First, we needed a new home. So, on March 11, 2016, we drove up from Corpus Christi, Texas, where we were living and bought a 28-foot travel trailer, an ultralite that our little Toyota Tacoma could pull (at least if we didn’t pack it with too much stuff). It’s called a Keystone Passport, and yes, it did of course cost more than we’d planned on (but our queen-sized mattress fit in it!). Now we had and still have two assets (truck and trailer) which are actually owned by a bank and a credit union, respectively (sigh!).
Meanwhile, hubby had used his incredible intuition for finding good homes and places to eat for us, and already had Wilderness Lakes RV Resort picked out. As is his preference, we actually stopped in on the way to getting the trailer and put down our first month’s rent there. Nothing like seeing a place and meeting the staff in real life to make one’s choice work out.
After picking up our trailer (we dubbed it Rose Lee, as in Gypsy Rose Lee) on March 15, hubby drove (both of us very nervous about pulling the trailer with what turned out to be marginal mirror extensions) the two hours south from San Antonio RVs in Seguin, Texas (awesome dealer!) to Mathis and Wilderness Lakes.
We decided to spend the spring at Wilderness Lakes, partly to avoid the storms in the plains, and partly to make sure we had all our traveling equipment together and knew how to use everything in the trailer. It was also an opportunity to let go. We had put most of our household goods into PODS storage, but had brought a little of our china and other heavy things with us, so there were several trips to Goodwill back in Corpus Christi and opportunities to support the RV park couple who run yard sales once a month at the front of the park.
I loved the daily walks through the park’s wonderful grounds and the variety of wildlife we saw or saw signs of (bobcat, hawks—I got a feather, ducks, geese flying north, egrets, loons, cardinals galore, deer and bunnies, bunnies, bunnies). I “commuted” to work on foot every day to the spacious clubhouse to work my editorial and other businesses on my laptop. Although WiFi signal was a bit spotty in this area, I was able to get work done through the period we spent there. The staff at Wilderness Lakes were like family in no time; great potlucks and friendly conversation. I also learned how to play bocce ball. 🙂
Meanwhile, hubby did research on our path out of Texas and became expert on caring for the truck and trailer. We also finally found a mirror system that would work for this narrow truck pulling an eight-foot-wide trailer behind it. A bit of inertia did set in after a while, though. We even talked of staying at Wilderness Lakes for the summer. But then it started to get hot. Oh, yeah, Texas gets really hot! The snowbird retirees continued to depart and we realized it was time to go. So, after we took a trip east to Port Arthur, Texas to attend an engagement ceremony for hubby’s son and his fiancée, we knew we needed to get serious about leaving.
So, on June 8, with as much added weight as possible sent to other people and places, we took a deep breath, hooked up the trailer with our new anti-sway hitching system and drove out of Wilderness Lakes to head north into unknown territory. Of course, hubby insisted on weighing the entire rig on the local Cat scale, and we were about 100 pounds under the total weight the truck could take on. Whew!
Now to see how our rig would perform and what adventures we’d create on our way north. Next time, the beauty and challenges of the Hill Country of Texas.