It is true that navigating and piloting the houseboat were a bit different than our truck and 5th Wheel. Yet, many other things were similar. We had to think about our fresh water and fuel tanks. The walls were pretty thin and when the night air turned cold midweek, we needed extra blankets and cranked up the heat. Meals were prepared and eaten (no eating out).
The best similarities, though, were meeting interesting people and seeing beautiful scenery.
While beached near Brownsville, MN, we met Scott. Scott had long hair, a weathered face, an easy smile, and an encouraging spirit. He’s from Minneapolis and is heading to Mississipi for the winter. He and his large Husky/Wolf mix dog are on a 15’ pontoon boat, tiki-hut straw draping over the top, small tent on the front, with a cooler, generator and trolling motor with an outboard for when it’s too windy. Scott has no phone, no maps, just a radio. (We envied him.)
In the same area we met Don and Dottie—fellow houseboaters. Don is a semi-retired self-employed Septic Cleaner from the LaCrosse, WI area and they’ve been houseboating for 15 years.
Zac and his dogs, from the other houseboat overnighting in the cove, came over to meet us. He and his 10 houseboat mates (all restaurant workers from the Madison, WI area) invited our kids to play in their wiffle ball tournament.
Of course, we enjoyed meeting Sue at S&S Houseboat Rentals. She was exceptionally welcoming and easy to work with. AND, she offered me the use of her washers and driers for FREE both before and after our houseboat experience. Sue—enjoy your trip to Belize!
Great scenery—I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.