Due to cascading issues throughout my spine, I retired 2 months shy of 30 years as a helicopter/jet pilot and federal agent. Another stinky side effect of this lovely spine was my quickly closing travel options. While the neck can handle it, the arms, thoracic and lumbar can't hack more than 30 minutes in a car if driving, 15 at times as a passenger. This of course puts flying as a passenger out, driving to places etc.
In June my SIL advised of a family reunion in Texas 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. I was almost bawling as I know my hubby (his side of the family by the way) really enjoys these gatherings - I do too.
He then suggested renting an RV for a 3 or 4 day trip. Though I was hesitant, I was so hoping this could work. We rented the vehicle, and I am kind of glad it went this way as the vehicle (30') was designed for renters, so no slides, high entry stairs, and the seating wasn't the most comfy. I had already done some reading, so had my memory foam mattress toppers for the bed.
I also wanted to bring my Chausie (hybrid Jungle cat) to see how he would handle it. After my hubby brought the "Rent me" RV to the house, we started packing it. After about 45 minutes, I almost put a stop to our trip before it started as I was dying in pain. The hubby had me go lay down and see if it would settle down - fortunately it settled enough to continue. Put Oscar (my hybrid) in the cat carrier and loaded him into the RV. Off we went. I found that the vehicle wasn't the smoothest ride, but again it was going to be worse than one's own personal RV due to it being a rental.
I was so happy after we got to our first camp in Naples that I cried 'happy tears'...why? I realized my world had re-opened for the travel side of the house! My Oscar wasn't thrilled, but hybrids are funny in that they hate change and strange areas/sounds/smells etc. He calmed down once we got settled in the camp. We then set up for the stay, and got dinner cooked, walked around the camp, thanks to my pretty cane, and had a great time!
We broke camp and moved across the state to visit Lion Country Safari. If you haven't been there, it is neat, you get to drive through a live preserve and see all kinds of animals. It beats going to the zoo! Since we didn't have our vehicle, and I was limited, the park let us rent a car to go through for a low fee, and then they drove us back over to the KOA site we were staying at. I was so impressed with how they acted towards us, I still smile about it. This pleasant and caring treatment is almost unheard of down here in South Florida! Sorry, it is known that the rudest people live down here! It's true!! On our trip, staying at 3 camps, I found wonderful, caring people!!
More to come....
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.