Baby Sets Sail aka Shakedown Cruise

Baby was ready for her virgin cruise.

Well, not really.

I spent a good while watching Driver do this:

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One of baby’s slides became “dead as a wedge” according to driver. The motor worked but the thing wouldn’t budge. I Googled the situation, read a bunch of Greek to Driver, and he scooted up under that thing and WHAM! Fixed it. I even made a video for others like us who are having the same problem.

Little did we know replacing a roll pin with a handy dandy rivet so we could get the slide in would be the least of our troubles.

Driver got Baby Beluga out of our teeny driveway by going cross-country. “I’m sinking!” He yelled. Thankfully, he didn’t really sink, it just felt like it.

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But that’s not all. We took off and our brand-spankin-new hitch was….FAULTY.

Yes it was.

Scared the stew outta us.

Baby Beluga shoved us into Camping World – 10 minutes from our home – and with no one there to help (the Faulty Hitch Guy left moments before we arrived) we had to boondock.

What is boondocking, you ask? Well, it’s when you park anywhere and spend the night. Or week. Or whatever.

Camping World has a limited number of slots with electric hook ups and over to the far side of the parking lot, they have water and black water (poo) dumping stations.

This is us- 3rd one from the left.

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We were so disappointed to spend our first night waiting on a service tech to fix our rig, but we made friends with fellow parking lot guests so that made us feel better.

And we saw this:

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How stinkin cute is THAT?! I, being the shy one, walked up to the window and almost said, “What the crap?!” But caught myself in the nick of time and instead said,”that is adorable! What is it?” The 30-something guy behind the wheel explained that the big one is his dad’s and he is the driver (elderly dad was in passenger seat) and he and his wife sleep in the wee one.

Stinkin cute, I say.

So there we were, feelin like a couple of boondockers, so in utter desperation I decided to cook. We have a cute propane stove and oven in the galley, and I made this:

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I don’t have much in the way of traveling spices so I packed chicken breasts and some butter and curry. Cooked that, and since Driver wanted sauerkraut and sausages, my other pan was busy so I took up the chicken and poured the can of beans right into the buttered-curry-chicken pan.

Wow. It was deelish!

And his sausage dinner plus my chicken dinner combined with a little battery operated tealight candle made for a great celebratory meal for our first night.

After their boondock dinners, the pups did this:

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And I’m an avid crafter and had to get ready for a card making class I’m teaching next week, so I set up my supplies on our little table.

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And made these little 3X3 cards and a box to put them in.

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I think my friends will enjoy making them!

The next morning we had quite a bit of interest over our decrepit hitch.

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An exchange, more than a little bit of upset plus $160 later, we had this:

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When we drove off around noon, we were certain – without a doubt – and even though the Camping World people did not agree – that other hitch was seriously faulty because the new one was silky smooth! Easy towing and Baby Beluga didn’t bully us a single time as we drove the hour to the campground.

By 2pm we were settled in and camping, just like we’d dreamed for over 20 years.

It was bliss.

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