Hashtag: RV Life

One of our super-cool dockmates at the marina curates a hashtag-boat-life Facebook group for sharing the less glamorous, less sought-after moments of boat ownership and living aboard. And it’s great! Too many people see only sunsets and sundowners when they think boats ... and end up pretty disappointed after purchasing their “paradise.”

The same phenomenon happens with RVs, but honestly, RVs entail less work, less to-the-death [of the problem] mechanical warfare. RV life, for us, at least, means simple, bright, and happy. (Okay, yeah, there was the whole water-pump/bucket thing in Yankton, but honestly, that stuff just adds to the adventure.) So here’s my reverse-reverse hashtag-RV-life post ... the one that sings the praises of a rolling world sans TV, to-dos, and too much:

🌸 RV-ing means leisurely reading for me. The TV doesn’t get much use. But the benches, gliders, and lounge-y seats of the campgrounds see lots of use for morning and evening reading time. Roadtripping also means bringing stories to life. I took the Pryde to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last summer, did Mackinac Island, learned about Victorian-era author Constance Fenimore Woolson (a close friend of Henry James), read a collection of her short stories, visited a monument to her on the island, and recently finished a great bio on her. In a similar vein, we did so much Old West and Texas-history touring this past year, reading books like The Blood of Heroes (the Alamo), Empire of the Summer Moon (Quanah Parker and the Comanches), Libby Custer’s bio, and Three Roads to the Alamo. In South Dakota, it was a book that covered pioneer prostitutes in the Black Hills, and then Fred Bear’s bio and tale of bow hunting. RV-ing brings history and legends to life. I know I say this stuff all the time, but it’s too great not to repeat!

🌸 The world’s awesomest showers. For some reason, showers aboard RVs rock way harder than showers anywhere else! Maybe it’s the lack of a hot-water regulator. Maybe it’s the weird little skylight overhead. But in both the class As I’ve had, the showers have been amazing.

🌸 Walking. RV-ing, campgrounds, and state parks mean fantastic evening strolls, the kind of after-dinner passeggiata that rights everything that may have gone wrong during the day. Maybe a state-park trail beside a river beckons. Maybe the campground sits around a pretty pond and the other units sport interesting flags and decorations that make great conversation pieces. Maybe a line of fellow campers walking dogs means smiles and greetings exchanged. Whatever the setting, the walks rock.

🌸 Chores that aren’t. The “dirty work” of RV-ing, generally, isn’t that bad. RVs are way easier to maintain than boats. The everyday chores are easy, happen in the sunshine, and can become little rituals shared by the team. Sure, when we drove back from South Dakota, it rained so hard we wondered if the sky could run out of water. We had to set up power and water in an absolute downpour in Oklahoma. I had to take the dog out in a deluge to do his business. But afterward, we could dry off, snuggle in, and enjoy the coziness of the unit, all warm and settled. Even the tiny roof leak I discovered wasn’t that big a deal. Easy fix for the Bosun (uh, yes: it totally helps to have a husband who defines himself as “building things” and “improving things”).

🌸 History, history, history. This point dovetails with the reading. Life makes a little more sense when one understands the past. And the past makes a little more sense when one has gotten to “see” it. So hitting up places like the battlefield at Vicksburg, the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, and Tombstone have have made the Civil War, the Texas Revolution, and the Old West come to life.

(⬆️⬇️Monuments at the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi.)

(⬆️ Presidio La Bahia at Goliad. Site of significant massacre of Texian troops during Texas Revolution.)

(⬆️⬇️ Old Tombstone, Arizona, of OK Corral Fame, and the town’s Oriental Saloon, where Wyatt Earp owned a share of the gaming tables.)

Okay, I can think of a ton more points to add to this list, but I’ve got to spend more of this Saturday with the Bosun, not blogging! 😋 Happy adventuring this weekend!

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