DreamDuffer & GypsyStar

A Dream is Born!

About Three years ago, DreamDuffer and I , GypsyStar, began kicking around the idea of getting a camper.  It was just a thought.  That thought started creeping into many of our conversations.  We had tent camped a few times and we enjoyed it for the most part.  The idea behind getting a camper was the freedom to travel the United States with our little Oreo Cookie.  We are retired military, so we have traveled overseas and domestically, but there is so much of this great county we have not seen.  We began looking at motorhomes  and long story short, we found a great deal on a diesel Holiday Vacationer.  We bought it, took our first camping trip to a local campground, and right away we learned we had a lot to learn!  The manual still has it’s permanent place behind the driver’s seat and is used frequently.  My first morsel of advice is read the manual and keep it near.

Since getting the MH, we have been to local campgrounds, State and Federal Parks, boon docked in parking lots and traveled many miles to many states. I have created this site to share our trips including the good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, there have been ugly. The beautiful sights and scenery available in this big nation of ours is truly amazing! We have not even begun to see all we wish to see.

Assuming you are traveling with a husband, wife, partner, my advice is to make sure you like them.  Oh, you say you love them dearly, and I am sure you do.  But do you LIKE them?  Will they make you crazy in three days?  Are you able to communicate without yelling?  What is yelled at the campground is heard by all of the campground and talked about, tweeted, facebooked , possibly videoed and handed down for generations.  Open and honest communication is a must.  Understanding each others likes and dislikes and respecting them is certainly important for harmony.  Before hitting the road, discuss each others duties, chores and responsibilities.  After all, you will be living in a very tight, small, sometimes cluttered, lack of privacy and step-over-each-other space.  Allow each other space and alone time.

Discuss the expectations for your trip.  Never assume you are on the same page.  Pages can turn pretty fast!  Be honest with each other.  Will you always agree?  Oh, Paleeeze!  Here is the word of the day…compromise!

We have golf as a shared interest.  Exploring new and interesting places.  Check.  Shopping in unique little shops…maybe some..maybe not so much. History…we both love that!  Local craft shops?  Me yes…DreamDuffer not so much. Wine vineyards and wine tasting?  I am so there!   He can take it or leave it. Tool and die shops, engineering shops, motors, inventions, and cars?  Me..not so much. DreamDuffer?  Well yes!  Where I am going with this?  Compromise!  Give and take.  There are enough hours in the day to see what you both like.  When you get back to camp, discuss the day.  Enjoy both views and likes.
Even though you share many interests, you probably don’t share all hobbies.  I like to paint, craft, read and write.  DreamDuffer doesn’t.  Enjoying the time with each other is great, taking over another’s life with just what you like to do is selfish.  Each of you should spend some time enjoying your own hobbies.   Time on your own does not need to be all day, or ignoring your partner.  Take a small amount of time to enjoy your interests and let your partner enjoy theirs.

Get Out There and Make Those Memories!

The great outdoors is awaiting you.  Get out there!  Utilized the area maps and brochures.  Go see, take pictures and make memories.  I like to go to the nearest little town to soak up local history and culture.  Shop in local quaint shops.  Try the local cafe.  If there are wineries, farms or ranches that allow visitors to take a tour.  Take a hike, or at least a slow walk and marvel at the scenery we don’t get to see living in a city.  We like to golf the local courses and even fish if the weather permits.

Summery:

Take pictures!  Lots and lots of pictures!  If you don’t have makeup on, you have sweats or just wrinkled tee on…take those pictures!  There will come a time when your kids and grandkids will look at those pictures and marvel at how much fun you were, how much fun you had, and cherish the memories of YOU!

Journal your trips with pictures.  You may not think anyone will care, but trust me, they will.  They will look at all your pictures and your descriptions and one day may decide to trace your footsteps.  Leave a legacy of discovery, exploration, fun, and adventure.

As night falls and bugs come out to play in the lights, build a funcampfire, make some s’mores, talk about your day, laugh and watch the stars.  We have two televisions in our camper and we have never watched them.  Most evenings we play music, listen to nature and relax.  It is at that time I appreciate the opportunity to experience God’s creations, my husband who is willing to travel with me and take me places,  and be thankful for my fun adventures past, present and future.  I am also excited to be able to not only share those with you the reader, but hopefully help you as a future or present camper enjoy your own adventures while maintaining an acceptable level of sanity.

In Conclusion, Some Future Links and Likes.

There are amazing people and places in this country and most are friendly and accommodating.  I will add posts and links to various places that you can join to camp for a night or two right on the winery, farm or ranch.  Some museums allow overnight parking as well.  As we travel and explore, I will post reviews of campgrounds and of local attractions.  Of course, you will have to come back to this site for a visit to see the newest posts. 

Come along with us on our journey and experience the beauty, the highways and byways, and the dips and bumps. Actually, the first night in our RV was pretty bumpy as we experienced our first earthquake! The RV shook, but we were not shaken away from our dream of adventure in our new to us RV. More about the earthquake and other bumps later in posts.

Just Purchased the RV!

I have included some links and products that I have found to be useful while camping and traveling. Some are affiliates so if you click on them, I do get a small percentage of any sales. There is no extra expense for you, I just get that percentage for advertising the product.

Thanks for visiting and please return often as I create this site and travel adventures with DreamDuffer and GypsyStar. Thank you for vising and please leave a comment, crituqe or question. I do answer all my visitor’s comments. Have a wonderful day and Happy Traveling!

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