Escape from Winter - 2012 travel blog

When we’re at home the mail arrives every day. If we’ve ordered something, FedEX or UPS stop by and leave the box on our porch. It’s so easy we hardly give it a second thought. But when we’re traveling and on the move, catching up with the mail and deliveries can be a challenge. When we’re overseas, things just pile up and we deal with them when we get back. Our recent two month international adventure left us opening mail and Christmas catalogs for weeks. We’re so glad that these days with few exceptions all the bills could be paid online on time.

Like many full-timers we have a mail forwarding service that has an address we can forward mail to whenever we are traveling with the motor home. The forwarded mail piles up until we tell the service where to send it - either to a campground or General Delivery to a local post office. Timing can be tricky. Living in a major metropolitan area we are used to things arriving quickly, but when we’re at the bottom of the country in southern Texas, there seem to be more steps involved.

Since we plan to stay here for six weeks, we look forward to being able to order things and getting our mail sent directly to us. It can get a bit confusing. We have a mail box # that we use for mail. But if we are expecting FedEx or UPS, we have to give them our site # here on Banana Street. We knew both these numbers before we arrived, so I took advantage of our stationary status to order a sweater online; it’s price had been steeply reduced after the holidays. I checked carefully to determine how it would be sent since that would affect how I listed our address.

But after we arrived here, the site we had chosen had trees which blocked the satellite dish, so we moved. When we went to pick up the mail box key, it had been given to someone else, so we were assigned another. Our address had changed no matter how the sweater was delivered. When I checked its status, it was being delivered by FedEx rather than the USPS listed on the company’s website. I had listed the mailbox # rather than the site # and wondered if my sweater would ever catch up with me.

Since you can track deliveries online, I watched my sweater’s progress. It sat in Dallas at the FedEx office for two days. That wouldn’t happen in Chicagoland. Perhaps they were waiting for enough goods to fill up the truck to make the drive down here worthwhile. Then I was surprised to see that FedEx brought my sweater to the post office in Pharr. It would be delivered by the mail man after all.

And today my sweater arrived - only ten days after it was sent. Maybe I should defer any more on-line shopping until we’re home again.

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