(First written 11/20/06)
When we swallowed the hook and gave up sweet Callipygia (sob, sob) to move into dear Clemmie (smile, smile) and take up a life of land cruising I never dreamt of the benefits we’d find. Too many to list, but primary among them is the ability to reconnect with dear ones with quality time. We have friends and relatives all over this continent – and a couple of other ones too. Now, as we pick a general route, it’s incredibly easy to make minor detours to visit this one or that. We keep our address book up-to-date so we call, say we’re going to be in the area and would like to visit. Then we add, we’ll bring our own bedroom, linens, and kitchen and all we need is a flat place to park our little house and (if possible) an electric outlet.
We remember that fish and guests begin to stink after 3 days so we remind our dear ones it’ll be more like having a short-term neighbor than a guest. We don’t think we’ve overstayed our welcome anywhere – at least if we have no-one has mentioned it. We retain our usual routines, get up early and eat breakfast in Clemmie, make our own lunch, offer to bring potluck for dinner (or invite hosts to happy hour), and retreat to our own space when seems appropriate, or at nap time. It’s a fabulous way to visit.