we stopped near Charlotte, to gas up and eat, and to let Derek take a work call that he had to participate in (versus listen in on while he drove). even though we were only an hour or so down the road, we felt like we were already in full nomad life.
here’s the exciting part of the story. when we were only a few miles away from our destination, a trucker waved at us and pointed at our van and said something about a loose chain. we pulled over as soon as we could to examine, and found our van barely hanging on for dear life. one strap had somhow come off and a big hook had disconnected and was flailing around banging on the passenger side quarter panel and underside. another chain had come loose which is actually the last resort, but thankfully it didn’t come to that. the one strap that stayed connected came through to hold onto our trusty old minivan. anyhow. we were close enough to the site, that we just unhitched the van and I followed derek the rest of the way.
we arrived. set up shop in the dark. thanks to derek and his millions of hours of research and checkups on the camper in the last few months. and headed out for a nutritious meal at Burger King.
derek snapped this shot of our camper at night. inside, I’m pleading with Hazel to please just lie down and go to sleep. she’s not used to the freedom of a regular bed, plus there’s all the excitement of the camper life, so it was a recipe for disaster. at some point, we both fell asleep in her little twin bed and I eventually woke up and crawled into a not much bigger bed with derek for a few hours of rest.
anyhooo. there was a new plan tonight. we put the big kids to bed. and I took Hazel onto our bed and just chilled with her until she fell asleep. debating whether or not we will move her or if I will sleep with her and derek will move to her bunk. in the meantime, I am working on some hand sewing and sipping some sleepy time tea (like I need to be more sleepy).
disclaimer: i am writing this post from my phone. no photo edits. and i probz wont proofread. :).