Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I've completed some repairs but between the weather, work, and getting sick I haven't been able to get as much done as I had hoped. We're bringing the motorhome to a hydraulics shop in the morning to have the levelers pulled off and rebuilt, one of the major repairs that we had scheduled to take care of while in Beaumont. I still have several electrical upgrades to make and one electrical gremlin to shake out.
It looks like we'll be leaving the Beaumont area and starting to head west again on the 12th or 13th of November. We're planning on spending our 5th anniversary (on the 13th) somewhere nice and then we may head to the Renaissance festival for that weekend. After that we'll be moving straight through Texas and New Mexico on I-10 heading to Arizona.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
On Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 (after 48 hours on the road) we finally arrived back in our hometown. We had decided to try to park the motorhome in Chris's parents' yard. So we drove up to the house and skinnied the RV into the yard between the telephone pole and the bayou and promptly got stuck. The ass-end of the RV is sticking 10 ft across Grandview Street and the wheels were just spinning in the mud. Oh, crap. This is a 24,000 pound vehicle. It's not like just calling for a tow. Hauling this thing requires an industrial tow truck. We tried shingles under the tires to give it some grip. The tires just ripped the shingles through and spit them out on the other side. We tried pouring cat litter into the mud. We were starting a rocking program (driving in a rhythm of forward and reverse to build up the momentum) when a guy in a F-150 drove up and offered to help. With the combination of Chris gunning the motorhome engine and the truck pulling us we managed to get out of the mud and back onto terra firma. We left some pretty nasty ruts in the Peterman yard!
Long story short, we tried 2 other RV parks in Nederland before giving up. One was full, the other had the electricity blocked and did not answer the phone when we called. It was so hot! We were sweating buckets by now; heat index in Beaumont was 104! And we'd been driving so hard we hadn't showered in 3 days. Yuck! We needed to find somewhere to park the RV and get to the hospital to see Chris's dad. We drove back to Beaumont and shelled out the bucks for a week at the RV park we stayed at last time we were in Beaumont. We can't afford to stay at this place the whole time we're in Beaumont but we were exhausted and had reached the limit of our endurance.
Now Chris's dad is doing much better. We're getting discharged today!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
The blogs will probably slow down for a while but I'll keep y'all up to date!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
We got home early to prepare for some diving at Blue Hole in NM the next day.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
A picture to prove that we really were there.
The balloons heading off into the sunrise.
After the balloon festivities we went shopping and picked up a lot of RV items we've been needing (and a couple we were coveting.) Camping World seems to be the Wal-Mart of RV'ing, we just can't get away from them.
We're taking steps to move our way off the grid. It looks like we may have solar panels installed in November and may try to stay at super cheap "extended stay" areas with no water/sewer connections or electricity for several months this winter in California. Melissa's researching solar ovens, if you or anyone you know has used one let us know.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Chris and I are still working on a name for our rig. Today we thought of "Viva Nueva" as a good name. We know that this rig is taking us to a whole new kind of living. We're relishing life, unfettered and free. Plus I'm learning Spanish right now. The word "viva" in Spanish has a much larger definition than just "the state of being alive." It means living unencumbered, enjoying life, being active, intense, kindled, and pure. So that's why I like Viva Something. Comment if you have any other good ideas... We're still working on it.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Here's a weird factiod: when we drove into this park we were told that we are on Reservation land and in this territory it is illegal to POSSESS alcohol! We didn't throw the beer out but we won't be drinking it outside while we're here!
We also have to get a satellite dish repair while we're here. It should still be a warranty item since its a brand new dish! We'll see what happens.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Truth or Consequences, NM has natural hot springs all over the place. Most of them are owned by fru-fru spas that charge an arm and a leg to use their "healing waters." Melissa tracked down a beautiful hot spring that was $10 per person for a public dip or $15 per person for a private spring. The water was 106 degrees and crystal clear. Our private terrace overlooked the Rio Grande and mountains in the distance. I've been constantly working since we arrived in Elephant Butte and it was nice to finally relax a little.