Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)
We went to Alafia State Park in Hillsborough County over the weekend to try out our new camper. Not only were we eager to use it, but we wanted to make sure we had everything before we take a two week trip in August. We had a great time, but our first trip in the camper taught us many things. We learned we don’t need a cooler, but we do need an electric skillet. We took too many cups, but not enough towels. We have to find a way to more easily accessible way to store our clothes and to anchor the shower curtain preventing water from leaking out. We have to devise a way to keep from tracking in a lot of sand and mud (it rained a lot this weekend) and where to store cleaning supplies. But, mostly what we learned is that we are going to like this way of travelling. As long as we learn to keep it simple. For our first venture out, husband had to make two trips to the campground because he had to tow the travel trailer and then, return home to get my horse. The whole purpose of the weekend was to be with our friends’ who like to horse camp, but we are not really set up to do that. Until I teach Trucker to stand where the motorcycle will go and not use the camper for a bathroom, we will need two trailers. Not likely to happen anytime soon. Because we were camping less than an hour away, it was not such a big deal, but any farther away and I will need to get Trucker a ride with someone else. It would probably have been better for this trip, to have left the horse at home. I also took too much food intending on cooking a lot but by the time we were done riding, I was too tired to cook. We brought food home and even went out to eat one meal. I will have to learn how much food to pack and how much time it will take to prepare it. Space is also a consideration as there is limited cabinet space and not much room for a table. If we eliminate the cooler and all the horse gear, there will be a place for the table along the back wall. We also learned that we are going to have to compromise on how we sleep. Our bed is surrounded by walls on three sides. Husband wants to go in head first but that makes me claustrophobic so I have to go in feet first so my head is hanging out. So, we slept opposite to each other and besides needing two top sheets, I think it will work out okay. The biggest thing we learned is that living in such close quarters will require us to communicate, forgive and be patient. Hmm. I think that is true for every marriage no matter where you live!