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Sad, but true.

August 10, 2012

The TARDIS is sitting in the driveway of our newly rented sticks-and-bricks (a.k.a. house) in Cleveland, TN.  She’s begging for a good deep cleaning after being our home on wheels for 9 months.  All the stuff that we were ready to let go of earlier this year has been retrieved from storage.  I’m overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it, and wonder why we ever thought we needed all of this stuff in the first place.  I see a yard sale in our future…

It feels weird, even though we never really were “on the road”–we were just living in our RV on the outskirts of where work was, moving to a different campground every couple of weeks, and taking occasional jaunts elsewhere.  Thing is, we had awesome times with the TARDIS between my last post and this one, and I want to share those and explain why we’ve taken this hiatus, so this will be brief to start.   The TARDIS may not have transported us very far, but she did help change the way we see the world we live in.

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Testing

July 3, 2012

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Sorry!

April 27, 2012

I have been horrible about posting to the blog, sorry guys.  I’m still trying to figure out a good way to share pictures because WP and Picasa don’t play well with each other.  I’m not sure I’m a fan of the changes (apparently Picasa and G+ are one now?) so if you could suggest a good WordPress friendly pic hosting site, I’d appreciate it.

The past few months have been fun, most notably Xavier came to stay with us over his Spring Break.  We were still at Mistletoe State Park, Adam had to work during the first part of the week but the kids and I found plenty of stuff to do around the park, and it was already warm enough to swim.  I turned into a lobster on Easter thanks to an ill-fated (but hilarious) day out on the canoe.  We went to a nice sandy beach to swim and play, and then when it was time to head back we noticed the boat had quite a bit of water in it.  The wind had picked up, and we were against it on the way back.  The trolling motor gave out about halfway there, and Xavier was taking turns paddling and bailing out water.  It was quite an adventure!

Adam had Thursday and Friday off, so we headed down to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta for the weekend.  We spent Friday in Atlanta, our main objective was the Georgia Aquarium, that was amazing.  We had to keep reminding Audrey that it was real, and that the tanks weren’t TV’s.  She loved the dolphin show in particular, as well as the penguins.  After riding around in circles trying to find Little 5 Points (so many new developments, ugh) we finally found it and had dinner at a little Thai restaurant.  Xavier had sushi for the first time and loved it!  😀  We spent Saturday at Stone Mountain–went on the cable car to the top of the mountain, that was a  bit nauseating for me, but the views were spectacular.  Audrey couldn’t believe that those “tiny buildings” in the distance were the big city we’d just been in.  Then we went to the park attractions (sort-of a theme park really)–Audrey really wanted to ride the train.  Xavier braved the SkyHike, the wait was too long for Adam or I to go though.  I really want to try it this summer.  When you stay at the campground, you get 2 days at the park attractions for the price of 1–the second day is good all year, so we plan to go back.  The campground is nice–a bit expensive, but we had full hookups and even cable TV.  The bath houses are nice with large laundry rooms, and there is a big common area with a volleyball court, playground, picnic tables, and swimming pool.  We can’t wait to go back, but this time we will definitely go back to the RV to eat–the prices on food in the park itself are ridiculous (especially for the quality of food, blech).  The laser light show on the mountain that night was awesome–I tried to get pictures but it was too dark.  It was certainly worth waiting on the shuttle bus to/from the campground.

We’re in the city now, it’s strange.  While I definitely miss the lake, the lot rent here is much cheaper, full hookups are nice, and Adam’s commute is much shorter.  We still plan to spend at least 1 weekend a month (if not more) up at the lake though.  It is nice not having to drive 30-45 minutes just to go grocery shopping.  We also renewed our YMCA membership, so there are workouts, swim lessons, ballet classes, and the water park pool on our agenda now.  We are also thinking about trying out an Aikido school in town.  It’s getting hot already (high today was a surprising 97!), I’m afraid to see what the hottest part of summer brings us…

For now, here’s a link to our pictures (at least until I come up with a better solution):

https://plus.google.com/photos/108425997176209043800/albums/5736100622269936481?authkey=CIrZgafH-MrV9wE

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Already?

January 7, 2012

I didn’t think we’d be having this discussion already, but we’re debating what to do with the stuff we have in storage.  Honestly, if I didn’t know that we could get money for at least some of it, and needed to fish out the sentimental stuff, I’d say just leave it.  The huge sectional couch?  It nearly killed us.  Much too comfortable, and only led to letting life happen around us while we watched the big screen TV and gained weight.  The nice bedroom set?  All the clothes we need fit in the tiny cabinets and closet here in the camper.   The aging computers?  Aside from the pictures and stuff on the hard drives, not much use now.  The kitchen gadgets–big food processor, bread machine, mixer, etc.  We don’t even eat bread now, but I do occasionally miss the food processor (like when I want to render kidney tallow or make coconut cream), and I can mix most anything either by hand or with my stick blender.  Audrey has outgrown a number of the toys in storage in just these past few months–heck, her toy box in the camper gets little use.  She has found much more joy in our frequent library trips than her stack of books in storage.  Do princesses wear hiking boots?  Heck yea.  We don’t have a yard to mow or blow, so the mower and blower….  You get the gist.  I think the only reason why we didn’t liquidate these things in the first place was that we weren’t entirely sure this would be what we wanted to do.  It is, at least so far, and now…the weight of the storage payments are starting to feel like dead weight.  ::sigh::  I’ve had my moments–the dreary, rainy, windy, cold days don’t make me love this life.  The freedom however keeps me in check.  Sure, we can’t just go wherever we want tomorrow, but we will eventually, and living without certain luxuries has been eye opening and wonderful in it’s own way.  Walking in the cold rain to get laundry from the bath house–yeah, I miss our washer and dryer, but I don’t miss the weight I’ve lost (and strength gained) since having to be more physical in the day to day.  Trying to entertain Audrey when I’m busy with housecamperwork but being outside is not an option–a pain, but necessary, and I’ve moved to more educational options than just turning on Nick Jr. and hoping she doesn’t want the newest kid fad toys that she sees in the commercials.  Her Christmas list this year was a bicycle, slippers, a doll (that looks like her, that was a bit of a challenge since she has brown hair and blue eyes) and chapstick.  Taking a bag of trash up to the dumpster is an adventure.  We went on a short hike to another area of the state park on our way back from the dumpster, and discovered purple clay (Audrey’s favorite color) while walking back on the shoreline.  It was educational for me too, apparently purple clay is revered in Chinese culture and used to make adored and expensive teapots.

We also desire outside events and adventures more often, and seek them out.  I’ve learned a lot more about the area we’re in than in the entire year we spent here renting a house.  I guess that says something for the damage “the feed” does…

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Long time, no see.

December 7, 2011

Sorry I have been lax about updating the blog, November was a busy month and December is shaping up to be one as well.  Aside from visiting family in NC over Thanksgiving weekend, we’ve been hanging out at Mistletoe State Park, and even had family visit us here earlier in November.  We’re big fans of this state park–while it may be a bit pricey, it’s still cheaper than our rent/utilities by a long shot, and we receive a 10% discount as Friends of Georgia State Parks, and the GA State Parks camper club gets us a free night of camping every 10 nights.  The views and wildlife are wonderful, the hiking trails are a lot of fun, and in general it’s just a nice place to be.  Having heated bath houses with laundry facilities within a short walk of the campsite is also huge perk.  We’ve gotten familiar with the rangers, camp hosts, and even some of the campers that stay for more than just a weekend.  I wish I’d had more time for volunteering, but Audrey keeps me pretty busy along with day-to-day chores and cooking meals from scratch most nights.  I do sorely wish I had a hitch on my Subaru, because dumping the “stinky wagon” should not be something a tired husband has to do in the dark after a long day at work.  😦  Anyway, my phone is misbehaving so I don’t have any pictures to post this time.  I promise a better post soon!

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Back at Mistletoe

November 7, 2011

I intend to do a full review later, but we’re happy to be back at Mistletoe State Park already!  I hate to say it, but we missed heated bath houses and grey water dumps. It’s the little things–we haven’t quite gotten up to speed for boondocking, and aren’t quite ready to hit the road for real yet either, so little perks like that are nice when staying local to an area that is starting to see the first frosts.  While we’re plenty used to tent camping at hike-in sites, that was for a weekend, not every day.

We went hiking yesterday, it was gorgeous.  We hiked the Cliatt Creek trail and part of the Rock Dam trail–we were amazed that Audrey made it the whole way, especially realizing that it was over 3 miles!  She only asked to be carried once, and it was almost time to sit down and take a picnic lunch anyway, so she regained her energy and was good all the way back.  I was surprised at how challenging part of the Rock Dam trail was–we initially thought that this was all day hike stuff, but keeping a 3-year-old from tumbling down a gorge into a lake was kinda tricky!  Fun though, even though my legs were quite sore (and feet blistery, as I was breaking new boots in on what I thought was a quick day hike, lol) once we got back.  Even then, we took a long walk along the beach to the playground on the other loop, and Adam even did some fishing and caught an almost but not quite big enough to eat bass.  Days like this are why I’m so glad we did this.

Here are some pictures:

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Review – Petersburg Campground

November 3, 2011

Petersburg Campground is pretty popular, it’s an Army Corps of Engineers campground, the only one that is open year-round, and the closest to Augusta, GA.  Reservations should be made in advance, even during the fall we did not have many choices for our 2 week stay.  We’ve had many neighbors come and go, and while not full, the weekends are quite busy.  The sites are pretty nice, most seem to be level, and they all have a fire ring, charcoal grill, picnic table, trash hanger, electric, and water.  There are two dump stations at the entrance, unfortunately the water hoses do not have fittings, so back flushing our black tank was a bit tricky.  We were at site 53, gorgeous sunsets.  We definitely missed the grey water dump that we had at Mistletoe State Park though.  (Review to come, we are going back there this weekend for another stay and I wanted to combine the experiences.)  The lake is very pretty here, but unfortunately very low due to the drought.  We haven’t taken out the canoe here yet because the shoreline is quicksand–I saw a neighbor sink knee deep in the mud trying to launch his kayak.  Bathhouses are a hike from most campsites, the closest to our site is a 5 minute walk (with a 3-year-old) on a trail through the woods.  They are very basic, but the showers work well and they’re relatively clean for what they are.  Needless to say, we had to break in our portable “stinky wagon” to dump the tanks during our 2 week stay.  The bath houses are also “open air” (screened windows and no heat) so with the weather getting cold, Adam has had to endure his morning shower while it’s 32 degrees and dark.  😦  Audrey and I waited until the afternoon when possible.  There is one bath house across the campground that has laundry, and it seems that the sites around it are the most booked.  The playground, swim beach, and group picnic shelter are on that loop as well.  On laundry days Audrey and I took a picnic lunch and walked the trail from the laundry to the picnic area/playground while waiting on clothes to wash.  Another nice thing about Petersburg is that it’s a shorter commute to Evans and Augusta compared to Mistletoe State Park.  One thing that we wanted to do is hike Bartram Trail, we would have liked to trek that down to the recreation area at the Strom Thurmond dam.  Maybe next time!

Here are some pictures from our stay:

Petersburg Campground