Find a new home for the pet! We refused to be slaves to ours and found her a loving home. Never regretted it.
That won't work for most of us, pets are a part of our family.
I can't think of a park I have been in where there are very few "petless" RVer's.
We take ours on long walks and many trips to the dog beach. They love the lifestyle too and we get to do all the things we want.
I think they are so exhausted they love it when we leave them alone for a few hours so they can get some rest.
Take the dog!
I disagree... it does NOT take time to learn how to slow down. DW and I took to it like ducks to water.
I reread garmp1's post ---- their issue is the two responsibilities they have at home, the aging Mom and the Doggie. Nature will take it course in due time, regrettably, but until it does, they have got to realize that those strings to home will keep pulling on their hearts. So rather than trying to take a 2 or 3 week trip in ONE WEEK... take A WEEK to make a 2 or 3 DAY trip. Just take more of them.
Ultimately (again unfortunately) circumstances will break the strings and you'll be off for as long as you want...
I agree with forty4san. We live in Springfield, Il and are always going to Missouri or southern IL-you don't need to go far you have a great area to explore and beautiful places to camp.It's hard with an elderly relative but the day will come you you can turn your Florida trip into a winter trip so hang in there.
OK, this is gonna sound a bit strange, but here goes.
Recently retired and looking forward to camping and enjoying all the things we couldn't before. Here's my problem: Our first trip as a retired couple was from St Louis to the Myrtle beach area. Planned on a week and a half for the trip, give or take. Hey, we're retired! Have a pet at home in boarding and an elderly mother to watch over with the help of a brother, so time is sort of a concern. We are so engrained in cramming a 2 or 3 week tour into a 1 week excursion, that we feel that we must constantly be on the go. Go, go, go. Can't sit, gotta see the next sight, town, waterfall, whatever. What's the key to learning how to kick back and smell the roses? We still have responsibilities at home, but not the demands of day to day constant pressure, so we have some latitude. Got our RV on order and want to enjoy what I have worked for all my life, but need help finding the way to do it. Guess I'm just lost in the retirement thing.
Sounds like you have not retired you still have a host of tasks required as a family member. Take the dog with you. Mom, that;s a whole different issue. If you are willing to travel without rushing back to care for her, do so. If you must care for M om you can't enjoy long trips.
We are off on another trip, short, but much needed and wanted, but first I need to set the record straight on our pet. Packy (our pet) is a parrot and not a dog, natural assumption, I know, and sorry if I misled anyone. We are are off to visit the Sprotsmobile people in Huntington, IN. We have ordered our van and want the Sportsmobile people to convert it. This will provide us with the opportunity to take him with us on short trips and thus relieve a bunch pressure from that standpoint. But the reason for this post is we're at it again. Planning to leave at 6:30 am to get him to the boarder and then on the road for an moderately early start and a 5-6 hour drive to the campground. It just seems that as time grows closer to leave the anticipation grows and the let's go, let's go attitude builds. It gets really hard to wind down and take it as it comes and let the when we get there, we get there attitude take over.
I have always been a very punctual person and have lived by that. Guess that's the first thing I gotta change.
Thanks for letting me vent and all the wonderful input and insight. It is much appreciated. Hope to meet down the road.
Camping in a Sportsmobile. How much better can it get?
That's sort of our situation. DH thinks we should get up at the crack of dawn, do everything all day, then go to bed super early. Hey, I'm retired. I like to go, see and do, but I want to sleep in when I want to, go out and see the sights on the days I feel like it and so forth. I'm retired. I don't have to keep a working person's schedule any longer. Now, I'm not saying I should spend every day sleeping in or staying up 'way late, but I agree that I want a more laid back time of it.
Darrell & Madonna
Furkid, GSD Sigfried
2001 Patriot Thunder by Beaver
Jeep Grand Cherokee
I wish I had your problem. If I retire, I will get into the MH and point it West (we live on the east coast) and let it take me where it wants to go. No plan, no time limit, drive 10 miles or 300, who cares. Stop when I see something interesting, drive up north in the summer, south in the winter. Get lost, get found, get lost again.
Get out of the house and go.