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By Best Day: I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments

Linda Hightower and her husband Keith pick up their new Casita travel trailer in Texas.

By Linda Hightower

My very best day in 2018 was Tuesday, June 12.

I had just finished my last day as Cashmere High School’s teacher librarian the day before on June 11 with a big retirement celebration and final cleaning up of my office.

After 23 years at Cashmere High School, I had a lot of mixed emotions retiring, but I was ready for a change and looking forward to traveling and more time with my husband Keith and our extended family.

On the morning of the 12th my husband of 42 years and I took off at 10:45 a.m. in our packed Ford 150 pick-up after a morning of house cleaning and started down the road to new adventures!

Our destination was Rice, Texas, over 2,000 miles away, where we would pick up our new Casita travel trailer direct from the factory because they have no dealers.

My husband Keith had researched for about two years looking for the perfect small travel trailer for us, one that would be suitable for moderate off-road adventures. Finally our plans were coming into fruition.

Keith hadn’t wanted to camp with me since our three daughters were very young and I had been tent camping with my sisters for years. Keith told me if he were to camp again, it would be with a bed off the ground with a memory foam mattress, a shower and air conditioning.

Yes, he’s the picky clean one in our family.

As we prepared for my retirement, our plan to camp resulted in our choice of the Casita trailer.

Casitas are built with marine grade fiberglass bodies and they are easy to tow.

I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home and hit the road.

At the first rest stop on I-90 I got into the driver’s seat and we headed east towards Idaho. We stopped for lunch at the old Cataldo Mission (Idaho’s oldest building) just outside of Coeur d’Alene and saw three moose enjoying their wet underwater lunch nearby the mission.

We continued down the road to Wallace and stopped for yummy fresh huckleberry milkshakes at the Red Light Garage.

Driving that afternoon through the beautiful Idaho mountains and into Montana brought us to Missoula where we had reservations that night.

After gassing up at Costco and walking down to eat our dinner at Applebee’s, we found our Super 8 Motel and ended our wonderful day.

Traveling 366 miles at a leisurely pace suits us and we looked forward to driving the next day to our second destination 343 miles away: Billings.

I still haven’t lost my excitement of starting my retirement as I look back to June 12.

Since then, we have spent 46 nights camping in our Casita from Texas to Ocean Shores and we look forward to many more adventures in our Casita in the future.

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  1. Jerri says:

    Congratulations, you served a lot of grateful children, you deserve to enjoy some relaxation. You and Keith are amazing people. We wish you the best!

  2. Diane Nunley says:

    What fun! See you here next year for a mini-camp!

  3. Brenda Benoit says:

    As you are about to head out again on a winter adventure with the Casitas, we pray for your safe travels and a great time together meeting old and new friends.

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