Friday, November 25, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
After a few days in Deer Park WA for the Sturgill Simpson concert and catching up with old friends, we were on our way west again. Since we started in the middle of the state, that meant backtracking more than I like to pay for but after a full day of driving, we made it to Packwood WA for some urban street camping complete with wifi.
The next morning we were up bright and early for a quick breakfast then off to Castle Rock WA where some friends of ours had a beautiful driveway for us to surf.
While there we ate great food, helped out in their butcher shop and generally kicked on back, enjoying the inactivity and rainy weather.
Goodbyes are always hard and as much as we would've liked to stay a little longer, we made reservations for Whalers Rest in South Beach OR and headed out the next day,
A little noon nap at a scenic overlook
We finally made it to our campsite right around sundown and got parked and hooked up. We haven't been able to get to many photos or fly the drone since it's been raining for two days straight but we did manage a wet walk on the beach this morning and found ourselves ankle deep in ocean when a thirteenth wave pushed us all the way to the rock wall with nowhere to go. It was funny and terrifying all at the same time.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Our deadline of mid November 2016 was fast approaching and I had been procrastinating all of the pain in the ass projects like rear brake adjustments, pinion seal and oil change so with only days left I got to it by making some heavy duty solid wood ramps and getting her up in the air. Thankfully, about the time I figured out my tools weren't gonna cut it for the pinion seal job, a good friend dropped off his service truck for me. Problem solved!
I couldn't figure out how to make our Traeger Big Tex pellet BBQ fit in the basement so we splurged for their mobile offering and I'm pretty impressed with how little space it takes up and how well it works. We cooked up some burgers in the driveway with about 30 minutes on the smoke setting then cranked it up to 350 to finish them off. Because of its small size it seems like this little guy might actually get more smoke into the meat then it's big brother.
Living in a small space makes a top quality vacuum cleaner essential. We chose the cordless Dyson V6 Animal. I found one on Ebay for $300 since the box had been opened and couldn't be happier with our purchase. It fit in our hallway utility closet perfectly and charges automatically while in its holder. We've been using it daily since we left.
Awhile back, I acquired a swing away Yakima bike carrier that was meant for an RV and had planned on fitting it to the front bumper of our coach since our rear receiver will be busy with the towed car. After a lot of thought, I decided to move the bikes all the way back to behind the car and built an adapter to allow the rack to be fitted into the smaller trailer hitch receiver that I had installed on our Jetta a few years ago. Our little VW serves us well with a Hobie tandem kayak on the roof, two bicycles in the rear and 42 gallons capacity of empty water totes in the trunk.
We had no idea how much of our preserved foods we would actually be able to take with us until we started loading them into the coach. Turns out, just about everything we'd need for the next 4 months fit. Jess wrapped a rubber band around each jar to keep the glass jars from touching.
And with that, we said goodbye to winter and left our little town for warmer lands. This will be the first time either of us has experienced a snow-less winter and to be honest, we may end up missing it.
A hundred or so miles down the road and all went well. We picked up a supplemental braking system for the towed off of Craigslist and will be installing it before beginning the second leg of our farewell tour of Washington for the winter.