desert sunrise

desert sunrise
desert sunrise

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Diesel Pusher Baptism

Nothing wakes you up faster than the sound of water dripping on your side of the bed at 3 A.M.

A wet and windy December storm blew across the state last night dropping a blanket of snow atop the mountain peaks in the high country and pouring waves of rain over the flat stretches of Arizona desert where we’ve planted our 8 round rubber RV roots for a spell.  

What do you get when you mix buckets of rain, gusty winds and a diesel pusher’s flat roof that LOOKS like its water tight?  Let’s just say I’ve been officially baptized in the name of the Gods who rule full-time RV’ers.  I’m goin’ to RV heaven for sure cuz all my sins were washed away as of 3 A.M. this morning!  

Well, in reality it wasn’t that bad.  Hardly enough to get a hand towel wet while dripping through a small round ceiling accent light, but it freaked me out all the same.  Had half-awake (or would it be half-asleep?) visions of the roof caving in and being swept away into the cold wet dark night never to see sunlight or feel warmth again I guess.  

No more Russell Stover chocolates before bed for me!  

It did warrant a trip to the RV section of the local Ace Hardware to investigate what method of sealant would be a practical, effective and affordable quick fix until the roof dries and a major caulking day can be scheduled. 
After a roof walk-about a small hole where a screw or some other such fastener once was located (but for some reason had been removed and not replaced) was found above the bedroom and sealed.  All else seemed ship shape.  Caulk and sealant tape have been ordered from 
Good job David!

I’ve lived in an RV before and I do know it’s one fix-it job after another.  That’s just the way it is.  It’s the price to be paid for nurturing your gypsy side.  A home on wheels is always rebelling in one way or another.  Kind of like the folks driving her ……  

Instead of crying over a new RV with a weepy bedroom roof I made a crock pot full of chili, watched a movie and did a load of laundry. 
And then…. the day finished in a brilliant blaze of glory!

Just before sunset the sun exploded into view filling the Western skies with hot pinks and florescent-like blues.  The clouds parted, a rainbow arched through the Northern sky and simultaneously the sunlight targeted a direct hit on the mountains that fill our Northern and Eastern horizons spotlighting the snow like icing on jagged layers of cake. 

I hardly knew which direction to look for fear I’d miss a moment of this 360 degree Mother Nature Masterpiece.   

A vivid reminder that just because the day starts out poopy doesn’t mean you have to swim in a cesspool all day and a good movie, bowl of homemade chili and clean laundry can kick start a miraculous days end. 
Simple Is … As Simple Does

Happy Trails ….

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