Look at things through the eyes of a child
My first impression of the Campground - a dusty parking lot with full-hook ups. Storybird’s first impression of the campground - lots of fun things to do: swinging, swimming, playing The Adam’s Family pinball game, playing ping-pong with Data, safely exploring her surroundings, hanging out with new friends, ...her list went on.
Laundry doesn’t always have to be a chore
During our 4 night stay, I spent a bit of time in the laundry room. While washing the first couple of loads, I sat and talked with a Vietnam vet who is full-time traveling with his wife. We talked about their recent trip to the Philippines. While there he spoke with witnesses of the Baatan Death March of WWII (we were introduced to this event while in Mobile).
To an outsider, our conversation probably seemed quite disjointed. And it was. This gentleman suffers from PTDS and several times our talk brought him to tears—something he cannot control. When I noted this happening, I would change the direction of our conversation. I felt honored that he shared some of his life and tears with me.
Another day I spoke with a woman who is here with her husband. They work in NM during the winter and return to MT for the summer. It was refreshing to here someone speak so freely about her faith.
Flexibility is the word
Back in Mission, Mike and his Dad replaced a major part on our microwave/convection oven. We had tested the microwave feature while there, but didn’t test the oven portion until this stop. Neither the convection nor the 1/2 time cooking feature work. We discovered this while trying to bake Pilsbury cinnamon rolls. What were we to do? The kids told me we couldn’t just throw them away; that would be wasteful. I had to come up with a solution and fast. ;) The electric skillet and some oil came to the rescue. YUM!
The deep frying method was okay for this time, but isn’t a long term answer. And, replacing the expensive oven isn’t an option right now, either. So, we picked up a toaster oven. I can’t bake breads or some casserole dishes, but the kids can make their favorite tortilla pizzas. And, because we can use it to toast, the 2 sliced toaster was put below with the larger baking pans. We will donate these things with our bag of outgrown clothing once we find a Goodwill or thrift store (Carlsbad does not seem to have any).
Meeting up with online friends is fun
We’ve already experienced this a few times on our trip (Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas), but it was nice to be reminded of this while spending time with the Leonard family.
Awe-inspiring. Other-worldly. Wow.