Last Friday, we launched on a trip down to Merrimac, MA to see daughter Jen and her family — and to test out systems on the Airstream. We often take the unit down there so that the dog and I can sleep out in the woods — saving some hassle at the house.
|The rig hooked up and ready to roll down our newly surfaced driveway.|
I expected a difficult trip since it was a Friday afternoon – the first weekend with school out — but it was fairly tame. We navigated the construction work in downtown Montpelier and huffed up the big hills heading out of Vermont.
|There was a neat Canadian couple parked just ahead of us in the rest area and I quizzed them on their big Class C rig, which they’ve taken all over North America.|
During the last half of the trip, I was sweating out the arrival procedure since I have to stop on a sometimes-busy road, back kitty-corner into a winding narrow driveway, and then back diagonally into the woods. It’s not hard if cars and trucks don’t show up — and we must have missed rush hour because only one car had to stop and watch Mary and I work at getting the Airstream off the road. We are getting better, or luckier.
|There’s no electricity out in Jen’s woods and the solar panel never worked in previous trips. You can see why.|
Our visit was wonderful, including a celebration of our 51st anniversary with a couple of cousins of mine whom I seldom see, but the mosquitos were tough as was the temperature and humidity. We decided to return to Vermont a day early since the trailer was getting very warm (the generator is great but not sized to run the A/C unit.
We got home Monday, mid-day, and had a chance to unpack and park the Airstream before a series of thunderstorms. The trip was a success: seeing the gang was wonderful, the hot water and refrigerator which had just been serviced worked like a charm, and Penny was in general, a good visitor.
|The Airstream is now parked off the driveway in the only flat spot available, ready for the next adventure.|