My RV is revving up — first trip this weekend! Each year, we do an epic two-week trip. This year it’s west — Midwest. And the RV Hall of Fame and Museum in Bristol, Indiana looks like just the stop. The history of recreational vehicles and motorhomes is on display in the “RV capital of the world.”
On a day that is teaming with rain and appears to require an Ark, I present the long anticipated Boating Mixed-Tape (Following the ever-popular RV Road trip Mixed Tape). If you are still longing to get out of boat storage and on the water, this may be a worthwhile distraction. I have to admit; I think this still needs some work. So if your still stuck ashore, let’s get to work…
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Is a “Boat” mention enough to make the list?
This is the struggle. I started with songs with “boat” references, but it gives you a very eclectic sound with some genres really fighting each other. Should the disco beat of “Don’t Rock the Boat” follow Jimmy Buffet? Should it even make our tape? Does it really capture the chill, cruising atmosphere of boating?
Styx has two great Boat songs!
This is a mixed tape. I wouldn’t normally repeat a performer. And Jimmy Buffet did have another contender. But, when faced with a choice — I could not pick between “Come Sail Away” and “Boat On The River”. “Come Sail Away” is a solid classic and makes you want to cast off immediately. “Boat On The River” has a very cool sound. This is for the sailor with a real calling for the water. I’m hooked. They both stay.
Nostalgic or Cheesy?
At the end of the playlist you will see two questionable choices: “Sailing” by Christopher Cross and “The Love Boat” by Jack Jones. Amazingly both released in 1979 — and that is the problem, are they dated or nostalgic? I want to love them, but after a minute I’m done. So, you decide where it should end. I’m thinking we’re running two songs too long.
And that brings you to the end or back to the beginning, I myself am going back to “Southern Cross” for the sixth time I have been around the world…
Bon Voyage! (Hope It’s soon!)
We are approaching our first trip of the season with our RV. These camping tips are very fun. The Tupperware matchbox with the sandpaper on top — brilliant in simplicity. Got any more ideas?
As the weather warms up and you start to see the blooms on the trees, there is another wondrous sight — Classic cars on the road. For us at HD Indoor Storage, it’s like spotting a rainbow. A rainbow or Classic car would be a welcome site on a soggy day like today. The weather has not been kind to Classic Car lovers, but they make their own sunshine. Need proof ? Check out the great pics from the Boy Scout Troop 597 – 10th Anniversary Antique & Classic Car Show.
Getting Your Classic Car Fix: Good Weather
Well, of course, you can try your luck at Classic Car spotting on your travels. But, if you want to get a good look and not run off the road. A Car Show is your best (and safest) bet. Also, get ready to meet the a fun bunch of “gear heads” — we’re always up for making friends.
The most comprehensive listing I have found is on Old Ride.com. I search our next of the woods in Pennsylvania and we have 23 in the next month! So get out your Calendars and pencil those in. I still need a distraction till I get my RV out of storage — don’t get me started with all the prep I have to do because I can’t store Indoor yet. Oh, HD Indoor Storage you can’t open your doors soon enough!
Getting Your Classic Car Fix: Bad Weather
On a day like today, when we are drowning in “liquid sunshine”. We can still enjoy Classic Cars. I have come across the 20 Greatest Car Movies of All Time. With picks like “American Graffiti”, “Corvette Summer” and “Tucker” — there is something for every Classic Car Taste. Good Weather, Bad Weather, Sunshine, Rain, Classic Car Fix — HD Indoor Storage has got you covered! (Get it?! Covered! That comedy gold puts me in the mood for “Cannonball Run”)
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Realizing Boat owners are also counting down the days till they can get their boats out of storage and on the water, I’ve come up with worthwhile distractions for you too! I found this helpful link on Preparing for the Boating Season. There are a few things that you can do before you call “All Aboard!”
Ahoy! Your File Cabinet
A great start is getting you paperwork in order. Your registration, license, and decal for the boat should be up to date. Also, where you float your boat may require special permits — now is the time to check this out. Finally, in our neck of the woods in Pennsylvania, many need to complete a Boating Safety Course and receive a certificate. Paperwork may not be high on the fun factor, but definitely a necessity and not something you can run out and pick up at the store.
A Real Lifesaver: Safety Shopping List
Stuff you can pick up at the store is safety equipment. It may be time to freshen up those life jackets. Or your little ones may be turning into big ones — time to get some bigger life jackets as well. And check those fire extinguishers, make sure they are working, full and haven’t expired. That’s right fire extinguishers have an expiration date. Want to make sure yours is ship shape? This article from Real Simple Magazine can help, “When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher”.
“Fun” is Music to My Ears
Now, as far as fun distractions. Based on the success of my RV Road Trip Mixed Tape. I am working on a Boating Mixed Tape. And this might require all hands on deck. I’m stuck at “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. I could really use some help on this one. Please float some song ideas my way — I’m sinking fast!
We’ve been talking about planning while our Rig waits in RV storage. And the wait continues. Planning is a great distraction until you get to do what you are so looking forward to — hitting the road to camp! Some of my Facebook friends far from our neck of the woods in Pennsylvania, hit the road just this weekend and posted great photos (so envious). We REALLY need something to keep us busy. So, if you have all your trips planned, time to work on your summer soundtrack: RV Road-trip Mixed Tape!
RV Road Trip Mixed Tape?
I’m dating myself a bit here. But when I was younger (This lead-in seems to summon a dazed, bored look in the eyes of my tweens), we made mixed tapes. I remember an epic one for a Spring Break heading south. So, while it may end up being played on Spotify, road trip = mixed tape for me.
I have recently discovered “Winnebago” by Stephanie Quayle. I could listen to that on a continuous loop.
Hop on in to my Winnebago. We’re gonna go wherever the wind blows…
But, I am not travelling alone. So, I have looked for variety that crosses generations. My criteria is a song that celebrate the journey of the road. Always looking for suggestions, there’s room on my RV Road-trip Mixed Tape — Hop on!
- “Winnebago” Stephanie Quayle
- “Holiday Road” Lindsey Bunkingham
- “The Way” Fastball
- “I Can’t Drive 55” Sammy Haggard
- “The Distance” Cake
- “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac
- “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line
- “Take It Easy” The Eagles
- “Slow Ride” Foghat
- “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen
- “King of the Road” Roger Heller
- “Everyday is a Winding Road” Sheryl Crow
- “Where the Streets Have No Name” U2
- “Running Down a Dream” Tom Petty
- “Here I Go Again on My Own” Whitesnake
- “Life in the Fast Lane” The Eagles
- “Let the Good Times Roll” The Cars
- “Radar Love” Golden Earring
- “Life is a Highway” Tom Cochrane
- “Route 66” Chuck Barry
- “On the Road Again” Willie Nelson
- “I’ve Been Everywhere” Johnny Cash
- “America” Simon & Garfunkel
- “Take Me Home, Country Road” John Denver
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Well the Spring thaw is well underway, a good dose of April showers has washed away the ice and snow on my Travel Trailer. And as I count the days till I unwrap it from its cover, pull it out of RV storage and load it with gear, (All would be made easier if I stored my RV indoors — HD Indoor Storage will be open this fall. This will be a bright spot to the end of camping season.) Good news! I have made progress with my trip planning.
Six RV Trips and Counting…
April Showers did more than wash away snow this weekend, they had me at my computer planning RV trips. So, I am happy to say we now have six trips planned including camping in Delaware. Amazingly enough, we have not camped there yet. And we hope to earn a new state sticker for the side of the trailer. Anyone else collect state stickers on their RV? Do you have to camp overnight or do you just have to travel through? This is a hot topic for us.
Not too late for more RV plans
Still some holes in the Camping calendar. So, I was so encouraged to see this article today, “The 7 Best Beach Camping Spots in America”. The article opens with:
Spring is finally upon us and summer camping trips are just around the corner, but many of America’s best sites require campers to book months in advance.
One possible solution? Consider parking your RV by the beach instead.
I’m in! What uplifting words to an RVer afraid they were “a little late to the party”. One of their suggestions is Assateague Island, Maryland. We went to Chincoteague last year. As they mention, you cannot camp on the Virginia side where we were. We definitely want to go back and try the Maryland side. This is as close as we got to the ponies (not very). Camping and a horse walks by — booking Assateague ASAP!
Still hope in making camping 2017 a memorable one. But, as always trip tips appreciated!