Just like the little engine I have been telling myself over the last few months, “I think I can, I think I can.” I’ve been telling everyone that would stand still long enough to listen all about my plans to travel. But deep down, in the very dark recesses of my heart, I was so afraid I couldn’t. The doubts would fill my mind. What if I find that it’s too scary to pull a trailer. What if I’m too overwhelmed by learning all these new things? Maybe I’m too good old to embark on new adventures! What if I fail???
But I think I can! I think I can do this. It might not be perfect. Things might go wrong. I might get overwhelmed at times. but, I think I can. And all I have to do is take one step at a time. So the adventure has begun!
The Casita Factory
The troops and I are up 4:30. We mustn’t be late and I wanted to be sure to give them a good walk and breakfast before we headed to Rice Texas. Well….I allowed for plenty of time so we were stuck watching the news and staring at the clock until it was time to go. We were only about 15 minutes away and arrived at the factory at 6:50. I had read on the Casita forum that it was best to be there by 7 if you wanted to be the first to pick up your trailer.
I wasn’t the first. Another couple, coming from California, beat me by about 30 seconds. That was ok a I knew they would be doing two orientations at the same time. The gentleman was eager to get started so he got out and walked around. The wife and I visited about how excited we were. Their SUV was even filled more to the brim than mine was! No one was in the office yet. The door said they opened at 8:00. So we waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, at 8:00:30 the door opened and we eagerly went in.
Introductions were done and I was told that Victor would be doing my orientation. At this point I have to tell you that I felt like I already knew Victor. You see, back in 2010 a customer videotaped him doing a Casita orientation. There were eight videos posted and I had watched them all…..several times. Here is a link to the first of those for any of you that are interested. Victor looked and sounded very much as he did on the videos. By the end of the orientation I felt like I understood everything. Then I met with the salesperson I had been communicating with, signed the paperwork and was ready to go. Victor had already helped me hook up the trailer and tested all the lights to make sure I was hooked up correctly.
So there I was, behind the wheel. My heart was racing. Can I really do this??? Yes, yes, I think I can. And I did! We were on our way to our first destination, Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman Texas. This destination was chosen because it was a short distance from the Little House Customs shop where I would be getting some modifications to the Casita early the next morning.
When we arrived at at the city park there were several open RV sites to chose from. I took one away from others as I wanted to make sure I didn’t hit anything when I backed into the site. I was really, really, really scared. But, I backed right in like I had been doing it all along. Oh, I thought, maybe this is going to be easier than I thought! Now for the unpacking…..
Here are some pictures of the inside, after the unpacking – which exhausted the troops!