|These spiffy Walmart clipon shades almost made the top ten list but alas...|
1. Living in close quarters with my wife Linda is not a challenge. In fact, we thrive together when we are living in small spaces. Having had many conversations with people who dream about this lifestyle but admit that they would kill their partner, I know this life is right for us. We went from 5000 square feet to 3000, but this trip in 350 square feet felt the best of all. And with one week under our belts, we are still best friends. Now that's saying something.
2. Stripping down my possessions to their bare essence is good for me and good for the psyche. When weight is a factor and limited space abounds, there is no room for something I thought I might need sometime. I'm only allowed have what I know I'll need. Anyway, the simpler life is, the less cluttered my brain is.
3. Speaking of less clutter in my brain, little things make a big difference in my RV. When I wake up all I want to do is look outside and maybe go for a walk in my new surrounds. No grass to mow and no weeds to pull. Prepping coffee the night before brings me joy the next morning and helps me get out quickly with a cup of Joe in hand. Running water and scooping coffee seems so easy at night. When I am in a half sleep stupor in the morning, I may as well be trying to solve the Rubik's Cube. So flipping the on switch and getting out with the sweet sounds of the early birds is what I'm all about.
|Early morning bird trying to figure out how to free the dude behind the mirror|
5. For me, ritual is the key to successful RVing. Let me give you a for instance. Odel told me he made it a part of his every Sunday to clean out the black tank. I have read of many people having issues with a black tank that's overflowing. How can this really occur when you are emptying it regularly? I mean, c'mon people, do it well and do it frequently... I plan to do just that.
|Odel demonstrates the ins and outs of the plumbing system|
7. It's easy to take the word "camping" out the equation when I am traveling in such luxury. It was a no brainer to me when we had Alfred Hitchpop (our popup camper) to just get out in the air and eat outside or go for a walk or look up at the sky or scrape squirrel poop off my shoe. In Scoopy however, it's very comfy inside and the outside can sometimes look like a cruel world by comparison. Why go outside when it's warm here in my leather recliner with my spotty wifi? Exercise is key to staying healthy so I must avail of the myriad trails available near almost every campground. I can charge my iPad while I'm out.
8. Instead of mindlessly browsing the Web, it's sometimes important to get up and chop some of those veggies we bought at the market. Preparing meals is really important to me because the munchies will arrive and when they do and if I'm not prepared, I will march right up to the freezer in the campground store where the ice cream resides. Okay once in a while but not something to make a habit of.
9, Having a printer in our RV is also critical, preferably the wireless kind that will also work with my iPad. There is no substitute for a physical map in my hand when push comes to shove when my GPS chick decides to slip me a McGuffin.
|Nothing beats a printed map and we've now got just the thing for the job!|
|Odel shares the secret of keeping Scoopy young and beautiful|