We sit thousands of miles away from friends and family.
Thanksgiving for us was spent in the desert with temperatures in the 70’s and a lot of wind. This holiday for us is usually spent with family and friends with the aromas of turkey in the oven, stuffing, casseroles, desserts and cold temperatures outside. It was a very happy and sad feeling at the same time for us because we were finally pursuing something we had worked so hard for, for years, yet realizing we were so far from “home” on a holiday normally surrounded by loved ones. One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade so the first thing I did was climbed on the roof to get our antenna in the perfect spot. Did I mention I’m terrified of heights? I was determined to get the channel the parade was on and after about 5 or 6 times of going up and down checking channels, I got it! Steve offered to do it but he was in the middle of making a breakfast consisting of eggs, corn beef hash and some homemade bread my nanny had made for us before we left. So delicious!!
When Steve and I woke up we could tell it was going to be a windy morning but we didn’t expect the amount of wind that progressed as the morning went on. At one point it was so strong that it blew the antenna right off the roof! Being as determined as I was to finish the parade, I made my way back up to the roof and with Steve’s help, we tied the antenna down with some rope so it would stay up. Mission accomplished. Not only were we able to finish the parade, we got to watch the dog show that followed it. Being dog lovers and all, that made our morning. The dog show took us into the afternoon and by the time it was finished, we had plenty of relax time on the couch and it was time to put up our Christmas decorations!
It has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl that Thanksgiving night meant to put up Christmas decorations. It was officially Christmas time! I was a little early but why not, right? Steve was more than willing to help me because he’s a giant kid at heart so we put in his Christmas movie of choice, The Simpson’s Christmas movie, and we unpacked the decorations we had taken with us. We put up garland, lights and our Christmas tree. Steve also took it upon himself to take an extra strand of lights we didn’t use inside to put around the camper outside. It came out so pretty! Once he was done, he came inside and started on what would be our Thanksgiving dinner. We had spicy venison sausage, chicken and a mix of pastas all mixed together with spaghetti sauce. It came out delicious!! It turns out that you don’t need a turkey or ham to enjoy a holiday as long as you are with someone you love. So far we were having a great day together.
The day was coming to an end so we made our phone calls to our families and friends to wish them all a Happy Thanksgiving and to tell them of our day so far from “home”. We received some great news from some friends of ours that a proposal was happening soon, 2 other friends of ours found out they were having a little girl, and I found out that my cousin was pregnant! It was all very exciting news to hear! When we finished our calls, we got online (surprisingly our data was usable), and looked into making some black friday purchases. Steve really wanted to find a motor for his bike and I really wanted some leggings I had found. I ordered the leggings but Steve held off on the motor for now. We ended our day relaxing on the couch together watching TV and admiring our Christmas lights. Although we were so far from family and friends, we were happy. This was the best decision we could have made for ourselves and we were proud of our accomplishment. Next week we move our camper, I get my first grooming client and we go out to eat for the first time in Quartzsite!
Today is Safari day!
We woke up at the rest area which had gotten busy over night and made breakfast. While I got ready, Steve talked with a neighboring RV’r and made sure the camper was ready to go. Today is Safari day! We hit the road and got there early before they opened to get the dogs adjusted. We were so nervous about leaving Missy in the camper while we went on the safari which as an hour and fifteen minute tour ride. We also realized when we got there that there were a bunch of animals in plain sight from the parking lot so we had to cover up all of the windows so the dogs wouldn’t see them! Steve put on some music to drown out any outside noise, put Ki in his crate and locked the door behind us. This was the moment of truth as this was the first time we were leaving her alone since being on the road.
We went in, paid for our tickets and realized there was a petting/feeding area we could walk through while we waited for the bus. It happened to be open on the other end so we were able to check on the dogs before the bus tour. Aside from it getting a little warm outside, the camper was staying cool due to all of the windows being covered up. So far so good. We grabbed our bags of animal food, got on the bus and off we went! We had the time of our lives! SO MUCH FACE! It had been a long time since I’d laughed that hard and Steve got some amazing footage of all of the critters. After about an hour and a half we made it back and the camper was still in tact! We checked on the dogs real quick and went back inside to feed the rest of the food we had left to the giraffe and checked out the reptile exhibit. We had such a good time and it was a day for the books because Missy had been a good girl while we were gone. We made lunch in the camper before we left the parking lot and hit the road before we stopped at another rest area to feed the animals and settle in for the night. We relaxed the rest of the evening until bed time. Tomorrow was going to be a big travel day. Check out the video we took below!
The rest stop we chose was very busy when we woke up!
We had left over breakfast from the Iron Skillet the day before and cleaned up a little. Steve continued the search for a fridge vent and found a Camping World on our way that had one. The drive there was nice and the views of Columbus were awesome. Arriving at Camping World, Steve ran in and found what we needed. He installed it right in the parking lot! We are lucky to have a big solar system and he plugged in the drill to do the job. He mentioned there was a Eagle Truck Wash right around the corner and we headed there. We waited for nearly an hour before getting inside! Three guys washed our camper and truck in about 15 mins for only $40 total. Steve said it was a good deal but seemed expensive to me. At least our house is clean and shiny as well as the truck!
We looked for a place to park and decided to try a Walmart for the first time. It was in Huber Heights. We grabbed some water inside via a water filling station. They sell 1 gallon, and three gallon empty containers and we filled them all for $.39/gallon. Not bad! Exausted from the day we made camp there and Steve finally made a video highlighting the day for the first time in a while. I’ve linked it here.
Tomorrow we de-winterize our RV’s plumbing.
You can make money while traveling. We’ve found a few ways and share a few with you 😀
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AHH! The joy’s of RV Living. Anywhere you want to go you go, right? WRONG! Often times in our travels we can and will come across areas we simply can’t travel. This happens when either
- There is no road to travel
- The surface of an existing road prevents travel
I’m thinking this truck needs a Camper of any kind being towed behind it. No where you couldn’t go! This takes off grid to a whole new level! What would you do if you had this? Where would you go? Sound off in the comments.
Melissa and I have taken the job of raising a roughly 2 week old mouse we’ve named, Oscar. How you ask? I’ll tell you.
Oscar was found in a construction dumpster I was cleaning out. During our time being static, and RV Living we are working full time jobs while saving. I drive a roll off container truck and service construction sites. After dumping them, debris often gets stuck inside. While cleaning it out, a mouse scurried off to the side. While not uncommon to find a mouse making a home in the container, it surprised me. As you can see, the mouse was with children.
With just enough time to snap a picture of them, I turned quickly to find something to pick them up and put them off towards the woods. Mom got spooked and jumped off the back, babies and all. Following them, mom ran under the truck to a concrete debris pile. Seeing only one baby hanging on after the fall, I looked down. Oscar was laying there.
Still wearing my gloves, he was scooped up and photographed. Turning towards the direction his mom had ran. He was brought over to the debris pile, and placed in a “cave” at the edge. Thinking the best for Oscar was done, I climbed back into my truck and rolled on.
Returning a few hours later to where was left I found him. In the very same spot. Why my “feel bad” emotions kicked in I’ll never know. He’s a mouse, right? Feeling like I had destroyed his home a decision was made to help him. Leaving him there as a baby just didn’t seem right to me.
So here he is. Tiny, curled up. So far he’s a drank some water. We’ve got him to taste some formula. Melissa has done all the research one can do in a short amount of time, and he’s had a home prepared for him. All the feeding apparatus, blankets, etc.
As much as we’d like to keep him. Getting him to a age of self preservation seems like a better choice. This isn’t something I’d typically get involved in. But what am I to do? That joke goes with us animal lovers. I’d be a (insert animal rights group name here ) If steak didn’t taste so good.
We’ll keep you updated 😀
HI, my name is Steve. Nearly three years ago I began the process of moving into my first camper. If you’ve followed along on YouTube, you would have seen the progression after moving into it. Working around a long work schedule, a demanding side business and Three Dogs. Time was a very tight constraint. There simply wasn’t enough. This seemed odd. As the simple life aspect of going small, didn’t seem to exist. It appeared that my plate of things to do was only growing.
After a year of living this way, and finding my way around making videos my current Girlfriend moved in with me, bringing along her life. The camper wasn’t big enough for her life, her self and Biggs the medium dog sized cat. Over the course of a year she began purging her things, and got accustomed to living in tight spaces with two adults, and now four animals.
We began to formulate a long term plan that at one point included buying land. The land is still an option, but we want to travel. We’ve since bought a larger Fifth wheel to accommodate our herd of four legs, and our life. Beefed up our off grid capabilities and are months away from leaving in October.
The last month we’ve been working hard at adding to our tools of documenting and sharing our lives with you. The good, the bad and the ugly. I had a blog up, and it is still up. But wasn’t happy with the way it worked and came out. We also needed something for Melissa to have access to so she could share “The Woman’s Perspective” on RV Living.
We hope you continue to follow our story, and we will begin sharing more as the months follow. We have begun to document our current standing. Financially, morally, and planning wise. From discussing where we’ve come from, to where we are going. We also plan to use this space to share anything and everything RV Living related. From serious, funny and things that make you go “AWWWWWWW”
Welcome to the official RV Living Three Dogs Camping website 😀
The importance of buying the right truck to tow your campe.. Home can’t be understated. To often people talk about the 1500 series pick up they bought to tow a 5th wheel that is to big. Or how they bought a 2500 that just won’t haul their dream rig due to weight concerns. Always buy the camper first, then the truck to EXCEED what you bought. Meaning, don’t buy a Geo metro expecting it to tow a 12,000 lb 5th wheel 😉
Just a quick video explaining this and finally showing the truck that was purchased nearly three months ago.