Still early in the trip while playing witbh Noëlle disaster strikes with an innocent little hand trying to push back Daddy that leads to this…
Now I think it is a manufacturing defect as it appears the only hing holding the glasses together was the paint! A trip to the eyeglasses store in Lindesburg and we are trying to have them fix it for apprx $50 which is only slightly less than the frames were to start, oh well.
Because of this I can’t drive and will miss seeing Sebastian’s graduation, tho I will be there
Steph and her mother took the kids shopping for most of the day which left a very bored Papa alone on the farm (well Sebastian was here, but mostly in spirit as he was hooked up to the computer most of the time). So I loaded up my “Hockey Central” and took a short walk. Here’s some new pics I took with the phone camera.
This is a nice shot of the smelter that the village of Löa was originally based around.
Not sure what this building was for, but it is across from the smelter so probably some kind of support building for it.
Finally this is a small freshly tilled field (more likely a personal crop field or garden). I just loved the way the rows of upturned earth looked.
Noëlle just had to try out her new rubber boots, unfortunately we couldn’t find any water to splash around in. Of course she wanted to push her little brother around all on her own. It was rather frustrating trying to get back to the trailer when she would always turn to the left (there is no padding on a section of the handle bar so her hands would go middle and far right, thus more push to the right side and a left turn) until I discovered the front wheel lock and I locked both front wheels straight. That helped emensely. Every time I tried to straighten the stroller out I got a “Papa, I do it!” Cute to start but after the tenth time it got abit old. Of course Milo thought it was the greatest thing ever and was smiling up a storm.
Another shot of little miss pushing away. It did get very windy so her progress was slow till I started pulling the stroller (very stealthily) by the front
Well it’s been a real long time and I think I will pick this back up again for fun.
Since my last post we have been on the road and are now quite used to the fulltime RV lifestyle. Some quick thoughts:
-Read park reviews…
This is something we didn’t do for a recent two week stay to visit my sister’s place in New Hampshire. Place was such a dump we wouldn’t let anyone over to see RV or visit, lol
-RVs are built out of balsa wood (or lighter and cheaper)
Expect to make many repairs and “improvements”. Cabinets, vents, doors, door handles, etc. Rumbling down the road as much as we do tends to shake things up and loose. A screwdriver will quickly become your best friend, tho the funky phillips/robertson screws that are used throughout our RV are of a size that I have to pull out the big toolset for a robertson bit and another set for a bit driver (annoying). Trying to use the philips is an exersize in futility cause those damn things strip like crazy (especially if they are the phillips/robertson combo types).
-Space is tight
Even in our big 5th wheel (413 sq ft) space is at a premium. Our business does take up some room, but things you never thought were big take up a remarkable amount of space. One of the rules we have loosely adopted is if you haven’t used it in six months you really don’t need it.
-Have a spotter outside when manuvering.
Seems like a simple idea, but I of course got overconfident when pulling the rig into a narrow driveway and put the passenger side trailer wheels into the ditch (destroying our set of rear stairs). Lesson learned and it was an expensive one $300 tow truck bill to get it out (and we still haven’t replaced the stairs). Having your wife outside telling you what to do helps a lot when trying to manuver a 40 foot trailer (There is so much to say on this point, but all of it will land me in the doghouse, so I will leave it at that)
I think that’s enough random thoughts for now, future posts will include pics (some from the phone and some from the kick-ass canon).
So we decided to not have our black (toilet water, yes the bad stuff) emptied. We were trying to see how long wee could go with regular usage before having to change. The front black water tank holds 41 gallons and the back black water tank another 41 gallons. Unfortunately the two tanks are not connected so what goes down the front (main bathroom) toilet ends up in the front tank and what goes down the back toilet (wet bath) goes into the rear tank (we do not use the rear wet bath atm as it is where the cat litter box is. After two weeks the front tank was getting full with pump out day (Thursday) approaching fast.
This park seems to run on a skeleton staff once Labour day passes so I was unsure if they would be doing the Thursday pumpouts. With my uncertainty growing I decided Thursday morning to take matters into my own hands and pull in all the slideouts and drive the trailer down to the dump station. It took us the better part of an hour to get everything in order to slide in and unhook hoses and cables then we were off to the dump station….
A week of wet weather and a front to back slope on our lot and we could not get enough traction to get the trailer out! UGH! So we unhooked the truck and with much effort got the truck out at least. Guess we have to wait for the ground to dry out abit. Luckily we did see the park guy doing pumpouts and we did get our tank drained so in the end it was no big deal, but we made some nice trenches in our lot =)