Last October, my family and I rented an RV for a week and drove around Washington and Oregon. I love my family (most of the time), but being in a small space with your 3-month old brother, Vaughn, 7-year old sister, Eva, and embarrassing, constant NPR-listening parents is not always going to be smooth sailing.
We stopped in Forks, Washington on the first day. If you have no idea what that is then you either a) don’t have a teenage daughter or b) need to catch up on the new latest things. Forks is where the Twilight Saga takes place. When we went, it was alllll about Twilight. Twilight tours, Twilight restaurant, Twilight EVERYTHING. I felt so bad for the probably 1,000 people that actually live in Forks because everything in their town had been taken over by a love triangle between a sparkling 100 year old vampire, a werewolf with obvious anger management issues and an awkward teenage girl from Arizona.
If we weren’t in Forks, or all fighting in the car, we were in a Knitting store. I swear, my mom needed all the (limited) Wifi time she could get to make sure we weren’t missing any knitting stores within a 100-mile radius. My Mom isn’t like an old Granny knitter, though. Apparently its really cool and all the Hipsters do it.
When we went to bed, I got super lucky (and may I add that Eva did not). I got my little space above the front of the car where my Step-Dad Matt would be driving. I did bump my head on the ceiling one too many times and I may or may not have brain damage because of that, but it was my own little space where I could get away from the people I had not been getting along with for 12 hours, which was good.
Out of the probably 6 RV parks we went to, maybe 2 of them had Wifi. This was a problem. Why can’t all RVs have built-in Wifi? Or even all RV parks have Wifi? I understand that the whole spirit of camping is not to have access to anything awesome, but I need to have access to internet. It just keeps me feeling safe at night.
It’s possible that I kinda maybe sort of was just talking about the bad things. We did have a lot of fun, and we did have s’mores and went to fairs and went swimming in the ocean and stuff like that. There were also a lot of awesome photo opportunities.
That was my… interesting trip with the family. Am I the only one who’s had bad/good memories camping with the family? We just bought an RV so I’m sure there are many more memories that I’ll have over the years. Matt has already bought a big map of Idaho and Utah, so I guess I know what I’m doing this August!
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