THE NEW NORMAL

We've been in Eugene, Oregon since the middle of February and by mid last week Travis and I were all set to move further south to Northern California when we got a call from Megan asking if she and Daniel could come for a visit.  Unless it's work related, our new normal means our schedule isn't driven by any set agenda so of course our answer was YES!  It was a short trip, we picked them up from the airport Friday afternoon, spent Saturday touring the area, and they flew home on Sunday afternoon. I would like to believe that any seasoned tourist sets out on their excursion with explicit maps and…
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HOMESICK ALREADY?

We left Salem Oregon last week and moved further south to Armitage RV Park along the McKenzie River in Eugene.  Despite all the rain this week it's crazy gorgeous here; it's a place that I could settle in for a while.   It's quiet, there is plenty of space between each site, and has great biking and walking trails.  The rain tapered off each afternoon allowing us to get some fresh air and go for a walk.  These pictures were taken from the path along the river. Our plan for the weekend was to get a few things done around the motorhome on Saturday and then go play on Sunday.  Saturday morning…
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WHAT’S NEXT?

Our two week trail run in Tri-Cities came to an end on Sunday.   Our goal was to familiarize ourselves with the motorhome, learn how things worked, decide what still needed changed or updated, and confirm that our workstations and networks met the demands of our jobs.  With the exception of a few things, we would call our trial run a success.   We pulled up stakes and headed further south to Salem Oregon with sights set on Northern California (anyplace warmer then where I've been as far as I'm concerned). Finding routine is something that has proven very difficult these past few months, but we finally see light (and not an…
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LET THE MUSIC PLAY

So today while Trish is skiing in Colorado I installed a new XM receiver and connected it to the Sonos system. We had been using Pandora with Sonos but a lot of our data is from Verizon and AT&T so we need to save our bandwidth (money) so this seemed like a good option. I just got the receiver activated so now I'm sitting here jamming out to my favorite stations. I'm loving the Sonos system, I have it connected to our media system so it works while watching movies and sounds awesome and the 4k TV looks awesome. I watched Big Hero 6 the other night and was blown…
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POP GOES THE BREAKER

This "house" is very well designed and works very well until you start adding stuff. When the AquaHot heating system stopped working I ran to Walmart and got a little heater which kept the bedroom warm but Monday night I had the heater going and put a bag of popcorn in the microwave and,,, "pop". No problem I just reset the breaker, turned off the heater and restarted the microwave. Then the next morning I was working in front of the nice warm fireplace keeping my feet nice and toasty and started the dishwasher (the first time we have ever ran it) and,,, you guessed it "pop". So I reset…
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WAKING UP COLD

I had a really long write-up of our fist night away from "home" complaining about a couple issues (like waking up to a cold bedroom and the toilet not flushing) but I realized that we are blessed in that God has been preparing us our whole lives for this adventure. Right now the toilet works perfectly, the motorhome is nice and warm, and we cooked dinner on our brand new untested induction cook top. Although yesterday was hard saying "see you later" to our family, arriving in Kennewick last night and having dinner with some very dear friends ended the day on a positive note.
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TODAY’S THE DAY!

I could finish that statement in so many ways: Today's the day we say "until next time" to our friends. Today's the day we test the waters in this decision some people have called crazy. Today's the day we set off for Tri-Cities.  I know it's not far, but you have to start somewhere - right? Today's the day we take a leap of faith and start our new chapter in life. My emotions this past week have been all over the place.  As many of you know there have been some challenges along the way and it would be easy to get frustrated and let those little challenges cause…
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THE BEGINNING

The details of how this crazy idea started are a little fuzzy but at some point we found ourselves embracing the idea of living like nomads. Minimal possessions, traveling the country, seeing and doing as much as possible (except mowing a lawn and weeding gardens). Our kids are all grown up and moved out and we both have jobs that we can do wherever we have internet. So we sold the house and almost everything we owned and bought a house on wheels.   Getting ready has taken much longer than we expected (and a lot more money) but as of today we are really close to being on the…
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