Camping in 2015

It has been a busy year for us. We’ve traveled a lot through the USA. IMG_0957Here is a photo of our most current and new rig. I just took this photo two days ago in Ohio coming home from Western New York where we were visiting family.

Expanding Subjects – Thoughts on Writing

I expect to write a little more about writing and my hopes to write more as I go into a pre-retirement and post-retirement mode. I really enjoy the process and have been constrained by my busy schedule both work related and in my private life. As I slow down at work and eventually stop, I hope to fill some of that time with my writing.

I have a great story underway now. I enjoy it at least. I’ve stopped worrying about what others will want to read or buy. It’s a mistake in my judgement to try to write so others will be impressed or compelled to buy the story. First I need to write something worthwhile and enjoyable to read. If I do that, then perhaps others will want to immerse themselves in that story. But it doesn’t matter to me. I want to write it. That’s what matters.

So while I’m pre-occupied at the moment with my camping adventure, that will shift and become less interesting with time. I’m just enjoying it. Becoming totally involved in something – having the time and energy to do that – is a great pleasure to me. When the fun of doing the prep work and the first couple trips is behind us, then I expect that I’ll be looking around for a new thought to explore.

I expect writing to maintain itself though. It has now for a very long time. I can’t be sure that I’ll enjoy it as a major pre-occupation as I intend it to be, but until I give the writing and story creation a chance I’ll never know. It’s just an enjoyment to explore.

Forgot to Get Video or Photos

Beth and I put in a long day yesterday working on our camper. It was fun, but I was shot by the time we took the camper back to the storage area. Beth really worked hard on the outside. She was working on removing the oxidation from the gel coat finish, and did a great job. We’d started this a few weeks ago, and Beth got about half the trailer done yesterday. It’s a three step process we’re using: First is to remove the oxidation with a cutting pad and a special RV / Boat oxidation chemical. Second is a polish using another cutting pad and our Porter Cable buffer. Then we are applying wax after all that. It really changes the appearance in a good way.

I helped a little. I was working on other issues though. I got the flat panel TV installed and found a way to hook up the 12v system. The TV shipped with just two bare wires to install it. The TV fit really well size wise. I also installed a new digital antenna head for the existing antenna. It all is working well and I’m pleased. Can’t say that I really knew what I was doing, but I guess I knew just enough to get it all installed.

I also installed a new deep discharge battery. I am still trying to figure out the 12v system. It isn’t working so far. I may need to got to our friends at the RV dealership and admit that I don’t know what I’m doing. If I have to I will. Reluctanctly.

So all-in-all we had a hard day of work, but we had fun doing it and like to stand back and see the results of the hard efforts.

Sorry, but I simply didn’t remember to video any of this work. It probably wouldn’t have made a great video anyway, but I am trying to get more involved in capturing the images of events. We will try to post a couple videos from our first camping trip coming up soon. That ought to be more worth a look anyway.

Another Prep Day For The Trailer

Today we are bringing the trailer over to the house to put a couple more hours into preparations. It’s close now to our ‘maiden voyage’ and I have a few necessary tasks –  like checking on the propane and getting the tanks refilled. We also need to put a fresh battery into the smoke detector. Little, but important stuff.

the first run is to a State Park that’s not too far, and only for a couple days. Hopefully we have most things right, but we don’t have to worry if we forget an item. Having tent camped last year put us in a good place anyway. We already have gear that we can transfer from Tupperware tubs that we used and loaded into the truck bed, into the trailers drawers and cabinets.

i am mounting a little 19″ flat screen TV today. And I am upgrading the TV antenna for digital reception. I hope all that works – I’m not a real wiz at hardware installation. If you note a hint of anxiety, it’s there. I will do my best.

So all-in-all, it should be a fun and challenging day.

Fun Finder X – Getting Ready

I shot this little video a couple days ago. My wife and I are getting a small camping trailer ready for the summer. We bought it last winter and have been doing some work on it here or there throughout the early spring when the weather cooperates. Doing the reconditioning is work, but it’s also fun to see the improvements as we go.