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We have been sharing our east coast road trip pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow along by clicking to the left or towards the bottom on mobile! Seeing a ton of amazing sites, but at a fast pace. We pick up our RV on 9/21 in Tampa!





Three More Days!

Just three more days and we are off on our road trip to Florida. We are keeping a close eye on hurricane Irma and hoping she goes out to sea. We have a lot of friends and family in Florida and are pretty nervous right now. Our RV is sitting on a lot in Tampa, so our fingers are crossed it will weather the storm.


As you can see from the pictures we have gotten rid of most of our furniture and belongings. A few things will stay for the new tenants. So far it looks like what we are taking fits in our truck-whew! 

We are super excited to see Shenandoah, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains. We will really miss family and friends here in the north east, but hope they come visit us around the country. 

More posts soon from the road.

Goodbye

Today Craig’s coworkers threw a really nice party to say goodbye. He has a few days left of work and then we get down to packing the last of our stuff and the truck! People are coming Labor Day weekend to pick up the couch, TV and table. Then it will really be empty in here!

We loved all the cute decorations and food. The highlight was the camper cake our friend made.


Heading Out Soon

So we are down to about 40 days until we head out to Florida to pick up the travel trailer!  It rolls off the production line at Grand Design on August 1st, and then goes through inspection before shipping off to Lazydays.  

I have been bad about posting here on the blog since work is busy and nothing exciting is really happening. We are mostly packed except for what we are using. We have some furniture like our couch and table to get rid of, but that will have to wait until the beginning of September. We are still weeding through things and getting rid of more every day. We have been volunteering a little bit, but not as much as we had been. We have been spending time trying to get the truck ready for towing.

Another reason I have not felt like writing much is we lost our cat Bamboo a few weeks ago. Bamboo had been struggling with IBS/IBD for about two years, but really started to go downhill last month. She was loosing a lot of weight even though she was eating. We had to get the girls rabies shots for the road and the shot really seemed to knock her for a loop. 

We had tried so many types of foods, probiotics, even a totally raw diet. Everything eventually was thrown up or pooped out. She was in a lot of pain and howling when she went to the bathroom. The vet ran several tests and agreed that it was untreatable IBD or IBS. Many animals struggle with it. Some people try to give their animals steroids, but those can lead to diabetes and cause worse issues. The vet said Bamboo was not absorbing the nutrients she needed and her organs were probably shutting down. 

It was an awful decision to have to make, but we did not want her to suffer. We had gone back and forth for a long time trying whatever we read about online. It was hard for two years because we were getting up in the middle of the night every night cleaning up throw up and diarrhea. We threw out every carpet. 

She was a beautiful and crazy cat! Her sister looks for her every day. We adopted Bamboo and Lotus about ten years ago when we lived in Florida. She was my best buddy when we had to move back to Massachusetts, and kept me company when I was isolated at home working. 

We miss her a ton even though she was the most difficult animal we have ever owned. It feels like someone punches me in the gut several times a day when I think of her. I really feel like I lost a friend, but I felt like that about all the animals we have lost over the years. RIP beautiful Bamboo. I so wanted you to go on our adventures, but I am glad you are not in pain anymore. 




The Freedom Trail-Boston NHP


On Wednesday Craig had the day off so we went into Boston with friends to walk The Freedom Trail. We had walked it back in 2010, but did not have our national park passport book at the time. We wanted to get some of the stamps that we had missed before we move away. 




The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long, so round trip it takes about 5 miles. We wound up walking over 10 miles though. We started at the Boston Common and walked to the Charlestown Navy Yard. We climbed the 294 steps in the Bunker Hill Monument, visited several churches and museums, had lunch in the North End and wound up at Eataly for drinks and dinner. In all a great day with friends and we got many new stamps for the passport! 















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Mysteries in Our National Parks Books

I just saw these mysteries mentioned on one of my Facebook groups and I thought they looked great for young adult readers. Heck, I might read some of them! If you are going on a national park road trip or vacation with kids, it would be fun to get them a few of these. Here are some descriptions from Amazon:

“In this fast-paced adventure, the Landons trail a wounded wolf in Yellowstone National Park. The park is abuzz with rumors of a wolf attack. Meanwhile, a killer stalks the woods. Unaware of the danger, Jack and Ashley are more concerned about rebellious teenage foster child, Troy Haverson. From the opening moments at Old Faithful through 48 action-packed hours, the tension builds: What is lodged in the wolf’s radio collar? And what is the meaning of the Native American story of Sin-a-Wavi? A heady mix of suspense, adventure, and moments of tenderness lure readers into this story of kids discovering the natural world. The book’s afterword, by Yellowstone’s Michael K. Phillips, explores the park’s Wolf Restoration Program.”

“The Landon family is Southbound—headed for Florida to investigate a mysterious illness plaguing endangered manatees in Everglades National Park. Jack, Ashley, and their friend Bridger soon find themselves in deadly waters with a seven-foot shark, an injured manatee—and a mystery to solve. Who was the stranger in the speedboat who snatched Jack’s camera? And what does he have to do with the manatees? Join the heart-stopping chase through a maze of mangrove islands to find out!”

“Life-threatening accidents keep plaguing the Landon family as they investigate the mysterious deaths of white mustangs at Zion National Park in Utah. Even before they get to the park, Jack Landon knows that Ethan Ingawanup spells trouble. Things start to go awry after Ethan and his sister—two Shoshone kids—are placed in the Landons’ care. The questions begin to mount after Ethan teaches Jack and Ashley the ancient Ghost Dance: Are all the hair-raising events just coincidental? Or is there some strange magic in the dance ritual? The answers await in the raging waters of a slick-rock canyon called The Narrows. The afterword by Lyman Hafen of the Zion Natural History Association discusses white mustangs and public lands in Utah.”

Enjoy, and let me know how they are!


We Finally Found a Truck.

I feel like we have been looking for a tow vehicle for such a long time now. Finding a truck was actually harder than finding a travel trailer! Diesel trucks are very expensive here in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area. I would do 150 mile searches every few days. We also looked in Florida since that is where we will be registering the truck and RV and living off and on.

Since we bought the RV new, we  had to go with an older truck. New diesel trucks can be $75k! We wanted a Cummings, Duramax or old 7.3L Ford engine. There was one F350 with a 7.3L and a cap already on it that we liked, but it had a ton of rust when we went to look at it.  We nearly bought another F350 dually with a 7.3L engine in it. It was a beautiful truck and in great shape, but after checking the Car Fax we found out the odometer had been rolled back 100,000 miles! Pass.

A closer dealer had been emailing us truck info that might interest us when he got them in trade. Once GMC 2500 looked promising so we went to look at it this past weekend. We really liked the truck and it is in pretty good shape for an older vehicle. It has a Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo and an Allison transmission-great combination. The dealer also took our old Monte Carlo in trade and knocked nearly $2,000 off the truck. This one drives much smoother than the F350’s. It is also much quieter. It does not have the crew cab that we liked, but the cats came for a ride in it yesterday to get their shots for the road and the extended cab worked fine.

Since we needed a cap to store our moving boxes in the truck bed, we looked on Craigslist. There was one cap that popped up in NH that seemed to be the same color and size as the GMC. It had been on an old Chevy. We decided to chance it and drove 45 minutes yesterday to take a look. It worked out great! The color is nearly the same, and after some adjusting, the cap will be a great fit. The guy selling it even had the clamps to hold it to the truck bed.

We are both so relieved to have the tow vehicle worked out. The dealer gave us a 30 day warranty, so it has been good to drive the truck around and see what might need to be done. They are going to replace the fuel gauge for us since that was acting up and got us a new spare tire. So far so good! Can’t wait to start our adventure in September. Now to price out a hitch…