Casita Bonita

Three years ago, right around the time my husband retired from the Air Force, we still hadn’t made any firm decisions on what we were going to do post-retirement. I had a good job already, so we considered staying where we were (Annapolis, Maryland). He would either go back to school and finish his degree or find a job.

One of the other things we discussed was living full-time in an RV and working remotely as we traveled around the U.S. and Canada. We could make it work on his military pension and any additional income we generated from remote work. On several levels, this idea was extremely appealing to me. But I was also sick of moving around all the time and really just wanted to feel settled. I was also worried about the impractical aspects of it. What about medical care? I’d rather see one doctor regularly than a different one each time. (I was already tired of changing doctors every time we moved – and vet care for the dogs.) How would we get mail?

There are full-time RVers who make this work for them, and I knew on some level we could, too, but I just couldn’t bring myself to fully commit to the idea. Living in such a small space with two large dogs would also mean less privacy – nowhere to really go if either of us wanted some alone time.

And then it became a moot point. He started sending out job applications, and the State of Ohio called. So, here we are. We have the house. We’re settled. I have a different job now (still a good job, just different). He likes the work he does. We feel blessed to have the life we have.

But he still had that RVing itch that didn’t get scratched. He spent the past three years pining away for a Wanderlodge in particular. He came close to buying one not that long ago. He had enough doubts about it that he stopped himself.

But he still talked about how badly he wanted some kind of camper for weekend traveling. I argued about the impracticality of a large RV for weekend trips. If we were going to get one, it should be something smaller and easier to deal with if we wanted to go away on short notice. We could think about upgrading to an RV after civilian retirement, and then we could take longer trips.

I think I finally convinced him. Last weekend, he started making a case for the Casita Spirit. We watched a couple YouTube videos about the 2019 models and what they offered.

I really didn’t need convincing. I knew this was something he wanted so much and had saved for. It’s far more practical for us than an RV. It will be easier to store and maintain. And I really don’t mind what kind of travel trailer we get, so long as it has the basic amenities and we can be comfortable in it.

Earlier this week, I left town on a business trip. While I was gone, he talked to the folks at Casita. He got a quote and the paperwork. When I came back Thursday night, I just needed to sign it to make it official. Our order is in. It will be ready in May.

Our very own 2019 17-foot deluxe Casita Spirit!

We already have three camping trips booked. The first at Alum Creek State Park, then at a resort outside Mohican State Park (the weekend my brother runs the 100-mile race there – we’re crewing him), and then at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park for my husband’s birthday.

I’m already trying to think of a name for it. I mean, you have to name something like this, right?

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