Posts Tagged‘Dexter’

Sioux Falls, SD (& a ROC Trip)

As I sit here at the second truck repair shop we’ve slept at in less that a week, I still can’t get over what a great month+ we’ve had in Sioux Falls (with a 10 day trip back to ROC sans RV). Our home address! We made it ‘home’! Even sitting in this repair shop, with our broken drive axle & jacked up differential – I just feel so happy about so much of the stuff that we got to experience over the past little bit. Waiting for her day with the Dr. Repair shop? Yeah, we screwed our axle.…

Nashville, TN… & back to St.Louis MO

We planned to spend some time in Nashville, TN.   But… then we decided to go back to St.Louis, MO. Another sign that our life is #blessed: we can decide to change our planned place of living (Nashville) to somewhere 320 miles away (St.Louis) over the span of a 5 minute conversation (which may have originally started on the topic of pizza). We had been planning to have Dexter and Andy (my brother, aka, ‘Daddin’) come down for a visit over Dexter’s Thanksgiving break from school (Kindergarten is important!). A few months back we bought 1 way plane tickets for…

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles was a blur for me (Liz). And since I’m the blog writer (for now anyways), this post will be mostly a blur for you. While we were in LA for a bit more than 2 weeks, I spent a week and a few days of that back in NY with family. I had a very important package (Dexter) to return and figured it would be a good idea to make sure that this package transitioned easily back into the non-nomadic lifestyle. My week at home jetpacked (that’s a word now) by and I didn’t get to spend nearly as much…

Disneyland (Anaheim), CA

Dexter’s time galavanting around the country with us in Dyna is coming to a close. He’s got a Daddin’ waiting for him back in NY. And so, we figured, we better party hard while we still can. And when you’re 4 years old, we’ve been told the best parties involve pizza, root-beer, similarly aged cohorts, and/or Disneyland. We decided to go with all of these things, especially since all flights from the West Coast to the East Coast somehow magically pass through LAX. And Disneyland happens to be so near to LA. Also, we’d never been to the West Coast…

Joshua Tree, CA

Once again we find ourselves in desert. Surrounded by gritty, dry earth, creatures which creep, and prickly plants tempting us to touch them. With all of it’s sorcery, the desert has an ability to suck you in, dry you out, and spit you back out covered in dust and filled with thirst. And that’s just what this new expanse of desert did to us on our first night in her grips; she sucked Dyna in, and after a struggle of some length, she spit her back out- covered in dust.  Yep. For the second stop in a row, we got poor…

Tucson, AZ

We pulled into Tucson, AZ after a 10 hour day of driving. And then, we got stuck. As in, one of our rear drive wheels came off the ground, and since you need both drive wheels touching the ground to move, we weren’t moving. So that wasn’t good. Luckily, we had Bob just a few spaces down to teach us the ways of getting unstuck. These ‘ways’ involve levelers, blocks, and an audience of fellow RVers sitting in lawn chairs watching our debacle. I firmly believe that the audience which predictably forms around any ‘RV idiot moment’ is the most…

Monahans Sandhills, Texas

We stayed 2 nights at Monahans Sandhills State Park. We played in the sand. It was awesome in the kind of way that living on another planet might be awesome. You might not want to stay forever (due to the ability of the sand of this other planet to creep into every nook and cranny of everything, the inconvenience of lack of conveniences, and the possibility of aliens bothering you). After playing in the sand, we quickly figured out that there is literally nothing going on in the town of Monahans (hence, lack of convenience). Well, ok, that’s a little bit…

Fort Worth, TX

I don’t think I ever really got a grip on what people meant when they said things along the lines of ‘the size of Texas’ or ‘Texas sized’ until we started traveling full time. When people say ‘bigger than Texas’, I think they might be exaggerating, because at this point, I’m pretty sure there isn’t much that is ‘bigger than Texas.’ As such, we keep gracing Texas with our presence; this is a post about our time in and around Fort Collins, Texas, which is pretty big into cowboys. And when you’re talking about Texas being big into something, then you’re…

Natchitoches/Kisatchie National Forest, LA

After a few weeks of celebrating Carnival in New Orleans, we needed a little time to cleanse our souls. The gods of boondocking smiled upon us and we stumbled into a wildcamping dream spot in the Kisatchie National Forest just outside of Natchitoches (no, don’t ask me how to say that word) Louisiana.  We spent 2 nights and a day straight chilling in the forest. We walked. We geocached. We watched a horde of ants travel amongst their ant cities. We made pancakes and ate candy. We watched movies and had bonfires. And we weren’t inundated with drunk people. Actually, we didn’t…

New Orleans, LA (& Mardi Gras!)

Mardi Gras. An event that I grew up hearing about, but not really knowing about. In college the student center would give out King Cake for free, and I thought that was pretty cool, so Mardi Gras had to be pretty cool. Because of cake. I love cake.  While we were trucking across Texas, Jake suggested that instead of turning around and heading back towards Cali (we’re running the Big Sur Marathon in late April, so that’s our next ‘destination’) in Houston, we try to make it to Mardi Gras. So we did. Because when you live in a house on wheels…