Mar 232017
 

              
                        

 
 

 

  

There was a fabulous discussion over on J5MM’s facebook page about RVing in winter after I had posted some random thoughts about it.  I took away so much from the conversation and now have a handy-dandy list of things to get for our next extended winter ski trip with the Airstream.  One item I did bring that was a complete game changer was a heating blanket.  My intentions were for Oliver to own that blanket but as it turned out, we were all pinning for it after snuggling up in it’s coziness.  As for Oliver, he’s quite a little dog with a very sparse undercoat which doesn’t help keep him warm.  In the past when we visited ski areas and had to leave him in the Airstream, I would layer him up in sweaters to keep him warm — he was not a fan and I knew he was miserable, which made me worry.  So with the heating blanket, I can spread it across the pillows under the pano windows (where he waits and watches for our return) and not worry about him being cold.  I’m happy to report that the blanket worked very well and I’m sorry I didn’t think of it sooner (poor Oliver).

You may remember my previous post detailing how we go about keeping everything from freezing during our trips — here is a link to that — but in addition, during this trip I learned a lot more, like:

  1. The foot upon foot of falling snow outside is oh-so-beautiful when you are inside of the trailer watching it gently come down.  But 10 days later when one goes to leave and unhook, don’t be surprised to find your power cord frozen in a solid block of ice.  Temps warm up during the day, causing snow to melt and well, overnight, things freeze up — this times ten days.  We should have dug that dang cord out every morning after the snow fall overnight, but we didn’t and it took a lot of work to chisel it out of the ice. I swear my arms are still vibrating from metal shovel hitting solid ice (*shivers*)
  2. Did you know?  If you don’t secure your power cord to your trailer (meaning, when you plug it in, there is that little screw cap thingy at the end of the plug that screws into the outlet and it holds the plug-in, in place to prevent it from wiggling around) it could cause a short to happen???  We didn’t know that and oh my goodness, was our cord totally burnt/melted/fried.  Definitely a very unsettling thing to witness — and it was melted so bad that when I did pull the cord out, out came with it one of the pins inside the outlet (inlet?).  It was so bad.  So bad.   Turns out when I went to buy a replacement cord at the local marine store (don’t do that, by the way, they don’t work!)  the nice fellow behind the counter explained to me that boat fires arising from electrical shorts are the number one cause of boat fires!  He couldn’t stress enough to me to make sure that screw cap thingy was securely screwed into the outlet (inlet?) of our Airstream. (I profusely apologize for my very professional electrical terminology — definitely not something I am well versed in).

Aside from those two issues that were discovered at the end of our trip, the trip in itself was very relaxing.  We went an entire 10 days on both propane tanks — but mind you, during the day the temps would rise to around  mid 40’s and the sun was out which helped keep the Airstream warm inside so the need to run the furnace wasn’t necessary.  If it did start to get chilly, we would run a little space heater which helped warm things up (and used electricity vs. the propane).  I would imagine if the furnace would be running 24/7 we would have needed to refuel around day four or five.  We conserved water like crazy and made it to day 10 when the water level light went from orange to red.  A definite signal to head on home, haha!

Cooking was a complete pleasure and those roasted garlic tomatoes with feta cheese — oh my, you must try!  They are deeeeeeelish atop a slice of warmed bread.  The soft plump garlic cloves popped right out of their skins and the feta cheese was gloriously creamy inside.  So good!  Here is a link to where I posted all about it.  We also enjoyed some apres-ski at the local restaurants and pubs and one night enjoyed some live entertainment and dancing.  Hubby first brought me here years ago so it was very sweet and nostalgic for us to relive those good old days and it warmed my heart to see that not much has changed ♥

I’m super impressed with B and how well the boy skis.  He’s come a long way since his little legs of two years old began skiing.  I still can’t believe he is growing up so quickly — a common thing we all hear, but honestly, my mind is blown.  How can he be 13 already?  I think a lot has to do with the day to day routines and having to be here and there and just getting things done, life’s daily obligations — that’s what makes the time fly by.  I think.  I don’t know — but one thing I do know is when the four of us are together during these trips of ours, time does seem to slow down, if only for a moment and it’s those moments that I cherish.

I had a goal to post this post before the first day of spring arrived, but alas — that didn’t happen.  So much going on I suppose — LIFE as well call it.  But I am saying hello to spring and I am so happy to see that is has finally arrived.  Somehow for me the arrival of the new seasons bring hope and happiness and a new fresh outlook on things.  On life.

Here’s to Spring my sweet friends, hope everything in your world is as wonderful as it can be.

Love,
Monica ♥

 

Mar 162017
 

I would slow down my pace as I walked Oliver past this sweet Airstream  during our visit to Crystal Mountain a few weeks back.  Just a few sites down from us, this Airstream captured my heart and I was absolutely dying to see the inside.  Fortunately I didn’t have to stalk the Airstream too long before owner Jenn opened up the front door and I was able to introduce myself to her.  She gave me a tour and shared her future vision of the interior with me.  I tell ya, I left completely inspired — and, goodness, does she have great taste!  If you look at the photo below, the front portion of the Airstream where you see the silver insulation — that will be covered with beautiful copper sheets and instead of having one dinette table, Jenn and her hubby Shane plan on installing two tables that can raise/lower to suit different situations — a coffee table and a dinette table both at the same time.  Very clever!  The interior is very light and bright that is complemented with beautiful white enamel pieces and copper accents.

This is not your typical Airstream however, this beautiful trailer’s sole purpose is that of a ski lodge.  Outfitted with a bench to store ski boots and a row of hooks to hang up ski attire (all which dry quickly thanks to the most adorable wood burning stove), this Airstream is an RVing skier’s dream come true.

Jenn was so sweet to send me a list of links to all of her favorite items she has in her trailer — to share with you because she believes in supporting all the local small vendors and local makers, “I’m happy to share,” she wrote.

So without further ado, let’s begin the tour!  

Hello sweet Huxley!!  This big boy was such a sweetheart.  Just love him ♥

Gorgeous enamelware . . . 

This big beautiful silver pot is actually an olive oil container that Jenn uses to hold drinking water.  There is no running water onboard, which makes logical sense since freezing pipes is a big concern for fellow RVers who camp in winter.  

Just look at all these cute accents!  I love that little stove and the wall of hooks is so practical.    Jenn lit the stove and within minutes we could feel the toasty heat — I was so surprised at how quickly it warmed up the Airstream.  

To help distribute the heat around the interior, Jenn placed this cast iron fan ontop of the stove.  The heat from the stove, powered that little fan.  I’ve never seen anything like that before — so neat!

Thanks Jenn for touring me around your Airstream.  I’m just so smitten with your taste in decor — and THANK YOU for my cute little red bread box!  Best gift ever.  Ever ever ever.  Thank you!

 . . . . and here begins the generous list of links that Jenn sent along — lots of great stuff!!

Enamel 

Kaico teapot 
 
Kaico drip kettle on the wood burning stove 
 
 
Kaico canisters 
 
Brushes and Brooms from Burstenhaus Redecker from Germany 
 
can be purchased at Brookefarm General Store or  Kaufman Mercantile 
 
White dust pan
 
Tibetan sheepskin pillows
 
Woolrich blanket 
 
 
Copper hooks in windows
 
Brass hanging votive holders from 
 
Tosca storage basket
 
Falcon enamelware 
Plates, mugs, tumblers, serving trays
 
Copper dog bowls
 
Waxed canvas dog placemat
Suede pot holders 
Jan 302017
 

Early morning sailings to the San Juan Islands are such a treat (once I am fully awake) (and after plenty of coffee).  We rise at a ridiculous early hour to make certain we catch one of the first ferry sailings from the mainland to the islands.  A schedule like this ensures that we #1, do not get stuck in awful traffic and #2 we have the first full day all to ourselves.  The night before I am busily preparing breakfast burritos for the boys to enjoy on the drive up where it’s only us on I-5 and not another single soul in sight — it’s rather bizarre to have the entire interstate to yourself, but I love it.

Once on board the ferry, we sleepily make our way up onto the main deck and seek out some comfortable seating where we can catch up on some zzz’s while being rocked to sleep by the gentle swaying of the ferry and the rhythmic hum of the powerful engines.  The ferry sailing is around an hour and a half which gives us a good snooze window. Continue reading »

Jan 272017
 

This wasn’t where I meant to be this weekend.  I meant to be at home dusting off my workbench in order to begin working on some new jewelry designs for my Etsy shop.  But rather, sweet friends of ours phoned us up and invited us to come and visit with them at their cozy cabin in the woods near Crystal Mountain.  Needless to say, a trip to the cabin propelled the idea of silversmithing to the curb-and I was very okay with that.  I was, as a matter of fact, in need of a snow fix and boy, did Miss Mother Nature deliver ♥ Continue reading »

May 172015
 

Kalaloch Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MMM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

“Mommy?  Mommy, are you still sleeping?” B is whispering this into my ear as I sleep  . . .

I don’t say a word, hoping he will take pity on his poor tired and sleepy mom and let me be, for at least a moment longer.

“Mommy?  Mommy?”

This boy of mine.  No matter what time he goes to bed, as soon as the crack of dawn is upon us, he is up and at ’em.

“B — we are on vacation — you can sleep in if you want . . .” I try and convince him.

He is still standing next to me, I can feel his presence — he is probably pondering his next move . . .

Then hubby says, “Good Morning B,” with all smiles (I can hear him smiling, does that make sense?)  and he is next to rise and now it’s official, our day has begun.  But after the fog clears from my sleepy head, I am grateful for the early morning wake up call.  I look outside and see that the clouds moved out overnight and a beautiful pastel sunrise is on its way.

These two posts of mine covering our trip to Kalaloch Beach State Park is proof of the Olympic Peninsula’s moody weather behavior.  Cloudy, cozy and drizzling one day and the next?  Nothing but blue skies.  I took at least a million pictures.

Hubby and B headed down to the beach for a game of soccer while Oliver and I pulled ourselves together and made a skillet breakfast fit for an Olympic Peninsula king :)

Kalaloch Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MMM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

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May 152015
 

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

Hwy 101, as it meanders around and occasionally hugs the Washington coastline takes us to our last stop during our road trip through the Olympic Peninsula not too long ago.  I have shared our OP trips on GoRVing’s blog up until this one.  This one, I’ve been saving for J5MM.

Here is a map I designed detailing our road trip in visual detail with our three stops:

Map of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State via J5MM.comj // #Airstream #GoRVing

My first post for GoRVing shared our experiences at the Waterfront at Potlatch . . . Continue reading »

Mar 182015
 

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Come travel with me to the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula as we embark on a seven day journey visiting three idyllic campsites.  We begin the first leg of our trip with a visit to The Waterfront at Potlatch RV Park along the Hood Canal.  We spend our first day in the cool misty mountains that are just a hop skip and a jump away from camp adventuring in the rainforest.  After we return to camp along the waterfront where we dig for clams that will soon become our delicious dinner.  B makes new friends, I make a refreshing oyster appetizer with Oliver by my side and hubby relaxes.  We experience pastel sunsets unparalleled anywhere else all while in the loving company of each other and our sweet silver girl.  I hope you can join me at my new writing venue with GoRVing // The Scenic Route.

Shall we go?

“The Magic and Beauty of the Olympic Peninsula”

xoxo
Monica

PS  I hope you enjoy the trip :)

 

Jan 242015
 

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Not too long ago we traveled to the Northwestern-most point of the Contiguous USA here in Washington State.  I feel honored to have been able to write about that pretty amazing trip for GoRVing.  I shared with GRV’s readership the beautiful sights we saw, picturesque hikes, snow dusted ocean beaches and some delicious recipes I made in my silver kitchen.

If you have a moment and would like to read more about that beautiful trip, you can visit me over on GoRVing and get some great recipes to take with you on your next road trip ❤

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AirstreamAdventures_10AirstreamAdventures_13Thank you for being here and visiting me over on GoRVing’s blog — The Scenic Route.

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

Jan 072015
 

LaConner, Washington Town Guide via J5MM.com

Happy shiny 2015 to you!  Hubby, B, Oliver and I are wishing you only the best for 2015 and we hope that your hopes and dreams come true in this brand new year :)

We felt very fortunate to have been able to ring in the new year at the picturesque Thousand Trails campground in LaConner, Washington.  Our site was #164 and has been proudly added to our “must return” list.

Thousand Trails Campground LaConner, Washington Site 164 via J5MM.com Continue reading »