My kids and grandkids live 3,000 miles apart and without the RV, it is no longer an option to plan a loop around the country that includes a visit of a month or two or whole season in each of their parts of the country. I miss that privilege so I pack a lot into the few days or weeks I have as I did this spring with both of them. Except for one day exploring the mountainous countryside checking out various nurseries and a cheese shop that had about everything you could drool over, I just enjoyed being with them.
Because I twisted my leg badly enough to need a soft splint on it, I was exempted from any duties so I had it made. I was able to drive Will to the library where he could get WIFI and play games since they aren’t able to get that on their mountaintop. While his parents rode off on the motorcycle to their 21st wedding anniversary dinner, Will and I went for the cheese-filled crust pizza and breadsticks.
Will’s other Grandma treated Will and I to dinner one day and ended with a huge dessert that included a mouth-watering brownie, ice cream, and whipped cream. Will justified this by saying it was more economical to buy a three-way shared dessert than buying individual dishes of ice cream. Can you tell that he is the son of a CPA? And I’ve always said that my daughter would have this country debt free if she were US Treasurer. At almost 14, Will’s already got the right idea.
I never put much stock into the claims I see on TV but I discovered the CVS pharmacies live up to what they say. I forgot my prescription for relieving migraine headaches and panicked because I had just filled the prescription at home and could just hear them saying, “We can’t fill it because it is too soon” or “We can fill it but insurance won’t pay for it because it is too soon” or “We aren’t a Safeway Store so we can’t transfer it.” But the young lady at CVS very patiently asked a few questions and before the day was over, I had my prescription.
That twisted leg healed nicely until I twisted it again on my way down the steps to board a United butterfly to Dulles in DC for the trip back. A baggage handler kindly handed my carry-on up to the stewardess and I painfully pulled myself aboard. The wheel chair they ordered for me at DC never appeared so after hobbling in the crowded hallways until I collared a Customer Service rep, they finally provided a chair and driver who took me via shuttle to the Phoenix boarding area, ran me down the aisle and dumped me into the plane. At Phoenix a wheel chair and driver wheeled me right into the parking area to meet my ride. When they finally acted, they really acted…and I am grateful.
All is well that ends well and I was greeted the next morning by a young great horned owl that was living in my back yard. Not all bad. God Bless until next week.
Minshall’s RVing Alaska and Canada (A “How to” and “Why not” book) is available thru Amazon.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”