Season 3: January 9, 2018

(Excerpt from our forthcoming book Dear Bob and Sue: Season 3 – not yet available for sale.)

January 9, 2018 (Tuesday)
Catalina State Park
From: Matt

The wind was brisk this morning when we woke; if we had been camping in a tent, we would have blown away in the middle of the night. As it was, we could feel cold air seeping into our RV. Last night we agreed to leave the furnace off; it was keeping Karen awake as well. Early this morning, before coffee, we cranked it back on; it felt so good, like a big warm hug.

The coyotes never howled again after their initial session last night. I wonder what they were hunting so close to the campground. Karen thinks that they hang out by the RVs with lights around their perimeters and wait for rodents to approach; when the rodents hesitate at the lights, the coyotes pounce. Could be, but I think it’s more likely they’re waiting for Muffy to come out and tinkle. It takes just one inattentive moment, and the next day there are lost dog signs all over the campground.

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Season 3: January 8, 2018

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January 8, 2018 (Monday)
Catalina State Park
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Today, we traded the seclusion of Chiricahua on the eastern edge of the state for the convenience of camping just outside the suburbs of Tucson. Catalina State Park is a beautiful area, and the campsites have large, paved pads with full hookups. Karen and I are looking forward to hiking in the mountains here tomorrow; we can walk to the trailhead from our campsite. But first I need a full night’s sleep. The furnace woke me so often that I didn’t get a minute of REM sleep last night.

I told Karen that we’d have to try sleeping without the furnace tonight regardless of how cold it gets. She said, “Oh, Honey, I don’t think so. We’ll freeze. Once you get tired enough, you’ll pass out.”

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Season 3: January 7, 2018

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January 7, 2018 (Sunday)
Chiricahua National Monument
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Last night we were tired from the excitement of becoming RVers, so we called it a day early—like 7:45—and figured out our sleeping arrangements. The dining area converted into a twin bed, and Karen had already claimed that spot, which was a good thing since it’s a little shorter than I am tall. My bed above the cab was a double with about three feet of headroom. I practiced how to climb down from my perch so that in the middle of the night I wouldn’t step on Karen’s face when I had to go to the bathroom. She propped up a couple of pillows against the back of her sleeping cubby and began reading a book on her iPad. After a few minutes, she asked, “Does it feel like the RV is listing to one side?”

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Season 3: January 6, 2018 (2 of 2)

Chiricahua National Monument

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January 6, 2018 (Saturday)
Chiricahua National Monument
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Ok, sorry about that. I had to go and flush the blue thing down the toilet. When I left you last, Ben had just given us the keys to the RV and headed back to his workstation to finish his resignation letter.

Pulling out of the parking lot, we learned the first lesson of RVing: anything in the back that wasn’t secured will sooner-rather-than-later end up on the floor—which is where our luggage landed about three blocks later. At the next stop light, Karen’s hair straightener came sliding down the aisle and settled between us in the cab. “How did your hair straightener find its way out of your luggage?” I asked. “Wait, more importantly, what happened to your New Year’s resolution to leave it at home?”

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Season 3: January 6, 2018 (1 of 2)

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January 6, 2018 (Saturday)
Chiricahua National Monument
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

This morning we Ubered from our hotel over to the Cruise America office. Our driver was a talkative young woman who was attending college in the Phoenix area. As soon as we got onto the highway, Karen started asking her questions. Every time the driver would answer, her car drifted into the adjacent lane. I tried to give Karen a look that said, “Stop asking her questions; she’s going to kill us!” but Karen must have thought I meant, “Please, ask more questions, I’ve lived long enough. A couple more should do it, and then we’ll all die in a fiery crash.”

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Season 3: January 5, 2018

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January 5, 2018 (Friday)
Phoenix, AZ
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Karen’s been speaking into her hand all day; she starts every sentence with either “Breaker, breaker 1-9,” or “Copy that.”

“Please tell me you’re not going to talk that way all week,” I said to her when we got to our hotel room this evening.

“Uh, copy that. That’ll be a negatory,” she replied.

“Seriously, people at the airport were staring at you. It looked like you were holding a small bird in your hand and you were talking to it in a strange, twangy voice.”

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