We recently joined our friends at the Boomtown Casino RV Park in D’Iberville, Mississippi (near Biloxi) for a midweek getaway.
Dixie Pixie had full hookups at the RV Park. We enjoyed walking to nearby casinos and along the bay, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise for us and Nova. The Scarlet Pearl, where we ate our Valentine’s Day dinner, and Pepe’s Bosque Mexican restaurant, where we celebrated Butch’s birthday, were just a short drive away.
The Gulf Coast was celebrating Mardi Gras, and Casinos were decorated accordingly. While typically associated with New Orleans, Mardi Gras originated in Mobile, Alabama, and is still observed all along the Gulf Coast.
We’re home after a two week adventure. We headed west from our north Florida home without an itinerary and just wandered. What fun! We revisited old favorites, like Joseph’s in Santa Rosa, but mostly picked out destinations new to us.
First new stop was Hot Springs, Arkansas. We hadn’t spent time in Arkansas, just traveled through, and decided it deserved some love. Beautiful state. Check out our photos page.
After a stop in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, we spent about a week in New Mexico, truly deserving of its nickname Land of Enchantment.
Thank y’all for following us on our latest adventure. I hope you enjoy the photos in the Pages section. Don’t miss our last page from our “abduction” in Roswell!
We are still getting ready for the big trip and are almost ready. One modification Butch made is to relocate the sewer hose storage. Dumping our waste water and potty water is the least pleasant task when we camp in a self-contained recreational vehicle. We’ll do whatever we can to improve the experience.
If you’re unfamiliar with draining holding tanks or with connecting to sewer outlets, it’s a procedure that requires careful removal of the RV’s sewer hose from its storage to connect to both the RV outlets and the dump station receptacle. For health and environmental reasons, connections must be correct to prevent leakage and contamination. It’s important to follow strict disposal procedures. Also, be sure to use tank deodorizer recommended for your rig following the tank dump.
Our Casita came with a rear bumper in which the sewer hose was stored. Yet the connections are located at the trailer’s front. Butch added a PVC storage tube (purchased at Camping World) to the front.
Now the hose is within easy reach of the sewer outlets. He cleaned the rear bumper thoroughly and now uses it to store the awning poles and tools.
Disposable gloves help with the tank draining process AKA dumping. If you’re new to RVing, dumping tanks gets easier with experience. Take your time and keep your sense of humor. Don’t feel down in the dumps. 😉
All right, campers. Dixie Pixie is packed and ready to head west. Stay tuned!
Storage in the Dixie Pixie is limited, so it’s important to utilize every square foot of space efficiently. That’s where baskets come into play.
We didn’t spend a fortune at IKEA to compartmentalize our belongings. Walmart, Amazon, or Dollar General carry all we needed to create modular storage.
As our Dixie Pixie bounces along behind us on the highways, her contents can shift, roll, and fall. Baskets not only offer storage solutions but keep our belongings reasonably secure. I even bought small baskets for our refrigerator. We will probably add baskets or reorganize as we travel, but we feel ready for our upcoming trip.
Butch swears my favorite book is an Atlas. I have one in my car, his truck, beside my recliner in the sunroom, and in the living room. I also have a pocket atlas in my briefcase for traveling to writing conferences and such.
I like the Walmart atlases and usually buy an updated copy every 2-3 years. These are basic Rand McNally road map atlases with the bonus of listing every Sam’s Club and Walmart location in the country. Not that we’re Walmartians, but you never know when traveling if you’ll need to shop.
We’re busy routing our upcoming vacation. AAA gives us maps and routes, and map apps give us turn-by-turn directions, but I still enjoy browsing the atlas books. If this trip is like any other, we will plan our trip as we go. We aren’t likely to make reservations or follow interstates. I’ll pull out my atlas and study the possibilities.
How about you? Do you follow a strict itinerary? Or do you travel without a plan? Whichever kind of traveler you are, enjoy the trip.
In 1983 we took our first vacation out west, traveling from our home in Jacksonville, Florida, to Arizona. As much as possible, we drove US 66 (Before it was decommissioned in 1985). We saw legendary tourist sites like the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and Cadillac Ranch (before it was relocated farther west) in Amarillo, Texas. Since that trip, we’ve been captivated by the history of the Mother Road.
Route 66 isn’t just an old highway. It represents a way of life in an era when folks were starting to experience automobile road trips. It was immortalized in song, movies, books, and a television series. Did you know that the Pixar movie Cars was originally titled Route66?
I researched Route 66 history for a couple of novellas I wrote for an anthology, Romance on Route 66. (If y’all read romance, the ebook is still available on Amazon. But this isn’t shameless self-promotion, just an illustration of my affection for all things Route 66.) I have my sunroom decorated with Route 66 fabric and curios. My friend Dolores recently gifted me with her set of Route 66 diner style stoneware. Butch and I wear Route 66 souvenir T-shirts. So, yeah, it’s a passion.
Even as we plan for this year’s vacation, we are choosing to follow roads designated “Historic Route 66.” It’s well worth the occasional detour off the Interstate to enjoy the onion burger in El Reno, Oklahoma, or visit the hotel in Oatman, Arizona, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned. And don’t miss Santa Rosa, New Mexico, home of a number of great Mexican restaurants.
The Casita is suited for taking the roads less traveled, and we intend to take advantage of it. If you see Dixie Pixie at a campground during your travels, be sure to say howdy.
Traveling with pets is one of the advantages of camping. We RV with Nova, our one-year old Shihtzu, and she’s a good traveler. We have a Kurgo pet seat in the cab of the truck, complete with safety belt to attach to her harness. She sits high between our two seats, which gives her a good view. She has enough room to curl up for naps, too.
She also has a Nylabone chew and a stuffed toy in her Kurgo. ( Kurgo products are available on Amazon.com.)
I carry a large bag, sort of like a diaper bag, complete with treats, food, baby wipes, plastic gloves for picking up poop, a Tupperware bowl filled with drinking water, and any medicine she might need. The bag goes with us to the Casita when we set up camp.
Dogs love routine, so we keep to her regular schedule as much as possible. We bring her crate from home so she’s sleeping in the same bed at night.
It’s important to observe common courtesy and safety rules, including:
Keep your dog leashed unless in a fenced dog park or run.
Keep your dog secured with a safety belt while traveling. A loose dog may be a dead dog in a crash or sudden stop.
Always pick up dog poop and dispose properly (many parks, campgrounds, and rest stops have designated areas for dog waste disposal.)
Never leave your pet alone in the vehicle unless you leave air conditioning running, and then only leave them briefly.
Don’t leave your dog tied up outside your RV.
Give your dog water frequently, especially in warmer weather, to avoid dehydration.
Don’t leave your dog unattended for long periods. It’s not fair to the animal or your neighbors, especially if your dog is a barker.
Obey all campground pet rules. Don’t try to take your fur baby into buildings that are off-limits to animals.
Some attractions offer dog kennels for visitors, althoughwe haven’t used those. A growing number of stores allow you to bring your dog. Also some fast-food restaurants offer outdoor seating where youcan take your dog.
I hope you enjoy travel with your petas much as we do.