US!! We did it!!  We found our travel trailer and could not be happier with our purchase.  It all started when we drove to Texas to find our new … [Continue Reading]

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I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately....lots of time on my hands while recovering from my ACL replacement surgery!  And while going to … [Continue Reading]

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It finally happened.  Our last stop on our three week trip.  Nooooo!!  It was hard to face the fact that our family adventure was almost over.  Just … [Continue Reading]

Family Arches

My first impression of Moab was personal.  I fell in love immediately.  Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific … [Continue Reading]

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How do you describe the Grand Canyon?  For me, it was the colors.  Red. Blue. Gold. Green.  It was the texture and light.  It was simply majestic.  … [Continue Reading]

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It's true.  Disneyland really is magical!  Before April, I had never been to Disneyland or Disney World.  So getting to experience this with my kids … [Continue Reading]

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Where can you find the largest living thing on Earth?  Sequoia National Park.  Since 1890, people have traveled to this national park to stand next to … [Continue Reading]

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Belfair State Park! This summer, we were lucky enough to grab a camping spot at Belfair State Park and join our friends for a post-July 4th … [Continue Reading]

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And the Winner is……….

US!!

We did it!!  We found our travel trailer and could not be happier with our purchase.  It all started when we drove to Texas to find our new RV…..

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Back in May, we were talking to three dealers in the Pacific Northwest: Clear Creek RV Center, Blade RV, and Dennis Dillon RV.  Blade RV and Dennis Dillon were eager to earn our business.  We chose not to go with Blade because ordering from the factory was the only option and we didn’t want to cut into our summer plans waiting for our RV to arrive.  At Dennis Dillon RV, the trailer they had in stock did not have the right color scheme inside, so we marked them off.  But my biggest disappointment was Clear Creek RV Center in Silverdale, Washington.  They had the exact unit we wanted and in stock.  But after days of going back and forth on the price, Clear Creek would not negotiate with us.  The salesman kept trying to get us to visit the dealership to discuss price.  They even told us that we could only buy from them because if we ever needed to get warranty work done, they said, you HAVE to take it back to the dealership you purchase from.  Which I know is a big, fat lie.  People all over the country buy RVs from dealerships nationwide.  So they lost out.  And the unit is still on their lot. [Read more...]

RV Buying Process – Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

RV buying process is very exhausting. Like a game of tug-of-war, there are two parties pulling back and forth on each other. One side is trying to save money and the other side is trying to make money and no body wants to give an inch for the fear of being taken.

We have narrowed down our search for our next trailer to an Open Range LT305BHS. We are going out on a limb with choosing a smaller manufacturer, but overall, this unit will fit our needs the best.

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We have been watching the market for this particular model since October 2013.  We have a couple of things going against us.  First, we are buying at the beginning of camping season.  Plus, the economy is not as bad as it was and people are beginning to loosen their belts, so to speak.

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First Ever RV Adventure – Anacortes/Chelan/Sun Lakes

I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately….lots of time on my hands while recovering from my ACL replacement surgery!  And while going to physical therapy and exercising at home, I have been thinking about all our past RV adventures.  It’s one of the things that motivates me to get better so we can get back on the road.

The first time my family ever RVed was in April of 2008.  We really wanted a road trip around Washington and we thought RVing would be better than being cooped up in hotel rooms.  So, we rented a Class C RV at a local dealer and made some pretty fantastic memories.

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We packed WAY too much stuff!  We were only going for three nights.  But it is not [Read more...]

Road to Recovery

My knee surgery to replace my torn ACL was a success. Now the long road to recovery begins…..

Skiing Accident – Updated

I grew up in South Texas on Padre Island.  I was a beach girl.  But I longed for snow.  Every time an Artic blast would mosey on down I would pray for snow.  But it never did.  And every year when our “winter” would fly by, I would again beg and hope for snow.  It wouldn’t be until I was 19 years old that I saw real snow.  Touched real snow.  I was with my mom and my brother.  He had moved up north for work right after graduating college and my mom and I went for a visit over Thanksgiving.  Seeing snow for the first time is one of the happiest memories from my youth.  I was wearing jeans, doc martens and a jacket that seemed to absorb water rather than repel it.  But I didn’t care.  I was making snow angels, throwing snow balls, and I was having a ball.  A year later, my dad took my then boyfriend, now husband on a ski vacation and I was thrilled.  I took ski lessons and picked it up pretty quick.  We had a great time.

Now fast forward 16 years.  My family and I ski.  I LOVE to ski.  We have lived in the Seattle area for over nine years and gratefully live close to plenty of ski options.  We have all the gear, my kids take lessons every year, and we really enjoy this sport as a family.  And this was the year.  The year that my youngest was good enough to graduate from the magic carpet and stretch his legs out on the bunny slope.  I was so happy.  I was looking forward to many fun weekends on the slopes.

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Life has a funny way of throwing a wrench in your plans.  [Read more...]

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