The trip was about reconnecting with Pate, my girlfriend of 25 years; one I consider near and dear to my heart but with whom I've rarely telephoned in the 20 years we've lived so far apart.We write letters and emails and now we text. This is all because of my quirks, not hers. She puts up with me.
After a few years working together in Houston, she moved to Tampa and I moved to Seattle. We lived about as far from each other as you could get, on the diagonal, and still live in the southern 48 states. Through the years there have been visits every few years but never enough. Once we met in Albuquerque for a gal's weekend adventure to Santa Fe. Another time we met in Huntsville (Alabama, not Texas), dropped my son Chris off at Space Camp and took off on a car trip with our then two younger kids through through Tennessee. The last two visits have not been visits at all since they involved weddings of my oldest and then her oldest child. It's impossible to count those quick weekends as quality time spent in each others company since it's all about getting our kids down the aisle.
Oasis RV Resort home. Pate's trailer was a dwarf compared to the "big rigs" on either side. But inside, we had all the amenities. If there's a toilet and a refrigerator, I'm in heaven.
Pate knows her neighbors; I was surprised to learn that a large percentage of the folks staying at the Oasis are semi-permanently parked there with their huge class A RVs, pets, and small cars in tow for trips about town. For those not savvy with the terminology, the class A is a motor-home, all in one and some look like large buses. They were everywhere at the Oasis.
|Pate (and Ed's) Airstream in Vegas|
|An interesting trailer. Aruba?|
|"Brutus" watches Animal Planet when not catching some fresh air|
|The secret vegan ingredient in chocolate mousse? Shh. Avocado.||Delicious|
Pate and I enjoyed great food, drink, and conversation inside the Airstream as well. Life is sweet.
|Staples; plus lime and ice|
|Outfitted with Internet|
|Goes well with rum and coke|
More later. Part II is another post.