Home Improvement

October 1st, 2008

I posted back in April about our table upgrade that has saved my sanity, but I figure it’s time to cover a few more minor modifications that have improved our enjoyment of the camper. Also, we’re about to be engaged slinging fried chicken for a couple of weeks and we’ll probably be rather quiet in the blogosphere.

I’ve really got to say I’m still very happy with our choice of camper and options. We’ve looked at quite a few both before and after we made a decision and I still haven’t seen one (yeah, I know Paul will tell me to look at his Snowriver) that I would be happier with for fulltiming.

Added shelving to main closet

We had a couple of things customized on the camper that have made life a lot easier. One was getting a wet bath instead of a dry bath. For starters, it’s very easy to clean a wet bath. The only thing you really sacrifice is having a dry place to store towels and toilet paper. It’s also a good idea to buy a squeegie to swamp out the bathroom after your shower. But what we got in return for a dry bath is a wardrobe that’s two and a half feet deep, three full length drawers and a shoe cabinet.

After we quit work, I found I didn’t need hanging clothes anymore and built a cubbyhole system inside the wardrobe. Now, I have four shelves for clothes, a liquor cabinet and a handy place to store our bows which we previously had to squeeze behind the backseat of the truck. Rene has been asking me, for months now, where we hide the booze and I finally have a good answer. With some wiggling, I can get roughly eighteen liters of booze in the liquor cabinet. Just right for a couple of unemployed, homeless folks, right?
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How many MPG does YOUR house get?

May 28th, 2008

Well, our house gets about 14 mpg on flat land such as Florida. We got more in the neighborhood of 12 mpg in the Virginia and North Carolina mountains.
I know everyone has been screaming about fuel prices lately, and I’d rather not get too terribly sidetracked other than to say that in less than two weeks while we were at the Bike Rally, we watched fuel prices go up 12% across the street from us.

I know these prices probably look low to many of you, but we are currently in one of the least expensive ‘fuel zones’ according to this map over at gasbuddy.com. The last I heard, diesel prices in Mexico are about half of the prices here in South Carolina. I guess it pays to be a country that is exporting oil and have state run petroleum companies. Hopefully we’ll make it into Mexico in the next year or two and brush up on some very rusty Spanish.

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Just Another Day at the Beach

January 9th, 2008

This past weekend, we headed over to the east coast to see if we might find some buried treasure. We decided at the last minute and had a few things to finish up before we could leave, so we didn’t really get to the Cocoa Beach area until close to midnight. It was late enough that we didn’t see the point in trying to find a campground only to get up and leave in 8 hours.

Unfortunately, Brevard County doesn’t want anyone to park anywhere overnight without paying. On our way home Sunday, we would find a couple of likely boondocking spots, but they’re kind of difficult to find in the dark. We finally decided to just park in a Lowe’s parking lot outside of the city limits and hope the county cops had more important things to do than harass us.

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Post Already

January 6th, 2008

Ok. I know I promised lots of information and pictures. I know I need to follow through. We have had lots of adventures recently, and they are starting to stack up. I still need to talk about our travels with a very dear friend of mine and her family through Highlands Hammock. I promised to talk about our metal detecting adventures in Clarcona Horse Park. And just this weekend, we racked up another great time on the east coast.

Johnny is really the better of the two of us when it comes to this blog. I am a big slacker. He is a writer at heart. I would much rather have the adventure and take pictures than spend time writing about them. But, this is our blog, and its time for me to make a contribution. I know that I am really going to be glad that I took the time in 20 years from now. I am really sentimental. My memory isn’t so great anymore, thus this blog is probably the only way that I will remember the details of our wonderful times exploring together.

So without further delay, our funtastic Clarcona Horse Park story:

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Happy New Gregorian Year!

January 2nd, 2008

We spent the absolutely beautiful first day of the year trying out Johnny’s new metal detector and exploring a nearby park. We discovered that the park has camping facilities. Pictures of the booty and the park will be posted shortly. I hope everyone has a happy new year.