As during our last trip, we’ve been concentrating on better organization in the Navion, inside and out. Some of the criteria we’ve developed are:
Is the item really necessary?
How often and when is the item likely to be needed?
Can the item be stored in way that makes it easy to access? Can the item’slocation minimize kneeling, bending over and long reaches? Can supplies be stored in different containers?
Can storage be organized so that heavier items are lower and closer to the vehicle’s center?
The first thing we did was reduce the amount of clothing we take. Since we are going to both cool and warm climates, we began with layers. For example, I bought a couple of pair of casual outdoor pants at Cabela’s last trip that work well for this. We also left at home different colors of the same item (I know, glamping).
We also expanded the tools that work with our Ryobi 18V system. I added a drill to go with the two types of fans that help even when we’re connected to shore power.
All of the gear we will use in Arizona, and Navion equipment we might need went into the compartment underneath the slide, which requires a kneeler to access even when the slide is in. We have four watertight clear plastic bins that work exceptionally well for this. Before we left, I replaced the lifters on three compartments that didn’t open as high as they should.
Most things in boxes now go into plastic zip bags. The pod coffee maker went onto a small table to get it out of the way when using our small cooking area. We now use wooden trays at mealtime instead of the factory dining table (so much less bother, and they save our backs, too.)
Not to be last, but I now use some small carry-alls from Cabela’s to separately store the hand tools, electrical tools, and fasteners/adhesives. The bags expand and contract as necessary and squish into their spaces.
On the horizon are more opportunities to organize. I’ve never met a camp store I didn’t like!
From the banks of the Columbia to Curlew Lake, Chewelah, Missoula, and (finally) Placid Lake SP, Montana. Good road and great weather.
Along the top of Washington and Idaho we stopped to see sister Sally, and Terri (and Jim), the breeder of Jamie and Peaches. Sally brought us a most excellent lunch while we moochdocked near the city park.
Missoula has great vibes, despite the folks camping next to us at the KOA. The canines enjoyed the dog parks and we relaxed a bit. On our way out of town we stopped at Cabela’s for a wee bit of clothes and gear. We also stocked up on dark roast pods at City Brew.
We camped at Placid Lake last year and decided on four days this time. Large sites, quiet, the lake, and dog swimming. Also just one or two bars of mobile. Life is good.
After a stop at the Sprinter shop in Lynnwood for some needed scheduled maintenance, we detoured around the fire on US 2 and are camped in one of the nicest state parks we’ve ever seen. Wide sites, quiet and scenic.
We did some rearranging of the canine supplies after breakfast and a nice mile stroll to check out the beach. Peaches was really on point as we came closer to the water.
We departed home yesterday, connecting with the PT-Coupeville boat and onboard in fifteen minutes! The Ferry Princess was shining on us.
We stopped in Burlington for a quartermaster task, then found a nice RV park in Bothell. Pull-through amongst the primarily Class A’s and fifth wheels. Wonderful place to stay while in Seattle.
We’re now waiting for some maintenance at the Sprinter service shop in Lynnwood, then over Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg for tonight. My RLS requires serious task balancing, so we’re taking it easy this trip. Our Tollers, Jamie and Peaches, have fallen right into their travel mode and are so well behaved.
I got locked out of Enjoying the View because my email and password from my opening the account were lost in time from dial-up days. WordPress is very strict about security. Everything is still there, just a click or two away.
We are camped on the Atlantic Ocean in York Harbor Maine. I realize I’ve been terribly deficient in posting our trip. The days have been tiring and what computer time I’ve had has been taken by the work that helps us by the diesel for the trip.
Highlights have included a visit to my dear friend Joanne in Las Cruces NM. She and her late husband Steve were mentors of this very wet behind the ears lieutenant at Hamilton AFB CA, my posting between pilot training and the pipeline for Vietnam. San Francisco, Napa Valley, and flying all over the world made those days idyllic. Joanne and Steve made them memorable. It was hot in New Mexico, but manageable for a touching base after 50 years!
We next visited relations in the Clarksville TN/Guthrie KY area, my aunt Sue and cousins John, Glenna and Martha. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch hosted by my cousins and got caught up. Martha gave us a collection of letters my Dad and his sister Emily and brother Jim had written home to my Granddaddy Keith during World War II. Quite a treasure to explore when we return. home.
Amherst MA was our next destination. We have friends who have 325 acres of preservation farm and hearts of gold. Alas, Kevin drove himself to the hospital the a=day before we arrived, but he’s home now and seeing his doctors. There are a couple of favorite places we enjoy: Henion Bakery, where Dave still remembers us from our last visit and serves wonderful coffee and baked goods; and Flayvors of Cook Farm, with its creamery ice cream.
We traveled to the other side of Massachusetts to visit friends in Falmouth. Bill and Joyce invited us to join them for Mothers Day dinner and then escorted around the area on Monday. Great people we wish we had in our neighborhood.
I’m writing this 100 feet from the ocean near York Bay, Maine. Cool and just a little breeze. The boys have had some real grass to walk on as well as a little beach. Tomorrow we head for New Brunswick, crossing at Calais, then a ferry from St John to Digby, Nova Scotia the next day. We will be visiting the land of the origins of Tollers!
Southern Idaho is flat, but not level, gaining about 2250 feet between Fruitland on the West and Pocatello on the East. In between some 13 billion potatoes are harvested each year.
Portneuf River at the KOA
The drive eastward was uneventful, which continues to be a good thing. 19 mpg, but flat has its advantages. We stopped at Three Islands State Park to give the pups some grass time and discovered an absolutely wonderful campground and Oregon Trail interpretive center.
Navion at rest
Lava Hot Springs has a great place to soak, a series of pools with increasing temperatures from warm to hot. Tomorrow we’ll walk the short distance to town to enjoy the waters.
Our second day was a real challenge. The warning lights we ended the first with hadn’t disappeared, so we called MB in Lynnwood and headed north. Traffic was terrible, hence my attribution “The Dark Side.” The drivability reduced to full “limp mode” four miles south of the dealer, so we were lucky in the stops and goes.
Scott at Mercedes-Benz was an angel. He had received my message that we were on the way in and was ready for us. Four hours later we were back on the road. A rear wheel sensor was replaced at no charge. We ordered in some Thai for lunch and scores of folks wanted to pet the red and white puppies.
We drove a short way to Dash Point SP for the night rather than trudge through Tacoma traffic and had a decent drive to the KOA in Cascade Locks today. The rig is cruising as it should.
Kinnon and Jamie are a joy to travel with, calm and polite with each other. We’ve been getting pics of Allie and it’s obvious she’s have way more fun across the street than putting up with the Tollers!
One of the fun things about long trips is the anticipation and planning. Seeing icebergs up close is a bucket list item, but there is so much more to see and do between Port Townsend and Twillingsgate.
Our house has it’s sitter and our elder dog Allie is staying with our blessed neighbors across the street. Clothes for hot springs and the cold and windy are packed. Our two Tollers have their own gear and food and crates.
We have the additional option of 300W of solar this trip, so we’ll have the flexibility of dry camping. I’m not sure we’ll try parking lots, but there are many National Forest and provincial campgrounds to explore.
This will be our fourth or fifth long trip since 2010. We’re looking foward to visiting friends and family and finding the two lane roads. Our first day will be short and bring the joy of seeing our twin granddaughters at Millersylvania State Park.