Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our New Location

We've arrived at a new location. We're now 5.1 miles from Marianna, Florida. (30.7844, -85.1600)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our New Location

We've arrived at a new location. We're now 3.0 miles from Beaumont, Texas. (30.02885, -94.05691)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Update.

Just wanted to post to let everyone know that Dad's doing really well. He's working a full day at the office today after a morning Dr.'s appointment.

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.

-Chris

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A new view

We decided we'll go crazy if we don't move at least once a week. We've moved from Beaumont to Nederland which is about a 20 minute drive. We're really close to Chris's parents now. This area has a lot of construction work going on in the refineries so most of the RV parks are full.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our New Location

We've arrived at a new location. We're now 2.2 miles from Nederland, Texas. (29.99984, -94.01876)

Friday, October 16, 2009

The race

Getting to Beaumont was the hardest we have drove the motorhome. We left Albuquerque at 1:30 Monday afternoon. We stopped to fill up on fuel and took turns driving till 11 pm. We ate on the road and we stopped at a rest stop to sleep. On Tuesday we again drove all day, stopping only to fuel up; cooking and eating in the motorhome. We didn't really cook, we just fixed sandwiches or cut up salami and cheese. We stopped at 10 pm and slept in another rest stop. The RV was at such a severe angle that walking down the hall was crazy!
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

Our New Location

We've arrived at a new location. We're now 1.2 miles from Beaumont, TX. (30.00234, -94.18534)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Amarillo by morning

One good thing about driving your home around the US is that when you are needed somewhere, you can go. Chris's dad had a quadruple bypass this morning and we've decided to turn and head to Beaumont. We want to be there to help our family and luckily we have the ability to do just that. And we'll have our home and our pets with us so we won't have to worry about that stuff; we can focus on what's important.
The blogs will probably slow down for a while but I'll keep y'all up to date!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Glowdeo cancelled :(

We went to Albuquerque last night for a second trip to the Balloon Fiesta. On Thursday we saw the morning program and this time we wanted to see the night show, known as the Glowdeo. We spent the day running errands around town and then went to Balloon Fiesta Park. We paid our parking fees and entrance fees and watched several balloons getting the baskets hooked up and inflating the balloons. We could tell they were having a hard time holding the balloons in check on the ground. They had to cancel the event because of the high winds. So at least we got to see first hand how they set up the balloons and we ate a really yummy funnel cake!
We got home early to prepare for some diving at Blue Hole in NM the next day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

International Balloon Fiesta!

We had a really long day at the International Balloon Fiesta today, leaving at 6am to catch the Mass Ascension. There were probably over 200 balloons in the sky at one time and today was the day of the "special shape" rodeo. Some of the cool balloons we saw were: "When pigs fly", Darth Vader, Nemo (with buck-teeth), a beer mug, a Pepsi can, the Energizer Bunny, and tons more.

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.

-Chris

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rain in the desert

Its raining hard and hailing, too, at Cochiti Lake. We drove out to meet a satellite repair guy today and spent most of the day waiting on the repair. While hanging out I met a nice guy named Jim who drives the "Boonie Bird." Jim's been boondocking for 23 years! We talked about some upgrades we can make to the rig to extend our boondocking capability.
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.

Our New Location

We've arrived near Cochiti Lake, NM. (35.64395, -106.3304)

Our New Location

We've arrived near Corrales, NM. (35.20388, -106.5644)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The View at Cochiti Lake, NM

We're north of Albuquerque now. We will be going to the International Balloon Festival this weekend. Other nearby attractions include Blue Hole (diving spot), Santa Fe national forest, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Also, I think we'll do some fishing in Cochita Lake.
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.

Our New Location

We've arrived near Cochiti Lake, NM. (35.64394,-106.3304)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Riverbend Hot Springs




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.



-Chris

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The kitchen view

We've moved to Elephant Butte State Park in central NM. We're just off I-25 a couple hundred miles south of Albuquerque. When we drove through the town we saw a small festival going on so we'll probably go check that out tonight.