Time to Add Some Memories to Our Dash!

I decided to put together a quick post to introduce you all  to our newest addition … the 1975 Six-Pac truck camper you see in our new header and in the pick below. But then I realized I haven’t posted in close to a year! Yikes, WTH?? Time  truly does fly!


Yes, we have catchy names for our rig, truck and camper. LoL

So, I will back to the introduction post about the truck camper and our summer plans, but first I think I should fill you in on some of the highlights from the past year.

First and foremost … I became a Memere last year at this time!! My son Nick and his fiance Bri brought this gorgeous little girl into the world on June 22, 2015. Sarah Annabelle Sautter is absolutely perfect in every way. Being on the road I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. But thankfully modern technology let’s us keep in touch and I get to keep up with her milestones. Love her!!!

tinkerbelle 1st birthday

Then in September we decided to bring our own “baby” into our HOW … a fur baby that is! This is “Sterling’s Sherlock Holmes Estelle-Bialek”! We just call him Sherlock. LoL

September 2015

September 2015

And here he is now at 1 Year Old … and about 85 pounds! LoL

Ready for Graduation from Hightest Kennels Obedience Training June 2016

Ready for Graduation from Hightest Kennels Obedience Training June 2016

He has been such a wonderful addition to our little HOW! There’s just something magical about the unconditional love from a dog. So far he’s only traveled from Rio Vista, CA north to Anacortes, WA. But this summer this pup is going to get some miles in! 🙂

Unfortunately, we also had some tragic news over the past year. Joe’s Mom passed away unexpectedly in November of last year. I know we never really expect the loss of our loved ones, but getting the news and being 3,000 away was without a doubt the most stressful, emotionally draining event we’ve had to navigate through since we hit the road four and a half years ago. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and friend and she is missed by many.

July 2015

July 2015

Mom Bialek was always up for an adventure and always,always initiating conversations with perfect strangers wherever she went. So much so that during her funeral service the Navy Chaplain who officiated focused on “Living Your Dash” … the little ” – ” between the dates on headstone showing the year people were born and the year they passed away. The concept isn’t new, I’ve heard the phrase “living our dash” before. But this was the first time I actually reflected on what my dash has been so far and as a team, what we want our dash to look like for the rest of our time together.

With thoughts of making the most of whatever time we have left (hopefully it’s several decades! lol) we took two steps toward seeing even more of this amazing country of ours and filling up our dash. First, we decided in order  to do that  we’d need a little more disposable income. Rather than have Joe sell his left nut (which we joked about back when we thought maybe we’d like to live in a loft on Mulberry St in NYC) I’d try to get on a turn-around or two with him if there was an opportunity; thankfully, there was!


And that brings us pretty much up to speed!

So here we are today, planning our summer excursion in The Cabin!! If there’s one thing that we’ve learned, or maybe just been reminded of over the past year, it’s that life is short and there are no gaurantees. We love our life and our lifestyle. But it’s been way too long since we’ve been on vacation. I know that probably sounds funny to some because we live in an RV (recreational vehicle). But the truth is, our life revolves around work, just like pretty much everyone else we know in this age bracket. The only difference is that we choose to work the grind in a nomadic fashion.

Anyway, the point is this – It looks like we’re going to have some down time and we plan to make the most of it by adding memories to our dash. Not in a flashy, swanky, once in a lifetime, secluded island resort (although a little beach camping might be in the plan!) type of vacation. But rather a once in a lifetime, coast to coast, low-rent, gypsy vacation!

Here’s a little peek at what our accommodations will be for our trip. Ummm … yes, rustic to say the least! LoL

Here’s the kitchen …


The dining room …


The bedroom … (Yes, the sleeping bags zip together to make one! 😉 )


And that’s about it! So now it’s time to start planning out the next two months of Our-Time … of our Dash.


We’re planning to be posting quite regularly, no really! LoL We’re also hoping to incorporate some videos into our routine. This is a fairly new media to us so we’ll be on a learning curve for a bit. I usually use my phone for all pics and what few videos I have done. But Joe has a GoPro he’s itching to put to use.

If you’re still here, thanks so much for sticking around! We’re glad to have you and we’d love to have you continue along with us on this next adventure!!

Me and my love


Can You Wash Your Rig with 5 Gallons of Water or less? Yes! Really!!

Hi Gang! I have a special treat for you today! I’ve been so busy with the new coaching business that I’ve been neglecting Gypsy Gibberish ~ Writing on Eight Wheels. I know, my bad! Thankfully, The Boss has stepped up and decided to help out when he can. He’ll be posting some “How To” type stuff and I might even be able to get him to put the information from the last three or four RV Park reviews I have set aside together. We’ll see, LoL.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the guy that always comes to my rescue!

Are you RVing in drought stricken California? Boondocking out and about in a beautiful secluded wilderness area with limited water? Stationary for a month or more at a great RV resort as your home base, but they have the “no washing the RV” rule?

What do you do? Ahh the frustration…the dust…the pollen…the bugs/road grime all over your precious rig…or as we affectionately refer to as our “HOW” (HOW-house on wheels, pronounced Hoe). Nobody wants a dirty HOW! 😉

Yes we have options and we do utilize them when we can. The lazy me, REALLY enjoys the benefits of the commercial truck wash centers!  Who knew there was an “automated” car wash that can accommodate a nearly 30,000# (yes, we are going on a diet) 13′- 6″ tall, 102″ wide, 45 foot combined length truck and HOW! They are not everywhere, but boy are they convenient! We’ve found great service at these washes and some are even open 24 hours!

They have an easy pull in – pull out entrance and the 7 man crew pressure washes and scrubs the entire HOW.  They even get the roof with custom bent wands for their pressure washers to loosen up the dirt and grime up there. Then for the grand finale, a major rinse pours down (it sort of reminded me of Niagara Falls) from the ceiling mounted “sprinkler” system to get the loosened up grime off the roof and rinses the entire HOW.

blue beacon

blue beacon outside

And yes I do get ambitious every now and then and utilize the self-serve car washes that have oversize bays. We’ve come across a few along our travels, some even had a cat walk to gain access to clean the roof! But they are not everywhere…and you still get road grime and dust from here to there and before you even get to your next destination your home is a mess. It’s frustrating, you want to clean her but you don’t want to be a rebel and break the rules. So what to do?

You get some basic supplies and some distilled water and “clean” not wash your HOW 🙂

Now keep in mind this is NOT a recommended solution for cleaning your gritty, freshly mud laden rig from your latest 4×4 adventure in Moab … or the Colorado Rockies… or some really remote off grid …

Sorry, got a little lost in thought day dreaming about our future boondocking trips in a truck camper … or Earth Roamer … some day!

Now where was I?

Ahhh yes, this is a suggestion that has worked well for us to remove light dust stirred up from the gravel roads in the RV park, from the gravel trail heading to your awesome boondocking location, pollen, etc.

The important thing to remember is to be careful. You don’t want  to damage your finish by dragging  heavy dirt and debris over your paint/finish. So again, this is just an idea that came to me and worked for us. You may decide you do not feel comfortable with this.

The idea came to me when we got our rig and it was time to clean the windows. I knew I wasn’t going to want to drag out the ladder every time we (I say we, but Gypsy doesn’t do ladders so I really mean me. lol)  the windows get spotty.  I thought, well if it works great on the window, maybe it will work on the entire exterior!

I sampled a small area first and inspected to make sure there were no scratches and I was happy with the results, so I went for it. Now, with the right equipment, products, and awareness, I feel comfortable with this process.

All the tools of the trade can be ordered here on amazon or picked up your local hardware store.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

I used the gallon jug as a measuring device. I did use water piped in from RV park. But after using it I realized the I would have been better off using distilled water from Walmart at $0.89 a gallon to minimize the water spots from the park well water.

The ladder saver is the extendable paint stick. It works perfectly!

The double bucket with just enough water in each side to cover the window mop.

The Pressure Sprayer

The small pressure sprayer has been a priceless investment!! Not only is it HOW washing tool, but an exterior cooling unit! Yes you read that right. When outdoor temps reached 107’ I used this to spray a fine mist on and around our immediate seating area for evaporation cooling. Yes, I’m Gypsy’s official watering boy! LoL


The window mop with adapter for the extendable paint stick to allow quick and easy change out of the mop to the squeegee head.

The squeegee (this is a little different from the one I have)

The small spray bottle with cleaning solution of your choice.

The micro fiber hand mitt for tough, stubborn spots/tight locations.

And clean, dry micro fiber cloths, about a 6 pack for final wipe down.

Now like washing any car/HOW you don’t want to do this in the blazing sun. Start with the “magical outdoor AC evaporation cooling gizmo” (pressure sprayer) and spray a small area to be cleaned. I start low and use a side to side action making my way up to the top.  Just a light coating; a little bit of running down but not much. Then take the handheld small sprayer bottle with cleaning solution (environmental friendly) mixture if needed.  You will not need much as it will mix with the water that was just sprayed on.


Next take the window scrubber on the paint stick extension and inspect that there is no dirt, pebbles or debris trapped in its finger like micro fibers, and dip it in the bucked. From the top down in the segmented areas that you previously sprayed with water and cleaner, start “mopping”. Your just looking to loosen/lift the pollen/dust up off the surface, not to remove it all until clean, although it does a great job grabbing the dirt as well. When  the window sponge is dirty or feels like it’s gritty or “dry” it’s time to rinse. Use one side of the bucket for the “dirty” side and the other side for “clean” to rinse. This is to try to keep the window sponge as clean as possible without using excessive water to repeatedly clean it.


Now, once your area has been mopped, grime is loose and has been lifted, it’s time to squeegee. If the area is drying, grab the water sprayer and apply more water. If more water is needed, you may want to work a smaller section. The surface needs to be wet. Proceed to squeegee the surface, starting at the top and working down. There may be narrow sections where the squeegee won’t fit. You can angle the squeegee or get a couple different sizes that work best for you. You will see the crud drip down…the squeegee should feel smooth.


There will be spots you can’t get to with this set up. That’s ok, I’ll touch on that next. I continued around the entire camper in this fashion.


Next, I start back where I started. With, the microfiber car mitt and clean dry micro fiber cloths, wiping the streaks left behind from the squeegee and the locations I could not get with the tools into – like the sides of the slides with windows and the side of the camper. Most of the time the clean dry micro fiber cloth is enough to do the trick. If not, a wipe with the damp micro fiber wash mitt will help. Always follow-up with the dry micro fiber cloth.

We have found this has been a great compromise of being able to maintain a clean HOW and respecting the rules of the RV Park while conserving water. As I mentioned above, next time I will use distilled water, to help minimize the water spots and the additional wiping needed with the microfiber cloths

Before “Dirty HOW”


After “Clean Happy HOW”


I know this won’t work on all RV types, but it works well with our smooth fiberglass surface. It looks good and provides a clean surface to proceed with the next step… wax on ~ wax. 😉


Thanks for reading!

I’d say “Cheers” … But that’s Gypsy’s line. 😉

So I think I’ll leave you with this …

hang loose

Opportunity Up Ahead! No, it’s not a dead end ;-)

Hi Y’all!

It’s been a while and I have some great RV Resorts in Northwest Washington to share with you … as soon as I can write reviews that really show how awesome they are! LoL

In the meantime …

Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The

I want to share this opportunity with you. I’ve been “working” (The word doesn’t really seem appropriate as it’s such a fun way to spend some of my day, but it does generate income so I guess that’s what it is!) as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. That’s the official title, but I call myself a “Health & Happiness Consultant” because it’s more accurate. 🙂

If you’re looking for a way to supplement your income AND improve or maintain your health and fitness while enjoying this wonderful nomadic lifestyle – I found a way!

I encourage anyone interested in learning about what I do as an Independent Team Beachbody Consultant to check out our next “7 Day Coaching at a Glance” informational group on Facebook.  The passion and the purpose behind this team is absolutely incredible!  We’re excited and welcome the opportunity to show you a little bit about what we do as a team and how it’s changed so many lives, including our own. We’re building our dreams, one day at a time, and you can too … from anywhere your travels take you!

The private FB group will start on Monday June 15th.  The only thing you need to do is check into the group daily, on your own schedule, to read the day’s post and watch a short video from some of our awesome team members. There’s absolutely no obligation to join or buy anything to take part in the group. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It’s our goal to ensure that you get all the information you need to decide if this is something you can truly get excited about!

Comment below or contact me directly if you’d like to be a part of this “Coaching at a Glance” opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

P.S. We’ll need to be friends on Facebook so I can add you to the Private Group. You can send me a Friend Request here >>> Wendy Estelle


Yesterday Was National Beer Day – Did you miss it?

I guess I can’t be the only one that didn’t realize yesterday was National Beer Day … can I be?

beer day


There’s something kind of heady about the days of prohibition, salacious even. The dark and smoky speakeasies with jazz flowing from the horns and flappers daring to show a little skin, bootleggers cruising through the woods trying to evade the fuzz in their Model Ts, with jars of moonshine jangling around in the rumble seat … good times. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly happy that it’s not prohibited now!

We toasted the anniversary of the end of prohibition with a suitable ale … don’t you think?

21 Amendment Brewery

Brought to you from    21 Amendment Brewery

Not that we really need an excuse to have a cold one … but we’ll take one when we can get it. LoL

We’re getting ready to head out to another destination this weekend. Just a short trip down to the Tacoma area for the next project. This will be our first time in that neck of the woods so if you have any suggestions for a nice place to stay please let me know. Thanks!

I’m really going to miss Fidalgo Bay RV Resort. I’m already getting a little sad about leaving, which is not the norm. I’m usually ready for a change after a few weeks. But I have really become smitten with the place. The grounds, the locations, the views, the bike path … yep, I’ll be pining away until we can get back up here. I’ll put together a review in the next week or so for you guys.

Another thing we’re going to miss, shockingly enough, is one of the breweries in Mt. Vernon. The Skagit River Brewery has turned into our “spot” for when we have to go into the Burlington area, about a half hour trip east from Anacortes.


Cheers from Skagit River Brewery

Cheers from Skagit River Brewery

The place is very cozy and the staff members have always been friendly and attentive. There are several choices from a healthy hearty salad to your usual pub fair with a few comfort food specialties like shepherd’s pie and lamb stew in the mix as well. They also have a smoker going out back, so if you can’t find the sign just stop and smell the air for the scent of succulent beef and pork smoking away to perfection.

Credit TripAdvisor

Credit TripAdvisor

Then of course, there are the beers. 🙂

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Somewhere along the line our palates matured and we’re now drawn to … dare I say … real beer?? Quite an evolution seeing as we were die-hard Coors Lite drinkers just a  year or so ago. LoL Now our sophisticated taste buds prefer the taste of something a little bolder and full-bodied. Joe had even developed a love of the hoppier IPAs.

I usually opt for the Skagit Brown Ale here and Joe’s had the Farm to Market Ale, Scullers IPA and the Cold Beer Pilsner just for fun. They were all great!

Skagit Brown Ale in the forefront, Farm to Market Ale in the back.

Skagit Brown Ale in the forefront, Farm to Market Ale in the back.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get back up this way to enjoy our favorite little brewery. But for now I guess I better start looking for a few to check out around Tacoma.

Don’t forget, I’m open to any suggestions for an RV park in that area as well. Drop me a line if you know of one.

Oh Yes, one more thing … If you’re into Beer Travel and haven’t checked the kids from  The Society of Beer Travelers out yet and gotten your Beer Passport, get on over there. 🙂

Yes! You too can get this awesome beer society swag!!



Day Night Pleated Shades … Quick Fix Kit

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I’ve read about how finicky day night pleated shades are in a couple of blogs over the past few years. So, when we got them in our new home they didn’t give us any warm fuzzies. But with limited time, not to  mention extra funds right after we picked up our new HOW, changing out our window dressings wasn’t an option. Although at some point, we would like to go with MCD shades. (Here’s a great post on how to do an MCD installation from the folks at Wheeling It.

One of the biggest problems with the standard pleated shades, once you get past the fact that they’re not all that swanky, is that they tend to be easily dented and the string system that makes them work is fairly delicate so it’s easy to break it. Plus, if you have a little OCD issue, and the pleats aren’t exactly level on all windows, it can be distracting to say the least. We have 17 of them to drive me bonkers. LoL In order to make sure they are all uniform you need to adjust the tension on the string … and the more you play with the string … the more likely it is to break. So yes, that’s what happened a few weeks ago. 🙁

I won’t say who snapped the string using brute force  … but this pic says it all. LoL

Why the heck am I doing this???

“Why the heck am the one doing this???”

Ha! Clearly, because I have absolutely no ability to follow directions! Thankfully it was a very quick, easy and cheap fix. We found a Pleated Shade First Aid Kit
on Amazon and it only took him about a half an hour to get it re-strung and back up. 😀

on the ground with blind

Joe at the windowWhile I didn’t participate in the project, other than to provide directions over his shoulder moral support I did make him a nice healthy dinner to say thanks. What? A pint every now and then is healthy. LoL


Do you have a broken or sloppy pleated day night shade that needs fixing? Here’s the link to the first aid kit we used.

We have enough cord left to re-string one more blind. My theory is that if we have a back-up on hand we won’t need it. But, any bets on how long it will be before we need it?