It proved too time consuming, to drive and set up each day, followed with a take down the next morning and to blog each day. So now that we’ve been settled in for about a week at our final site [technically, until we find our own land], I can try and write about our experiences – plus it’s a little easier to write in hindsight.
When we got close to our departure date, we knew we wanted as much done as possible before the day of. We cleared out the 8×10 storage shed at our RV site, put what we could in our 10×20 storage unit [we’re leaving that in our hometown until we can find our own land and get settled in there]. We also packed up what wouldn’t be needed during the journey up north, like appliances [we love our InstaPot and Air Fryer, but on a road trip, we all know that ‘Take Out and Drive Thru’s’ are the real champions🤩, most Momma’s agree].
On the day of our move, the plan was to get on the road early – no later than 10am; well, life happens and it was after 12pm when we finally rolled out to include: 43′ 5th wheel, an F350, a Volvo AWD [we are moving to the snow and mountains], two teenage sons, three dogs, one cat and last but not least hubby and myself!
We hadn’t drove very far, when hubby called me to see if we could stop at the Truck Rest Stop coming up ahead. This was after all, our first trip, towing our home and belongings was quite nerve wracking. So once we stopped and he told me he was stressing, we held hands and I prayed that God would specifically give him peace, wisdom and discernment during this journey – after all, we are only following what we believe to be God’s direction for our family [we had already prayed before we left for safety, so I was going to make sure each trip, I added this to our daily prayer]. God is true to His Word and gave us peace. Our next stop was at Buc-ee’s – basically a Texas tradition for most road trips, and to be honest – I LOVE their fudge [note – we only have 1.5 pieces left from that stop 😨]!
After we got back on the road, we made it around Dallas and to Grapevine – I ended up getting a little lost [I have declared my distrust of Siri and her directions from day 1 until present time😡], but somehow ended up making it to the campground a few minutes before hubby [thankfully – we’ll call that Providence, as the way I took wouldn’t have been easy for hubby with the 5th wheel – God is soooo good like that – NO weapon formed against me – even Siri – shall prosper!]
We made it to our site, which was perfect – but we had that Arctic Front that came in and dropped the temperatures down to the teens, high winds and sleet; which are not fun when you’re doing your first set up on the road! It took us probably two and a half hours to get unhitched, leveled, and hooked up that first night [I recently found a shirt for my beloved to wear – see below] and hubby was greatly rewarded with his beloved In-n-Out (he’s a SoCal native). Isn’t it a little crazy that we got hit with all this Arctic stuff here in Texas, before we even made it up North 🤔
We pretty much passed out after we ate, exhausted from our first day and knowing we had five more days to go! Our first morning ended up not having any running water, we used our heated hose, but the spigot was frozen, so that made our tear down take even longer than it should have, but we knew we would only get faster each time we went through this and that it’s ALL a learning experience. With 225 miles down on our first day and 1533 more to go – we were ready to get to our next stop, hoping that it would get easier the more we did this. I will say in hindsight, that each new day can bring more familiarity🧐but also more complications as well – I believe we call that ‘Murphy’s Law’🤪
Oh and to anyone who might also be a ‘Happy Camper’, we recommend The Vineyard Campground & Cabins – we stayed at site 83 – pull thru with full hook ups, perfectly spaced out and a beautiful view of the lake – I just wish we could have had better weather to enjoy it before we had to head back out on the road!
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