Reader Ilse stops by for a visit!
The crew runs out to greet Maxwell aka Max, her ten-year-old golden retriever. I fumble with my camera until the moment is lost. Ilse walks up with a warm hello and while the crew and Max exchange sniff-greetings, Ilse and I immediately discover something in common — our beloved Keen footwear!
The canines’ initial excitement dissolves.
Hmm . . . very weird. Usually Spike is enchanted with a canine visitor. Heaven only knows why he gives the cold shoulder to his amiable and well-mannered guest.
Bridget takes up the slack. She gives Max a firm message via a yip in the face and her signature “evil eye.”
Ilse is the proud owner — and rightly so — of a red and white, 2005 Lazy Daze, which is parked here at Sidewinder Road west of Yuma.
Ilse’s home base is a cottage not far from the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sequim, Washington. She put it on the market in preparation for full-timing in her RV, but soon reversed that decision.
“One day I looked around and thought — I love my little house!”
We discuss the pros and cons of travel trailers and Class Cs. Ilse likes having a steering wheel inside her home. I like having the choice of leaving my home behind.
Ilse points out that her Lazy Daze is only 22-feet in length which isn’t much longer than the Best Little Trailer.
“Good point,” I remark. “And you have a quality rig with a Lazy Daze.”
Our conversation convinces me that Ilse has obtained the RV and built the lifestyle that suits her and Max perfectly!
Sunset comes early on this 21st day of December, the winter solstice. Ilse and I hug goodbye in the quickly waning light.
The next day . . .
The morning appears at our door like a friendly neighbor with warmth and sunshine. Condensation drips on the exterior of the Best Little Trailer. Living in the desert, one develops an acute appreciation for water, wherever it is found.
I move the stepladder over to the BLT and find an old towel.
Wiping the dirt away with the moisture on the fiberglass restores the PTV to baby freshness. Note to self: At the first opportunity replace the ugly cover for the spare tire!
I can recognize a potential wild goose chase.
In case you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned my eagerly awaited packages from Amazon, I went into Yuma to pick them up and didn’t. This is what happened . . . .
I get involved writing a blog post and eventually become aware that the day is slipping by. The crew and I rush to leave for Yuma. I have the UPS Customer Center’s address in my head, so I don’t need to bring my laptop and air card along.
Yuma’s traffic tangles and twists the PTV into loop-de-loops. I ask three different people for directions. I get three, widely varied responses, one of which is to drive ten miles, blah, blah, blah. Of all times not to bring my laptop! The after-work traffic increases in direct proportion to the decrease in my desire to be in it.
I pull into an IGA store, buy a few groceries, and hop back onto the interstate for home.
Not all of the items I ordered have arrived anyway. According to tracking info, everything will be at the UPS “hub” on Monday. I can wait until then to go there, and you can bet I’ll make sure I know where it is before we go.
I SINCERELY THANK ALL RVSUE SHOPPERS!
These links show a sample of recent Amazon purchases:
Melissa & Doug Maxwell Scottie
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
Camco “Little Red Campfire” Propane Campfire
Santa Cruz Dried Fruit Tray with Savory Nuts Gift Tray
Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer
Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games & Activities To Occupy 3-6 Year Olds
“REAR VIEW WINDOW”
In this December 2012 post I contemplate whether I should monetize this blog and I include some photos of me and the crew.