As I choked back the tears, I gave daughter one last hug goodbye before climbing into the truck. We not only bid farewell to our daughter but also said goodbye to our beloved Colorado for the year. It was a great summer filled with plenty of discoveries and new-found friendships. We already look forward to next summer.
Alas with frost nipping at our heels, we set off on our 1,125 mile journey to Lake Mead, Nevada. We were on a mission …. a mission that entails redecorating the RV. We’ve now been living full-time in the RV a little over a year and although I don’t miss living in a sticks n bricks house, I do miss certain niceties. One of which is our beautiful leather couch and loveseat. I really miss that couch and loveseat. Before the movers showed up to haul them off to the storage unit, hubby and I even contemplated swapping out the RV couch for our leather loveseat. It unfortunately just wasn’t going to work. So we hit the road as is over a year ago.
But the RV couch has remained a source of discontent for both Al and me. I hate the chenille fabric and really miss the leather. I’ve continued to shop online off and on for a new RV couch ever since hitting the road full-time and a tentative plan to head to Elkhart, Indiana, in the summer of 2015 was being discussed.
Allow me to digress and backtrack a tad. Last March while camped in Phoenix, Arizona, we were joined by fellow bloggers, Linda and Mike. During one of many conversations with this engaging couple, the subject of RV remodeling came up. Linda and Mike were making plans to head up to Oregon to have solar panels installed as well as possibly replacing the loveseat with a desk….. “Say what? Whatever shall you do with that soft, supple, butter cream, leather sofa? I call dibs!”
We spent more time hanging out with Linda and Mike as our paths continued to crisscross during the months of April, May, and June. Each time I stepped into Linda’s RV, I continued to longingly eye that loveseat but contained myself from saying, “When can I have the loveseat huh, huh, huh?” At that point they still hadn’t decided if they were going to go forward with the remodel.
Fast track to September – just when I was convinced my loveseat shopping would need to resume and that trip to Indiana was inevitable, I received an email from Linda asking if we were still interested in the loveseat? “Dah, YEAH!” A price was quickly agreed upon and then talks ensued for the logistics to be worked out.
We were in Denver, Colorado, and they were in Eugene, Oregon. We were separated by approximately 1,300 miles but our winter plans had us traveling in opposite directions. Where ever shall we meet? Lake Mead, Nevada, it is!
You can read about Linda and Mike’s remodel here. It turned out great.
So now you know why we needed to go to Lake Mead….. to pick up our new loveseat. Let the remodeling commence. Come on, you didn’t think I would stop with a new couch. Nope, now there are chairs to reupholster…… and of course a few other things here and there, but all in due time and I’ll share it all in a future post once our DIY projects are complete.
With the heavy lifting complete, what do two couples do boondocking in the desert in 100 degree heat with no air conditioning? But of course, sit in the shade, drink, eat, and solve all the problems of the world. After four days of desert dwelling and plenty of debauchery, it was in everyone’s best interest we bid farewell before we all needed to check into a detox center, but we do have plans to meet up again down the road. Perhaps more desert dwelling is needed.
Al and I are now comfortably parked in familiar stomping grounds back at Lake Pleasant located northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, and not far from our son’s home. Our stop here will be short. We’ll get in plenty of visits with the son, take care of our DIY projects, and some RV repairs, then hit the road around the 24th. Until then, I’m thoroughly enjoying the desert sunsets….. they’re the best!