And then came the clothes! And bedding! And snacks! It was clear to me that I was running out of room, so I did the only rational thing and ate the M&M's. Now everything fits like pieces of a puzzle! I have watched the Supreme Packer (Leisl) over the years and have elevated my packing skills considerably. Nancy and I are well accustomed to the task of ferrying everything to the rear of the van, SUV, and/or trailer, handing stuff to her as she very kindly requests, and not interfering with the master at work. She does know how to get the job done!
I do think that I started out as a not-so-shabby packer, thanks to watching the work of my mom and dad. When we were kids, we always took a long camping trip in August, and they squeezed in everything for our family of 5 into the trunk and rooftop carrier. I wonder where that old tin box is? There was this large metal box, about 2'-3' square and a foot deep, with 3 divided compartments inside and a hinged lid. Precursor to rubbermaid bins! That box and a picnic basket pretty much held everything needed for our meals--3 a day, none of this stopping for fastfood stuff. Plus this was before the age of fastfood on every corner! I especially remember that my mom would take an empty oatmeal box to pack a dozen eggs layered with oats, I don't remember them ever breaking. And no refrigeration, no cooler. I think in 1967 we graduated to a little pop-up tent trailer, and that seemed like quite a luxury after a 9'x9' tent. We had some fabulous trips, and I am eternally grateful that they had the foresight and will to make those trips happen.
So I am heading out, and if I get internet service while I am away I will share more news and pictures with you. I'm not exactly going to Siberia, but these places can be a little like the Bermuda Triangle of phone and internet service, so we shall see!