Where in the World Are We?
We’re moving all over the place! But right now we are in….
September 1-October 31, 2018
We’re back home for two months! Driving into Geauga County was refreshing; the green trees and grass, the full farm fields, and the white Amish houses–it’s just gorgeous! We’re so excited to enjoy the transition from summer to fall and the beginning of the cold season. There’s nowhere like this during autumn.
Right now we’re enjoying the last of the warm weather and mom and dad’s pool. We’re relaxing in the evenings with a drink to watch the sunset and the gees starting to head south. The Geauga County Fair was awesomesauce as always! We ate way too much junk food and just about died in the humidity. Ducky’s favorite part, per usual, was the corn box. So much better than sand! I highly recommend it for your 1-5-year-old.
Up soon will be fall festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, and costume contests–we can’t wait!
August 6 – September 1, 2018
Beautiful Eugene, Oregon with its trees and hills and gorgeous weather…except it isn’t right now. 🙁 So many fires burning, not just in California but the entire West Coast. We were not planning on being in Eugene until late August when we have a Winnebago Factory appointment to fix a few things in our rig. The fires and the heat of California drove us north where we are attempting to stay out of reach of the worst of it.
For the most part, we have been successful. The air quality is listed as hazy but healthy. At one point on our drive up here, we ended up driving well into the night because the EPA listed the air quality at our stopover as “Unhealthy”. We just weren’t willing to stay the night breathing smoke. We’re having adventures here anyways! Mostly indoor at museums, trampoline parks, and libraries but altogether still tons of fun.
This month Ducky is doing a lot of brand new things. We absolutely love reading together before bed. She reads, I read, then she asks me to read to her. She has even started to read to ME! In her own baby babble, with a few punctuated words of pictures she recognizes, she intonates the pages the way I have and reads her book out loud. I love it. When she gets sleepy, she even turns off her own light and I keep reading with my book light while she cuddles up and falls asleep.
Out on adventures with Daddy, she loves sticking her head into the face holes. Tired after exploration she likes to cuddle with Daddy in the hammock. She is fiercely independent and at the same time loving and cuddly. How perfect does it get?
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows; we are having to use the bedroom as a time-out space when she needs to calm down. Her two-year-old self wants what it wants, and it isn’t backing down. At naptime, it is now much less distracting for me to lay with her and she needs some time alone to put herself to sleep. All in all, though, we are heading off the terrible two’s with lots of exercise, focused freedom, and love.
A couple of exciting things happened this month, too. Tyler’s birthday is in a few weeks and he’s always wanted big tires for the Jeep. Coincidentally, our old tires were about pop, so we got him his choice of replacement. Yay! And, I finally sold my enormous gaming desktop and entire system (monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.) So, I was able to purchase the portable printer/scanner I wanted and it fits beautifully in my desk nook in the dash! All in all, this has been a great few weeks.
Los Padres National Forest, CA
May 27 – June 10, 2018
For everyone that we shared our itinerary with, we said we were heading to Santa Barbara. We did spend quite a bit of time in Santa Barbara (me mostly at Panera to work remotely) but it was a good 40 minutes from our campsite. So truly, most of our free and fun time was spent at our campground in the heart of Los Padres National Forest. It was gorgeous…and hot, and dusty, but gorgeous!! the best thing about the campground (Rancho Oso) is that it’s on a real, working horse farm and Friday nights they had mini-rodeos and spaghetti dinner. So much fun.
Lately, Ducky has been doing a lot of reading, a lot of materials, and a LOT of movement. Exploring, running, climbing, and noticing all the animals we see. This campground not only had horses, which she loves, but also ground squirrels (which she calls BUNNIES). We had a great time.
May 18 – May 27, 2018
Disneyland here we come! We are in Anaheim, CA…home to Disneyland, the Angels, and tons of, well, suburbs. We’re staying at Orangeland RV Park and there are tons of citrus trees here that you can pick. We’re planning on taking a load of lemons and oranges with us when we leave. After MUCH (ok almost no) consideration, we decided we just couldn’t pass through Anaheim without visiting Disneyland for a few days.
San Diego, CA
March 18 – May 18, 2018
Yeeeeeesssssss!!!! Finally, we are WARM with sunny days, no rain, definitely no freezing temperatures. It was a fast trip from Texas to San Diego, and we shaved an entire day off our travel! Freeways on the western half of the United States are at 75 miles an hour and when there’s no wind, our Winnebago just hums along like a dream. We stayed with friends for one week in Fullerton, CA and had a great time. Then we made our way down to sunny San Diego and have been enjoying the heated pool, super-heated hot tub, the sandy beaches, fantastic food, and all the great places you can go down here
April 21st Update
So far, we’ve gone to Knott’s Berry Farm, the San Diego, Zoo, the San Diego Safari Park, Sea World, Mission Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, and tent-camping at both Anza-Borrego State Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. We highly recommend camping on the bluffs of South Carlsbad, what an experience!
February 7-March 7, 2018
Where?!? Yeah, it is in the very middle of Texas Hill Country and apparently Wine Country! Even though it’s winter, it’s beautiful: rolling hills, vineyards, and quaint little towns. Fredericksburg is a historic small town with amazing art shops and local foods. A State Park named Enchanted Rock is only 3 minutes away and looks awesome!
Why are we here? To attend the RVE Summit! Can’t wait to meet tons of full-time travelers and get all sorts of advice on mobile business ownership.
Crystal River, Florida
January 22 – January 31, 2018
We’ve joined an RV membership club known as Thousand Trails and they happen to have an RV Park in Crystal River, FL. We’re certainly right on top of each other at this park, but it has access to the beach, lots of waterways for us to kayak in, and manatees!
For the first time, we have Daecklyn’s entire outdoor environment setup. We only took out about half of it at Disney since we knew we’d be so busy. Since it’s been rainy, rainy, rainy we’re definitely figuring out systems for making her environment accessible without it getting wet!!
January 8 – January 22, 2018
The Disney World campground, Fort Wilderness, is amazing. Lots to do, super clean, spacious sites (if you pay for premium) and most importantly in the heart of Disney World!
Our little one is finally settling in after so many transitions. Right now our environment is set up and in use! But we are often at the parks in the morning. So our work in camp is in the mid-afternoon.
Next week is our real vacation, at the Polynesian Resort…ohhh la la, so we won’t have our environment set-up. Next stop? Crystal River, Florida to see the Gulf and swim with Manatees (assuming this cold weather GOES AWAY)!!
Columbia, South Carolina
January 1 – January 8, 2018
Technically we’re in Blythewood and we are Moochdocking (sort of). That means we’re parked at my brother’s house with our RV plugged in. BUT…it’s so cold! We decided to just move into the house itself. We don’t have running water because at 18 degrees our pipes would freeze! Our RV is still winterized since we left Ohio right after Christmas.
Since we’re inside the house, we’ve moved our Montessori space to a wall in their home. It’s not much, just a couple of shelves, her table, and her staircase. But it’s enough that she is more independent! You can read the blog post about it here.
I also included a picture of our mirror because we got hit-and-run by a truck driver! Grrrr….so expensive to fix.