Friday afternoon was the first opportunity on this trip to
- turn the engine off,
- have a few minutes of free time when we weren’t exhausted,
And it was eery. There were:
- No OHV’s.
- No ocean sounds.
- Just the still of the forest.
- There was Wisconsin Mucky Summer Humidity, also known as summer haze…
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. It’s just interesting how quickly what I spent a lifetime becoming accustomed to can suddenly (in comparison) become foreign! I don’t remember this much humidity. I love the silence of the forest, but I miss the sound of the ocean. The OHV’s — well, they’re just what they are: a joy to some and a nuisance to others — but they were ubiquitous where we just came from and the sudden absence is a bit mind blowing.
We slept Ok last night. It was hot like the previous nights — but seemed hotter. We have not yet twigged the best way to keep the coach at a comfortable night-time temperature/humidity level.
That wasn’t a problem on the Coast — it was cool EVERY night. And even though we might have kept the dehumidifier (freestanding – that we bought while we still had Journey to help control mold and mildew) running all night we never felt this kind of humidity.
You other RV’ers know that finding a comfortable temperature can sometimes be a sticky wicket. If you set the A/C warm enough to be comfortable with it blowing on you it’s not cool enough to sleep without waking. If you set it cold enough to sleep with you need blankets to keep you out of the breeze. You can turn off the A/C and just use the house fans, but we go to bed early and often the heat of the day hasn’t dissipated — so it’s still to hot when we go to bed, and just right when we wake up.
We’ll suss it out in time. And our technique will inevitably change as we move to other parts of the country. This would all be much simpler if we could just learn to stay awake later and get up later — but a lifetime of early to bed and early to rise has not been an easy habit to kill; and 10 months on the forest didn’t do anything to help when we sort of had a time to go to work.
And so it is that retirement is a period of adjustment; and RV’ing is a period of continual adjustment. If you want calm stability in your life, never buy an RV. But they can be SO MUCH FUN!
The Grand Scene
My mother was one to sit in her easy chair and watch the neighbors. She knew them all by name, knew their comings and goings, and commented on any deviation. That doesn’t sound complimentary but I mean no ill will — it’s just one of the things she did. Dad wanted to travel; Peg and I are living my FATHER’S DREAM to be sure. Mom’s priorities were different: there were local people she cared about and for and she needed to be near them. They traveled a good deal, but she never wanted to be away from home more than a couple weeks at a time; and when dad talked her into the rare 1 month long trip she was ready to be home after 2 weeks. And hope to heaven that no one had a heart attack or died while they were gone, that would have ruined everything.
Peg and I were driving down the road — someplace East of Worthington — and all around us were green, verdant fields and rolling hills and trees. I looked at her and said, “Now isn’t this better than sitting on your sofa in the living room and staring out at all the neighbors?”
Indeed. It is. At 55 mph on the Interstate life is quite luxurious in an RV. You are way up there — over the top of all those short cars.
The view near Chamberlain S.D.
At that speed you are moving slow enough that almost all the traffic is pulling away from you (so you aren’t having to hit the brakes or change lanes to pass). You aren’t going fast enough to really need to be super-vigilant — normal vigilance is OK. 🙂 In other words you can just enjoy being there.
The world stretches out in front of you…
We don’t need to travel a lot — but good gosh golly — it’s hard to get tired of this sensation — the world laid out in front of you like a … giant oyster … had to get in a little Coast humor seeing as this scene is so DRY!
This is getting back to the retirement we visualized. And the one we bought the bigger RV to enjoy.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and God willing and if the creek don’t rise (after all, we are along the Mississippi where there was flooding earlier this season) I’ll talk with you tomorrow. 🙂