In one week I’ll be leaving Wisconsin and heading out to Yellowstone! Some tasks are hard to do or frowned upon while in an RV park, so instead of doing a lot of sight-seeing or day trips during my time parked in my parent’s driveway, I’ve been pretty busy making good use of this time for more practical things.
It may not make for the most exciting blog post, but not every stop can be brimming with adventure when you’re a full-timer. Chores still need to get done, the bonus is you get more freedom to decide where and when to do them.
So I’ve been spending quiet days at my parent’s house during the week formatting the e-guide for Kindle and getting all of my videos uploaded onto YouTube while watching the birds and squirrels (and occasional black bear) come up to the feeders in their backyard. It’s certainly not a bad view. I’m no longer accustomed to high-speed residential WiFi, I use to take it for granted when I was an apartment dweller but it feels like the pinnacle of luxury now!
Speaking of internet, I also spent an afternoon last week researching my internet options for Yellowstone. For the first time ever, I will not have free campground WiFi at my disposal, so I’ll likely be investing in cellular internet (thanks Mobile Internet Handbook!) . The finally decision won’t be made until I get out there though, apparently Verizon’s 4G signal near Old Faithful is pretty strong, but I want to see for myself.
I’ve also slowly been working on small projects on Cas.
Two of the lower cabinet door hinges have been broken for some time now, nothing’s in danger of falling out, but it doesn’t look nice. One was my fault for not closing the door before shoving something under the bed for storage, the other has been a reoccurring problem since I bought the Casita. I think that door just doesn’t line up right, so it’s prone to coming open when I’m traveling, and the stress of travel on the open door breaks the hinges after a while.
My A/C unit is an older style. It’s in the front of the trailer instead of on top like the newer ones, and there is a canvas cover that goes over it to keep stuff from the road from getting into the grate while traveling. One of the metal bits at the corner that holds this cover on broke on the trip from Texas up here. It took a long time to find a replacement (places like Camping World don’t carry it, because it’s not used in most RVs), but some tiny mom and pop RV place had one buried in the back room, and I was happy to relieve them of it for $4.95. I’ll get that screwed into place later today.
One thing Camping World has been able to help me with (hopefully) is a replacement piece for my Dometic fridge. The bottom trim piece that holds up the decorative fiberglass panel cracked and had been slowly getting worse for some time. Eventually I had to pull the fiberglass panel off, because it kept sliding down when I opened the door. Again, it doesn’t impact how well the fridge works, but it just doesn’t look nice. Dometic no longer makes that piece in the beige color that matches the fridge, so I ordered it in black and am crossing my fingers that it still fits correctly. It should be coming in soon.
Weekends have been spent in Madison visiting friends from college.
This past weekend, I went out to Governor Dodge State Park west of Madison to participate in a Lord of the Rings live action strategy game. This was my first time playing in four and a half years. My costume was nothing special, I use to put quite a bit of effort into outfits for Ring Game but this time I just wanted to enjoy the experience and catch up with old friends.
The weekend before, Julie and I went to the Madison Farmer’s Market, a pretty spectacular event that happens Saturdays around the capital square from spring to fall. On average, over 150 local farmers and vendors have booths up around the square, and if the weather is nice the turnout is big. I enjoy window shopping and didn’t buy much, I did get a spicy venison stick for a snack and it tasted amazing.
And that covers recent events. It may not be a very glamorous month, but it’s been an important month!
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