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Camping and Trapped Inside

Camping and Trapped Inside

Hawthorne NV
27° / 50° Sunny ☀
TODAY’S RV PARK: Whiskey Flats RV Park
OUR RATING: 4 Stars – a clean rv park along a busy highway, wifi is ok for email only
PRICE: $144/week FHU

It just dawned on me, that I can go days without stepping outside. Not exactly highly unusual since I’ve always lived and worked under the same roof, even before it was COVID-cool.

Before COVID, I deliberately put events on the calendar to force myself to go outside and socialize.  Puppy obedience school, doggy daycare, take human daughter to human school (aka college), get groceries, attend various networking events and once a week, date night with Steve and a day with Parveen.

COVID killed most of that, actually the entire list except groceries.

Now that we are on the road and Steve is taking a well-deserved hiatus from laborious work, he’s in charge of all the household errands including the laundry.  Which leaves me virtually no reason to go outside – especially when its 40° out there!  Brrrrrrr

no-smokingSteve is a smoker.  Always has been.

He’s somewhere between a habitual smoker and a chain smoker.  For those of you who count this in packs, he’s a pack every other day.   Since I don’t allow him to smoke inside our fancy new RV, he has to face whatever weather we are in if he wants to puff on his cancer sticks.  As long as he’s out there for 4-6 minutes, say 8 times a day, I think its only fair that he lets one of the dogs tag along too.  That just seems to be the frequency one of them needs to pee.  Don’t you think?

But that now leaves me without any single good reason to go outside except my own personal need to smell the fresh air and stretch my legs.

I decided back in Vegas to take both a morning and evening walk with Puddin.  That was working out great when it was 70° in the am.  Today’s thermometer showed 40° while the coffee was brewing.

The new exercise goal can wait.

Random Thoughts During an Inside Day

Random Thoughts During an Inside Day

Beaumont, CA
46° / 64° SunnyTODAY’S RV PARK: Cherry Valley RV Park
OUR RATING: 4 Stars because it was convenient off the highway, super cell signals, full hookups, nice friendly staff, and great county park within a 5 minute drive
PRICE: $13/day with RPI membership

Yesterday was an inside sort of day.  A day to rest between a day of adventuring and tonight’s wedding Rehearsal dinner.

Some people can’t stand inside days.  I love them for the opportunity to enjoy quiet and get things caught up.  Work seems to be plugging along and I got some good work done yesterday.  Today I already “Ate My Frog” at work.  It’s all downhill from here, and I’m still on my first cup of coffee.  Tomorrow will be a bear at the desk because it’s the 1st – and that generally comes with alot of campaign budget changes.  Most of the day, I anticipate will be housekeeping/administrative work for clients.  Not hard stuff, just tedious work.  I actually enjoy that kind of work.  It takes a bit of effort, yet yields a good sense of accomplishment.  And of course a good sense of control over my environment.

The other quiet day activity I enjoyed yesterday, was my DIY spa day.  Full pedicure, manicure and wax.  After I do my facial and body scrub later this morning, I’ll be all set for the weekend’s festivities.  Today, I’ll give Steve a quick shave – just the hair neck line, iron his clothes and he’ll be set to go too.

dog-signThat just leaves our puppies.  After 3 days of rain, an inside day for them – they are itching for activity.  After lunch, we are taking them to the dog park up the street so they can run themselves out.  Noble Dog Park is one of the better dog parks we’ve been to, and its quite obvious the county is proud of it – it is very well tended too.  When we went there last week, there were some other good dogs there for them to play with, even a Great Dane!  Puddin’s favorite breed is Great Dane.  She’s always been attracted to them and can’t leave them alone.  Perhaps its their size or their natural gentle nature or how “softly” they play.  Puddin enjoys playing and running with other dogs – she just doesn’t like it too rough – even for dog standards.  Some dogs get really rough – and that’s when we leave.  Or if an “intact” male gets “rowdy” with her.  We don’t put up with that kind of behavior.  She won’t either.  It’s surprising how many dog parents don’t control their male dogs when they get “rowdy”.  It’s not cute.

So far, we’ve been enjoying Cherry Valley RV Park.   We are scheduled to leave Sunday, but we are going to request to stay until Wednesday when we head to Vegas.  The original plan was to stop over at the KOA in Barsto/Calico for a few nights.  We stayed at this KOA as we came into California and enjoyed the super fast WIFI.  We no longer see the need to stop overnight heading out of California.  Vegas is only a 4 hour drive from here, we can drive straight through and save the $300 for a nice Vegas RV park.  We anticipate an expensive lodging month in April as we head toward Oregon.  There aren’t any RPI’s or Thousand Trails along the way, so we will be paying for all nights for a few weeks.

We’ve already pre-paid for a few nights in Lake Tahoe, so everything else can be cheaper road stops.  Unless I can convince Steve to finally try a Harvest Host.  He’s still nervous about boondocking because our refrigerator requires an electrical hookup.  Now that we have a 30 amp adapter, we may be able to give it a try, as some Harvest Hosts are said to have electrical.  (Note to self: research this)

UPDATE 4/14/2022: The change in plans with Cherry Valley took three days to unfold.  Read on dear reader to see how this unfolds.

UPDATE 4/14/2022: A windstorm in Nevada closed highways, and we weren’t able to stay in Lake Tahoe.  Lost our entire prepayment.