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Why LuLaRoe Is Perfect For RV Living – Full-Time RV Living

When our plan for living full time and traveling in the RV came to fruition, the downsizing reality became quite pressing.  We have a small closet and a few drawers, and my clothes were not going to fit.  I had to be clever with clothing choices and make each article count.  Marissa from Less Junk More Journey did a video on a capsule wardrobe, and the concept intrigued me and made a lot of  sense for our small space.

 

I’ve always been fashion challenged and opted for clothing to hide my many imperfections.  When I worked for a medical facility, my clothing was neat, tidy, and very conservative business attire that adhered to a strict dress code (which included panty hose–an asinine concept when walking half a mile from the parking lot in 100-degree Florida weather).  When I started working from home, my daily wardrobe consisted of pajamas, baggy shorts, and oversized t-shirts.  I had mix-and-match pieces, but mostly a mishmash of stuff I didn’t need, would never wear, and were woefully out of date.  Did I really need that jumpsuit from back in the 80s?  What about the shoulder-padded dress I wore nine months pregnant twenty-five years ago? The dress from my senior prom could probably go, too.

By the time we hit the road, I learned about a clothing line called LuLaRoe that simplified my downsizing and storage dilemma.  There were pictures of women wearing patterned leggings with comments about how they felt like “buttah.”  I wasn’t too sure at first–I’m a generously shaped girl with lots of oddly placed curves, but I ordered my first pair and was instantly hooked.  They do feel like butter, and the patterns–way too cute and quirky.  The comfort of the clothing feels marvelous and the bright colors and unique patterns make me happy.   LuLaRoe has adorable and flattering tops to go with the myriad of legging and skirt colors.  There are so many different styles, and all of them mix-and-match to build a capsule wardrobe that can be dressed up or down and uniquely accessorized.  It’s a form of self-expression and creativity I didn’t know I was missing–and it’s liberating.

Here are some outfits that Tammy Spencer, my sweet friend and consultant, has shared with me along with photos of family members and myself.  The possibilities are endless.

As the photographs depict, it’s  all unique, colorful, attractive, and fun–for all sizes, shapes, and ages.  They also have children’s clothing for matching outfits for mommy (or grandma) and me.  It’s perfect for stay-at-home, on-the-go, or dressy-up days.

How is LaLaRoe compatible with RV living?  The leggings can be rolled up and take a very small space in a drawer.  The dresses, skirts, and shirts (perfect T’s are my favorite), are all lightweight and can easily be hung in a closet or folded in a drawer.  I can wear them hiking, walking and sightseeing, and I can put on a lightweight and comfortable dress for dinner out.  I love my LuLaRoe wardrobe and the colors, patterns, and styles make it unique to me.

In the picture below are all of my LuLaRoe articles.  They include twelve pair of leggings, two Carly dresses (casual dresses), five perfect Ts (tops), three Irmas (tops), and two Lindsays (shrugs/cardigans).   They all fit in one single drawer and are wrinkle-free when I pull them out.  There is even room for more.

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Out with the black, gray, and dreary clothing to hide my imperfections–and in with bright, happy, and comfortable clothes that fit my lifestyle and personality.

If this sounds intriguing, take a look at Tammy’s inventory.  Ask her questions about sizing, colors, matching, and flattering styles for specific body types and tastes.  She works with many consultants and has a knack for finding special pieces to complete a look or style.  Start with a pair of leggings, and the addiction will begin.

Meanwhile, I’m ‘Roe-ing’ my way to another exciting adventure today–colorful, comfortable, and casual.  What are you wearing?

Love, Dawn

 

 

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Who Needs a House Up On A Hill When You Can Have One On Four Wheels? – Full-Time RV Life

The RV lifestyle could not be put into words any better than Kacey Musgraves in her song, My House.  This is a little piece of RV living awesomeness.

 

Love, Dawn

 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Full-Time RV Life

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I received an exciting invite from fellow blogger and RV traveler, Andrea, from Everywoman to tour the beautiful and lush landscape of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  We were both in Austin, had a free day, and planned to enjoy some leisurely walking on the colorful trails through wildflowers, deep green woods, and grassy hills and fields.   At the entrance of the gardens, a greeter pointed out a nesting owl sitting high on one of the columns.  She has been greeting guests for the last three or four years.  It was impossible to get a good camera shot of her, but someone posted a very nice one here.

The pathways and trails (an example in photo below) were easily navigated and landscaped with native plants and flowers.  All of the gardens are in keeping with the dedicated mission of former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and iconic actress, Helen Hayes, to preserve the native plants and ecosystem of the region.

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The ecosystem has an abundance of wildlife indigenous to the region, including frogs, bugs, squirrels, rabbits, birds, and snakes.  Yes, snakes.  Andrea and I happened upon a diamond back rattlesnake warning visitors by its ominous rattling.  We skirted the reptile well outside the striking range, but it was a swift reminder we were traipsing through a world that did not belong entirely to us.  Needless to say, we toured the rest of the grounds with serpents in mind.  The photo below shows how well camouflaged the snake was on the edge of the path.

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The Wildflower Center is a place of learning about plants, ecosystems, landscaping, etc., and there are several classes and workshops for adults and children.  They range from integrated pest management, beginner and advanced landscaping, and even nature writing and photography classes.  At the McDermott Learning Center on the grounds, there is a lovely three-dimensional watercolor paper art display by nature artist Shou Ping.  Her intricate designs bring the outdoors inside, and are stunning works of art.

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I wish my photography skills were advanced enough to do the beauty of the Wildflower Center justice.  Below is a visual tour of the Center from the grassy prairies with cacti and wildflowers to the wooded areas and well-manicured landscaped gardens.  Imagine the sweet chords of giant wind chimes carried in the breeze and enjoy the calming elegance that only nature can provide.

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Our day at the Wildflower Center was relaxing and invigorating followed by a leisurely lunch with great conversation and camaraderie, and I’m so grateful that Andrea extended the invitation.  Please check out her blog here.

Until the next beautiful adventure,

Love, Dawn

Sam’s Bar-B-Que in Austin, TX – Food for the Stomach and for the Soul – Full-Time RV Life

 

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Samsbbq_004Are you looking for a place with tremendous barbecue and a soulful experience?  Sam’s Bar-B-Que at 2000 East Twelfth Street in Austin, Texas, will fit the bill with a whole lot of extra tender loving care.  We met local family members to experience Sam’s unique style of smoked meats and delicious sides.

Sam’s has a full barbecue menu with chicken, brisket, ribs, sausage, etc., along with all the savory side dishes.  The food was amazing–absolutely no doubt.   The service was friendly, warm, and delivered with lots of genuine smiles.  My chicken was moist, tender, and filled my belly with that comfort feeling after a home-cooked meal made with pure love.  In fact, love is what I would say Sam’s is all about.

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While the food was amazing, we also enjoyed a conversation with Sam, who is actually Mr. Brian Mays, an actor and comedian, and self-proclaimed changed man (video below).  Mr. Mays blessed us with his conversation and even gave Mike a tour of his smokers.  Mr. Mays starred with Nicolas Cage in the movie, Joe, which was released in 2013.  He has had roles in other movies, as well.   His red carpet interview at the movie premier at South by Southwest in Austin can be seen by clicking here.  Mr. Mays has personal charisma, gives a wonderful hug, and is full of real-life wisdom.  I won’t even attempt to write his words for fear of not giving them proper justice, so a portion of his talk with us is below:

Mr. Mays’ barbecue establishment has been in Austin for 30-plus years.  As he states in the video above, his life has taken many turns and taught him wise lessons, which he is open and free to share with anyone willing to listen.  His sincerity and heart shine through his food, his conversation, and his laugh.

Please stop by Sam’s Bar-B-Que when in the Austin area.  It’s a stop you won’t regret.  You’ll be met with smiles, laugher, stories, and food that fills you up like no other love food anywhere.

Thank you, Mr. Mays, for the warm and friendly welcome.  Wishing you many years of success to you and your beautiful family.

To sign off, here are words of wisdom Mr. Mays shared:

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What an inspiration.

With love, Dawn

 

 

Say What? A Chicken Sanctuary? – Full-Time RV Life

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Yes, that’s correct–a chicken sanctuary.  Farm Street in Bastrop, Texas, is a safe haven for roosters and hens that have been roaming the area for over 150 years.  The birds are self-sufficient and are legally protected by a city ordinance passed by Bastrop City Council in 2009.  The fowl forage for their own food and run amuck at will on Farm Street, including the lawns of the folks who reside there.  The speed limit is set around five miles per hour so drivers do not accidentally hit the free-roaming chickens.  There are no fences keeping the large roosters and their hens within the sanctuary.  If the chickens roam outside of the area, they are allowed to be captured (here chicky, chicky, chicky).  Is it ironic that KFC is only two blocks away?  A perk for the residents within the sanctuary is the legal ability to collect eggs for their personal use.

I found this street entirely by accident while looking for a geocache.  I had to stop several times so the chickens could safely cross the road.  The humongous fowl moved slowly and were quite cocky (get it?) and proud the street was totally theirs.

While I waited for the colorful roosters to reach their destination, I pondered the age-old unanswered question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”  I asked a nearby rooster, and all I got was a resounding cock-a-doodle-doo.  It seems the answer is as safely guarded as a chicken’s life on Farm Street.

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Until the next odd encounter,

Love, Dawn

Geocaching As A Hobby – Full-Time RV Life

“Cache In Trash Out” is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world.

I’m not sure exactly where I first heard about geocaching, but curiosity recently led me to Geocaching.com to obtain more information.  My retirement status afforded me extra time, and I needed an outdoor hobby that provided an additional way to make our trips memorable.

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This is a travel bug–unique number so it can be logged and it’s whereabouts tracked.

The gist of the pastime is to find hidden geocaches (or treasure) via GPS coordinates.  They can range from small magnetic micro-tubes, film canisters, empty pill bottles, watertight plastic containers, ammunition boxes, fake rocks, or anything the imagination can conjure.  These containers can be hidden in remote natural places, cemeteries, roadsides, city parks, underwater, high in trees, or in busy populated areas like the New York subway.  They can be found virtually anywhere.  Each container holds a log that is to be signed and returned as written proof the “cacher” found the “cache.”  Generally, there is a little keepsake treasure inside.  The honor system is used to take a souvenir and leave one of equal or greater value for someone else.  The container is then re-hidden in the exact same place for the next person to find.  Sometimes the container can hold a ‘trackable,’ that is purchased through the website and given a unique code, logged on line, hidden in a cache, and then travel from geocache to geocache as it is found and re-hidden.  The ‘trackable’ can be traced and a person can see all the places it visits.

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This is my meager collection of cache “swag” I’ve found so far.

I started at Geocaching.com and signed up using my unique username, RandomBitsRV, and then downloaded a back-up app called Cachly.  I was delighted to see there was a geocache hidden about a mile from our campground.  My first priority was a visit to Hobby Lobby to get tiny treasures to leave in the containers I find.  I chose tiny silver and gold key charms and fuzzy little birdies (the kind put in Easter baskets).

geocacheI was excited to search for my first treasure.  Armed with my cross-body purse filled with my goodies and a pen for log signing, I set out of the campground on foot to walk the mile along the road to the hidden treasure.  I had both apps open–Geocaching and Cachly.  As I got closer and closer to the area off the road and meandering into the ditch, I started to get a little nervous.  What if the police stopped and asked what I was up to?  A determination took hold and I didn’t care.  My goal was to find that treasure. The app said it was the right spot, but there was nothing but a rusted fence, a high-voltage underground cable warning sign, a huge fire ant pile, and soggy earth beneath tall grass and wildflowers.  I was stooped over and looking intently around for–I had no idea what.  A car approached and slowed down, and I pretended to take pictures of the wildflowers until the car passed.  I resumed the visual search, trying to stay out of the ant pile and looking under small rocks and around the fenceposts.  Then I found it!  I let out a girly squeal of delight and made a “whoop whoop” motion with my hands above my head.  I took out the tiny log, signed it, and looked to see what goodies I had to choose from.  The only item in the cache was my first treasure-to-keep–a miniature pink pair of sunglasses.  I left a little golden key, twisted the top on the container so everything would stay dry, and put it right back where I found it.  I traipsed out through the ditch and back up to the road for the hike home.  I felt victorious–and totally hooked on the whole process.  It wasn’t the treasure that was exciting, it was the challenge of locating it.

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My first ammo box

Since my initial find, I have located ammo boxes in a state park and nature preserve, even though they took me literally hours to locate.  I’ve left one trackable and collected other little keepsakes.  I’ve found tiny boxes where no “treasure” was exchanged.  I even found a canister at a used car lot with only a log book and a lonely dime.

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Ammo box in “the wild”

My sister-in-law, Jackie, invited me to go to a park near Lake Travis in Austin where she enjoys peace and quiet while my brother-in-law, Phil, goes SCUBA diving with friends.  I pulled up the app and found there were three caches in the park, two of which were underwater and required SCUBA skills (I do SCUBA, but didn’t have plans to dive that day).  I was explaining the concept to the divers, who asked where the underwater caches were.  I gave the coordinates and directions and off they went on their dive.  Jackie and I thoroughly searched for the single cache above the water line, but neglected to find it.  As the divers came up out of the water, the excited “muggles” (check out that term) explained they found the empty cache 70 feet below the water’s surface.  That was a very cool find by proxy.

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These handsome “muggles” found their first cache 70 feet below the surface of Lake Travis.

I’m in my infancy at this past time, but it is challenging and fun.  Caches are everywhere, and I’m always checking to see which ones are in the immediate area.  I have a couple more travel bugs (trackables) to place, but I want to do it with my goddaughter and nieces and nephews–they’ll get a kick out of finding treasures and seeing where their goodies travel.  It’s a brilliant team-work family activity.  I usually search solo, but Mike has been a big help on an occasion or two.  Our coolest find was in a neglected cemetery nearby.

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A sweet find at a cemetery from the 1800s – Geocaching is everywhere!

It’s a wonderful way to explore our environment, get a little exercise, leave it cleaner than we found it, and challenge the brain.

Until the next treasure,

Love, Dawn

Visit to Downtown Bastrop, Texas – Full-Time RV Life

We find the sweetest surprises by accident.  Exploring an area can be intentional, especially when doing a Google search on ‘what to do when in _____.’  It may be a museum, an aquarium, botanical gardens, state park, or some historical site unique to the area.  Planning the visit and executing the follow through is fun, but the more unique gems happen by a pure stroke of luck.

Our campground is between Bastrop and Austin, Texas.  We hadn’t gone into Bastrop proper since we had arrived from Houston.  There had been wildfires two years previously that destroyed a big part of Bastrop County, and we weren’t sure if the area had fully recovered from the damage.

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On a drive to take care of some personal business, we ran across the historical section of Bastrop.  We hadn’t ventured too far off the highway up to that point, so the quaint little town was a pleasant surprise.  Main Street was filled with small locally owned businesses.

 

 

We spotted a place to park directly in front of the Main Street Cafe, located in the heart of historic downtown.  The cozy hardwood floors and bistro-style seating were welcoming, and the food was absolutely delicious.  The breakfast casserole was hearty and comforting–especially since we were still recovering from the flu.  The coffee bar was convenient, and we had our second cup of coffee while discussing our future travels in the relaxing atmosphere.   Daily specials are on their Facebook page.

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Just next door was Simply Sweet.  It was my birthday, and the irresistible cupcakes were calling my name.   We had the opportunity to talk to Steven and Sheila, the owners, and learned so much about Bastrop and places to check out while there.  The cupcakes were so beautifully decorated and displayed, it was an arduous task to choose the flavor of cupcakes to take home. When we took our first bite, we were hooked. What a decadent treat.  The peanut butter cupcake was an explosion of yumminess (so was the cookies and cream, the chocolate, the strawberry–well, you get the picture), and I’ll definitely stop back in before we leave.  Thank you to these talented bakers for the conversation and the birthday treat.

We ran into another jewel called the Roadhouse (do not confuse this with the mediocre Texas Roadhouse chain) on the outskirts of Bastrop.  We stopped on a whim and empty stomachs.  Mike got the jalapeno burger while I had the avacado burger, and we didn’t regret it.  Seriously, the very best burger ever.

I fell in love with this small Texas town and will miss it when we go on to our next adventure.  There are so many unique things to do and see, but the people are what make it such an attractive place to visit.  Stop and say hello to these warm and friendly folks who make visitors feel right at home.

Thank you for the welcome, Bastrop.  We will be back.

Love, Dawn

P.S.  I’ll leave you with words of wisdom displayed at the Main Street Cafe:

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Review of Willow Lake RV Resort in League City, TX – Full-Time RV Life

We spent 30 days at the Willow Lake RV Resort in League City, Texas.  It was our first month-long stay.  Using our five points of reference for reviews, I hope the following is a fair and honest review of this park from our perspective.

1.  Price Point, Cleanliness, and Appearance.

The park was extremely clean and well kept.  There was a beautiful lake with waterfowl, turtles, and fish.  The landscaping was neat and colorful.  The price point was around $650 per month for back-in sites and $700-750 for pull-through/lakefront with an allotment of kilowatts of electricity.  We booked the lower-cost, back-in site since the lakefront was full.  To give an example of how close together the sites were, putting our awning out provided shade for our neighbor’s sewer and electric hookup.  The higher-priced sites may have had an additional two to three feet more room between rigs, but the draw was pull-through/lakefront. There was no room for any outside personal space to sit and relax or outdoor grilling.  All of the sites are simply too close together.  The website photos show only pretty areas of the resort and no images of a fully booked park.

2.  Ease of Entering and Exiting the Site and Access to Hookups.

We arrived in the dark after hours and the resort layout was difficult to navigate.  We had to circle around two times to locate the site and get the right angle to park the motorhome.  Mike is an expert at getting the rig into tight places, but this was exceptionally challenging due to the tight space and avoiding obstacles.  The hookups were in new condition and easily accessible.

3.  Amenities/Wi-Fi.

This park had excellent Wi-Fi.  We used Willow Lake’s Wi-Fi the entire time for personal device use and watching YouTube videos.  The other amenity we used was the gym.  The exercise equipment was in excellent/new condition, but the room was very small and the video surveillance was disconcerting (the video cameras were on a computer display at the front desk in full view of arriving guests, etc.).  There was a beautiful patio area behind the front office building with a lakefront view and boardwalk for fishing, and it provided comfortable seating and large gas fire pits for small gatherings.  There were two modest pet areas with provided clean-up bags. We enjoyed the 0.6-mile stroll around the lake and walked several laps during the day.  The resort had a unique dog washing area with warm water and dog shampoo provided.  There was also a community room and a theater room with a big screen and six movie-style chairs.  The laundry facility was clean with new machines.  They did have a very small pool, but it was off season.

4.  Friendliness of Staff.

We did not arrive during office hours, so our contact with the office staff was the next day. They were somewhat curt, but that was the only interaction we had with them other than equally curt mass e-mails about speeding in the park and intermittent water outages.

5.  Will We Stay Again?

This park was new and had beautiful amenities, but the sites were too close together for our personal style of RV living.  The price point was too high for the value.  We will not stay here again if we are in the Houston area.

In summary, the resort was close to just about everything and we accomplished our must-sees while staying there.  Most other RVers in the park seemed to be seasonal workers so it was extremely quiet throughout the day.  We did have a memorable encounter with a neighbor while we stayed there–read about it here, but that is no reflection on the park or its staff. While Willow Lake RV Resort was not a fit for our individual needs, it was clean, quiet (for the most part), and convenient.

Please offer feedback on this review.

Thank you,

Dawn

 

Our Top Five Considerations In RV Park Reviews – Full-Time RV Life

“… You never know what you’re going to get.”   —Forrest Gump

Choosing a campground can sometimes be challenging.  The valuable reviews done by fellow RVers are a big part of our research before booking in an unfamiliar area. We utilize several different avenues for finding parks or resorts–Google, All-Stays, state parks, RVillage or Facebook group recommendations, Good Sam, Passport America, etc.  There are several other sources to choose from, but experienced RVer reviews carry tremendous weight.

The following are our top 5 desires in researching a campground to park our 40-foot Class A.   We use these criteria when reading reviews on campgrounds and they are our top five when writing a review.  Please note that we do not currently boondock because of work, so these are for RV parks only.

1.  PRICE POINT, CLEANLINESS, AND APPEARANCE

You get what you pay for.  Sometimes it can be a steal, and others a total bust.  Is the campground clean and well-kept?   Are the facilities updated and maintained?   It’s our home for the next few days, so it’s okay to be picky.  Sometimes pictures on line are deceiving and reviews can make or break the decision.

2.  EASE OF ENTERING AND EXITING THE SITE AND ACCESS TO HOOKUPS

Although we try not to arrive at a campground in the dark, it does sometimes happen. Easy maneuverability through the park and access to our campsite is significant, especially if backing into the site.  Hookups should be in good repair and easily accessible.

3.  AMENITIES/WI-FI

We are currently bare-bones and no-frills because we are targeting campgrounds close to family. The fancy amenities may be more important to us in the future.  Does it have a pool? A dog park?  Do they provide a gym? Are the laundry facilities in good repair and clean?  Can the rig be washed while parked?  Is there a community room for activities?  Are there picnic tables and ample room at the site for outdoor cooking and visiting?   Is the wi-fi strong?  Beware, the answer to the last question is, for the most part, a big resounding, “NO.”  They may advertise free wi-fi, but it is usually extremely slow and unreliable.

4.  FRIENDLINESS OF STAFF

Friendliness goes a long way in engaging customers.  RV campgrounds are no different.  If someone at the front desk is sour and put-upon, it sets the tone for the entire stay.  If the escort to the site is gruff and grumpy, it makes us want to keep on driving through and go to the next campground on the list.  How do they address a problem?  Do they enforce the park rules?   Basically, are they welcoming?

5.  WOULD WE STAY AGAIN?

That’s the most important question.  Did we enjoy our stay?  Was the location central to everything we wanted to accomplish?   Were the utilities constant and reliable?  Did we make friends?  There is always a chance we’ll be back since family is nearby, so the decision to keep a campground on our favorites list means we really loved it.

There are other things to take into consideration.  Are there partial or full hookups?  Is the park family friendly?  Do they allow our breed of dog?  Is it in the city or more of a nature park?  Do they allow golf carts or other ‘toys?’  Those are considerations paramount before considering booking  a reservation.  RVers should have their  list of requirements when researching places to stay and share their review of RV parks so others can be informed.

What’s on your list?  Are there additional requirements important to you when reading reviews?  Please share them so I can provide more thorough opinions on the RV parks we visit.

Until the next time,

Dawn

 

“Mooch-Docking,” Leaving Houston, and Saying Goodbye to Dear Friends – Full-Time RV Life

MOOCHDOCKING:

Mooch: To get or take without paying or at another’s expense; sponge:

Boondocking:  Staying in parking lots/natural areas for free.

…Urban Dictionary/Dictionary.com

When we decided to go full-time RVing, we had an extensive list of all the places we wanted go–Oregon, Washington, Alaska, the New England States, the Great Plains, and so many others.  It was difficult to choose an initial destination.  We decided to get our feet wet by taking a year and visiting areas close to family and friends while gaining experience and knowledge about living on the road, manhandling our budget to a comfortable range, and finding our daily groove with work/life balance.

Our adventure began in the parking lot of the Cummins dealer for repairs.  We then moved on to Alabama to stay at a quiet little RV park where we met up with Patrick from The Paddy Wagon.   It was sad to say goodbye to the new friends we’d made at each location.  Our next stop was Houston, Texas, where we got to visit with long-time friends Bobby and Tammy.   We were there to await a surprise cruise for Mike’s parents’ 50th anniversary and meeting people at the airport coming into Galveston/Houston for that special occasion.  We stayed in a campground that was in close proximity to our friends and activities we wanted to do in the area.

Good friends are hard to find

ones that open their home and hearts

without asking for anything in return is close to impossible.

We did have a couple conundrums to work through.  What would we do with our motorhome while on the cruise?  Do we keep it in the RV park?  Do we find a storage spot for seven-day duration?  Here’s where good friends came to the rescue.  Bobby and Tammy offered their ranch for storage that week and let us continue to stay until we departed for Austin.  Not only did they extend hospitality for our RV, but they also opened their home to guests coming as a surprise for the anniversary celebration. Good friends are hard to find–ones that open their home and hearts without asking for anything in return is close to impossible.  We are blessed, because our friends love us (and vice versa).

Below is a video of Mike pulling into Camp Bobby and Tammy:

 

Mooch-docking is distasteful to me–not to mention, mooching is just, well, not a very nice term.  However, this experience was amazing because we got to spend time with friends and family.  Tammy has decorated her backyard patio unto a sweet oasis with a fire pit and comfortable seating.  It was peaceful to sit there with a morning cup of coffee and visit with Tammy and guests.  We could watch the horses frolic in the pasture and the dogs scramble for a prime “mark spot” in the backyard.  We also enjoyed the time of laughter and fun while playing board games and vying for first place in friendly competition.  There were also short trips to Buc ee’s, shopping, and visiting local restaurants.

Bobby and Tammy were wonderful hosts and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.  It was a challenge to sneak around and find their favorite wine and liquor and small little things they would enjoy as thank you gifts, but that still feels inadequate.  They made our time in Houston memorable and we can’t wait to visit again.  (I promise it won’t be in your front yard, Tammy.)

This lifestyle is amazing–we can pick up and go to the next destination any time we want, but Houston was hard to leave.  I’ll dearly miss my conversations with Tammy, relaxing on her patio, and deepening a lasting friendship.

Austin was in the front window as we left Houston behind.  Although I’m not going to think about it now, it’ll be just as hard to leave Austin when it’s time.   I guess we’ll leave pieces of our hearts wherever we go while we build these marvelous memories.  The positive is the excitement of returning and picking up where we left off–without skipping a beat.

The best things in life

are the people we love, the places we’ve been,

and the memories we’ve made.  

…Unknown

With thanks and gratitude,

Love, Dawn

 

 

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