By Lazydays

When your trip is done, no matter if it is a week, a month or more, all roads lead to home. Until I become a full-timer, I do have a home to return to. This can be a happy time or a sad time, depending on how you look at it. It is a good time to regroup, reacquaint with neighbors and see how the old homestead weathered while my family and I were gone. Where I live, we can have some harsh winters. My dad does worry about what we will find upon returning.

Wrigley, a 7-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Describes Returning Home After Winter Travels

September 11, 2015

We come back home by mid May and the 5 months that we are home there is much to do and I help where I can. There are repairs, painting, lawn cutting, chasing squirrels, barking at eagles, looking for frogs in the Wisconsin River, planning and organizing another garage sale (more on this later) and getting our home ready to put on the market. This is all part of my master plan to become full-time “wheelhouse travelers”.

I also spend part of the summer months planning our next trip and how far we will travel each day. I have two ways of choosing our destination. One is getting the map fully opened and pointing my paw and saying “me thinks we will go there.” If it doesn’t receive any excitement, I then have to sleep on it. Both ways of picking have their benefits.

As for how far we travel, I use “the 330 rule” that my humans learned by taking the driver confidence course at Lazydays. This rule states, 3:30 in the afternoon or 330 miles; which ever comes first, marks the stopping point for the day. This is a rule that works very well. My driver isn’t tired and the co-pilot isn’t crabby. I’ll let you guess who is who. Using this rule also allows time to set up, relax, have dinner (very important to me) and go exploring the area before night falls.

Wrigley is a seven-year-old Cocker Spaniel who shares his family;s adventures traveling the country in a luxury motorhome.
Sometimes when Wrigly Pawnts out a destination, his parents aren't excited about the idea.
Photo courtesy of Judy Andreotti

Now, we know that all work and no play can be very stressful, so we do try and get away for short weekend trips when time permits. So far this summer, we have gotten away twice. I gave my humans a surprise get-away weekend for their 50th anniversary. I, of course, went with and we took in the sightseeing tour of the many waterfalls in and around WI. On another given weekend, we traveled to the Iron County Fair in WI. to see the draft horse pulls.

By the time October rolls around, I have all our plans made and even some reservations confirmed (only in popular places that can be crowded in winter). Button up that house, turn off and drain the water, shut off the heat, lock the doors and barring no other complications I will be leaving on my next adventure the end of October. Boy! I’m getting tired just thinking about all that still has to be done, including a big garage sale that I haven’t even told you about yet! That will be my next article right after I take a nap. Until next time,

Wrigley is Z z z z-ing!

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