They say making a right turn in a 40' RV is more difficult than a left. I think I made some pretty darn good "right turns" this past weekend in preparation for my journeys. My first "right turn" was finding RV Driving School through Escapees RV Club. Granted, I successfully maneuvered one of the most ridiculously curvy roads to get here, it could have been a lot more fun and I might not have gotten that trucker's tighty-whities in such a bunch! While I'm confident that if "some old dude can drive one of these things, I can too" that just doesn't create comfort behind the wheel. I like my comfort!! So I did some research and found an instructor here in Sequim which is one of many reasons I ventured here.
After 8-hours of instruction I can truly say I am so MUCH more comfortable driving my beast. This weekend there were lots of bright orange cones, right turns, left turns, backing around curves, dealing with swing out, roundabouts, blind spots, dead-end turnarounds, on/off ramps, gas stations, etc... you get the picture! All the stuff I wanted to avoid - I now know how to better handle these situations!
In the end, my instructor smiled and told me it makes his day to see a student back into a tight parking spot effortlessly, then to get out of the big rig and watch all the jaws drop when everyone realizes it's a girl driving! I even got a bouquet of lavender from my neighbors on Sunday after my lesson! I had just met them Saturday after my first lesson, they were curious and inquired. I shared that I had just moved in to my RV 6-weeks ago with the objective to travel the US and dive, while continuing to work a job I enjoy. The next day a bouquet of lavender - WOW! They said it was a little house warming gift and to wish me well on my adventures! I get the BEST neighbors!!!
As for diving.... finished off a tank of air just so I could check out the vibration my mom and Ron noticed when they took their boat out. Actually, it was a GREAT excuse to try and photograph some large feather duster worms in ambient light. I also wanted to see what the weird hive like clusters of slim worms looked like up close. Oh....and the boat vibration.... they have some major critter life happening! Time for critter relocation and cleaning.
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition.