Prepare for Takeoff

**Quick shout out to my little sister, who is celebrating her 21st birthday today!! Never forget – we don’t have any control on getting older, but we do have control over whether we grow up or not. I hope you have a great (and safe) birthday!**

Our annual vacation to the beach is coming up and this weekend centered around making all of the preparations for our trip. Naturally, it all began with making several lists. 🙂


Before I got down to some serious camper cleaning and packing, I got a few other things out of the way. That included taking Hank to a follow up vet appointment and giving the dogs baths (since Hank was cleared to get his incision wet!). The vet said everything is looking good with Hank, although he’s still about 10 pounds under his usual weight. Other than that he’s continues to do really well (ICYMI Hank had to have emergency surgery for bloat recently). Understandably, going to the vet now makes him very nervous.


I spent the better part of Saturday doing a lot of cleaning in our camper to get it ready for the beach. In addition to my usual cleaning, I also took everything out of the cabinets and organized.

Fifth wheel camper

Fifth Wheel camper

We even came up with a solution about dirty laundry while camping. Dirty laundry often becomes an issue at the beach because we are there for about 10 days. We usually just put the laundry under the bed, but that can get kind of smelly. So this time we decided to try putting containers under the bed to put the laundry in. Hopefully it will work!

Fifth wheel camper

Saturday evening Barry and I headed a little way down the interstate to meet up with his parents for dinner at Cracker Barrel. It was great to see them and spend some time together! Dinner was really yummy (I had a baked BBQ chicken with cranberry and apple chutney on top) and then we spent a long time sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch and talking.

Most of Sunday was spent finishing up my cleaning/organizing in the camper. Then I started the packing process. I also snuck in a 3 mile run to cap off the weekend and conclude week four of training. This past week included a 3 mile run on Wednesday, 3 miles Friday morning with Kim, and a 7 mile long run on Saturday morning.

Dora Trail Pulaski

Just one week of work and a whole lot of packing stand between me and vacation!

What did you do this past weekend?
Anyone else getting ready to go on vacation?


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  1. I love Cracker Barrel. We have them in our town, but usually don’t eat there unless we are traveling. 10 days at the beach sounds incredible. I hope you have a wonderful trip.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Coffee Talk (August)My Profile

    1. It’s usually a place we only go when traveling, too, even though we have several nearby!

  2. Sadly we will be heading home from our eleven days at the beach tomorrow night… Hope you guys have a wonderful time!

    Happy birthday to your sister!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…We Saw Pegasus At The Beach!My Profile

    1. Bummer. I hope y’all had safe travels home and hope you had a great time!

  3. Your camper is so nice!! I think I might feel more relaxed on vacation if we had our own space like that. I can’t wait to hear about your vacation! Your laundry solution looks good to me. 🙂
    jan recently posted…Soaking Up Summer Misc. PicsMy Profile

    1. When Barry first bought it (when we were engaged) I thought it was too big and more than we needed. But I love having it, and it feels like enough space now with our two big dogs! I love being able to just throw everything in it that we need for the beach, and love that it’s a familiar space for the dogs so they’re not stressed.

      I think y’all need a camper 🙂

  4. We ate at Cracker Barrel while on vacation with our family last Thanksgiving. Good memories! We have an outside bin where I can store laundry that comes in handy sometimes. Poor Hank!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…Idaho: Hikes, Runs, CavesMy Profile

    1. It’s a good restaurant, and I enjoy wandering around the store before and after dinner (just like their marketing folks hope I will) and hanging out on the front porch rocking chairs.

      If my new bins-under-the-bed solution doesn’t work for laundry, we will be using an outside bin!

  5. Enjoy your getaway 🙂 Your camper looks really nice, a very nice, home away from home spot!
    Karen recently posted…Bring It ONMy Profile

    1. Thanks! We like our camper, and I love that it’s a familiar space for our dogs (so it’s not stressful for them when we travel).

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