#15 Camping with Cousins

This weekend we had a much needed visit with family.  Chris’ cousin, Caitlyn, her husband, Justin, and their two young children came to visit.  It was a relatively last-minute thing, and it turned out rather well.  There was a break in the rain and cold weather which afforded a brilliant opportunity for them to bringContinue reading “#15 Camping with Cousins”

#14 The Courteous Camper

Anyone who has done the grunt work – whether it be washing dishes in a restaurant, making the coffee in an office, or doing the housework at home – you know that it is all too often the most under-appreciated work.  There’s little to no reward and it sucks.  It’s usually unpleasant and almost alwaysContinue reading “#14 The Courteous Camper”

#13 Snow Day

Last night as we were getting into bed I did the mandatory weather app check.   “There’s a 30% chance of snow at 7am.”  I said excitedly. “Ah, that won’t amount to anything.” Chris said dismissively. Though I knew he was probably right, the optimist in me wanted to believe it so I gave ChrisContinue reading “#13 Snow Day”

#12: Zen and the Art of RV Maintenance

“Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness.” Life in an RV is very different to conventional living.  There are adjustments to be made in both the physical day-to-day living, but also in terms of one’s mentality.  Some differences are obvious and readily identifiable by merely looking at any rig.  Others are more subtle andContinue reading “#12: Zen and the Art of RV Maintenance”

#11: It’s a Hard Life

I’ve been working here at Vogel for 2 weeks now and have worked as a camp host for 2 months.  I had anxiety about any form of work after being a stay at home Mom for a year and a half now.  I had the return-to-work jitters that took a minute to wear off, butContinue reading “#11: It’s a Hard Life”

#10: Things that Go ‘Bump’ in the Mountains

We’ve been at Vogel State Park for 13 days now.  Upon our arrival I was immediately aware that the vibe here was totally different than that of Tugaloo but I found it difficult to define.  Having spent a few days here exploring and working, I think I have finally put my finger on it: VogelContinue reading “#10: Things that Go ‘Bump’ in the Mountains”

#9: Lazy Days

Monday was another beautiful day here at Vogel.  Though the evenings are getting pretty chilly, we are still having some warm a sunny days, yesterday included.  We went for a wander around the park in the morning with Devon. Junior has discovered the fun of walking Devon.  He happily takes the leash and follows DevonContinue reading “#9: Lazy Days”

#8: Motherhiker

Living in such close quarters as we are certainly forces you outdoors a lot more than when living conventionally.  I’m sure there will be times where I will dislike this aspect of our life but this week has not been one of them. My schedule at Vogel has me working 4 days on and 4Continue reading “#8: Motherhiker”

#7: At the Bottom of the Waterfall

Yesterday we packed up Patsy and left Tugaloo.  The packing up part went smoother than our previous attempts and we were ready to roll out by 12.  Unfortunately a large storm system was also ready to roll in and 30 minutes after we left the park we hit rain.   Because we need 2 vehiclesContinue reading “#7: At the Bottom of the Waterfall”

#6: Farewell to Tugaloo

In 2 days’ time we will be leaving our home of the last month and 3 days (excluding our 9 day Tennessee disaster – see previous post “…And When They Don’t”).  Our time at Tugaloo has, very sadly, come to an end.  On Thursday we pack up and leave for our 2 month stay atContinue reading “#6: Farewell to Tugaloo”