We are soon joined by a man with a quick smile, and we strike up a conversation. I decide I am warm enough and hop in the pool, and am there for only a few minutes before a lady, who seems to know the man in the hot tub, joins me. Before long, we're all friends, chatting about our travels, their fur babies, the beautiful Texas weather, Rod's work, and the pros and cons of living in a home on wheels. Before we disperse back to our homes, we exchange phone numbers.
Two weeks later, just before we leave for our new workamping job in South Texas, Patti and Rod host chili night in their home. We meet Jack and Jill, their cats and trusty traveling companions, as well as Patti and Rod's human friends, Kevin and Sharon. Patti makes a mean pot of chili - actually, two mean pots of chili, one spicier than the other - and, along with cornbread and desserts, Marvin and I each enjoy multiple bowls of the red goodness. After an evening of laughter and good food, we reluctantly say good night and good-bye to our new friends.
But that isn't the end of the story. Patti and Rod have kept in touch with us, and we hope to meet up with them again on the road. A few weeks ago, this Idaho couple was kind enough to answer our questions and to share some RVing tips with us. Keep reading to get to know our friends, Patti and Rod.
Patti: We have visited 13 states so far and traveled 6,000 miles.
You all have put in a lot of highway time and covered a lot of ground!
Patti: We loved Nashville for its country music and good friends.
Patti: The litter box. Rod solved that one by putting a passage way into the basement of our 5th wheel. The kitties love their little door to their potty.
Patti: Our cordless Dyson vacuum is the best! For cooking, I love our crock pot and BBQ grill.
Patti: Big showers!! But I also miss having more space in general and not having to deal with black water tanks.
I'm with you on the big showers! It's always a nice treat to stay with family or at a hotel or BNB and enjoy a full-sized shower.
Patti: Rod flushed the black water tank and left the water on and the gate closed while he answered a phone call. The tank kind of exploded! It shook the RV and cracked the top! $1100.00 and a mobile RV repair later, it was fixed!! I never did find this too funny. We know two other friends who have done the same thing.
Wow! That was an expensive lesson!
Patti: Recently, a friend taught me how to make jewelry. I love this new hobby.
Yes, I've seen some of your designs! They are so cute!
(Patti and Rod are working on a website for her new jewelry business. We'll update this post when their site is live!)
Patti: We will be going up the St. Joe River [in Idaho] camping with family. Then some little jaunts to Glacier National Park [in Montana]. We also want to go to the Oregon Coast.
We're looking forward to camping with family as well. Very few things make us happier than sitting around a campfire with people we love. And we look forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories of your next adventures!