A little over four years ago, I put money down on a lightweight trailer. I had the crazy idea to quit my full-time job and wander around the country. I was burned out and in serious need of a life reboot.
Three years ago, on May 2, I picked up that trailer, an Alto 1743 hand-made by Safari Condo. I’d never towed a thing, didn’t really get how the wide mirrors worked, and I definitely couldn’t back that thing up. But my mother had raised me to think I could do anything I put my mind to, so I had watched videos, asked questions in Facebook groups, and slowly put together a plan. The acid test, though, was that first drive out of the showroom parking lot and a mile down the road to the KOA, my first ever time camping in an RV of any kind. That’s my first stop in the cover photo at the top and while you can’t see the sweat stains on the seat, trust me, they were there. That was the longest mile ever.
I drove back to Seattle and finished out my job commitments while moving from campground to campground in the Seattle area. I figured out how to live in a tiny trailer, how to get internet and then how to get better internet, and how to stay in touch with friends while being completely mobile.
Thing #1: I go slower and stay longer at places now, and I make more effort to meet up with friends and camp with them. 200 miles in a day is a lot for me now, and, with the exception of making a specific date, I tend to stay 4-5 nights minimum at each stop.
Thing #2: No one notices how long it takes me to back up into a site on a bad day. Or a good day. It’s just not that interesting. Took a lot of pressure of myself when I realized that fact.
Thing #3: When camping in the south after April 1st, you will be running the A/C so get a site with electricity. You can thank me later. You will also become familiar with tornado warnings and thunderstorm watches. Trust me, though, the South is worth all the weather drama.
I’m starting year 4 and I’m ready for it. Head cold, hot weather? No sweat. Broken hand, flat tire? Been there, done that. I’ve learned I can deal with whatever comes my way. As my dear friend told me when I was panicking that first year, “You got this.” Yes, I do.
Felt so good like anything was possible
I hit cruise control and rubbed my eyes…
Yeah, runnin’ down a dream
Never would come to me
Workin’ on a mystery
Goin’ wherever it leads
I’m runnin’ down a dream