Driving the RV

The driving isn’t bad outside of LA, it was a straight shot on semi-flat highway from LA to Bishop and back.  There wasn’t much in between except for lots of RV blowing wind and dust.  However, in LA the 405, the 105, and the 5 is completely different story.  First of all, the RV barely fits in a lane and, secondly, I have to turn the steering wheel about 20 degrees to the left to keep the darn thing straight.  Meanwhile, I’m only going 55 while other cars trucks screaming buy at 70+.  Needless to stay it was an urban adventure.

Today on our trip back from Bishop to LA, Laura did some driving, but mostly she changed diapers and helped R to the bathroom while I drove.  It was like the kids didn’t go for three days and then all of a sudden within 1 hour they went 8 times.  Laura was not pleased.  I should have warned her not to give R that 32 ounces of Gatorade, which he drank in 15 minutes.

Since everyone agrees that Laura should’t be driving the RV, I subcontracted the driving to some capable individuals (see picture).  Laura and I got some sleep while the kids took over.  I would set the cruise control and doze off in the passenger seat.  Just kidding!  For some reason every chance the kids got they were in the front seats pretending to drive.  R even puts on the seat belts, and C, when in the driver’s seat, would lean on the steering horn which then, without her knowledge, blasted the horn.

      

New River Gorge with Kids

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The Mount Rushmore Dilemma

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.