Wednesday , September 13 2017
Home / Blog / Just smile and wave
happy woman waving patriotic American flags
happy woman waving patriotic American flags

Just smile and wave

Unusual things often happen when you live and work in an RV. A kitten’s tail can get caught in the RV door. You may get struck by lightning. There may be a streetlight shining in your back window and strange noises around you so if you do fall asleep you may wake up in the middle of the night and not remember where you are. Or, you can even end up as a parade entry. Life is never dull in an RV.

When the RV is parked on its gravel pad at home, nothing much happens, unless the kitten’s tail is in the way. However, when we are out and about, that’s when the excitement happens. A couple weeks ago I was shocked, literally, when our generator got struck by lightning. I was standing outside the door, in a puddle of water when I felt the ground tremble. I was looking down at my feet, dumbfounded when I felt an energy force, and then a burning sensation start in my feet and travel part way up my legs. An RV experience I do not want to repeat!

When the RV is parked on its gravel pad at home, I occasionally wake up to the dogs barking or the donkey braying. Nothing new or exciting. We are parked in the middle of nowhere when we are home so the only light shining through the window is moonlight. When the RV is parked at home, I usually sleep like a baby. However, when we are out and about, my sleep pattern changes dramatically! In order to fall asleep, I need to hang a towel over the blinds to block out any streetlights, and then I usually fall asleep to the hum of traffic. It is in these cases that I wake up with a start and try to decipher the strange noises around me. An RV experience I try to block out using a fan for white noise.

When the RV is parked on its gravel pad at home, nothing much happens. However, today when we were out and about we had a brand new experience. We had just left Jamestown, N.D., and were traveling on I-94 when my husband saw a sign for services in Medina, N.D. He wanted to find LP gas to fill our tank before reaching our final destination.

Imagine our surprise when we pulled into town and ended up in the midst of a parade. Imagine the flag bearers surprise when we ended up in their path. Who has a parade on a Saturday morning, in September, without using any traffic control?

So here we are, all 50 feet of RV and trailer, in the way of Old Glory with no help from the crowd. We inched forward, smiled and waved, and skedaddled out of Medina as fast as we could. LP for hot showers became low priority but we decided, if we had a warning, we would repeat the parade entry experience in the future. Just smile and wave and keep rolling along.

About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at

Leave a Reply

Pin It on Pinterest