What a busy week! The closer I get to departure the faster time seems to be moving. My to-do list is shrinking, but not fast enough for my liking. I did make pretty good progress with my days off work, and still took yesterday as a true day off to see a couple more things in this area that I hadn’t been to yet. It somehow seemed silly to take off traveling around the country to see beautiful places, when I still have a couple more places in this neck of the woods that needed exploring. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
There must be some unwritten law (actually I’m pretty sure it has been written about it before, I just can’t remember where) that states that any big endeavor, such as preparing to go full-time RVing will take exactly as much time as you have to put toward it. If it’s too ambitious you’ll find a way to whittle it down to the absolutely necessary to get it done in time. If it’s not ambitious enough you’ll procrastinate, or find more but not truly important things to do to fill in the time.
Looking at those two options, I’d prefer to fall on the side of too ambitious. There might be a certain amount of anxiety when I look at the calendar and realize I have 23 days left to go, but giddy excitement often bubbles up under that anxiety, because I’m impressing myself. Impressing your family, friends, or complete strangers feels good, but there is a certain kind of satisfaction that comes from that is impressing yourself that is hard to beat.
So this is how the past week has gone, in a nutshell. On Thursday I learned that my awning is attached to the Casita via screws or bolts of some sort and that those brackets were then covered over with heavy duty putty. This is something I wouldn’t have figured out if that putty hadn’t gone bad in one corner and allowed water underneath which then dripped through a screw hole over the top of the entryway door. So I fixed that on Friday once the rain stopped, and thankfully everything else looks good up there. In the evening some shopping happened and I got few more things for the RV.
Saturday I worked and did some sorting of my stuff that’s still sitting at Julie’s apartment, and pulled everything out of the fridge/freezer that night so I could defrost it. Sunday Julie and I went to Savannah to borrow a trailer to haul the couch from storage to the apartment between rain showers and got about everything else out of storage too. Dropped an unneeded dresser off at Goodwill and did some more sorting.
Monday was a cleaning day. See this picture? This is why you avoid the Southeast in the summer if your house has wheels. Heat and humidity in combination are not only unpleasant for us but are ideal conditions for the growth of mold. This is the grate of my AC vent. Fortunately it took very little scrubbing to remove and left no stains. The grating over the stove vent was another story. It was a modified job that the previous owner did and while it looked like the grates could be unscrewed, they couldn’t. This meant I had to scrub them in place and couldn’t get the backs of them or the fan blades inside, which are still gross. It’s on my list of things to get fixed sometime, but I won’t be able to get in there without pulling the whole thing apart and I’m not confident in my ability to put it back together.
The picture at the beginning not only illustrates how industrious I’ve been with cleaning, but also gives a sneak peak at my cushion covers on the small dinette, yay! I mentioned a while ago that a friend of mine graciously offered to sew cushion covers and curtains for the Casita, all I had to do was buy the fabric. Well she finished the covers this past week, and they look great. Once I have everything cleaned up and in place I’m going to do a tour video.
Yesterday was a true day off, and it was great. Julie and I went to Tybee island near Savannah, an area I haven’t had a chance to visit yet. First stop was the Fort Pulaski National Monument. If you have any interest in the Civil War era, it’s a neat place to visit. The weather even cooperated and it was overcast most of the day but without rain. We walked the mile and a half to Cockspur Lighthouse which looks out over the mouth of the Savannah River, but given the marshy land around it wasn’t able to get close enough for a good picture.
After that, it was off to the beach. Compared to Hunting Island, the beach at Tybee Island is wide with a lot of sand dunes. It’s a pretty built up and touristy area, but we avoided most of that. River’s End Campground and RV Park is located on the north end of the island, and reviews for it seem more positive than not. One of my neighbors here in Stony Crest has been out there a few times and loves it.
It’s not state owned, but not exactly privately owned either, I think the city of Tybee owns it? Anyway I’ve heard and read that many sites are pretty close together and the WiFi is spotty, but the facilities and clean and well kept and the prices are decent. There also doesn’t seem to be a 14 day limit. During the height of the season it sounds like it can get loud and rowdy, so if you prefer a quieter camping experience you’d probably be better off avoiding summer break months.
After chasing this poor horseshoe crab around on the beach trying to get a good picture, we headed back to Savannah for supper and then walked along the riverfront for a while and got ice cream and window shopped. There was a trio of men singing great harmony on the street, they picked a good spot too. Where one of the big hotels goes right down to the water a tunnel runs under it that has little shops, the sound carries great down there. Once the sun had set and the ice cream was gone it was time to drive home so I could get to bed and open at work today. All in all, it was a very good day.
This afternoon I received an e-mail from My Dakota Address with, well, my SD address, woo! Now that I have an address there I can get to work on looking up insurance costs for myself and my rig. I also have a list of places I need to switch over to the new address, which I might as well do sooner rather than later to try to avoid mail arriving here at Stoney Crest after I’ve already left. Onwards and upwards!It's good to share: