5/28/15

The new Escape and general ramblings


I promised photos...this is our new baby!  We are camped at Fontainebleau State Park in Louisiana convenient to the Walmart parking lot where the sale happens.  We spend two nights in Louisiana and one night at Gunter Hill COE in Alabama before we arrive back in Chattanooga.  




David manages to back the trailer 180 degrees down the driveway, around the house and into its tiny parking space.  Our previous 13 and 16 foot trailers were towed in and turned around.

    





And this is where our new toy has been for the last three weeks.
No plans to camp on the horizon as we are still in the middle of selling the house and downsizing.  

Each day presents new challenges, a new list of priorities, things that must be done yesterday....and it is getting old!
Much of our work has been manual labor, painting the deck, painting downstairs, cutting branches, small trees, scrubbing, washing, cleaning and cleaning.
Need to rant a moment..."All I do is work!!!"

But it will all be worth it some day...(maybe some year!)
This is mostly why there has been no recent posts and few comments.  Just too exhausted!

Also there needs to be some changes to the blog as there is no Casita in the driveway but this may take some time due to my computer ineptness.  The name did get changed and it is appropriate as our BIG goal is to spend our winters in the desert and our summers in the (cool) mountains and the shoulder seasons in our duplex on the side of the mountain.

The tenant will be moved out of our side of the duplex this weekend.  Good news...we will not be homeless if the house sells, bad news....another place to paint and do general rehab!

Closing with phone photos.  Seems like there's lots more to say but guess it can wait.




  


Left photo is of the mirror..little confusing...sorry.








The yard is blooming.












This time last year we were overwhelmed and not sure if we wanted to sell the house.  This year we are so ready for the perfect buyer to appear.  Someone who will love the flowers we are leaving behind.

4/26/15

The Townsend Eggscursion 2015 and a Tale from the Past!

 

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This is our 6th year to attend the fiberglass rally held in Townsend, TN which borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We manage to get a site on the Little River.

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We love spending time with our friends while enjoying spring in the Park.  Unfortunately we have rain every day!  Not all day rain but enough to not leave camp without the raincoat.  My fun with the Nikon is very limited.

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Visiting during the pot luck.

Lots of great photos of the gathering can be found on Jon's website.  It is great to see him and his lovely 17 foot Escape.  I get to thank him in person for adding this blog to his list of fiberglass trailer Links.

Going to shift gears now…probably should have created two posts but that’s not the way I do things!  Going to flash back in time to 2009, several years before this blog is born.

It is May 4th, 2009, four days after retiring from my state government job, and we are heading to Yellowstone and parts west, our first long trip in our little 13’ Casita.  My flowers in the back yard are blooming beautifully. I am sad to leave them.

The plan is to see Yellowstone NP and other places that lie along our path.

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This is what we look like back in 2009.  Our precious 1990 13 foot Casita has everything but a table and a bathroom!  We love our Casita and are fascinated by all other fiberglass trailers.

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We see Old Faithful and a lot of ice and snow. Headed Idaho and it started getting colder.  Turned around and went south into Utah…which is the point of the story.

We are at Bryce National Park and we spy anew fiberglass trailer across the campground.  It is  strange looking

We had never seen anything like it! As we walked by, the owners appeared.“It’s an Escape” they said. “We have traveled from Vermont to British Columbia to pick it up.”    

Thus began our relationship with the Eddy’s.  Did not realize how important this chance meeting would be.  No photos of the trailer or our meeting.  Just a few of the Park.

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We have  tea inside the Escape, the four of us sitting around their table.  They share a little trailer history…former Casita owners…and we share our story of rehabbing a pitiful old Casita that was formerly owned by the Navy Recreational Services.  We have breakfast at  the  lodge the next morning and say our goodbyes.

One year later, with a small suggestion from yours truly, they arrive at the rally at Townsend!

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The Egg Camping Club of TN, GA and AL enjoy meeting the folks from New England.  This is when the club only had 30 to 40 trailers at a rally…..and almost none from out of the area.

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Our new friends became our mentors in all things boon docking.  They taught us how to manage without electrical hookups.  Later that summer we managed to visit their area and see Ian’s  blacksmithing company.  He does beautiful work!

So the Escape trailer is introduced to the southeast and Houdini, their trailer, has  managed to make the trek south to the Eggscursion almost every spring.

Fast forward to January, 2012,   David and I are at our favorite  place  in Arizona, Tortilla Flat.  We are walking through camp and come across two Escapes, a 19 ft. and a fifth wheel.  A nice gentleman emerges….much like what happened in 2010…and we meet two lovely couples from south Texas. 

The gentleman strongly suggests that we not miss the RV show in Quartzsite.  We spend maybe 20 minutes talking, and chatted  briefly later that day.

One week later we find them on Dome Rock Road and  more      precious relationships are made.  These two Texas couples became our mentors for the trip to Alaska.  We meet up with one couple in Quartzsite, AZ each winter and the other in Alabama.

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Now one of the couples have given us an opportunity that we never thought to get. 

Last week we sold our beloved 16 foot trailer.  She will be living in the western North Carolina mountains and we will be heading south to pick up our new to us 19 foot Escape.

I apologize in advance to any of my loyal Casita followers who might not like this decision.  We have adored our Casita and believe it is one of the best made trailers.  But it is time for a change for us…..remember I said changes were coming?

Our house is also on the market and lots of people are               seeing it.  Don’t know what’s next…we are just hanging on for the ride…and it feels like a roller coaster right now!!!

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                                                           For Sale!!!!

4/4/15

Home & the Green Eggs Rally!

 

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We hit the ground running after arriving home less than three weeks ago.  It’s the price we pay for doing nothing all winter but sitting in the sun and enjoying the scenery!

The yard is showing signs of spring.

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(All photos in this post are from the phone camera and unedited!)

We have a box with three months of mail to shred or file. (Will do mail forwarding next time!)  There’s the septic work that must be done immediately.  Income taxes to file.  Doctor appointments to be made.  A trailer to clean after 3 months of use.  And a house and yard to be made ready to sell! 

It feels like there are a dozen chores to do for every hour of the day!  And the blog update  keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.

We have another rally coming up in 10 days.   Looking forward to seeing friends in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Speaking of rally's….the Green Eggs and Ham in Montgomery, Alabama was great fun.  It is right on our way home and a great way to transition from our time in the southwest to the southeast. 

We arrive two days earlier than planned which gives us 7 days to visit…enough time to get caught up with those we have not seen in a long time.

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There is the traditional Dutch oven demonstration.

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Great music each night!

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An appreciative audience.

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Friends with their dogs!

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The lake is just across from our site.

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It’s the relationship with other egg owners that makes this such a special time.  We feel blessed to be a part of so much love.

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The new camping “must have” is the Clam.   They are scattered throughout the campground.

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Hope this post is not confusing.  We were at this rally from March 8 to March 15, 2015. 

Today is April 4, 2015 and our yard is blooming….

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and we are glad to be back in time to enjoy the redbud and dogwood blooms.

We are excited about our life and all the upcoming changes!  Lots of changes…..

3/13/15

Tucson Mountain Park, Gilbert Ray and the Desert Museum

 

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It’s early on Friday the 13th of March. The wind is whipping around the trailer here in Montgomery, Alabama and we are on the last two days of the Green Eggs and Ham rally! 

But I want to write about our last few days in Arizona…while the memory is still intact.

We leave our lovely parking lot in the Tonto National Forest.  It is time for David to have his blood tested again and there are groceries to be bought.  Between the wait at Walgreens’ clinic and fighting the senior crowd at Fry’s, we leave Apache Junction much later than planned.

Our destination is the Desert Museum in Tucson.  There’s a nice campground close to the museum but it may be full.  It does not take reservations.  I research free camping in Tucson in find a BLM close to our destination.  Nina and Paul warn that the road is rough and there’s some broken glass scattered throughout the camp.

After several hours of negotiating traffic, we find the area and, at first glance, it does not look too bad.

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  The sunset gives us another visual delight.

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David settles in with his book.

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We notice a bit of broken glass as we park.  By the next day, with the changing sunlight, I realize that we are surrounded by glass and dog poo!  David decides to nap and I decide to go find Gilbert Ray, the campground that keeps coming up in conversations.

After consulting Google Maps and making a few turns, I arrive at Tucson Mountain Park.  The beauty is overwhelming!  How can this be so pretty and our spot be so….less than pretty?

On to Gilbert Ray, stopping at the office to find that there are campsites available..even though it is Saturday afternoon!  After riding through all the loops, drinking in the lovely landscape, I wonder what kind of mood the husband will be in if I suggest that we break camp and move…NOW!

Luckily…the nap is over….and we break camp in record speed!

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Love this guy!  He looks like he is directing traffic!

Camping at Gilbert Ray is like camping in a desert garden!

We pay for two nights…staying long enough to visit the Desert Museum.  And feeling nostalgic…already sad that our paradise visit is ending.

We hear from our neighbor to not miss the museum’s free flight show. 

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The show is astounding!  It starts with two ravens, then a great-horned owl, then hawks….two are red tail hawks.  The birds fly freely, soaring out of sight into the clouds.  The handlers are not concerned when wild red tails bombard their wards, trying to knock them out of the wild birds’ territory.  They explain that their birds know where good living and easy food can be found…so they always return.DSC_0035

We return to camp for lunch and return to see the rest of the park.

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There are coyotes.

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Big Horn Sheep.

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And hummingbirds!

It’s a perfect day and a perfect way to end our winter in the desert.

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