As we look back on Year One “Living our Dream”, we shout loud and clear, “This is a fabulous Lifestyle!” We have thoroughly enjoyed our new home and our travels through sun and rain, fog and clear blue skies, warm – even hot- days and cool to cold nights. We have travelled from hills to Prairies, from rocky shores and beaches to mountains and desert.
What we have learned:
· People everywhere are wonderful
· Water is the defining factor of RVing
· Always keep half a tank of fresh water
· Look for State/Provincial/County campgrounds and ask about potable water
· Turn water off at outside tap when you go out for a day, or if temperature is going to be below freezing at night
· You really do need 3-seasons clothing, and layers
· Before travelling check that all cupboards are securely closed
· Everything has a place, and has to be returned to it
· We don’t need 6 sauces for meats
· In Arizona and California during January and February, even if it is 80 degrees during the day, have a jacket ready when the sun goes down and the temperature plummets quickly
· It is OK to walk around the French Quarter in New Orleans with any beverage - as long as it is NOT in a glass container.
· Spring Break in the south US lasts for 6 weeks between California and Florida, and coastal campsites are hard to find
· There are not many rest stops on some US Freeways, and no restaurants or gas stations
· You can boondock at Flying J and Pilot gas stations, Casinos and most Walmarts [just check]
· With iPad and internet access to libraries, we don’t need too many real books
· Well-behaved children are great fun to watch in a campground
· Shop at Total Wines where possible for all your alcohol, from all wines to craft beers to liquors and liqueurs.
What We Miss:
· Fresh-squeezed orange juice from Longo’s and Galati
· Our specialty foods from Galati’s and McEwan
What We Regret: