We’re Thankful For…
We’ve already told you what traditions we think should be rethought when it comes to Turkey Day, but we also have a lot to say about being thankful. Over the last few months, we have earned an entirely new perspective about things that we appreciate.
Unlimited Warm, Running Water
Each time we would like to use water, we must first turn on the water pump. Any time we want warm or hot water, we ignite the water heater (AFTER turning on the water pump) and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before using it. We can’t keep either of these things on constantly because they drain the battery and propane, respectively. This mandates strategic planning for dish washing and showering not only because of the hot water, but because we only have so much to use!
The exact number of gallons is a mystery to us, but we can get about 4 “showers”. Gone are the days of warm water cascading the body. A shower consists of a rinse followed by tuning off the shower to lather hair and body, another rinse, turn off water, condition, let stand 3 (waterless) minutes, rinse, and unlike the back of the shampoo bottle, no repeating.
“Normal” Toilets that flush to a sewage treatment plant
In order to flush the toilet with water, the water pump has to be turned on. In order for all to be well in the world, the toilet water has to be dumped. We made a video. Just be thankful for your loo.
We’ve written about our issues with our generator. It broke, so we had to buy a new one. The cheapest one is portable…meaning we have to move it out from under the RV each time we use it. Moreover, it uses gasoline, which provides us about 4-5 hours of temperature control.
Now, we can plug into RV parks and we often do, but it’s just not a given. Combined with being constantly on the move, we’re constantly peeling off and putting back on layers of clothing every day.
We miss laying on the couch, vegging, and watching TV. As of now, we have a bed, bucket seat and a booth. Plans are in the works to fix this issue and turn the two bench seats of the booth into a long couch/bed like structure. However, we still will have no TV. I see starring contests in our future.
Moisture is the essence of wetness, so says Derek Zoolander, but moisture is also the essence of a mounting issue. We’ve had a leaking roof that has soaked our bed comforter, condensation dripping on the curtains and pillows…and sometimes in the shower, things can go awry and water ends up everywhere. We have to deal with water quickly and efficiently…otherwise things get moldy!
The Internet is proof that there is a higher power. It gives limitless gifts (you can see my favorites, here). We tried to have a hotspot (We won’t give you the exact provider, but it rhymes with shmee shmowble), but coverage is not always optimal in Randomville, USA, so we often end up with slow, painstaking connections, resulting in copious hours spent in coffee shops.
Regardless of all of these “hardships”, we are SO THANKFUL for this opportunity and the incredible support from our friends and family, and the new friendships we have made along the road so far. It’s been a wonderful 80 days and are excited for 320 more!
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