30 Days 30 Shirts

You would think living in an RV your wardrobe would be pretty minimalist and it is, relatively! If you had seen my closet pre-RV it was just stupid, I could probably do a 365 Days 365 Shirts challenge. I’ve purged and purged and re-purged so many times over the past 2 years preparing for our downsize in to the RV and also the past year along our journey. But the reality is I still have more than I need.

The challenge is I have at least 30 T-shirts and tank tops. I don’t have to “dress” for work so T’s and tanks are my daily uniform, at least in the warmer months. We are headed West to visit some national parks soon and I know I will be tempted to buy their cool shirts. So in preparation for these eminent new purchases I need to make some room.

I’m encouraging you all to play along with me. It’s easy, just wear a shirt, wash it and don’t put it away, instead make 2 piles. One pile is for the ones you love and the other pile is for the not so much love Shirts. At the end of the 30 days re-visit the shirts and re-evaluate if you can put some in the go pile or if you maybe really missed one in the other.

My goal is to cut my collection in half, but a third would be satisfying as well. Up until now I have not regretted purging one item from my life over the past 2 years. But now that my very favorites are left this may cut a little deeper. Honestly it’s harder for me to purge my kids clothes than my own. Their 30 Days 30 Shirts challenge may be next.

Hope this inspires a few of you to shed some weight from your life that doesn’t bring you joy. Please post pics and leave feedback as much as possible. I will be posting daily pics on our Instagram page which also uploads directly to our TRAILin Facebook page, please subscribe to these to keep up with daily entries. Also check in on our YouTube page cause I foresee a few video entries as well. I’ll will write a follow up blog post when this has ended i’ll give you the good, bad and ugly deets on how it went. Even if your wardrobe isn’t in need of an overhaul at the moment you may know someone who could use a little help and encouragement, please share this with them!

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Happy Nomadiversary To Us – Top 5 Lessons Learned! 

Holy cow, what just happened?  How did an entire year go by of living in our RV?  There were for sure times where days felt like weeks and seasons would never end, BUT! We have never put a time limit on our fulltime traveling but I can’t even imagine only doing this for a year, which is a typical goal a lot subscribe to.

If you’ve seen everything all in a year your moving super fast and man you must be exhausted! We took the Southern route from the Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean and back and we still want to see so many things we missed along this route. The Grand Canyon for one, how did we miss that big hole in the ground? Well it was Winter and its snowy and cold that time of year so not ideal, at least not for us!So a year in and we have no future plans of stopping this life style. We’ve learned a few things and have tweaked a few of our travel norms as well. Plus we know that if we don’t adapt swiftly to change our lives will be pretty miserable. Everyday the road throws you a curve ball and if you don’t roll with the punches it will beat you down and your lucky if it spits you back out.

OK, so a few major things we figured out while traveling were

#1 – We bought a camp ground membership to Thousand Trails. 

In a nut shell the Thousand Trails membership lets you stay at one of their numerous locations for cheap or free for up to 3 weeks at a time depending on your level of membership you purchased. I won’t go into the tricky ins and outs of it cause it’s kinda like buying airline tickets. We started out with their basic Zone pass and 6 months later we now have one of their highest level Elite memberships (bought used). The way we are traveling, this upgrade just made sense financially and it was a less stressful way to travel as well, here’s why:

  • We gained access to more parks (81 nation wide).
  • We can stay for 3 weeks at each location.
  • We can move from park to park w/o having to stay out of the system.
  • We don’t have to pay any additional fee per day unless we need 50amp at some of them.
  • We can book out 120 days in advance.
  • Discounts at more reciprocal RV resorts.
  • It’s soooo affordable, it’s not a posh resort by any stretch. It’s like like Forrest Gump said about the box of chocolates, “you never know what your gonna get”.
  • We’ve met a lot of great families at these parks and run into each other again at others across the country, it’s fun!

#2 – The weather isn’t something you will ever figure out.

We set out to stay the Winter in Southern California cause, well, it’s Southern Cali, mild and sunny, RIGHT? Sooo wrong, at least in our experience. It was a record breaking year for rain this past Winter where we stayed and man it was not awesome. So much rain and wind and cold that seemed never ending!  I lived in San Diego a few decades back, I know what it’s supposed to be like, this was the opposite. Also the wind, who knew that the Southern CA/AZ/NM/TX region had a windy Winter season, yes everyone except us! We had an amazing week planned to visit several National Parks in New Mexico and had to make hard and fast decisions to divert while driving to get ahead of this front we were driving strait into. Where we were heading was reporting 30-50 mph sustained winds with 80 mph gusts, that’s Tropical Storm worthy.  So back tracking through New Mexico is on our to do list cause we really still want to go to White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns National Park!

National Parks pass is our #3, it’s a must have!  

It’s soooo amazing and a really cheap and amazing way to see the country. $80 for an annual family pass or cheaper if your a senior/military/disabled or like us next year we have a 4th grader in tow which earns us a free one for the year, thanks to the Every Kid In A Park program! It’s really easy to spend all the money sightseeing, but if you enjoy the outdoors, hiking & history then this pass is a no-brainer. We’ve come to realize these parks are huge and being able to go back multiple times is a huge perk.  Trying to cram it all in one day is exhausting.  Plus they have a really amazing Jr. Ranger program which gives our kids a chance to earn a badge or patch while learning about the park they are exploring.  Its homeschooling made easy and personally I’ve learned more about these places just from visiting than I ever did in a school book.  One of our favorite shows is Rock the Park on ABC as well as Netflix and Hulu.  If you don’t get a chance to visit all the parks this show will give you a great overview of whats there to explore.  #4 – Something we couldn’t predict, but it really was a possibility was that things would break and need fixing/replacing on our RV/Truck.

We bought new and a big perk was the warranty for this exact reason. However, once all your stuff is in your RV the thought of having to take it to a dealership for warranty work and either sleep over night in the RV dealership parking lot or get a hotel seems less than ideal. We picked a company that has built a great customer service reputation, Grand Design. Their stuff breaks just like all the other competitors, but the way they handle it is the big difference. Most parts/furnishings come from the same handful of distributors and quality control has a long way to go in this industry, sigh! To avoid the above mentioned scenarios we’ve had parts shipped to us, called ahead and had parts shipped to dealership and had Mobil techs sent out to fix the problem. I’ve heard of many horror stories of those spending weeks to months in a dealership to get warranty work done. RV dealerships are a major part of the RV industries problem as well regarding communication breakdown and lack of customer service. Choosing to repair things our self, sometimes even out of pocket was worth the money in exchange for our sanity. That’s why deciding to DIY as much as possible has made our lives way more easier to keep this journey going. So many things have broke and if you let it get you down you will miss whats right outside you door.

Take a look at our laundry list of repairs

Finally, #5 is taking time to enjoy the adventure.

It’s easy to swiftly move from one national treasure to the next and not even stop to smell the roses, just checking it off your sight seeing list. We have slowed down some and are trying to soak up as much of our surroundings as possible before we pack up and move on down the road. Everyone has their own path and feeling, sometimes feeling like your not living up to an expectation or feeling sorry or guilty for missing a must see spot.

Our journey is unfolding exactly the way it’s supposed to be. Do I get sad cause our rig is too big to fit into some really amazing camp sites, yes!  But I’m thankful for all the things that rig does for us and it’s the right size for our needs at this exact moment. We’ve met a lot of people who have been doing this a long time and are moving on to new adventures like fulltime living on a sailboat, downsizing to a smaller RV, buying a campground, buying land to build a house on and the list goes on and on. It’s so interesting to watch all these stories change and unfold. We have no timeline as mentioned before, we are having a blast on this adventure and cant wait to see what this next year brings!

Check out our RV inside and out

 

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Implosion of a Shelf

While we travel we encounter a lot of bumpy roads which sometimes lead to things not holding up well inside our home on wheels. One of these such instances was one of our built in storage shelf cabinets. One day when I went to retrieve some thing out of it I had discovered that the base of it had imploded. These cabinets are not very user friendly because they are very deep. They are made this way I suppose because they are the depth of the couch they are next to and double as a side table. Since we removed the couch these became kinda more of a nuisance then a usable addition to our home.

At the same time I discovered this implosion we were also removing book shelf that was also at the point of implosion and needed to come up with a plan for its replacement. Realizing even if we were going to simply fix the imploded base the only way to do so was to take off the side pho-wood panel. Since it’s stapled on like everything else in an RV it was easy to remove. Once off we realized we could build up a secondary shelf and reuse the panel for extra base and trim work.

We love the finished result. Love being able to access everything in this shelf easily. There is also another one of these shelf/cabinets on the other side of the wall which may be another project in our future. 
We also purchased a new table and chairs. We have never liked the pedestal table that came with our RV. It was heavy and the top came wobbly more than not when we traveled.

We love this new Ingatorp http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/20221425/ IKEA table we got that has folding sides.We also got 2 IKEA http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/10115067/ folding chairs and it’s so much easier on travel days to secure them. Simply fold and put under the table. We love IKEA, check out our IKEA post about all the RV friendly items we love, IKEA: Why RVers love it!

https://trailin.net/2017/03/11/ikea-why-rvers-love-it/

If you have never been to IKEA than you don’t know of all the awesomeness that it entails. Its one thing to just buy something online but the store itself is an adventure. We’ve been to several across the US and its pretty uncanny how they are all set up exactly the same. I know I know lots of stores do this, but they do it consistently. It really irks me to go into a superstore thinking I can find the product I’m seeking and not only have they relocated it but it is not carried at that said location. We love IKEA for this and so much more and here is why.

Here is a quick video of finished shelf https://youtu.be/Am30gfvzI04

Also check out a full tour of our 2016 Grand Dedign Refection 367bhs https://youtu.be/D-61ur4UiZU

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IKEA: Why RVers love it!

If you have never been to IKEA than you don’t know of all the awesomeness that is entails. Its one thing to just buy something online but the store itself is an adventure. We’ve been to several across the US and its pretty uncanny how they are all set up exactly the same.  I know I know lots of stores do this, but they do it consistently.  It really irks me to go into a superstore thinking I can find the product I’m seeking and not only have they relocated it but it is not carried at that said location. We love IKEA for this and so much more and here is why.


My #1 is Smaland, a daycare of sorts for small children while you shop.  I’ve dragged my kids around this ginormous store and its not easy or fun at times.  This small segment of freedom, I mean kid free time is pretty amazing.  I can usually get all my shopping done during this 60 min or 1 hr 15 minutes because we have an IKEA family card which gives extra time during non busy days of week and day.  But to be totally honest I’ve taken this time in the past just to go into their cafeteria style eatery and just be kid free and drink free coffee, again another IKEA family card perk.  However you decide to spend your time while kids are in Smaland, its a nice benefit they provide their shoppers, for free.

Fun Fact: IKEA stands for – Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (Swedish home furnishings retailer; derived from founder’s initials and hometown)

I knew that before we got our RV I would be filling it with IKEA products.  They make affordable, functional, good quality products for unique and small spaces.  They switch up colors and seasonal styles regularly but they always have their usual staple pieces.  So the bunk-beds we decided on for our midbunk I saw at IKEA probably about 10 years ago.  I know lots of families who use this piece of furniture for their kids and I’ve yet to hear a bad review regarding it.  While on a Facebook group for fulltime RVers I saw how someone took out the furniture in their slide and replaced it with an IKEA sectional sofa sleeper.  I became obsessed with this and made sure this could be an option in our RV, I took lots of measurements.


Even if you don’t have small or unique living spaces you can be sure to find lots of things that you need and want from this superstore. You can buy practical items from furniture to kitchen wares or take home a real bamboo plant or bag of sweetish meatballs.  They sell lots of cute kids toys as well as educational items.  FYI the names of their items are all in Swedish so they may look a bit funny to the average English speaking consumer. The store was founded in Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad and has grown to almost 400 stores in 48 countries so I think they know what they are doing at this point.


Here is a list of most of the Items we have purchased specifically for our RV.  We bought a 2016 Grand Design Reflection 367bhs in the Summer of 2016. Check out the video we took the day we brought it home.  Also be on the look out for an upcoming video showing off all the updates we have made including the following IKEA items purchased.

  1. Sectional Sofa Sleeper FRIHETEN- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50242997/
  2. Desk – Pahl – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49128945/
  3. Magnetic Knife Strip – GRUNDTAL- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60238645/
  4. Bath Towel Holderhttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60047896/
  5. Wine Rack – HUTTEN- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70032451/
  6. Bunk Bed -KURA –http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80253814/
  7. Extendable Mattress -VYSSA SLUMMER – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30158918/
  8. Spice Racks  -BEKVÄM – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40070185/
  9. Drawer Divider – HÖFTA- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00282108/
  10. Utensil Holder – ORDNING – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30131716/ http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30011832/
  11. Dish Drainer – FINTORP – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40225615/
  12. Pillows  -BRUNÖRT- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90326508/ & MATTRAM –  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30320953/   &  RAGNBORG –http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90262139/
  13. Inner Cushions – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70262197/ http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30230896/
  14. Wall Mounted Table -BJURSTA-  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80217524/
  15. Night Light -SPÖKA – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30150984/
  16. Clip-on Light – EBBARED- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40251930/
  17. Storage Boxes -TJENA – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50323776/ http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70323780/
  18. Bed Pocket Storage -STICKAT – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80300486/
  19. Dish Towels – BESKUREN- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80260225/

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 RV Extras: Wants vs Needs

Wants vs needs can be a very fine line at times. Some people simple want and need different things. Having never owned an RV or traveled extensively we were not sure what our wants and needs would be. But we did do our research and got a feel for where other families who full-timed in an RV drew their line between the two.

OK so buying a new RV there are many need items that are not included. Just to be clear this is only our want list, I will follow up with a link to our need list in the near future. We also included items for our Truck as well since we never owned a truck before and it’s really an extension of your living space with the RV fulltiming lifestyle. We bought a used 2010 Ford F350 Super Duty Dulley Long-bed.


There are so many gadgets and upgrades that can make your RV life more comfortable and streamlined when traveling. Also some people in general are more organized in their living environment so storage needs and wants will differ for many. The size of your rig and family, as well as the location you feel you’ll be traveling around in too.

Our wants are based on a family of four with young children, no pets, enjoy outdoor activities and adventures, follow warmer weather climates, like an organized environment and also run a family business out of our RV. Nothing on these lists were items we owned prior to purchasing our new RV.


Besides the following list we also will provide you with our list of items purchased at IKEA. Check back for updated link!

The following items are all linked to our TRAILin Amazon Affiliates account where we receive a small percentage from your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for following and supporting our families adventure.

You can also check out a video of the first day we picked up our Grand Design Reflection 2016 367bhs before all these wants were added! Please subscribe to our YouTube page, we need more follower to gain the coveted access to a legit http:// name!

Dishes & Cooking

  1. CORELLE – Winter Frost White Dishes

2. InstantPot Slowcooker glass lid

Hammocks

  1. ENO straps
  2. ENO Bug Net
  3. ENO Doublenest Hammock
  4. ENO pillow
  5. Hammock stand

TRUCK accessories

  1. Phone mount
  2. Running boards
  3. Yakima cross bars
  4. Q-clips
  5. Yakima Q Towers set
  6. Sports rack bike mount
  7. Yakima Windshield
  8. Bike rack for ladder
  9. Bench seat console 
  10. Back seat storage
  11. Walkie Talkies

Kid Accessories

  1. Kidz Gear headphones
  2. Headphone splitter adapter
  3. Fan with Clips 

Berkey

  1. Berkey Water Filtration System
  2. Berkey Spigot
  3. Set of 2 extra filters

Bathroom

  1. Shower head
  2. Shower head holder

Outdoor

  1. Cuisinart Tabletop Grill 
  2. Grill hose adapter
  3. Grill Cover

RV Misc.

  1. Screen door bar 
  2. States Map 
  3. Cargo carrier #1
  4. Cargo carrier #2
  5. Ladder/chair rack
  6. Awning anchor kit
  7. Generator cover
  8. Guitar hanger wall mount
  9. Spice rack clips
  10. Outdoor solar lights 

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Big Tex – part 3 – Return of the Boondocking

We packed up our rig all confident that we were ready for the next 4 nights of boondocking that we had set up via Harvest Hosts. We were traveling from Dallas to Palm Springs to stay at our first Thousand Trails membership RV spot and had 5 days to make it in time. However because our rig is trying to fight its boondocking destiny we had a few detours in our itinerary.

Our first Harvest Host stay over was at an airplane museum on an active runway. We arrived after they had closed and gone home for the day but they gave us great instructions where to park and access their 15w plug. It was on the runway side and we were a bit nervous that there would be noise from the planes over night but we were pleasantly surprised that there was not. All the over night noise was from a next door steel supplier who loaded trucks all night and they decided to idle right next to us instead of the 100 thousand other places they could had done so, grrrr!

In the morning we headed south toward El Paso, TX for our next overnight boondock stop. Traveled all day through a long stretch of pretty bare land except for what seemed to be a bunch of coal refineries. The towns surrounding these areas were filled with RV parks as far as the eye could see. This was the only time we’ve ever seen such a sight, cool and kinda crazy. Made it to our location which was a petting zoo and dairy farm about a stone throw from the Mexican border and it was great! The family was very friendly and the kids loved the zoo.

Now this is where our boondocking dreams crumbled.

The next day we took the mail to local post office before hooking back onto the RV. When hubs returned he said he heard a not so awesome noise coming from the truck. He also informed me the furnace was not working ,that’s why it was so cold. We decided he go to a local chain auto repair shop to hopefully fix said noise, and they did (kinda). EIGHT hours later he returned, we froze our butts off all day due to rain and wind outside and no heat. With truck fixed but no heat from propane powered furnace we decided it would be best to find a place to hook up for the night to be able to use space heaters and fireplace.

We realized we really had to scrap the following few nights left in our boondocking trip due to cold over night temps forecast and not knowing how to fix our heat issue. We scrambled some last minute nightly stays together and reached our Palm Springs, CA destination as scheduled. Although our plans were derailed the scenery made up for it, the drive through Southern Texas through New Mexico and Arizona on I-10 was awesome. We made it out of Texas, but not with out some drama.  Excited to spend our Winter in Southern Cali and soak up some sun and warm weather, or so we hope!

To be continued….

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Icky Yicky Sicky

Whelp our first sickness has swept through the RV. One person started off with a cough and fever, then I got body aches/fever/congestion and then last kid gets fever and upset tummy. Three people, 3 different illnesses?

It wasn’t really any different being sick in a large house as opposed to our new close quarters. It was in ways a little easier, less air I needed to try to keep diffused, clean up after went way faster and you can tell how everyone is feeling cause you can hear every sneeze,sniffle and cough.

Video of all the dishes I had to wash after letting them pile up after being in bed for several days. Days like those I miss having a dishwasher. Normally I don’t mind doing the dishes after every meal but 3/4 days of them piling up and still not feeling well was not awesome. https://youtu.be/DDB180doqGM

We made a new list of things that we want/need to try and accomplish before getting on the road.

Truck

  1. Tag
  2. Hitch
  3. Steps to get in truck
  4. Tool box
  5. Kayak/paddle board rack

RV

  1. Generator
  2. Dehumidifier
  3. Stabilizers
  4. Back cage/rack
  5. RV hitch lock
  6. Motion lights
  7. Water pressure adaptor
  8. Wii cable
  9. Ladder
  10. Grill/mini fridge
  • Make reservations
  • Health ins
  • Business plan
  • Pay off debt
  • Computer
  • Escapees

I love how our lists have evolved over the past 18 months.  I’m excited for less of these kinda lists and ones that involve where are we gonna stay this Summer and business oriented ones.

And for those interested as to why your looking at a picture of an onion?  Well onions are really healthy to eat but also help absorb all the bad yucky germs in the air. Cut one in half then quarter and let it set out for 2-3 days. We also diffuse essential oil,this week it was DoTerra OnGuard,our go to healthy healing oil. I’m also going to sage the house any day now to help clear any negative energy this illness swept in. Yes I’m a modern day witch, and I love it:)

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It Feels Like We’re On Vacation!

Well that’s the whole point of doing this, to live life as though there is nothing to escape from. My husband said while we were discussing life that

“It feels like we’re on vacation!”

Plus we’re at the beach and we have always gone to the beach for our family vacations. When you pull kids out of school and begin homeschooling there is a time period called deschooling. It’s a grace period where you let them settle in and don’t really hold any expectations for a bit of time so they can adjust to their new norm. I feel like this is his deschooling or rather deworking grace period.  The girls and I have had our rhythm of sorts for a long time and we too are adjusting to our new norm. But his transition is a bit more drastic and I hope he can soak it up and enjoy.

So we left South Carolina last week and have been on the Georgia coast. We spent 2 days at Skidaway State Park and it was beautiful.  The lots were big and well kept and you were basically in a Forrest with Spanish moss dripping on you everywhere, it was kinda magical. Our first night there was a Harvest Moon and we took a lovely hike to the attached March to watch the sunset and try to get a glimpse of what my kids called the punkin moon. Sadly we were not in a good angle to watch it’s rise but we did see it later when it was still huge, just not a punkin.

 

The next day we visited a near by marina that also had a picnic area and swimming beach. We originally thought we were going to fish and paddle board but there was too much Eco life to explore. The crabs were insane, gazillions of them. We also got to help a local guy retrieve shrimp from his bait net which the girls loved and we now own one to do the same, cause it’s so cool and fun!  The next morning before we headed out the Rangers had a reptile feeding and it was as fantastic. Watched snakes, turtles and alligators eat and learned so much.
We only relocated a few short miles across the marsh to the coast of Savannah on Tybee Island at the Rivers End RV/campgrounds. We have been going to the island for over a decade but never camped there and were excited to go so. We arrived w/o any drama, set up camp and headed to the beach. The 3 short blocks they claim you can walk to the beach is a bit of a stretch. It’s more like 3 long blocks then a cut through a large parking lot, then the long bridge to get to the beach. So maybe more like a 20 min walk would be more accurate!  It wouldn’t had mattered except for the 4 yr old and they are not particularly awesome after long stays at beach then long walks home in the heat when sandy. Let’s just say we didn’t walk there again. We figured out a way to ride bikes with all our beach crap.

 

Our whole week on Tybee flew buy with lots of bike rides and beach trips. We got a bunch of stuff checked off our to-get list with a trip to Bass Pro, Walmart and Auto Zone. Girls played with kids daily staying at the park and Elli worked on Skateboarding everyday. She was also able to do a drop in class with 4H run by UGA with a field trip to the beach to explore beach ecology. The weather was hot hot hot but the pool and beach kept us cool.

 

One of the main reasons we took this first stay along the GA coast was due to the family timeshare we get to enjoy every fall on Tybee. This next week we actually go on vacation and store the RV for week while we stay at a condo on the beach. Tune in next week to see how week 2 on Tybee Island shakes out.

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Oh Oh Julia

Ok now that we are on the road official let’s talk about all the fun stuff we did!  We stayed at James Island Co. Park in Charelston, SC for a week and it couldn’t had been a better starting off point for our family. The park had so much fun nature based activities such as biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, wall climbing, fishing, frisby golf and a great playground and slash pad. It’s a super easy ride to Folly beach and although you are surrounded by every creature commercial comfort you could need right outside its enterance you would never know its there while you were chilling at you RV site.

We were close to family and got to enjoy their company all week and swim at their house, go out to eat and visit at the beach. The beach was perfect, the weather in September was still super humid hot in the 90’s and the ocean temps were so comfortable. We worried about parking our beast of a truck at the breach cause parking is mostly off street and parallel parking it would not be easy. All 3 days we went we found end of the road large parking spots and had zero issues pulling it in, and it was free!

After Charleston we moved down south a bit to Edisto Beach. I had always heard great things about it. Basically a private beach that not many visit compared to near by beaches, not a very big beach town. The shells are supposed to be the big attraction and they were not kidding.
So we had to pack up in the rain for the relocation, both of us wore our swim trunks cause it did not look like any chance of it being dry at all that day. We had zero issues pulling out of our lot, yea!  We arrived in the dark and left in a thunderstorm. However what I thought was a thunderstorm was actually a tropical storm. Someone wasn’t paying attention to the bigger picture on the weather app, oops!

After an afternoon layover at Costco we h added to Edisto during the peek of  tropical storm Julia circling over us, it had stalled out on top of our RV:(. We had to make a mad dash to our truck and RV in a complete downpour. Imagine the very furthest point of a Costco parking lot from the front door and that’s where we were parked. But when we first rolled into the parking lot a family came up to us to mention that they too were Fulltime RVers and wanted to take a pic of our bike rack on top of our truck, that was a nice treat!

Ok so we pull into Edisto Beach State Park  and it’s still a tropical storm outside, literally. The lot number they had us in was not doable even in good weather conditions. They gave us 2 other spots to check out and they worked out way better, plus a view of the actual ocean. The RV was a rockin and rollin all day and through the overnight. The weather had for sure settled down by daybreak. Girls and I went for a stroll on the beach.

This beach is known for its sea shells and it did not disappoint. It’s hard to say how much of it is as the storm bringing more to shore or if it was biz as usual. Man there was just huge whole seashells everywhere. Our bucket filled up fast and was heavy. I found a whole sand dollar that was not alive so I could keep it!  My daughter found a really interesting shell that had spots like a giraffe or leopard. We first thought it was perhaps a turtle egg shells since they had protected dunes on this beach. Later with a little googling we discovered it was a part of a leopard crab shell. Turtle egg shells are soft, who knew, do now!

While taking pics back at our site of our haul I had stepped in one of the dozens of ant hills that appeared out of nowhere after the storm. I got bit about a dozen times, been there done that. But sometimes my body decides to over react, this was one of them.  About 10 minutes after the bites I started to feel fuzzy, lightheaded, rapid heartbeat and extremely hot. Pretty sure I was lucid or passed out while waiting for my hubs and daughter to arrive back from the beach, I text alerted them I was going down. My face was on fire, I kept putting ice packs on it. After I felt a bit more normal I slept pretty much the whole day, getting up here and there to hang out with family who came to visit. It was not my best health day, I struggled to do anything but lay down and rest. Oh and the entire day we were infested with love bugs! Like a the wrath of the locust after the storm, it was insane.

 

All in all Edisto was a bust but we will be back for sure, I can see its potential!  Watching the ocean from your window does not suck. The town is super duper small and I love that about it. I’d take that over all the places to eat and shop at any day! One small warning, the water from the hook-up is salty so bring in your own. I was warned and even told my hubs and he decided to chance it and it was what I was warned about. We drank out of bottled water the whole time which I hate all that waste.

 

Thanks for the memories South Carolina,we had a blast!  Couldn’t had asked for a better first Fulltiming on the road trip!  We will always swing through the Coastal SC area cause our family lives near by. Plus it’s just gorgeous and lots to see and enjoy.

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Truck Truck Truck 

Switch out the Tr for an F, cause that how this week feels.

Roadblock after roadblock seems to be the consistent theme this week, especially with our truck hunt. We were all prepared to make a trip to a neighboring state to look at one and upon calling to doublecheck it was still there and we were told it was out for inspection with no known day to be due back. I never thought buying the truck would result in a bigger headache then the RV. House closing is next week, hubs can’t quit job until we have this truck cause banks need a house and or jobs to give out loans. It’s a never ending cycle and something has to give!!

We also ran into problems with our garbage company. We scheduled a pick-up of our old mattresses. You call the day before your pick up day and they will send a separate truck around to get them. Well my husband swung by the house several days after this was due to take place and they were all still there. I called to inquire and was told it was my fault for not reporting it right away so they could not send out another truck in time to get these mattresses taken away before new alleged house closing. Basically they are saying it’s our fault they missed our pick up, ain’t that some amazing logic?  So hubs and his dad went to haul them off to a dump and pay a fee.  Should we send the garbage company the bill?

And to top it all off the girls dentist appt didn’t go well and now they both have a few cavities and a possible additional dental work. Have to get initial consult from a different dentist and get the procedures done all before we no longer have said insurance.  It’s just too much and I’m over adulting this week, did it for 4 solo days with kids and I’m about to explode. Kids appointment and house closing are same day, send me all your spare juju stat!

Silver lining where are you when I need you?

Hoping next weeks post will be all about the house closing going well, buying a truck, hubs putting 2 weeks notice in and dental treatments all finished!!  If only I could fast forward 7 days!

Here is Elli giving no Trucks:)

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