Visiting Family

visiting-family1Last week was for relaxation and reconnecting with family. After festival last weekend, I drove the short 20 minutes to the Atlanta Airport where I reluctantly left Bertha to the mercies of long term parking and hopped a plane to Minneapolis, MN.

No really, it was as easy as that, I’ve never had a flight go so smoothly. The walk from the economy parking area to the airport was short. Getting checked in and through security was speedy. Finding my terminal and gate was painless. Boarding was a piece of cake. The plane left early, and there was no turbulence to speak of. I made it off the plane and to where my parents were waiting about five minutes before the plane was even due to land. It was that simple. If only all flights went like this.

visiting-family2The rest of Monday afternoon was spent driving to a real Wisconsin cheese factory, I had orders to fill back in Atlanta. There’s nothing like fresh cheese, the stuff you buy in grocery stores just can’t compare. The name of the place is Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company, it’s less than an hour from where my parents live and where my family has been procuring fresh cheese for all of my life. Mmm, cheese…

Ahem, where was I?

Tuesday was hang around the house day. It would have been hike behind the house day, but the mosquitoes are horrendous this year because of the heavy rainfall for the past two months. I find it to be very odd going “home” after spending so many years away. Some things haven’t changed at all, and I can almost believe that the clock has been turned back and I’m in high school again. But some things have changed and because I wasn’t around to witness the change it seems jarring and out of place. I love my parents dearly and it’s great going home every now and then, but I know I couldn’t go back to living in Wisconsin Rapids. I’ve outgrown the place.

visiting-family3Wednesday was fishing day. After a bit of a scramble through the unwieldy Wisconsin licensing web page, I found myself $10 poorer but in possession of a one day fishing license. My dad is still an avid fisherman and I have fond memories as a kid of heading out with him and my brother trout fishing in streams, or pan fishing from the family fishing boat. And a lot of memories of getting my fishing line tangled up in trees. Today was the second kind of fishing.

Our main target is bluegills, which normally this time of year would be making their spawning beds in the shallows of the lakes near my parent’s house, but because of the late spring their season is running a bit behind. Still, we brought home 13 keepable sized ones, and probably had two or three more that met the guidelines to be kept but were a bit smaller so they were released back to get bigger. For just my mom and dad, 13 bluegills is about 3 Β½ meals, not a bad catch at all. Oh, and I’d also like to note that I did not get caught up in a tree, but that my dear father did, so there!

visiting-family4Thursday was picnic day. My brother took two days of vacation and arrived in time for it. We (and by “we”, I mean my mother) packed everything up and we headed out to a different lake that has a little day use park. A trail runs along one side of the lake, and after cooking and eating our pudgy pies* my brother and I walked along the shore and enjoyed the cool and less humid weather and a breeze strong enough to keep the mosquitoes away. At least, I thought it was cool and dry, everything seems cooler and drier after Georgia the past couple weeks.

visiting-family5Friday was fly back day. Everyone drove out to Minneapolis to take me back to the airport, and on the way there we stopped at Norske Nook for a slice of their world famous pie. Some years ago they had the distinction of winning a Grand Championship for their strawberry cheesecake pie, although over half of their 64(!) different kinds of pie have won a blue ribbon somewhere or other. I had the blueberry, and it was most excellent.

Back at the airport, TSA pulls aside my carry on bag for review as I go through security. After confirming that my cheese is not plastic explosives, I’m waved through and have almost an exact repeat of the flight out. It must be some sort of miracle to make it on two consecutive flights with no delays or issues. As the plane descends into Atlanta, small thunderstorm cells in the vicinity make for a great photo opportunity. I love flying. About 90% of the people on both flights spent it sleeping, reading, or dinking around on their phones. I spent a good bit of it plastered to the window looking at the world below. It’s such a different perspective, one that can’t be replicated through any other means.

Bertha was exactly as I left her. I drive 20 minutes home to Cas and then spent the last two days immersed in closing weekend at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

visiting-family6I sang, danced, laughed, and teared up a little at the end. I’ve made some great friends whom I’ll keep in touch with long after Georgia disappears in my rear view mirror, which is coming up tomorrow.

Tomorrow, yikes! A lot of my fellow rennies were very emotional to see the end of our season, and I was too, but I am also excited. Because for a full-time RVer, the end of one adventure heralds the beginning of a new one!

visiting-family7For those who are curious, no I do not have my next job pinned down yet, although I’m getting close. While this freaks my parents out, I’m confident enough in my abilities now to know that I will land a job before it becomes an issue. Remember, the whole of the country is a viable place to job search when your house has wheels. My immediate goal is Yantis, TX to pay Larry at Little House Customs a visit to work on aligning my hitch better. My appointment there is this Friday. My job search area is between there and Reno Nevada where I’ll be due in by the end of September. It’s alright everyone, I’ve got this.

My computer is refusing to boot up unless it’s plugged in which will make updating from the road a little harder, but I should at least be able to post on Friday once I get in to Larry’s shop. In the meantime, I’ll try to get a photo or two of my travels though Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana up on the Facebook page. Have a good week all!


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  1. Kylene on June 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Mmmmmmm Norske Nook! I miss that place…

    Thank you for the cheese! We missed you last night at Girls Night. πŸ™

    I hope things are going awesome!

    • Becky on June 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Glad you liked it! And yes omg that pie was amazing. I was so hungry and wasn’t sure if a single slice of pie was going to cut it but it was so filling. Amazing.

      And yes, things are going awesomely. πŸ™‚

  2. Dawn in Mi on June 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Family time is special. Direct flights with no delays are special too. Didn’t know you could get cheese through TSA! πŸ™‚ Waiting patiently to hear about your next adventure.

    • Becky on June 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Yeah Dawn I was wondering if they’d let the cheese through. I figured if they didn’t I wasn’t out a whole lot of money.

  3. Pleinguy on June 14, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Glad you had a good time with family. And, that the RenFest is wrapping up; like you said a new adventure awaits. Eager to learn where you will land for your next work experience. Take care.
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    • Becky on June 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      I’m eager to learn too, haha! I’m getting close, having to jump through a couple more hoops with this one place.

      From your latest post it looks like you’re having a good time out west! Can’t wait for my chance…

  4. Dave on June 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    You’ll be getting closer to Oregon, when you get to Reno. Better come see Crater Lake.

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      That’s on my to visit list Dave, not sure I’ll make it this fall but I’ll be hitting those states one of these years. πŸ™‚

  5. Amber on June 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Love cheeeeesssse! I love reading about your jobs and searches for them. Letting go of the security of my full-time employment will be one of the hardest things for me when/if the time comes to be able to hit the road. Reading your blog helps me work towards adjusting to that as it always seems to work out. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      The trick to job searching Amber is just not to give up. You keep looking and you’re going to find something. Pick a geographical area. Apply for the ones you want most first so they have the most time to get back to you, then apply for less desirable ones later. If you exhaust your options in an area and haven’t heard back, then pick a new area. As long as you keep trying, it will work out. Glad to help!

  6. Ken Howitt on June 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Family visits are always seem rejuvinating somehow, I know I need it at least once a year.
    Welcome back to the great state of Texas.
    Did ya apply at Big Bend???
    Drive Safe

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I knew Big Bend hired for the winter season, I didn’t know they hired for the summer season so no I hadn’t. I’ll go peek and see on coolworks, thanks.

  7. Jodee Gravel on June 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Even though I did it every week for three years, I love flying for the same reason. Seeing “the world” from that perspective is always a treat :-). I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful new job lined up in no time. And your parents will worry even if you win the lottery (it’s our job). Safe travels!
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    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Yeah they probably would Jodee. And the people I sat next to on both flights were pleasant too, good conversation.

  8. Gerri Jones on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Having your flights go so smoothly is a miracle in itself!! Glad it happened for you πŸ™‚
    It is always fun to return “home” and see family. Sounds like you had a really great visit!!!
    Love the pic out the plane window…such beautiful clouds!!!
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    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Yeah Gerri I’ve never flown when the clouds were as cool looking as that. Such a treat.

  9. Evelyn B on June 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Glad you had a nice visit with your family. Sounds like you had a very typical Wisconsin visit. You hit all the highlights πŸ™‚

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Haha, cheese, fishing, picnic, and pie. All the important things. πŸ˜‰

  10. Joann on June 10, 2014 at 7:44 am

    If you end up near Monroe, LA, for the night, you are welcome to park in my driveway. I am about 4 and a half hours from Larry’s. I was there last week getting a few things done.

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you again for that offer Joann, it was very kind of you. I do hope we get to meet on the road some day soon!

  11. Ron on June 10, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Glad your flights were so smooth, safe travels & have FUN!!!

    • Becky on June 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Have fun? I’m on it. πŸ˜‰

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