We spent part of last week un-winterizing our fifth wheel from the LONG winter we've had here in central Pennsylvania, happily assuring ourselves that there had been no water leaks, vermin infestation, or any other catastrophe since last Fall.
Groceries, clothing, and plenty of books, magazines and movies had been packed. The truck was gassed up, loaded with a small supply of firewood, hitched to the fiver, and ready to roll.
We were so happy and anxious to get our camping adventures of the season started, and to the best of our recollection, we had never camped this early in the spring before.
Our departure day was bright and sunny. (A rarity here in central PA.)
|Bob examines the damage|
Our alley is tight. Our camper is huge. And... that's all it took.
We got a little too far to the left going down the alley, and when we turned right to exit the alley, well, "oh crap" happened. I looked back and discovered we had boogered up the neighbor's garage as we made that fateful turn.
I should have "spotted" Bob down the alley.
I didn't. Not thinking, I just got in the truck with him, and off we went.
After looking over the damage, Bob seems to think it won't be that hard to fix. He claims that when he is done with the repair, it will be better than it was.
Primarily the damage occurred at the rear corner of the structure,
She urged us to go on our way and not think twice about what had happened. She rejoiced with us at the news that our daughter's recent surgery showed no cancer this time. She reminded us that the blessing of Easter was right around the corner. She stated that compared to those two things, this garage damage is negligible.
In fact, she even joked about how she is so thankful that at least we didn't scratch the paint on the garage doors.
We left with a promise to her that we'd make it right, and she wished us well and waved us off.
It was a quiet drive to the campground, as you can imagine. Very quiet. Bob was feeling bad about what had happened. I was wracking my brain to think of some local RV storage facility for the future, so that we could avoid the hassle of getting in and out of our tight spot in that narrow alley.
En route we stopped to eat at a new-to-us restaurant and to purchase some repair supplies at a nearby Lowe's.
Our spirits perked up when we were greeted at the campground entrance by a beautiful indigo bunting. It's been a long time since we've seen one of those.
Arriving at our campsite, we found the campground to be almost empty. There was only one or two other camping units in our loop, and only a few more joined us over the weekend. We like it quiet and peaceful like that.
After setting up, I went inside, made the bed, and did a bit of dusting and vacuuming. No matter how clean I leave it at the end of a camping year, it still always seems to need a bit of freshening at the start of the next season.
Outside, Bob was tackling the damage to the camper. He loaded the seam with plenty of caulk, and attempted to bend the corner piece back until a new one can be installed.
That evening we turned on the "fire" in our indoor fireplace to take the chill out of the air. We relaxed and did some reading.
Throughout our five days away we saw loads of wildlife around the campground, including 2 grebes, 1 bald eagle, several deer, a bluebird on a stop sign (there are a bazillion bluebird boxes around the park), 1 humongous ground hog (the size of a small bear), and a coyote that ran straight across the hillside adjacent to our campsite.
Driving by the lake, we saw several grebes, ducks and one especially sparkling tree that had been fully "decorated" with plenty of shiny fishing lures and bobbers.
On Easter we had our first campfire of the season. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and we sat out near the fire and soaked up the sunshine for quite a while.
Now that we are back home, the rest of this week I'll be organizing more and preparing the final details for our move into the new lodge. The moving in process has already somewhat begun. Appliances are being installed, and carpets are being laid. The workmen are wrapping up many loose ends as I write this. The first batch of furniture will be delivered on Friday, and son Caleb with his puppy Sheila will be there to meet the delivery truck. From there on, each day will have its own delivery, and set up will continue all next week.
Some folks have asked for clarification about this new place of ours. No, I am not selling or leaving my home, nor moving out of town. This new lodge is a vacation home that (sort of) replaces our old cabin. In fact, it is built in very close proximity to that old cabin. I am so excited about the new lodge that I expect I will rarely go back to the old cabin. After all, this one has SHOWERS and a DISHWASHER!
I will share pictures as the move progresses and as things come together and are fully set up.
And until all that is done, please bear with me - I may be a bit sporadic with blogging.
Plus, grandbaby #5 will be making his appearance soon.....