It Finally Happened
My dear sweet husband and I have joked around for years about getting an RV and traveling the country. We’ve laughed, poked fun and casually looked at campers whenever a camping show came to town, then two years ago for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary we drove to Idaho. We did a combination of tent camping and hoteling. We drove everyday exploring along the route, by the end of twelve days we were fed up with packing and unpacking the car. And we decided to get serious about an RV. That started a process of scrimping, saving, collecting RV brochures and visiting every RV dealer we came across, but we finally did it! Yay us!
When I posted our new purchase on Facebook one of my friends said, “Hey, you want to go to Glacier with us?” It took all of two minutes for the hubby and I to check our schedules and say yes. Who cares that we hadn’t even stayed one night in the camper yet or ever pulled camper 1,183 miles (one way), it would be an adventure. We’d better get a few trial runs in before we go.
Our first weekend took us three hours Northwest of home, at which point it rained the whole weekend. We still got out in the rain, did a couple of scenic drives, discovered Pottyville and of course hit Walmart for all the things we forgot. It gave us time to organize the camper and just relax in front of the TV watching movies.
Our second weekend we went North. It was a little drier than our first weekend, but we toured the area, did a little hiking and avoided Walmart. We dropped of the RV to get the leak and a few other small items fixed and talked about a new truck with a larger gas tank for our big adventure. The ironic thing about this is that during our search for the perfect travel trailer we were adamant that the campers weight had to comply with our trucks towing capacity, which it did. What we hadn’t considered though was the size of the gas tank and how little gas mileage we would actually get. To complicate the matter, we were down to four weeks before we had to leave for Glacier National Park.
New truck, check.
Food and clothing for a ten-day trip, (probably more like two weeks), check.
Photography gear, check.