Once Isaac Passed us by with no damage, we reverted to our plan to visit our grandson over the labor day weekend. Since it was a long weekend, our daughter Heather and granddaughter Victoria wanted to go along. The original plan was to leave on Friday AM, but due to Isaac, Heather could not find a substitute teacher for Friday. So we departed late afternoon for the journey to our grandson's home.
We never carried any passengers with us in the 39' diesel motorhome over five years on the road, so this was going to be a new experience. We first became aware of some of the issues in carrying children who are required to be in these modern car seats that resemble a space shuttle seat at a rally in AL with our new small motorhome. The dealer sponsoring the rally asked us to talk to a potential buyer about how great it would be to travel with small children in a motorhome. They were looking at a larger class C than our little 24'. So before we talked to them, we asked ourselves if we could carry any kids in ours. We discovered that there is only one seat in the dinette approved for a child seat and in order to use that the table had to be in the down position. In our little motorhome that meant a parent could not go along or have to sit on the other side of the dinette with their legs straight. Then we checked the model they were interested in and found it was exactly the same. So we declined to encourage them since they had three small children and could not legally carry them in the motorhome. Then I looked at the arrangement of our old motorhome that was much larger with more seats , but found essentially the same problem.
Before this trip we reviewed our limited options and our daughter decided she could sit in the dinette with her feet up for the 400 mile journey each way. Better her than me! After an overnight stop in Montgomery, we arrived at our destination early Saturday.
We had great visit and the two grandchildren had a chance to look each other over. Aleister has a small collection of electric driven vehicles and Victoria had her first ride in one of these. I think she enjoyed it but Aleister had the pedal to the metal and it may have been a little intimating for her.
The trip home was uneventful and the new motorhome continues to impress us. We have already done a number of things with this little one that we never did with the bigger one.
Back home our week has been spent working on getting the house in more order and deciding which paintings and pictures go where. We also have spent a few days looking after Victoria, while her regular baby sitter deals with some family issues. We are glad that we did not toss everything out when we went full time. Now Victoria can play with a small wooden store set that was made by her Great Grandfather more than sixty years ago in the far away land of the Netherlands.
Yesterday we sat out on the back porch and enjoyed the cooler weather that has shifted south at least for a few days. I can see that we will be spending a lot of time here in the coming months.