As a benefit of visiting someone with a house, I currently have access to a heavy duty vacuum cleaner, something that would be very impractical for me to carry around in my little RV. On Tuesday the 13th I do a thorough dusting and cleaning, using long attachments on the vacuum to get the carpet on the walls and ceiling. For those thinking of a Casita, cleaning the carpet is a bit awkward, but still a pretty quick job – I wouldn’t count it against the benefits of owning one. Plus, it doesn’t need to be vacuumed nearly as often as a carpeted floor.
I think I’ve finally gotten all the sand out. A couple months ago I drove through a dune field during a windstorm (don’t recommend it) and I’ve been carrying around part of California ever since. The shopvac does the trick.
It’s old news now, but I have an article in the May/June issue of Escapees Magazine about dispelling the three biggest fears of solo RVing, which I finally got to see when I picked up my mail in South Dakota on the way to my parents’. If you’re an Escapees member and haven’t looked at it yet, you should! You do need to be a member to get the magazine. If you’re not a member and would like more info on solo RVing, I have plenty of free articles that you can read on the Resources page of IO, and also a guide I wrote on the subject that goes into more depth.
Thursday the 15th is a relaxing day. I go down to the Wisconsin River and sit by the shore and read. And use my mini phone tripod to take pictures of myself. As a solo traveler, this little thing has been invaluable for getting photos for the blog. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack or my purse and holds my phone securely. And it’s quite inexpensive, always good for the RVer on a budget. This cheaper model doesn’t have a remote shutter button, but more expensive ones do if you’re looking for an all-inclusive solution.
This photo looks very idyllic, the reality is a bit different. There’s been a mayfly hatch on the water and the flying insects are all over. You need to be careful to brush them off of surfaces before sitting down, they make a pretty big mess when squished. Not what you think of when you think of a day by the water, but rarely does the reality of travel exactly match the imagination. I end up with only one mayfly splotch on my pants. Not bad.
Saturday the 17th is a festival day. My brother drives over from La Crosse and the whole family goes down in the afternoon to the 10th annual Cranberry Blossom Festival. There’s a carnival, craft show, classic car show, and live music going on today.
If you want to really get a feel for the places you visit while traveling, attend a local festival. Most communities go all out for them, and Rapids is no exception. We enjoy several local bands from 2 pm until after 9 pm.
Lastly, an announcement about my next adventure! On the 27th of this month I’m flying to Vancouver for a poi retreat on a remote island in the Strait of Georgia. I’ll be mostly out of touch from the 28th to July 8th as there’s no cell signal on the island and the closest WiFi is quite a walk from the retreat.
This will be my first real vacation from IO since I started blogging in 2011 but no worries about missing your IO fix. I’ve been writing up extra blog posts that will be going out twice a week as usual while I’m gone. And when I get back to civilization again, I’ll have a lot to share! The island is beautiful and I’ll be doing plenty of hiking. I’ll be posting more details as the date gets closer.