A trip or ten in my future. . .

20 Jan

Kicking the tires

As some of you know (or knew but have forgotten), my husband and I have a 1973 FMC motorhome that we love to go camping in with our children and our little dog, too. We try to go camping every other month — it isn’t always easy to make that happen. However, we try.

Part of being successful at making a goal like that happen is simply planning out the year ahead of time and making sure that we get our weekends in — and often booked — early in the year.

So far this year, we only have two camping trips planned. One in April and one in May. I need to get on the ball and plan a wintery trip for February. We also want to do a Spring Break trip (like our successful Disneyland trip of last year). This year, we intend to go to San Diego and do Legoland, the Wild Animal park, and Sea World (or whatever it’s called! 🙂 ).

Gage loves camping!

The big thing we want to do this year is a BIIIIIIIG Summer trip. My husband’s family did a big trip in their motorhome every couple of years and he wants our kids to grow up with that same experience. I’m game. Traveling in a motorhome is totally wonderful for me. Traveling in our old 5th Wheel setup would have been AWFUL on a long trip unless we only traveled about an hour a day — in the motorhome, the kids are so much happier and their is virtually no whining or fighting. Bliss!

Classic Ruth

What I love about motorhome trips is who I become in a motorhome. I become a Tidy Person ™. I don’t leave messes lying around. I willingly do the dishes each and every night — usually multiple times a day, actually. It’s amazing to me — at home, I am a slob. I resent cleaning up, I fight doing the dishes, I leave my stuff everywhere. But, in the motorhome, you simply can’t be that messy — there is no room for it. So, I putter around and tidy up throughout the day. The great thing is that because we are on vacation, I still have time to read, take naps, and relax. I don’t feel resentful about doing all those things. They are simply necessary.

I look forward to this year of trips. I don’t look forward to the bills we’ll have for gasoline. We decided not to put off taking trips like this for two major reasons. #1 – our children have a limited window where a summer trip will be the best part of their year (rather than a torturous nightmare to be endured) and #2 if gas prices continue to rise, our motorhome may become the dinosaur it resembles or we’ll have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make it “green.” Wonder if any electric car companies want to fund a project to make a hybrid motorhome? 🙂 Anyone? Anyone?


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8 Responses to “A trip or ten in my future. . .”

  1. jayne 20 January, 2008 at 4:22 am #

    I can imagine that it makes for very comfortable travel and one thing is for sure… the kids will never forget any of the trips they take and all the things they experience along the way.

  2. NatureWoman 20 January, 2008 at 5:13 am #

    Happy traveling! Sounds like a great time. Even with the gas prices.

  3. mon@rch 20 January, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    The camper looks like soo much fun and that old camper looks like new! I would have to guess that its gas isn’t that good! If you ever do decide to come up to the Western New York area, would love to show you around the area!

  4. robin andrea 20 January, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    We think about getting a motorhome and would love to have one that is run on biodiesel or is some kind of hybrid. Spending the winter on the road has some definite appeal. I think it’s great that you can do this. You’re creating the best memories for the kids and an appreciation for life in other places.

  5. Beth 20 January, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    My kids are grown and the thing that they say was best about their childhood was the trips–the confinement helps the siblings become closer even if they do fight some and it is so much more fun for them to learn while experiencing. Enjoy them and the travel. It is totally worth all the effort.

  6. mary 20 January, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Liza, while the kids are young is the time. They will have the best memories… The older they become, the more obligations they have and schedules conflict, so do it!

    That’s a great motorhome. No matter the gas prices, it’s hard to resist hitting the road :o)

  7. Susan Gets Native 22 January, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    A trip in May, huh? Feel up to driving to Ohio? Big birding there in May…..Come on! It’s only……19 hours or so.

    $75 at the pump. Ouch. But hey, that’s not so bad. $2.32 a gallon? We haven’t seen that here for months.

  8. birdchaser 24 January, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh my gosh! This is too freaky. If that is a picture of your daughter it looks EXACTLY like my own ten year old! I showed it to my wife and she someone had somehow gotten a picture of our daughter! Freaky weird!

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