A Whole New (Camping) World

Today we ventured to a different world. Camping World is the Walmart of camping stores. The amount of useless items was quite a sight.

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Really? A fan you wear as a necklace? Like, as in decoration and function coming together in a marriage of usefulness and good-lookingness? Sounds super unnecessary, but could possibly make working out more tolerable? I didn’t get it.

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Did you know there was special toilet paper for RVs and boats? According to a forthcoming sales rep, it’s really not that special. It’s just 1-ply regular toilet paper. Those charlatans are making money selling “special” toilet paper with a specialty pricetag, when really it’s just the cheap, rough kind you can buy at the grocery store. The nerve!

There were other things there too… Christmas trees (yes, Christmas trees – in September) sized just right for a countertop. Christmas cards of Santa in a camping chair outside of an RV on a beach. Way too many pet travel products. Way too many accessories that I would have no idea what to do with (what do you mean you have to wash and wax this beast of a motorhome?). It was a bit overwhelming. I did get some nice magnetic measuring spoons so they are easy to find in my drawer. The most disconcerting thing was this sign, hanging above the restroom/lounge area:

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Excuse me? Storm Shelter? In San Diego county? We’re not in Kansas, Toto! I would expect to see this maybe in the Camping Worlds of the midwest, or places where hurricanes happen. But a 1/2 hour away from our house? I was too afraid to ask about it.
There was ONE product that caught my eye, alas I did not bring it home. Ever since we started looking at RVs and other traveling home options, I have had a “top 5 most important features” list running through my head. A double fridge (we got that in our RV), space for Zeph to sleep (check: the bedroom has enough floor space for his playpen), a king bed (I sacrificed this one), something I can’t remember right now, and a washer/dryer. Turns out majority of the RVs don’t have washer/dryers, unless they are like 40 feet long. There’s just not enough room. Or enough power. Soooo I had to let the dream of laundry in my own machine die. Or did I?

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When it came down to it, this little machine was just not worth it. Takes up too much space, uses too much water and power, and still would have to clothesline dry my clothes. Sounds like I would end up going to a laundromat half the time anyways so I let the rekindled dream extinguish again. And I’m ok with it. Part of the adventure, right? I just pray my slightly OCD self will be able to be contained while I stare into a washer at a laundromat, not knowing the last person to use it or what they put in there to wash. I have a friend who says she only goes to the laundromat when she has to wash something really big or really gross. Grrrrreat.

Overall we enjoyed our little adventure today, as you can see from Chris’s face:

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We did run down to the beach after we got home to enjoy the 70 degree water and mild waves…

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We finished off the day at my mom’s, working on the RV. I hung lots of pictures while Chris and my stepdad fabricated some aluminum screen blocker thingies to keep the RV window screens in place (baby safety first!). Zeph played with my mom, which I love because she totally wears him out. They were jumping and playing with bubbles and dancing and watching movies and all sorts of fun stuff. I think Zeph even helped mom organize her movies. And by help, I mean carry them all over her little TV room stacking them up in little piles and then standing on the piles (mom still has VHS tapes so they can stand up to Zeph’s weight).

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This is the end of the day. Nothing better than carrying your sleeping baby from the car. What a great Sunday!