Top Five Things To Make an RV HOME
Top Five ways to make an RV homey while in Newfoundland.
From the RV Desk of Melanie Anne Chambers www.gorving.ca
1. Buy flowers.
This might make it girlie, but placed in the centre of your dining table, a bunch of flowers (in a juice container no less!) creates a little ambiance wherever you walk in your RV home. Just remember to put the container in the sink when you're driving.
2. Bake bread.
Toutons are a specialty in Newfoundland: it's essentially fried bread dough. Everything is fried here: I had fried corn flakes this morning. Kidding.
After making basic bread dough, above, locals fry the bread dough with pork fat. I opt for butter. Chocolate chips is also a Melanie variation.
With the extra dough, I made a mini loaf of bread, which makes the entire RV smell like a bakery. Another homey touch.
Make sure you don't make the toutons too thick or they won't cook all the way through.
Tradition calls for molassses, a staple in any Newfoundland pantry.
3. Park in a community – a chance to mingle with locals
After having a few bevies and dancing at The Legion in Woody Point at the Writer’s Festival (more on this later), it wasn’t the best idea to jump in the RV and head to the Water’s Edge RV Park. So, before I headed out to The Legion, a local guy named Rendell said I could park near his house in Woody Point. I saddled up between Pete’s One Stop Shop and Rendell’s Shed. It’s literally a shed on the waterfront. I popped in thinking it was an actual bar and ended up chatting with the locals; the by’s were serving whiskey in a styrofoam cup. I returned a few hours later and Rendell forgot who I was. Oh my.
This is the front view. A flat bottom dory rowing by!
Rendall's famous shed in Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park.
4. Read a book in a rain storm.
I picked up a few good reads while on the road—some local tales and another from the writer’s festival. Newfoundland Stories: The Loss of the Waterwitch and other Tales by Eldon Drodge. Another is Curse of the Red Cross Ring (inspired by a true story) by Earl B. Pilgrim. One of my favourite spots in the RV is the corner bed bunk. With the two windows on either side, it’s a panoramic view of the storm. As I’m reading about the Waterwitch shipwreck that sank in a galestorm in 1895, the RV sways in the wind. The RV is kinda like a ship, of sorts.
5. Bring your bike.
An RV might not be able to get to those hard to reach spots, but a bike does. I said it before, but it’s pretty sweet parking your home at a trail head, then returning to a cold brewski. Or, my favourite: rolling into the RV right off the trail and taking a nap. No time wasted getting home: you already are! Now, if they could only create a bike rack inside the RV!