Time to Add Some Memories to Our Dash!

I decided to put together a quick post to introduce you all Β 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 Β truly does fly!

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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!!!

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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

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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! πŸ™‚

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.

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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 Β to do that Β 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!

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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 …

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The dining room …

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

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

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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

~Cheers~

Enjoying Anacortes, Washington

If we had to pick one place that felt most like home to us it would have to be Anacortes, Washing. Sounds strange to some, I know. Especially given the not so great weather a good deal of the time. But it’s so quaint and laid back that it’s hard not to fall in love with the area.

We’ve been staying at the Fildalgo Bay RV Resort since the beginning of February and I dare say I’d be happy to stay another month or two. But, as is usually the case, we never know exactly how long we’ll be here before we head to the next job.

I thought I’d take a few minutes today to share a few pics from the area.

Home is where we park it …

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Having the gazebo really makes a big difference in our comfort level outdoors. So we always try to get one when we can.

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

We took a hike up to Mt. Erie a couple of weekends ago. It’s the first time we’ve been up there. The view was fabulous so I’m sure we’ll go back.

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

We enjoy walking around the loop at Washington Park as well. We had some sunshine on the day we went last time.

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

 

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

Loop Road, Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

I’ve posted pics of Deception Pass before. But it’s too pretty there not to post a couple more. πŸ˜‰

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

The Tommy Thompson Trail runs by the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort and we’ve been making the most of it while we can! It’s perfect for leisurely walks into town and quick bike trips to the market for odds and ends … and the views aren’t too shabby. πŸ˜‰

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

The trail goes through a couple of dry storage areas for the marinas and although you can’t tell in the pics, the area is abuzz with boat prep for the season.

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Anacortes, WA

While these boats are still waiting for their trip to the dock, we did see some gorgeous vessels on one of our rides into town.

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Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Sea what I mean? It’s really hard not to fall in love with this place! I asked this guy and he said he thought it would be okay if we stayed here for a while … just sayin’. πŸ˜‰

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That’s all for now. I hope wherever you are you’re enjoying the beauty around you. πŸ™‚

~Cheers~

Proper Tire Size and Rating – Have you checked yours lately?

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Hi Gang,

Just a quick post today to remind you about the importance of having the proper tires on your rig and tow vehicle. When we purchased our new HOW last month we made sure to have the dealership replace all five (the spare as well) with new top rated tires.

Because we wanted to make sure they were a good quality and load appropriate, we ordered them and had them sent to the dealership for installation at our cost. Unfortunately, sometimes the dealers will try to get away with a lessor quality product and obviously that’s not an option for us as we’re traveling full-time.

I bring this up today because with springtime right around the corner (here’s hoping!) many of you might be getting anxious to get those extra wheels rolling. While some of us might be old hands at making sure all is well with the rubber beneath our precious rigs, some might need a little guidance.

Here’s aΒ >>>link<<<Β for a nice little article about selecting the proper tire size and rating from Kevin at Big Brand Tire Service. Just so you know, I’m not affiliated with this company, or Kevin, but when I received an email from him directing me to his site I thought it might be a good reminder for us all.

The last thing anyone wants is to have to deal with a blow out on the side of the road in East Bumsquat or worse yet in Friday rush hour traffic outside Atlanta. (Yep, been there, done that!)

As much as we all do what we can to avoid being stuck on the side of the road, it’s important to make sure we have the proper safety equipment with us just in case it happens. These are a few of the items we keep on hand easily accessible by both of us in the cab of the truck.

Guess that’s all for now folks. I hope springtime really is just around the corner and you folks getting hammered with snow and ice can get your rigs out on the open road soon!

~Cheers~

Welcome to our new House on Wheels!

Well, it’s taken me almost a week to get settled enough to put a quick post together to welcome everyone to our new (to us) House on Wheels … But here she is! πŸ™‚

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Bringing home our new HOW 1.10.15 (Washington)

Now, you would think that bumping up in size from the 26′ TT to a 38′ 5th Wheel would have been a piece of cake to get organized and find a place for everything. Not so much. I am making progress, but I still feel like I need to make some changes and additions to really make the most of the storage we have now. It’s probably just because everything is so spaced out. LoL

Here’s the quick nickel tour …

The kitchen – lots of counter space and cabinets. But the best part is the Sharpe Micro/Convection oven!! It’s been three years since I had on oven!! Woohoo! πŸ™‚

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The living room – The recliners are actually very comfortable and there’s plenty of floor space to get our workouts done! πŸ™‚

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The steps leading to bed and bath – It seems strange to have stairs in our home again.

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Shower – Much bigger than we’re used to and no cold shower curtain rubbing up against us! Even better than the extra elbow room, I don’t have to squat down at all to wash/rinse my hair!! LoL πŸ™‚

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Separate Lav – Believe it or not, we had a hard time finding a separate lav with a basin in the room. I don’t really get that set up at all, but it’s quite common. Thankfully, this unit has a sink!

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Laundry room – This was sort of unexpected and not an item on our must have list. But now that we have them I’m glad they’re here.

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And finally, the bedroom – Look, there’s room on all three sides of the bed! I have to admit, it took me a minute to remember how to use lingerie draws again. LoL But, the built-ins are awesome. πŸ™‚

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20150113_142627I wasn’t too sure about having a vanity and sink in the bedroom. But it actually works out great. It makes getting ready at the same time much easier. πŸ™‚

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We are absolutely in love with our new home. Going from a 26′ travel trailer to this is obviously a big improvement. But honestly, we were so happy together in the little HOW it wasn’t as uncomfortable as some might think. Sure, it was a little cramped at times, but it was an awesome “bonding experience”. πŸ˜‰ Hey, we didn’t kill each other in less than 100 square feet, so we should be good for the long haul in this one now! LoL πŸ˜‰

Here’s one more look at the old HOW … thanks for the memories little one!

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The slide was in when I took these pics. It isn’t quite that cramped inside!

One week from today it will be three years to the day since we left Connecticut with everything we wanted to take with us stuffed into the F150. (A look back on that day)

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

It seems hard to believe we’ve come so far in such a short time. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices along the way. Traveling thousands of miles with short lead times for projects, working crazy long days for weeks at a time, limiting our trips to see family to once a year, and going without many of the things we were accustomed to having in our sticks & bricks lifestyle, just to name a few.

While the sacrifices have been many, the truth is the experience has brought us closer together than I ever thought possible. Through the good times and scary times (Yes, there were a few – living in a tent and eating PB&J comes to mind. lol) we’ve conquered every challenge and weathered every storm. I am so proud of the man I chose to be my partner in this incredible adventure of life! He truly is the captain that leads our little team to victory day in and day out. I love you Babe!!

Naturally we will still face obstacles as we continue to live our nomadic lifestyle. But we are so excited to be facing them together with an even stronger foundation to build upon as we move forward. πŸ™‚

A toast to the future and the many happy miles and memories we have ahead!!

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~Cheers~

 

Nooksack Falls … and Blueberry Happens

I thought yesterday was going to be one of those days you wait for all week. You know the kind I mean? Hit the snooze button a few too many times. Grab coffee and snuggle back under the covers for a while, leisurely planning your day off. Yeah, one of those days.

It started off well enough, snooze button and all. Coffee was great, but not really a leisurely affair. Hubby was excited to check things out on our new (to us) truck (More about that later.) and I was excited about doing a little exploring toward Mt. Baker. I figured we’d find a place to take a nice long hike seeing as it was a rest day from P90 for me. πŸ™‚

Quick shower done, play clothes on, our Shakeology ready almost ready to take with us… and this happened.

I don't say "M*@* F*@*" very often ... What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But today I said it LOUD and with conviction this morning! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that's gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm ... speaking of beer ... I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

I don’t say “M*@* F*@*” very often … What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But I said it LOUD and with conviction yesterday! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that’s gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm … speaking of beer … I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

Uggg… I’ll admit it. Part of me wanted to climb back under the covers with my laptop and a cup pot of coffee. But I took my own advice of “Suck it up butter cup!” used about a roll of paper towels and a half of bottle of windex but got the job done. I’m glad I didn’t stick my head back under the covers because this was my reward.

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Even with the overcast and sprinkles (that we’ve come to love here in the Pacific Northwest πŸ˜‰ ) it was a beautiful day.

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We didn’t get in the hike I was hoping for, but we did get to check out a raging waterfall. Nooksack Falls is located off WA State Highway 542. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the falls here were featured in the movie The Dear Hunter. Cool bit of trivia. πŸ™‚

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I think I was shivering a bit here.

The Nooksack River making its way to flow over the 88 foot drop …

Nooksack River

Pooling up just a bit before the plunge …

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And there she goes …

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Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’ …

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It took a left turn and it just kept going. πŸ˜‰ Are you humming along to Bruce Springsteen now? You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

Anyway, we ended up making an early day of our exploration because we had shopping and errands to run. But we had fun!

Oh yeah, before I forget. Here’s a quick pic of the newest member of the Gibberish Clan! We haven’t named him yet but hope to soon. We still have Lil Ms. White with us. There’s just way too much sentimental value there to put her out to pasture just yet and I love having her to myself. Well, I should rephrase that. I will love having her to myself once we get the registration processed through South Dakota. Our friends at America’s Mailbox are handling it for us so I’m sure it will all go smoothly. πŸ™‚

Now, back to names for the new guy … does anything come to mind? The only thing we know for sure is that is has to be a rough and rowdy boy’s name. Because as you can see, he’s pretty bad ass looking. Right??

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He’s almost as tall as our H.O.W. and has really big “hips”. I don’t think a female persona would be too happy with us talking about her big hips all the time. LoL So a guy’s name it will be.

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That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Don’t forget to send me a name idea if you have one! πŸ™‚

~Cheers~