We are really starting to settle in to our Grand Design Reflection travel trailer. Here are some interior photos and one more outdoor shot!
So it has been a whirlwind three weeks, but we are finally settling in. Our road trip down to Florida was beautiful even though it was rushed. I am so glad we saw Shenandoah, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Savannah and Charleston! I can highly recommend all of them.
There were some hiccups along the way. We hit a huge pothole in NJ that cost us $400+ due to a back wheel issue. We could not fit in the Adams Inn’s reserved parking spot (actually an old, small garage) in DC, so had to drive on to Shenandoah. And Craig’s bike was stolen from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground last night. Very aggravating since we use the bikes often. Scary since we were in the RV when the thief cut our cable lock and took it!
They (Disney management) are giving us a golf cart for a few days until it is all sorted out, but looking at posts online it is an ongoing issue. Even the Magic Kingdom has fallen prey to thieves. Sad.
Otherwise, we love the RV so far and have nearly everything set up the way we like it. Can’t wait to start applying to Yellowstone and Grand Teton jobs next week!
Just three more days and we are off on our road trip to Florida. We are keeping a close eye on hurricane Irma and hoping she goes out to sea. We have a lot of friends and family in Florida and are pretty nervous right now. Our RV is sitting on a lot in Tampa, so our fingers are crossed it will weather the storm.
As you can see from the pictures we have gotten rid of most of our furniture and belongings. A few things will stay for the new tenants. So far it looks like what we are taking fits in our truck-whew!
We are super excited to see Shenandoah, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains. We will really miss family and friends here in the north east, but hope they come visit us around the country.
More posts soon from the road.
Today Craig’s coworkers threw a really nice party to say goodbye. He has a few days left of work and then we get down to packing the last of our stuff and the truck! People are coming Labor Day weekend to pick up the couch, TV and table. Then it will really be empty in here!
We loved all the cute decorations and food. The highlight was the camper cake our friend made.
So we are down to about 40 days until we head out to Florida to pick up the travel trailer! It rolls off the production line at Grand Design on August 1st, and then goes through inspection before shipping off to Lazydays.
I have been bad about posting here on the blog since work is busy and nothing exciting is really happening. We are mostly packed except for what we are using. We have some furniture like our couch and table to get rid of, but that will have to wait until the beginning of September. We are still weeding through things and getting rid of more every day. We have been volunteering a little bit, but not as much as we had been. We have been spending time trying to get the truck ready for towing.
Another reason I have not felt like writing much is we lost our cat Bamboo a few weeks ago. Bamboo had been struggling with IBS/IBD for about two years, but really started to go downhill last month. She was loosing a lot of weight even though she was eating. We had to get the girls rabies shots for the road and the shot really seemed to knock her for a loop.
We had tried so many types of foods, probiotics, even a totally raw diet. Everything eventually was thrown up or pooped out. She was in a lot of pain and howling when she went to the bathroom. The vet ran several tests and agreed that it was untreatable IBD or IBS. Many animals struggle with it. Some people try to give their animals steroids, but those can lead to diabetes and cause worse issues. The vet said Bamboo was not absorbing the nutrients she needed and her organs were probably shutting down.
It was an awful decision to have to make, but we did not want her to suffer. We had gone back and forth for a long time trying whatever we read about online. It was hard for two years because we were getting up in the middle of the night every night cleaning up throw up and diarrhea. We threw out every carpet.
She was a beautiful and crazy cat! Her sister looks for her every day. We adopted Bamboo and Lotus about ten years ago when we lived in Florida. She was my best buddy when we had to move back to Massachusetts, and kept me company when I was isolated at home working.
We miss her a ton even though she was the most difficult animal we have ever owned. It feels like someone punches me in the gut several times a day when I think of her. I really feel like I lost a friend, but I felt like that about all the animals we have lost over the years. RIP beautiful Bamboo. I so wanted you to go on our adventures, but I am glad you are not in pain anymore.
On Wednesday Craig had the day off so we went into Boston with friends to walk The Freedom Trail. We had walked it back in 2010, but did not have our national park passport book at the time. We wanted to get some of the stamps that we had missed before we move away.
The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long, so round trip it takes about 5 miles. We wound up walking over 10 miles though. We started at the Boston Common and walked to the Charlestown Navy Yard. We climbed the 294 steps in the Bunker Hill Monument, visited several churches and museums, had lunch in the North End and wound up at Eataly for drinks and dinner. In all a great day with friends and we got many new stamps for the passport!