We finally made it home at about 11 p.m. Friday night after a 17-hour day of driving. We saved the longest day for last.
The Steve Jobs biography that we started on day one of the trip came to an end sometime in the afternoon. From there, we caught up on This American Life podcasts and then a techie podcast Brian listens to, whose name escapes me. By the time we got sick of the podcasts, we were getting pretty tired with about an hour left to drive. Once again, I was asked to tell a story on demand, a request I was a little more prepared for this time, but failed nonetheless. Admittedly, I was too tired to be all that engaging, so it was Ziggy Marly that carried us through the homestretch.
Once home, we left the trailer hitched, grabbed necessities, then headed to bed slightly past midnight. We had to get up early Saturday to unpack the trailer and get it ready for storage.
The dogs, apparently still on Eastern time, woke me up at 6 a.m., but I didn’t really start doing anything until about 7:30. But once moving, we worked non-stop for a couple of hours pulling everything out of the trailer except things like cups, plates and silverware, and finding places to store it all in the basement. At about 10:30 a.m., Brian took off with the trailer in tow for the last time of 2011.
Some repair work and winterization needs to happen at the dealership, where the trailer will remain until we pick it up in the Spring – maybe April? Now the race is on to get ready for Christmas. I never would have thought the end of camping season would overlap with the start of Christmas, but I’m not complaining. It’s almost like we found a way to extend summer until the end of the calendar year. Another way to look at it: we’re just weeks away from a brand new camping season!