rig in a campground can be cool.
Detours make great stories.
We didn't plan to go to Tupelo MS then follow Elvis trial to Memphis just to sit on the banks of the Mississippi but we couldn't have planed a better vacation if we tried.
Its back to reality now and there are some "improvements" that we are considering.. Satellite in place of our vintage TV antenna, an upgrade to aa electronic ignition on the water heater or maybe a tankless unit, taking care of some sun burn spots on the clear coat, deciding if we need a new awning or go with the old till they completely fall apart, LED lights, painting the stove top.... well I guess you get the picture.
All I can say is that it is a privilege to live in a great country and to have time off to visit with others who feel the same way. Thanks to all of you in uniform or who use to wear the uniform.
Happy trails till we meet again,