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Trip Start May 14, 2012
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Monday, June 18, 2012

We unloaded our storage unit, with the help of a hired hand, onto a Budget Rental Truck and left Spokane after the lunch hour, with our Honda Fit in tow.  We slowly headed toward St George, UT where Cecilia and Ben live and where Celeste and Tim would meet us.  The weather in Spokane was moderate, but driving through the Blue Mountains of Oregon brought snow and wind (this is early June)!  It remained cold and windy through Southern Idaho. Needless to say, there was fresh snow in the mountains of Idaho.  Neither one of us had a jacket, so we were dashing in and out of the truck in an effort to stay warm.  Things finally started to moderate once we entered Utah, and really began to heat up in SW Utah.  We spent a few days in St George visiting our daughters and husbands, then began the journey to Tucson to pick up our "home on wheels".  It took two days to reach Tucson.  Talk about "heating up"!  The temperatures in Tucson are in the mid-100's!  First thing we did was unload all our belongings from the rental truck into a storage unit.  Never again will we do that in 105 degree temps with no help!  We did not enjoy this aspect of our journey! Headed straight for the RV dealer the next morning, got the service man to give us a complete lesson on the maintenance and operation of the rig, then drove it to the Tra-Tel RV Park in Tucson. We decided to spend a couple of weeks here, getting used to our new home, and waiting for the towing bar for the car to be built and installed.  These past few days have been spent going to the storage unit, picking out what household items we can use.  The storage capacity in the RV is good, but we must be very selective.  Also, heavy breakable items are best left behind.  We purchased some folding bicycles, which we will put to good use.  They store nicely in a compartment under the RV.  We had hoped to visit some of the national parks and monuments in the area, but it is too darn hot!  Thankfully, there is a pool at the RV park and I've been able to enjoy it in the early morning.

Living in the RV definitely discourages shopping and collecting!  Our Peace Corps experience in Jamaica helped us prepare for living with only the essentials, I'm thankful to say.  And it has been enjoyable preparing meals in the RV.  There is no oven, but a microwave/convection oven, which will require some adaptation.  There is a two-burner gas stove and a very nice big refrigerator.  The RV also contains a refrigerator/freezer stored below the rig, as well as an outdoor TV.  It feels pretty luxurious!  We just need someone to help us figure out how the DVD player works!  
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Comments

Daniel Malone on

Great to hear your journey has begun! I'll be enjoying travels vicariously :-) Sure miss you around here but happy for your new adventure! Have 'nuff fun!

Robin McBride on

Exciting!! Glad you guys are doing a blog :o)

Jennifer Hall on

What a great adventure. You are inspiring me and it is scaring Kenny.

Liz Kirk on

Happy for you that all is going well for the start of this "new adventure" Have
hiked around in the Snow Canyon many times and never got "bored" looking at the red rock mountains. Wish we could share in some of your hot weather, maybe not that hot but some heat would sure help!!

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