Originally posted on 2/1/21
When we were in our sticks-and-bricks home, the view outside stayed the same, day after day, month after month, year after year. Not so in our fifth wheel.
Our RV bedroom has a slide-out, with the head of the bed sitting in a cubby that extends outward from the middle of the room. Each side of the cubby, next to our pillows, has its own small window. Our bedroom looks pretty much the same, day-to-day, at least since we remodeled it two years ago. Upon laying down in bed or waking up, it seems like home in our familiar room, just like in our stationary house did years ago. But look out the window and we are often amazed at our true location.
We move constantly, on average about every two weeks, so that's the longest we generally have any particular view. Whether we are in a forest, at the seashore or lakeside, in a crowded RV neighborhood or boondocking in an expanse of scrubland or desert, we almost always feel excitement when we glance though the curtains. We have even seen wildlife out those windows, including deer, wild hogs and a variety of birds. Once we thought we saw a bear, but we're still not sure that's what it was.
It's not always a delight. In one park we were bothered by black-crested titmice pecking on our bedroom windows almost our entire stay. That got old. Neighbors are not always diligent about turning off lights near our bedroom, and sometimes those lights are brilliant. Once Nadyne stayed awake late because she could see out her window that the neighbors had built a tall campfire in their site, then went to bed without putting it out.
All-in-all, though, we really enjoy having the comforts of home, our own bed and linens, and the familiarity of our bedroom, while enjoying the myriad of sights around the country. It's a dichotomy we treasure.
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