Kimbopolo Was Here!

Kim and her Roadtrek

Kim and her Roadtrek

To my absolute delight, Kim stopped by to visit on her way home from her Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Mountains/DC trip today!

Kim

Kim

After a Casita tour, we escaped into her van for a wonderful girl-talk session, leaving Ron to babysit the dogs.

Kim had owned a 16 foot Casita before and loved it.  We decided that Casitas are better for camping for several days at a time, whereas vans are ideal for seeing the sights, or for impromptu solo trips to enjoy a little personal space for a while.

And we decided that I must have a van someday!  🙂

Her van is beautiful.  It’s cozy, like the Casita.  And like the Casita it has lots of windows so you don’t feel closed in.  Her passenger seat swivels, and she can set up a large or a small table by it.  And, unlike

Inside Kim's van.  I was really impressed that she has comfortable seating, since I don't in the Casita!

Inside Kim’s van. I was really impressed that she has comfortable seating, since I don’t in the Casita!

the Casita, her electric sofa seat reclines, so she also has comfortable seating in the rear.  I was impressed!  And only a tiny bit jealous!  😀

After visiting inside her van, we moved outside to a vacant campsite overlooking the lake.  But the temperature started dropping and the wind picked up, making it too chilly to enjoy long.

Kim had hoped to be able to dump her tanks here for a small donation, but the gate people refused.  So she left to find another dump station before heading home.

Looking toward the front of Kim's van

Looking toward the front of Kim’s van

I was really surprised they refused her.  Ron said he bet if someone else were at the gate house, they would have allowed it.

Kim, Peggy and I are planning to get together in Florida in January at Stephen Foster State Park.  That is something to look forward to!

The temperature is dropping rapidly now.  I turned on the furnace a little while ago since the little electric heater wasn’t doing the job.  So glad we got the furnace fixed before we left on this trip.

Our chilly lake view

Our chilly lake view

Since it’s going to be cold tomorrow, I was ready to head home.  But Ron wants to stay until Thursday.  So I’ll probably spend tomorrow inside surfing, reading, doing crosswords, drinking tea, and enjoying the lake view outside my window one more time.

Another of my tentative van plans.  This one has a real refrigerator in it.

Another of my tentative van plans. This one has a real refrigerator in it.

The Women’s Get Together

Our time here is flying!  One beautiful day flows into another and time tends to lose much meaning.

Kim -- beautiful, sweet, elegant!

Kim — beautiful, sweet, elegant!

RV Buddies, a women’s camping group, was having a get-together at Suwannee River State Park this week — just a few miles from Mom’s place.  I have so wanted to meet Kim (Kimbopolo) and Peggy (Camping Tales) in person.  When I learned they both would be there, I knew that I had to drop in for a visit.

I was not disappointed.  They are a fantastic group of women!  It always amazes me how following a person’s blog creates such a feeling of kinship when you finally get to meet in person!

Peggy, Camping Tales blogger, so much fun, and a fantastic wildlife photographer.

Peggy, Camping Tales blogger, so much fun, and a fantastic wildlife photographer.

They had a huge variety of rigs.  Kim in her Roadtrek that was a lot more spacious inside than I expected; Peggy in her 17′ Coachmen Apex that had huge windows everywhere — including a big window over the kitchen sink that impressed me!  Norma’s 13′ Scamp had a front sofa, front window and huge skylight vent that really opened the space up, along with a fenced in front “yard” for her two little dogs.  And Carla’s conversion van’s layout looked comfortable, cozy, and had some of the coolest lights I’ve seen.

There was also a Pleasureway that I didn’t see inside.  And I’m very sorry to admit that, as usual for me, I’ve forgotten a couple of names.

Carla with her best buddy, and lots of adventurous travel plans.

Carla with her best buddy, and lots of adventurous travel plans.

Carla had a canopy with sides that kept out rain and wind, so we gathered there.  Then when the rain stopped, she pulled the waterproof sides back, leaving the bug netting to screen us.

Lorraine.  Sweet and soft spoken, and Mom to 5 little Yorkies (if I'm not confused again!)  She had two of the little ones with her..

Lorraine. Sweet and soft spoken.  We didn’t give her much chance to get a word in edgewise.  Sorry, Lorraine.  🙂

Now I’m really going to be embarrassed if I find out I got the names confused, but if I did, I promise I’ll correct my mistakes as soon as they are pointed out to me!  😀

I left the group a little after 5:00 because my sister Hope had told me she would have dinner ready at 6:00. She did… and it was superb!!!

We’ll be leaving Mom’s tomorrow after lunch to go camp at Ann’s place for a few days.

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