So. Last in my chronological narrative, we’d left Detroit, spent a week in (West) Memphis, and arrived in southeastern San Antonio at the Green Lake RV Resort.
It’s a good location, only 3 miles from a local park to run Elvis and play ball; 10 minutes to the HEB grocery store and other retail; and about 15 minutes to downtown.
For anyone who’d like a look at the campground, check out this YouTube video from blogging couple John and Laura Hebard. It’s not the same campground — they’re in Houston — but the seven Quality RV Resorts appear to be built exactly alike. Skip to the :45 mark for the video tour.
The campground seems to be hosting a mix of people who work full-time in the area and stay for months at a time (like us) or travelers who stay for 3-6 days then move on. It’s a pretty quiet resort, with few children but quite a few pets. Folks are friendly and the amenities are nice. Laundry is a bit pricey, and the weather hasn’t really cooperated to use the pool. Yet.
Speaking of weather — holy cow! While I’m really happy not to be in Michigan with the ice and snow and colder temperatures, we have not had typical San Antonio winter weather!
The average for this time of year is 70, the ideal that we’re seeking. But we’ve had many more days of gloom and rain than of sun, and two 2-3 day periods where the weather was in the 30s. The park even shut off the water for 2 nights as the temperature dipped down into the 20s overnight!
Thankfully we prepared properly by having propane on hand, and using our space heater to supplement. And we had our jackets and layers and long pants. This weekend looks to be beautiful, if the forecast stays true.
Ok, hope that sets the stage.
Our stay here has been pleasant and uneventful. For the first week, we spent most evenings sorting through stuff and debating whether or not we needed 6 laptop power cords (NO) or 3 fans (apparently, yes). The last month in Detroit had been so harried that we threw a lot of stuff into bins without really sorting through the contents. Then those bins were on the couch, shoved under the dining table, in the aisleway of the trailer, and in every cabinet and corner.
We re-organized the stuff we were keeping. I took a car full of donations to the local Goodwill, a couple of bins got stashed in the Volvo, and a few bags went to the dumpster. We purchased 2 small cabinets to supplement the cabinets already in the rig. Here’s what the main living space looks like now:
My main complaint now is that we need a new couch. Under the sheet slipcover is the original couch that came with the rig in 2011. It’s nice in that it has a queen-size air bed built in, and a storage drawer underneath. But I can’t use the airbed with the other furniture we have in the space, and it’s just not comfortable! We don’t want to spend much money as we hope to have a new trailer before long, but I’m hoping we can find something that will fit the space and our budget.
As to our routine, Shawn spends all day in front of the computer, working. Usually on conference calls, email and chat all at the same time.
I spend a lot of time on my laptop, too, researching things to do here, and where to go next. I take Elvis for walks, read a lot, and handle the domestic chores.
When the weather cooperates, I explore a bit. In my next post I’ll share some of the attractions I’ve visited thus far.
Next up: formulating a 2-year plan for my end goal of getting paid for writing grants. If you’ve got any contacts in the field, I’d appreciate an introduction!
Andrea–you look so relaxed! Love your blog…keep up the good work!
Thanks Kay! I really appreciate the words of encouragement. And I can promise that the next few posts will contain more travel/sightseeing info and pics!
Reading the posts since you hit the road in December reminds me of our first few months back in spring of 2009 — except we didn’t store anything and weren’t also working while on the road. I do remember learning where all the Salvation Army drop boxes and Goodwill stores were for several towns along the way as we kept donating more and more stuff. Eventually we ended up buying a few things again that we missed, but no where near what we’d parted with 🙂
And I love your comment (maybe in an earlier post?) about adjusting to the small space and bumping into each other. We’ve downsized from our 38′ or so fifth wheel to a 32′ Class C — and do what we call the “RVer dance” — scooting around each other in the small space. But it’s all a part of the adventure, right?
LOL. We did end up buying a cooler (after getting rid of 3) because with a residential fridge (and no inverter connected yet) we needed one to keep the essentials cold until we landed here in San Antonio.
I actually really like the idea of living in some of the Class B vans, but not with 2 people! 32′ woudl even be a stretch for us. What drove you to switch?
Any tips on living the lifestyle wold be appreciated!
Everybody said “go big!” so we started that way, then found out most of the places we wanted to go and stay were tricky (reluctantly cut a tree limb down one place; woke up people in another when our rig couldn’t cut the corner where their vehicle was sticking out… not to mention a hair-raising, too-narrow road in the Vermont forest, which became part of a short story in my collection)….
We parked the fifth wheel and visit in on occasion, but travel 80-90% of the time in the Class C. Rarely do we miss what we’ve left in the fifth wheel. As you travel, you realize you need less and less, rather than more and more stuff. Of course, working while traveling is a different thing — you need that “work stuff” whether it’s equipment or clothing.
You’ll get there! Just takes time 🙂 Meantime — enjoy!
Gotcha. We’ve debated those things, but truth is that our style of travel — including the long stays and internet/cell access to accommodate the 9-5, and our love of creature comforts — means we’re not likely to stay in state parks or remote areas. We think.
Reading your blog and enjoying it very much!
Totally understand! And thanks for stopping by Bob & Ellen’s Great RV Adventure blog 🙂
Andrea, small world. I am sitting here in pottery and the lady sitting beside just returned from seeing her mom in San Antonio. Oddly enough she lives at the end of the RV park you are at. She suggested for a good steak to try The Red Barn on Hackmore St. Enjoy! Also said the Best Buy on rv’s is right down the road on I10 west, Boerne’s.
Wow, Mary, what an amazing coincidence! Looking at the restaurant I’m sure we can make a trip there before we leave the area.
Re: the trailer — we are 95% sure we’re going to purchase either a custom DRV or a Spacecraft, so which we have only a very few dealers. We’ve set a timeline to make a decision by March, so as to take possession by fall (hopefully).
I’m glad to know you’re reading the blog! 🙂
Hopefully Albequerque in 2018.