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Camping. Day 8. August 5, 2016

My BP reading this morning was a whopping 116/95. Yikes. It’s going to dip a bit more before it starts heading up again.

These numbers might be fabulous for the average joe, but I feel like I need to nap or, at the very least, have someone to carry me around.  Considering my initial readings of 220/180 back in 2014, this is a marked improvement so I’m not complaining. YAWnnnnn! 🙂

We had planned to hike the Lookout Trail today but after a short walk around the campground, we ditched that idea.   It was WAY more than I could handle.  Upon returning to the trailer, a little nanna nap (yes, that’s for you Graham) was in order. I was asleep in under 30 seconds and out for a good hour.

It’s going to be a very low key day.    So what was my dear Ron up to while I slept?   He whittled an Inuksuk of my very own as a keepsake of this beautiful week of camping.

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Love always,

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Camping. Day 7. August 4, 2016

It’s Thursday. We’ve done the whole 10km thing for the last few days so we decided today that it was a feet up kind of day. We drank coffee and enjoyed a lovely bacon and eggs breakfast. More coffee. Read for a few hours. Did a few dishes. Made more coffee.

We did head to the dog beach today so we could all cool down a bit. Roxy ran after her ball like the puppy she thinks she is. She’s pretty much been passed out for the balance of the afternoon. Even the evil chipmunks can’t tempt her to chase them. She’s done. Between the exercise she’s receiving here at Algonquin and the lack of treats from the grandparents she’s actually dropped a few pounds. Yes Dad. We see you. Roxy can still outrun any dog her junior for that ball. An absolute joy to watch.

It was a gorgeous hot summer day. I have absolutely nothing to show for August 4th which is AOK with me. Ron has this to show for a quiet afternoon. LOVE!

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PS. We are out of bacon.

Love always,

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Camping. Day 6 – August 3, 2016

We’ve settled into our camping groove faster than ever. On our first full morning at Algonquin, I felt like we’d already been on site for a week. Zero stress. In fact, someone may need to come and yell at me as my blood pressure is barely registering. There are a few things that contributed to that feeling but I’d like to think that the trailer organization had a lot to do with it.

I’m a fusser. Always have been. Always will be. I’ve resolved that about myself long ago. The difference with this trailer versus the tent trailer is that there is a place. For EVERYTHING. The storage spaces all work and fit nicely into my OCD. All but one.

I’d say it drives my crazy but in truth, it’s only mildly annoying. The cupboard is long and narrow and uses up that lovely space between the wall and the fridge. I almost always need a flashlight to get to the back of it (ThruNite to the rescue!) It’s now 8:00 pm after a beautiful day and I have the urge to organize. Who needs that when it’s time to put your feet up and chill? Apparently, I do!!!

The pantry is the place I dig into as the days of our vacation draw to a close. Brown rice and Dreamfields pasta, chicken stock and almond milk, peanut butter, spices and the other shelf stable items. It houses our beer, wine, junk food, some baking supplies to ensure that when the chocolate cake monster strikes, I’m ready. The problem with the pantry, it’s has four shelves when it could easily have six. Some of the shelves have almost half of the height, completely empty. I suppose it’s like a purse. The bigger it is; the more stuff I’ll be tempted to take along.

We have a few weekend camping trips left but I know that I’m soon going to have to tidy things up and (gasp) start planning for the Thanksgiving camping extravaganza. Now that I’m almost done this post, and had a half hour of cleaning/reorganizing, I already know what I’m going to leave at home next time we venture out. And I need to go talk to Ron about building me a solution for my pantry conundrum. Oh honey!!!!!

Love always,

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Camping. Day 4 – August 1, 2016

We figured out the internet here at Algonquin.

We love being outdoors in the sun(shade) however, the internet connection is TERRIBLE. So, my ingenious dear almost husband packs his cell phone into a protective bag, ties it to a rope than tosses it into one of the huge trees on our campsite. Voila! Hotspot for a few minutes while we check in with the famjam (plus post a blog article or two). Did I mention he’s not only handy but spectacularly handsome!

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Love always,

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Camping. Day 0 – July 28, 2016

We bought a CareFree Sunshade. We hemmed and hawed about it for a few weeks, then phoned the dealer to ask for a bit more information.   Instead of inquiring and investigating, they ordered it.   So, decision made!   We picked it up just before our Algonquin camping trip.   WE.  LOVE.  IT.    We chose a 10 x 6 ft shade in sierra brown that slides into the groove on the awning roller.   It contains a high-density screen which gives us the added privacy along with the ability to sit outside “in the sun” without becoming lobster like (ok that’s mostly just for me).

Dad used to holler at me when I sat in the sun.   Sit in the shade!  Where’s the sunscreen?  Put some clothes on!   Why?    I was 12.   We were camping.  I was burnt nearly to oblivion.   I couldn’t even sit down for supper.   So, he wasn’t wrong.    I heard you papa!    I have the Sunshade to prove it.

Love always,

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Our First Official Camping Trip!

Bon Echo is our fav park ever.   I “grew up” camping here with my parents.  Ron and I walked hand in hand in the park as teenagers.  We were engaged at the point and it’s only fitting that we get married there.   That’s a topic for a whole other post!

Everything went well until.   Nope.   Just kidding.   Everything went really well!    THE only thing we purchased in town was a bit more junk food and a funnel with a flexible end so that we could add enough fresh water to shower and do a few dishes before we left.

Roxy and Bon Echo

It was a beautiful long weekend.   The weather was “summer hot” for a May weekend and Roxy was in heaven.   Walks every day….swimming galore….chasing the ball….then a long nap, more food, then rinse and REPEAT!  Any off-duty time was spent on high alert as she guarded us from the evil squirrels and chipmunks that roamed the park.

So you might be interested to know what we packed into the fridge/freezer for 5.214 days of camping!    You might be disappointed to find out that we didn’t devour smores…but it was even BETTER!     Tune in next time.    Its Trim Healthy Mama meets Bon Echo!

Happy packing and safe travels,

Love always,

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Let’s talk FLASHLIGHTS baby!

So Ron’s brand of choice is without question, ThruNite.     I honestly barely listened as he talked about the quality, the power…the blah blah blah.    My eyes would glaze over.  It’s true.   Likely about the same glaze as I talked about thread count or a new recipe.    Uh huh…yup.   Ok dear.

Until this baby arrived.    It can light up the stand of trees at the back of the property like it’s high noon in Arizona.  I kid you not.

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The folks at ThruNite had such amazing customer service that they sent him three additional smaller lights while the other one made it’s way into his possession.    I’m proud to say, I’m now an owner of one of the tiniest (adorablest…yes that’s a word) flashlights ever.    For the record, I use it WAY more than I’d EVER admit to him.

His obsession with flashlights is well known by my loving brother.  So, on his birthday this year, Ron received his gift.     Laughter ensued as he set his eyes on this puppy.

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Turns out the jokes on me.   If you see me heading to the comfort station….just walk by and say nothing.   Honestly.   Nothing.

Happy packing and safe travels,

Love always,

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RV Outdoor Carpet

We should have had one long ago.   Mom and dad always had that green astroturf type stuff that held sand and dirt in like no tomorrow.    But then, mom would rather have dirt on the outside, not the inside.   THAT’s where i get it from!   🙂

IMG_0725 copyFast forward to the day we bought out outdoor carpet.    You can read all about it here at Sienna Breeze.

In short, it’s a 9 x 12 ft piece of heaven.    It has six d-rings that allow you to secure the carpet with your tent peg of choice.     The sand falls off your shoes and down under the carpet.    Never makes it to the first step.    🙂

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

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The Ultimate RV Tool Checklist

So my ever-ready, planner-type, love-of-my-life has a list of trailer tools and hardware that he has collected for our home away from home.  Check(list) this out!

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Trailer Tools and Hardware

  • Socket and wrench set. Check to make sure you have a socket that fits your trailers lug nuts and a breaker bar or length of pipe for leverage.
  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Screwdrivers
  • Duct tape
  • Good Flashlight – if you want the best…check out Thrunite
  • Spare receiver bar lock pin and cotter pins
  • 2 x 40 amp blade fuses
  • 10 x 15 amp blade fuses
  • ( spare fuses for towing vehicle)
  • Spare rear brake/ signal light bulb
  • Spare marker light bulb
  • Spare interior light bulb
  • Funnel
  • Fresh water hose
  • Level
  • Sharp knife
  • Gloves
  • 30 amp to 15 amp adapter
  • High-quality extension cord
  • Extra 30 amp RV cable (50′)
  • Tube of roof sealant and caulking gun

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

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The Ultimate RV Gadget and Junk Drawer

Yup.   I said it.   A junk drawer.

The top cupboard would make any dutch Oma happy.  Slippers!  For everyone that comes to visit.

The second basket currently holds the little space heater and an extra box of kleenex and another reusable shopping bag.   Weird right?    It’s the drawer that things go to be sorted out.   I expect if i take this picture again in the fall it will look completely different.   I’ll let you know.

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The bottom draw holds the “gadgets”.

We purchased LED ribbon lights that have a remote.  🙂   We clip them to the awning with little badge holders.   You know the ones that you see at conferences with name tags.    Works like a charm.  The lights are very…well, light and don’t need much to hold them up.

Also included:

  • Wind up weather radio
  • Bullseye level
  • Multitool
  • Dot light
  • Select a bit screwdriver
  • Pocket knife
  • Duct tape

With this basket of goodies, Ron can do ANYTHING!  🙂    He’s handy….and might I say…handsome to boot!

The second basket is full of puppy love.   Her towel, retractable leash, poop bags, tennis balls, her throw stick, her brush and some treats.    Her food is stored in a sealed container in a drawer located under the bench seats in the kitchen.

  • Towel
  • Retractable leash
  • Poop and scoop bags
  • Tennis balls and throwing stick
  • Brush
  • Treats

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Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

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