Apologies and catch up…

Posted: October 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

To the few readers we have: our sincerest apologies. I don’t like to make excuses, but in the midst of “figuring things out”, our blog has suffered…its been 9 months, the amount of time we spent at our last stop. We came to Bellevue, WA to visit my sister Alecia and her army of kids. I (Launce) landed a great gig at Panera Bread and have made some lasting friendships.


 We sold Dixie to our great friend Ryan, who is converting her into a food truck… We now have a 1984 Winnebago cheiftain that we have affectionately named Winnefred…

She needs zero major work. All I did was rebuild the carburetor and now She pulls uphill and purrs like a kitten. And now, we are back at the C & C Ranch in Cashmere, WA to trim marijuana. More to follow….

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What a whirlwind!

Posted: January 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Soooo… Where do we start? It’s been awhile since our last post. As we sit here with Shay and her mom Joann, who are graciously hosting us for a few days, we get to blog. Through a series of events, our finances were depleted, and phones shut off. I work with Shay at FedEx Ground in Troutdale, OR. She decided to offer us her shower and cooked us a hot meal and even bought Kelly cupcakes for her birthday! Rewind back to Cashmere, WA… After our seasonal jobs ended in Leavenworth, WA at Leavenworth Outdoor Center, we got jobs at the C & C Ranch, trimming medical marijuana for a really awesome guy, who has offered us positions again next summer. While at the Ranch, we met Jesse and Ron… 2 of the most wonderful men, with the biggest hearts. They each have a questionable past and have been in trouble with the police quite a bit, but we cared not. They, along with Jesse’s step father John, opened up their home to us. I’m so honored to have met these wonderful people.

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2015 in review

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The pizza issue…

Posted: October 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’m from Chicago and have had my share of great pizzas. My grampa Jake “Casper” Eisenhauer had pizza nights for decades. When I got married, my new wife and I carried on the tradition. Every Friday night, come hell or high water, we have pizza night. We’re leaving the state in a very short time and I was bound and determined to find a pizza so worth it, I’d actually want to brag about it. We did.

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The sauce was dead-on and the crust was absolutely perfect… It’s not often that you get both at once. That sauce though… The owner Chad grew up in this restaurant… The name: “3rd Generation Pizza N More” in Wenatchee, WA. Back to the sauce: Chad worked on the sauce for 5 years. It shows. But then there’s the dessert pizza… If they ask, you’re making a big mistake if you don’t order it. Get it, you won’t regret it. I promise. This shit is food crack. I will not hesitate to order one from him when I’m back in Chicago.

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Thank you, Chad!
By the way: Chad is having a free Thanksgiving Feast this year for those less fortunate. What a big heart!

Stopped in to see the pooches

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sunday September 20

Well it seems the smoke from the wild fires is lifting, thank goodness.Today is beautiful , but windy. A whopping 81 degrees.

Launce and I decided wed go on over to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and see all the sweet fur babies. we pretty much fell in love with like 14 dogs. Each one for different reasons. Wish i could take them all with us in our humongous (not)26 ft RV (not all but most). any how, were in the area where all the yappers and puppies were and an older woman is looking and loving on puppies and such and she decides to open a kennel to get to know this older male lopsa apsa and that dam dog came barreling out with a vengence. Ran over to another male dogs kennel and barked and snarled at that dog. That older woman had no idea what had just happened. She was trying to get that dog away and redirect but she couldnt. I jumped into action. Searched for a leash, found one, and tried frantically to loop it around that little viscious assholes head. All the while he was trying to bite anyone getting near. Finally he was wrangled and reprimanded then put back. I look up on his profile and it says ” plays great with other dogs”. My ass,he doesnt even play well with people . he was out for blood. Needless to say it took me about 10 minutes to recover and lower my heart rate. Well we let the staff know what had happened so hopefully nobody gets hurt. We moved on finally with a smile and were glad none of the rowdies were coming home with us.(its loud in there)

Our furkid josie

Our furkid josie

Tires and airbags!

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

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We bought ourselves some tires finally! Could have lost a penny in the cracks of the old ones.

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We ordered the 8.75×16.5 tires from the tire rack and had them delivered to and installed by Dick’s Tire Factory in Wenatchee, WA.
We also bought our new Sullybilt air spring brackets directly from Todd Sullivan at Seattle Collision…

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Next: air springs… Ordered from Michigan Truck Spring at 3:30 in the morning (I couldn’t wait!).

Central Washington Wildfires

Posted: August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

The fire up the mountains by our camp has been stabilized. We moved the Twinkie back up the mountains. It’s still smoky, the whole town lower down is covered in smoke, it’s eerie. Ash is covering everything.

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We saw this Awesome cloud roll in the other night before going back up.

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Flippin’ smoke! Beautiful picture. But as beautiful as it is, it’s really a sad reminder of lives and physical memories lost. I watched videos of the fires and couldn’t help but be choked up by it. I felt distraught. I felt all of the emotions of those who lost everything. I want so bad to help, but there’s only so much I can do for myself first.

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6 months later…

Posted: August 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s been six months since we’ve decided to live on the road full time. It’s stressful at times but we couldn’t be couldn’t be happier. This is the view from outside our front door.

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Since we last wrote, we were evicted from the D.O.T. public parking lot… I guess when you’ve stayed 2 weeks past the 24 hour per week limit, they like to put hot pink eviction notices under each windshield wiper. We stayed at a hotel that let us park the Twinkie (oh yeah, we’ve named the motorhome) on a designated area that they have for rv parking, but you must be self contained. Which brings me to our next subject: a composting loo onboard! So, we scouted a few miles up a local mountain road, per a few long time locals suggestions. We found a spot, a pulloff,  right by the icicle river. Just before our first week at our new spot came to a close, we received a note from a random friendly neighbor, warning us that there’s designated rv parking further up the road and the rangers haven’t been patrolling because they’re busy with the wild fires further north. We have to wait till pay day to move. At the moment, we manually fill the airbag suspension by running the generator to plug in the air compressor then run the air hose outside… We’re under 1/4 tank of gas. As a safety, the generator Will not run when the tank is below 1/4 full. Friday evening Will find us at our new spot 5.5 more miles up the mountain.
Back to the composting loo. We’re gonna delete our regular rv toilet and replace it with something a little more convenient and eco friendly for us.

New friends

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

I woke up at 3 am, barely alive… And noticed a cool green VW camper van parked next to us…didn’t think much of it until I was out for coffee with my mom (who is visiting with my lovely daughter Alexii). I saw this couple also getting coffee… They talked about their van and I introduced myself as their neighbor. Brad and Carlie(sp?) from Canada, who bought the rig in Lakewood (Tacoma) and are importing it to Canada… She’s a nurse and he’s a retired oil field worker who has worked in oil fields all over the world. They are only a few years away from retiring like us…

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Leavenworth, WA

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

We made it to Leavenworth, WA … This is our home for the summer. We both have jobs here and really need to save some money to do work on our rv… A lot of work. We chased down a water leak that turned into many water leaks, that turned into a big water leak under the coach where the waste tank is. So no plumbing for now. We’ve decided to re-plumb with PEX, but tires first. We bathe and wash our clothes in the river for now. It’s not such a bad thing, considering the river is super clean and the surrounding beauty is second to none.

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