Road Trip Adventure – Down Day

On our Road Trip Adventure, a down day was needed before departing to our next destination:

As I have previously stated. our road trip adventure consisted on more than sightseeing adventures. The adventure

  • depended on Planning,
  • involved Travel Days,
  • required RV Camping, and
  • demanded a Down Days

Despite spending an entire week sightseeing in St. Augustine,
we didn’t spend much time at our temporary dwelling in St. Augustine.

pacetti's marina rv park, st augustine, FLI was relieved that I didn’t have to spend all my time at Pacetti’s Marina RV-Park Fishing Resort.

Throughout our road trip adventure, Pacetti’s wasn’t our favorite campground.

On the other hand, this campground wasn’t our least favorite temporary address either.

temporary dwelling in st augustine
Be sure to notice the wood deck and shed. We couldn’t help but notice!

The campground site we were assigned at Pacetti’s was long enough for our big rig, but the site required Gary backing our home on wheels into the site.

Thankfully, the site in front of us was unoccupied when we arrived,


which provided Gary extra room to back our big rig into our assigned spot.

Throughout our stay, I worried that we might come home from a sightseeing adventure one day and find a neighbor’s home parked across the street.   An RV parked in that spot would make pulling our big rig out of our site on departure day more difficult. Fortunately, no one moved in during our stay.

Our site may have been long enough for our big rig,


but the site was barely wide enough for our big rig and our dually.
(Barely wide enough?  Look how close we are parked to that tree!)

I must point out our neighbor’s fishing boat too.

  Even though I was relieved that I didn’t have to spend all my time at Pacetti’s,
I was eager to take a down day before departing St. Augustine.

Gary and I discovered that our entire family of four fought fatigue and frustration better when we scheduled days without a sightseeing adventure.
When we realized the benefits, Down Days before Departure became our routine.

On down days,
Belle and Buddy would complete their school assignments,
and I would prepare and schedule new material.

On down days,
Gary or I or both of us would tackle the laundry.
Much to our surprise, not every campground has laundry facilities.
We learned through experience to confirm big rig status and check the amenities.

Throughout our road trip adventure,
Pacetti’s wins the prize for the most washers and dryers.


Pacetti’s RV Park always wins the prize for requiring the longest walk.
Our assigned site was so far away from the laundry room . . .

laundry facilities at pacetti's marina rv park, FL

that Gary decided to drive and drop me off.
Having the laundry room to myself that day,
I filled four washers with clothes. And then I waited.

While I waited for the washers (and then the dryers),
I would often fill my time mapping the route to our next destination
or researching our next sightseeing adventures.

However, sitting outside under the pavilion that day at Pacetti’s,
I was quite distracted by my surroundings.
Instead of planning ahead, I decided to live in the moment.

I walked around and found the St.John’s River a peaceful and photographic spot.

view from laundry room at pacetti's rv park, FL

st john's river at pacetti's rv park, FL

a bird

st john's river, FL

close-up water plant

In no time at all, my time of waiting was over.
Four loads of laundry were complete and my Knight had returned to pick me up.

Back in our home on wheels,
school assignments were complete and clean clothes were stored away,
but there was one more chore to complete on that down day.

Fannie needed a bath,
which was quite a chore in a small RV shower.

the dog has fleas bathing the dog sm RV showers

Our pup-pup needed a bath because at our last temporary address,
Cedar Ridge RV Park,
Fannie picked up some hitchhikers in Georgia.



Apparently, while she lived with dogs and chickens  at our temporary address
in Folkston, Georgia, Fannie picked up hitchhiking fleas.
Like I mentioned before,
Pacetti’s Marina RV-Park Fishing Resort wasn’t our least favorite campground
as we moved and traveled across America.

A Road Trip across America consisted of more than sightseeing adventures.
Some days were filled with everyday routines and common chores.

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