Georgie’s Maiden Voyage

Right after we picked Georgie up from the dealership we had plans to take him out and break him in! After a quick spin around the KOA near the dealership with Gerrit’s parents, we set out to bring him home to meet the pups. This was the first time, other than the test drive, that Gerrit had driven a class A RV. He was worried most about driving down Keystone Ave, a very narrow street on the route to our house. Gerrit navigated it, and the little street our house is on, like a champ. We picked up our pups and the gear needed to stay overnight and waved good-bye to the in-laws. We were off on our first voyage with our (new to us) RV! Our landing place, Hardin Ridge Campground  in Heltonville, IN.

Oakley adjusted quickly to riding in our new rig. She laid out on the couch and fell right asleep. Ella on the other hand was a nervous wreck. She scrambled into my lap and clung on for dear life. The creaking noises and swaying sensation of the RV was definitely stressing her out. However, after about  30 minutes of being soothed by Gerrit and I and noticing how relaxed Oakley was she loosened up a bit and laid on the floor behind Gerrit’s chair.

After being on the road a while, Oakley jumped up out of nowhere and started barking with hair on end. Ella joined in, leaving Gerrit and I completely confused. When I turned around to calm them down, I noticed the bathroom door was swinging back and forth. No wonder they were terrified! I can only imagine what was going through Oakley’s head when she saw the door moving all on it’s own. The guard dog in her was in full alert until I reassured her that there wasn’t anyone back there opening and closing the door.

After zigzagging around the streets in downtown Bloomington we had arrived at our destination, Hardin Ridge Campground. We got a site with full hook ups and a bundle of wood for $35. Gerrit backed Georgie up into our spot with ease and we proceeded to set up camp. Everything went smoothly and we tested all of the gadgets and systems we could. I made spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner, Gerrit and I both agreed that this was NOT camping. It’s simply living.


The mattress was a bit too hard for my liking, but all in all we slept well. After a long walk with the pups we started tearing down to head back to Indy. Our next challenge was to dump the black tank. Gerrit was way too excited to do this, but that’s boys for you. It went off without a hitch and we were on our way.

It was tricky finding a place to stop for lunch, but we found a Taco Bell near an empty parking lot and enjoyed lunch sitting outside with the dogs.

The closer we got to the house the more nervous Gerrit got about backing Georgie up into our drive way in between our house and our neighbor’s house. We measured it before hand so we knew that it was supposed to fit, but we didn’t know it would be so close. We only had an inch or two of space on either side. Gerrit got him backed in on the first try, with only one minor delay. Some tree branches were in the way, so I climbed up on top of the RV to cut them down. I wasn’t quite strong enough to cut them with just the hedge clippers we have, so Gerrit had to come help me. Together we cleared the branches and then Georgie was safe and sound in his little cubby.


We can’t wait to start moving into our new house on wheels!


Lindsey & Gerrit

 Oakley   pawprints  Ella

Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

5 thoughts on “Georgie’s Maiden Voyage

  1. Your journey is going to be amazing and when I think about you two this quote comes to mind.
    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
    Henry David Thoreau
    Be safe and enjoy 🙂


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