Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beautiful Views For Deep Thinking.......:-)

Hi Everybody,

Well, as some of you may know, Scootard and I have invested in a Class A RV and rented out our condo.  We have a one year lease on it and plan to travel and see things that we have not seen yet.  This of course means that we will be pulling our new van as well.  You can see our Vlog about how we got started in our RV here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/enuffgrace.  Don't forget to Subscribe if you want to follow our travels!!

Our scooters are in storage and will likely not be ridden at all this year.  We need to adjust to a new way of living.  We feel that we are in transition in our lives right now and need to adjust to this new way of living off the grid.  This took a lot of thought and the pictures following this chat will show the places that I like to go to think things through.  Since we use different modes of travel, I will probably change the name of this blog to reflect my travels.  My new name will be "Trippin Sister" and Scootard is now, "The Striking Viking"....haha.  


 And there is indeed a lot to think about!


Not that we had not done  a lot of thinking and discussing before the big move in (and the move out)!


 We rented out place to two young girls about 21 years of age.  Our condo was going to be their first place.


We had a long chat with one of the girl's Mom who couldn't resist calling us and making sure that all was well.  She spent a lot of time telling us how responsible her daughter is as well as her friend and really wanted us to consider her.


The market here in our town is awful for rentals right now.  virtually nothing is available!  So, we had several offers for our place; some of them willing to pay $100.00 more a month.


But we gave it to these two girls realizing that we each had our "first place" too very long ago.  Somebody gave us a chance.  We wanted to be a blessing to these girls.....:-)


The lease was signed for a one year term.  NOW, THERE'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!
Seeing as if things went wrong in the motor home; which we affectionately named "Grace"; we are literally locked out of our home for a year!
  

This was a huge step of courage for us as well as them.  But we believe that we are headed in the right direction!  

We hope to continue to see you all on the road somewhere!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Beautiful Lunch Break

Well, It has been quite a while since I was able to post since being in the whirl wind of moving out of our condo, into an RV and getting the condo ready for renters.  We have been extremely busy and trying to keep up with things by learning new technology (me) and doing a lot of heavy lifting getting things in order here and in the RV (Chris).  You can follow our Vlogs here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/enuffgrace


We are almost finished clearing our place and needed to make a run out of town today.  It was in the 70's and a good day to have a nice lunch outdoors.  We received this gift card with the purchase of our Van several weeks ago.  But, we have been so busy, we did not have time to use it until today.  It was pretty good, although a bit salty.



Here is a shot of the inside of the restaurant although we ate outdoors.  I thought the mirrors on the ceiling made the room look really huge and made you feel that you were walking upside down....ha


I came back from taking my shot of the indoors to finding Chris sitting in the shade.  Well, that was a bit "cool" for my Oklahoma blood.  So, he gathered our menus and headed for a more sunny spot.



His order was so wild concoction of raw fish with other thingees on it.......hummmm.  I passed on that one! However, I did help him polish off his yam fries that had been drizzled in truffle oil.....yummm.




I ordered some mushroom and spinach pasta with chicken and garlic bread.  It was good, but as I said, a bit salty.  Chris ordered a special iced tea for me.


It was going to be at least two more hours before we made it back to our town.  I decided to make a pit stop and could not resist taking a picture of these signs; the likes of which I had never seen before.....haha.  If anybody is confused about "who" this room is for.....Let me help you with that! ha 


Or this one.  I'd be glad to explain the meaning of both!



Well, it's time to head back and get more cleaning and clearing done at the condo.  


See you on the road!  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unforeseen Challenges

You would think that a person would feel so much more secure riding in a "fish bowl" called Grace.  However,  that has not been the case.  You see EVERYTHING from a totally different perspective!  This morning we ate breakfast and decided to head out since we didn't know what time check out was.  It was 10:30 when we left the camp grounds. I was grooving with everything and then........


I saw the tree lines and the narrowness of the path.  Getting OUT was what I would call one of those unforeseen challenges. The road (in my humble opinion was too narrow and the trees much



hahaha.......I'm laughing now, but I was not then!  Oh yeah, he was laughing at me scream about the tree that seem to narrowly miss the co-pilot mirror!


I was every so happy to be out of there and back on the road again...:-)


Right around 3:30 or so we were getting hungry again and decided to stop here for lunch.  They had a sign posted asking that you limit your stay to 8 hours.  It would have been nice, but we decided to keep moving after lunch since we needed to refill our water tank, get gas and propane.


It if had not been for those things, we could have boon docked there for a bit.....:-)


by the way, in case I failed to mention it, this is the model of our RV.


the closer we got to the coast, the more ominous the skies began to look.  But at least the mountains were still as majestic as ever....:-).



 Several mile later, we stopped and got the gas that we needed.  However, this business did not have any propane to be heard of.  We had to find some somewhere as the temperature was dropping and we knew we would be using the furnace tonight.




It was also a good time to get rid of all of the "bug matter" splattered on the windshield.



On the road again......please tell me that we are NOT going to try this one.......




He's going for it!!  YIKES!!  I'm closing my eye....(just one).


Whew!  that sure felt too small for us to be going over.........  And the skies are looking more and more ominous.


Well, we made it to the last stop of the night!  It seemed like a long day even though we didn't go that far.  We may have covered about 110 miles today.

 Anyway, we had heard of this place.  They have several resorts in the US, but this is the only one in Canada that we know of.  It is quite pricey for a yearly membership.  When we called, they offered us a free night to consider doing business with them.  We took them up on their offer arriving after closing time.  They were still there and directed us to our spot for the night with full hook ups.


Nice park with some of the residents being full timers and year rounders.....:-)



We traveled on until we over shot the spot and could NOT make the turn or turn around.

ugh!!


Soooo, now we have to dismount the Van from the dolly in order to back up the RV and the trailer.  If you look closely, you will see a small leg with a wheel right at the center of the tow bar.  Yeah, the wheel snapped while trying to back the rig up.



Fortunately, the Van had been moved out of the way so that the RV could back up.

 
We made it to our spot and the sky opened up on us.  We still had to set up.  Then we discovered a small leak in the gasket of the windshield.   I put a towel there for now.  Tomorrow we will either get the stuff we need to fix it or have someone do it for us.   For now,   I'm going to bed!

See you on the road!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Long Mile (Kinda)

I have no idea how it is that we both woke up so early this morning.  Well, Chris went to bed early.  I think it was about 8:30.  I stayed up until about 11:00 pm watching a news documentary on line until my head nearly snapping off of my shoulders woke me up and said "GO TO BED!".

We had breakfast, packed up and headed toward we knew not where.  Then we discovered that there was a laundromat right around the corner, a bank and a Dollarama store.  Now, that sounds close by.  But when you have to drive around and find a spot that will accommodate about 16 feet of metal and steel, it just ain't that easy.  After scoping out the neighborhood, we found the perfect spot for "Grace the Pace Arrow".


The laundry didn't take too long.  Chris disappeared into the town taking pictures while I sat outside on a street bench trying to thaw out!  The place was freezing because they had the air conditioner on.  Can you believe that!  It was in the 40's last night...ha.  Only in Canada folks....ha.  


We figured when you get down to one package of fish minus any chips; it's time to do some shopping.  Besides that, neither of us know when we are actually going to make it back home again.  Although, we are shooting for.........well.......see! There you go!


We snagged a roasted chicken with some cole slaw and potato salad for lunch and found a city park to enjoy our meal.  It was a wide enough space to get into (and long enough) with no problems.
The water was a bit muddy, but it was nice to sit by the water in our new home....:-)


We both felt that it was time to find a place to stop and rest for the evening.  Preferably by the water, but time would tell if we could actually find that special place.  The scenary along the way was beautiful none the less....:-)



You do get the feeling of flying through the air in a giant fish bowl having near death experiences every time you come to a curve, but hey.....I survived it!  And this time without having to take an aspirin!....ha

We stopped at this place which would have been perfect for boon docking except that we only had cell phones and not satellite phones with us and decided it was far too remote to stay here for the night.  But, it was gorgeous....:-)
 

A few miles up the road their was a tiny little encampment.  We decided to stop and see about a vacancy that could accamodate our rig and van.  It was such a beautiful little place.....:-)


He is a shot of the road we drove up onto.  There is a building hiding behind all of that purple......:-)



And little tents scattered around the camp grounds.  And just as little was "Joe Old Guy" who was the owner and care taker of the place.  He told us that he had been there since 1981.  The name of the encampment was Shaw Springs RV Park.


Chris spoke to him about our staying the evening.  He was good with the idea, but had no hook ups for us and wanted twenty bucks.  Chris looked at me and said..."I think we'll keep going, baby."
Too bad because it was quite pretty....:-).  I mean, seriously....we can pull off to the side of the road and have the same amenities (NONE)......for FREE! ha


Just about 10 miles up the road, we found this place; Jade Springs RV Park.  The guy had one pull through slot in the whole encampment.  Not because the others were full; but because he had ONE.

TADA!  No water, but very pretty still.


Here is a look from the co-pilot side of Grace.


 After we got everything set up; jacks lowered, slides out, power hooked up, it was time to eat and relax.  Chris was going to whip up some left overs from lunch and call it dinner.....:-).  Works for me!

He's so sweet.....:-).  I know he was tired.  

 
Suddenly, there came a sound as of a mighty rushing wind and it SHOOK the house where we were sitting.   IT'S A TRAIN!!  What!??  A train???  Oh no........


It's going to be a LONGGGGGG....... night. Five trains have just passed by with what seemed to be about 50 cars...... at 20 minute or so intervals......There goes my sleep.

Well, I'll see you somewhere on the road with probably only one eye open!