Saturday, December 14, 2013
Happy trails to you
Look at my guy up there-isn't he adorable? I am going to miss him and Woodrow so much. sigh. I had a riding buddy a few years back who actually flew home during the winter just to say hi and hug her horses.
Yesterday I spent some quiet time organizing my wardrobe for my 4 months away. We have all looked at travel wardrobes, and I've used some of those as starting blocks. I have learned, though, what I need for my particular lifestyle during travel. Here are the particular details to consider:
How long: 4 months
Travel method: driving in a truck/trailer with a non fashionable husband and 2 shedding jrts
Locations: store parking lot, out of the way RV parks, state campgrounds, BLM land, National Parks, commercial park in Mexico
Accomodations: sleep in the trailer after setting it up, which involves some physical and dirty work. Our trailer provides about 200 square feet (27 ft) of living space, has a lovely kitchen and common area, a bathroom, and a separate bedroom. Water tanks last about a week with careful use, and propane provides some energy. We have solar panels which we depend on also. We usually dry camp (no hookups, no water) so electricity is off the battery and some appliances can be used sparingly with an inverter.
Weather conditions: It is cold when we start. Cold. Snowy and icey. As we travel south, it does get warmer, but it's still chilly. The desert in winter is chilly and windy, so we are usually bundled up in the early morning and evenings. After a day on the road, I forget all about my fantasies of looking good and just concentrate on keeping my ears and hands warm. I've also learned that the wind carries dirt and sand, which is great for dermabrasion but not so good for hairstyles. And remember, we have limited water so bathing is concentrated on only some body areas.
Activities: reading, hiking, walking dogs, photography, bird and plant watching, RC glider (until it cannot be repaired), sewing, embroidery, knitting, practicing Spanish, beach walks, horseback riding, wave runners if available, drawing, napping. Also cleaning, cooking and and business details. No where is there a need for a Vogue cocktail dress, much to my chagrin, as I actually thought to sew one.
Wardrobe so far:
Hiking and outdoor clothing-2 pairs of long pants, 4 pairs of shorts. All RTW and designed for outdoor use. Pockets, zippers, snaps etc.
6 tops from a variety of patterns~M 6244, KS 3915, Tonic SBCC tee, Tonic tee, Scout Grainline tee, M 5890 black shell (from bottom of picture to top). I worked this neutral palette very carefully this year and also sewed everything from my stash.
I have 2 cowls for layering with this tunic made from B 5679. I also picked up 2 turtlenecks from LLBean to use.
This is the majority of my travel clothing-I also pack accessories, riding gear, underwear, shoes and pjs. Really though, that stuff is thrown in at the last minute.
In reviewing this post, I realize that I did a LOT of sewing this year for the trip and was able to focus most of it into complementary colorways. I'm thrilled with this, and I think it will serve me well. For those of you pondering travel such as this, I hope I've helped with at least this one detail of your planning.
Until spring, Mary