Monday, July 4, 2011

The Shakedown Cruise

     Four weeks to go before I am permanently on the road and it is now time for the 'Shakedown'.
     Ron was eager to get me versed in all the ins-and-outs of Halcyon II and we knew that Simie the cat would need some acclimating. We selected Munds Park (just 20 miles south of Flagstaff in the lovely pine trees) because son Ron has a friend who owns a vacation cabin there. We would spend Fourth of July in the cool mountain air at 7000 feet.
     The first step was Simie.  The night before we left I gave her a dose of some organic sedative recommended by Petsmart.  It is full of all kinds of lovely sounding flowers and herbs-and 18%  alcohol!  Poor kitty--the next morning she had a hangover and was not the least bit happy about getting in the RV so I wrapped her tightly in a towel, climbed into the passenger seat with Ron at the wheel--and as we drove away, Simie peed on me!! I know my daughter Janice will say,  "You had it coming!"
     Another dose of that yummy sedative and Simie retreated to her cubby hole for the duration of the journey north--while I changed by clothes.  By the time we reached Munds Park she was venturing out of the 'cat cubby' and exploring her surroundings--happily she seemed altogether content.  However,  I may have to take her to AA.
      The RV is easy and comfortable.  Cooking was not difficult and sleeping was wonderful--cool  with fresh air breezes all night. I am testing out the new Verizon 'MiFi'.  It is slower than the cable at home but it is remarkable that I can sit here under the pine trees and work on my blog.
      I think I am going to love this life!

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