Saturday, June 26, 2010

Making Plans

In my post yesterday I wrote about our 3-camera backup system for the motorhome.  Al of the Bayfield Bunch left a comment about that system and how it was foreign to him.  He’s probably not alone in that, so I thought I’d just show a couple of pics of those side cameras.

DSCF5173DSCF5174Since those side cameras are not functioning at this moment, I cannot show you what the view would be on the monitor in our dash.  When they do work they show you the traffic lane beside you as you are driving.  Turn on the left “blinker” and the view changes to show what is on the driver side of the motorhome.  Turn on the right “blinker” and the camera shows what is next to you on the passenger side.  Those side cameras are really useful and a boon to safe lane changing.  Unfortunately, we had to drive all the way to Florida and back again this year without those cameras working.  I spent a lot of time checking the traffic lanes when Bruce needed to change his lane.  It worked, but those cameras will be very welcome when we get the parts for them before our next trip. 

We’re always making plans for something.   Today I spent some time planning activities with the Grands for our babysitting days in July and August.  It appears that we will have most of the Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays off.  The kids are able to arrange their work schedules where Stephanie will not work Saturdays and Darin will not work on Mondays.  (a few exceptions, however)

I checked with our local library and found some activities the girls might like to attend.  We can also have them check out some books for the summer reading program.  I printed out a Reading Log from the library website so they can keep track of the book titles. 


I have a few resource books for Washington state and have located some state parks with day use facilities and walking trails, nature centers,  and city parks.  Since Tumwater is next to Olympia, we have access to the South Puget Sound with a lot of great places to explore.   I have also planned a couple of game days for staying at home.  The girls love to play games and they have a lot of board games.  They also like Dominoes, Yahtzee, and Kings in the Corner.   I’ve been filling in the dates on the calendar with these activities.  I’ll give a copy to the girls for posting at home and they can check to see what the activity of the day will be.


With Mackenzie being on a gymnastics team she has practice 3 days a week this summer, so that prevents us from taking the girls out for a lengthy RV trip.  We have been able to plan for a 3-day trip in July to Randle, which is near Mt. Rainier and then another 3-day trip to Long Beach, Washington.   It’s better than nothing. 

We have also been making future plans for our own adventures away from Tumwater.  We’ve got ourselves all planned out with possibilities through 2011.  All plans are subject to change however since we seem to change our minds every few months.  Goes with the territory since there are so many places to see.  Planning is part of the fun of an RV lifestyle.  Possibilities are almost endless!

Until next time……so long for now!


Randy and Pam Warner said...

Interesting item on the side camera / blinkers. I was enamered with ours and was hoping we'd get a motorhome that had them. Our 2007 Tiffin Allegro Bus does indeed have them but I find I hardly use them.

I have gotten used to only looking at the side mirrors when I turn and change lanes. If I try to look at the side camera, it distorts things and I find it more distracting than useful. How about you?

A guy asked if they were worth it on a forum I was reading and I said 'I don't think I would spend the money. Except it came with the unit we bought.'

Looks like you are going to have fun with the grand kids!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Those side camera's are a great idea,we only had the rear ones on the coaches I drove,Wow Margie you are quite the organizer, that's a great idea to help fill your schedule with the Grandaughters, I subscribe to the wing it theory when Adam stays and we figure out at the last minute what we are going to do, you system is much better.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Happytrails said...

Sounds like you're getting things in line for your summer with the grands. You have a lot of ideas to keep them actively learning for the summer... great for them & you guys.
Take care & be safe.
Mike & Gerri

Rick and Paulette said...

Those side cameras are pretty slick alright, I can see why you'd miss them. Good move on having plans set for the kids too as it'll make it much easier to keep them occupied and happy.

Phyllis said...

You are one completely organized lady!

Gypsy said...

I was fortunate with my truck/5th wheel combination that my side mirrors, when properly positioned, gave me a perfect view of what was on either side. I sometimes used them to look down at the lines in the road to make sure I was in my lane - handy when the lanes narrowed. But I'm sure a motorhome is an entirely different animal, and the cameras would be wonderful to have, once you got used to using them.

Carol K said...

I'm a planner, too, because making plans is half the fun. I think kids like it when things are somewhat structured. You can still be spontaneous when you need to. The library summer reading program was always a part of our summer plans! Doing some math every day during the summer was also something we did and it helped my boys to not forget what they learned during the school year.

Dennis and Donna said...

Wow, sounds like Grama and Grandpa are busy for the summer! I'm like you Margie..I like a PLAN..Dennis is more of a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of guy. This sometimes is a problem...I keep telling him anticipation is half the fun...He tells me to get over it!

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

When I see pics of the inside of your motor home, I have to remind myself it's not a sticks and bricks! Gorgeous!!