Well, we finally did it. We rented an RV and went to the Cape to get a feel for the lifestyle and figure out if we might want to purchase one. As you might have guessed from the name of this post, I believe the answer is a resounding ‘YES’!
Many people who know me might be surprised to learn I was driving this glorified truck, cooking outdoors on a small propane grill, using the shower facilities on the campsite alongside spiders and other creepy crawlers, and generally embracing the rustic and casual lifestyle. My friends are more likely to imagine me spending a day at a Spa getting kneaded and waxed and primped. Come to think of it, so do I.
But I love nature. I love the outdoors. And I love the freedom RV’ing allows. Now, make no mistake, we had full hook ups, and all the other amenities one might expect in a new RV. I am, after all, not quite ready for a corn cob pipe and overalls.
Now about that RV. Wanna see the inside?
Here’s the Queen size bed. It was comfy and cozy, but upon seeing it I bowed to the Pilates Gods and thanked them for keeping me limber. Forget about making the bed every day. It’s almost impossible to tuck the sheets in. I just gave in to the fact things wouldn’t be perfect for a few days, while making a mental note to self *get an RV with full access around the bed*.
At night, we removed the table and watched countless episodes of Breaking Bad from this spot (best show EVER!!).
I never used the Barbie oven or stove top. No amount of Pilates would provide the flexibility I would need to cook in this kitchen. Practically NO counter space. There’s a little fold up table to the left of the sink, which, by the way, would rattle like crazy while driving if we forgot to put it up. And you see that little wand for the blinds above the sink? We finally figured out we needed to remove it while driving or that too would shake like a James Bond martini. And should I mention we each hit out heads on the cabinet door near the entry when we forgot to close it about a million times?
Here’s the bathroom, and I use that term loosely. A hobbit would feel claustrophobic in here. Which explains why I was happy to shower alongside spiders using the campground facilities. And did I mention there were spiders? Hah! Spiders would run from the insect I saw the first day I showered! There was a bug the likes I’ve never seen before, just making himself at home by my feet in the shower. This thing was at LEAST two inches long by about one inch wide. A lesser woman would have run with her feet touching her head, but I’m macho in case you didn’t know.
So there’s the penny tour. Our renting experiment was a great exercise is learning what *not* to buy. We’re thinking maybe something around 28′ with a slide-out would be just about perfect. We shall see.
One thing we did think was adequately sized were the windows. We found THAT out when we left the keys locked inside the RV and Fisherman had to boost me up with his hands while pushing me head first inside. And yes, the visual of my ass hanging out the window was every bit as funny as you might imagine.
Now let’s move on, shall we??
Now how about a blow-by-blow of our trip? You know you’re dying to hear all about it ;).
Here’s a shot I took of our neighbor across the street from our RV the night we first got there. Lots of people have park homes that are kept in this community year round and they come from places like Florida to spend the summers, or they live within a few hours and spend weekends almost year round.
So many of the park homes or RV’s had sheds, and from what I saw, this community knows how to do sheds right.
The homes ranged from permanent structures, complete with screened in porches, to freestanding RV’s like we had, to trailers that have add ons like this one. I did some research and found that some of these homes are being sold for anywhere between $7,500 for a basic, dated trailer to $60,000+ for fully equipped and modernized park homes.
The weather cooperated, and we were able to enjoy time on the beach…
with the seagulls…
and the hundreds, if not thousands, of horseshoe crabs that washed up to shore and met their demise.
On Thursday we did one of my favorite things. We took the short drive to the seaside community of Chatham, notable for being the easternmost point in the US and one of the Cape’s most well known and beautiful destinations, and took a walk around this lovely area. Here on the Cape understated elegance abounds, with weathered gray clapboard siding complete with white picket fences and window boxes filled with fire engine red geraniums.
These are the homes that make you want to leave the hustle and bustle behind, if only you had maybe a million or two…or three. In stark contrast to the opulent homes I posted about a few weeks ago in Newport, Cape Cod has a far more relaxed, livable and unpretentious vibe.
But don’t take my word for it. Come along with me on a walking tour!
Adding just the right amount of whimsy, neutral exteriors are often punctuated by a brightly colored door such as this. So charming!
Nestled amongst the casual and neutral colored exteriors of the homes in Chatham is this brightly colored storefront. Surprisingly, it didn’t look out of place or garish in any way, but rather cheerful and welcoming and a nice respite from the neutrality that abounds.
Our our last day there, we went to the beach and stayed till sunset. When the tide is out, you can walk for a mile or more before ever getting close to water. It was an interesting sight to see dozens of boats, almost as if they were shipwrecked and abandoned, simply waiting for the tide to come in and be called to duty.
Notice the changes in the light, all within a relatively short time span.
We changed in the RV and went to dinner before heading back to the camp grounds for the night, something that certainly can’t be done in a car. On Saturday, we reluctantly said goodbye not only to Cape Cod, but summer. Inevitably, Autumn has taken hold here in Massachusetts. How about where you are? Are you putting on your flannel jammies yet?
In other news…I’ve been busy booking us into a few places in Florida for the months of January and February. We’re spending January on the east coast and February on the west. Those two months can be the bleakest here in the Northeast, and it will be nice to get away for an extended period of time. Something we haven’t done in a very, very long time.