RV Adventures

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Memorial Day camping at Bird Creek Campground on Turnagain Arm – check out the handy, old-school leveling blocks!
My camp site at the Porcupine NFS Campground in Hope, Alaska, overlooking Turnagain Arm (Summer, 2019) Yep! I backed her in myself!

My PLAN, when I bought “Roada” in 2017, was to get comfortable with driving her and understanding all her various working parts (like dumping black and gray tanks, running the generator, backing her into campsites, etc.), and then take an extended trip down through Canada to visit my kids, grandkids and great-grands in Oregon and Wisconsin.

Maybe a daunting undertaking at my age, but I believe the saying, “If your dreams don’t scare you, you need bigger dreams.”

By the summer of 2019, I felt I was ready, but my ducks here at home just weren’t lining up, so I set my sites on the fall of 2020.

Hmm … the “fall of 2020”. Perhaps a poor choice of words. When the pandemic hit, my plans, like everyone else’s, were put on indefinite hold.

Of course, that didn’t mean I couldn’t still enjoy Roada right here in my own home state.

Taking advantage of sunshine, I relax outside the RV on an unusually warm 75° day in Valdez, Alaska. I am content to spin while the Dachshunds enjoy basking in sunny spots on the ground mat.

Ronni & Baxter in their RV play yard at a K9 Nose Work trial. Sterling, Alaska.

Too bad … so sad. “Roada” is winterized and hibernating until Spring. Dang.

December 2019; -3F. December 2020, December 2021 … pretty much same photo, different year. Sigh.

It’s becoming more and more of a reality to me that I may have “timed-out” on my ability, physically, to make that much longed for journey. I haven’t quite given up hope, but at 72 and recovering from a total knee replacement, a solo adventure of this magnitude is looking less and less likely. I haven’t given up, but I am trying to be realistic in my expectations. I really WANT to go.

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