Posts Tagged‘Family’

Disney World, FL

Disney World. The mecca of magic. A hub of happiness. A locale for shrieking children. A venue to observe parents wrangling 50lb bundles of human with looks of shell-shock in their eyes. Who wouldn’t want to be there? We’ve been heading towards Disney for the past 6 months. Slowly, with a plethora of pit-stops for exploration on the way. Our niece and nephew are both 6, and we figured that now was the time to drag their tiny butts down to the house of mouse and force them to experience every man or woman in a furry suit that we…

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…

Whidbey Island, WA

What’s more fun than living on an island for a week? Living on an island where family also resides. What’s not fun about living on an island for a week? When the campground you have booked has no cellular reception, thus rendering you internetless. This doesn’t sound too awful- except when you rely on the internet to earn the money you need to travel full time in an awesome but cranky RV. Jake spent a lot of time at the local library, and I spent a lot of time climbing the highest nearby hill and attempting to get enough signal…

Seattle, WA

What’s better than getting to visit a highly hyped new-to-you place like Seattle for the first time? Your sister coming to visit it with you for the first time! That’s right, readers of lifewithdyna. Kay Pfleghardt is in the (wheeled) house! We’ve been looking forward to both Seattle and Kay for a bit now; we love being tourists and Seattle is pretty much the perfect place to practice that art. So, we played tourist. Hard. Even purchasing a Seattle CityPASS. Because it gives you (cheaper) access to all the (expensive) touristy highlights of the beautiful, bustling city of Seattle.  We used…

Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon. RIP City. Bridgetown. The city of roses. PDX. Stumptown. Portlandia. Homeless folk central station nation. Ok, the last nickname was given to the city by us. But after we drove RedRammer through several piles of human feces while attempting to park in order to go check out the Saturday Market, I think it might be fitting. (Poor ‘Rammer smelled putrid for the remainder of the day). Because homelessness marked the landscape so prominently, I did a bit of research into why Portland seemed to have so many more people living on the streets than other places we’ve visited. I found…

San Francisco, CA. And Fred.

We were pretty excited about our stop up near San Francisco. And it wasn’t just because we are interested in sorting our rubbish into ‘garbage’, ‘compost’, and ‘recycling’ piles or that we were excited to parallel park on super-steep hills while eight cars behind us honk their horns and a man urinates onto our meter in broad daylight.  What could excite us more than these everyday occurrences in the City by the Bay? Fred.  You must be saying, ‘wow, who is this mystical Fred character?’ Well, I’m not going to tell you all the great things about him because then you might want…

Ditching Dyna: ‘Home for Christmas’

‘Home.’ It has become a word that needs a footnote in both writing and discussion. ‘Home’ as a location is now transient for us. We call ‘Dyna’ home, but we keep moving her. In this sense, home has been a dusty RV park in Utah. A paved 50x30ft spot crammed between travel trailers in Texas. A plot of BLM land without other human life forms for miles in New Mexico. That form of ‘home’ keeps changing.  We all know ‘home’ as a feeling too; in my heart, I know much of ‘home’ for me is still at ‘home.’ That ‘home’ is Western…

Colorado Springs, CO, Part 1: DEXTER!

Dexter & Daddin’ (this is my brother’s name since becoming a father. He has also been known to go by ‘Andy’, ‘Terd Burglar’ or ‘Dink Stankle’) made a flight out to see us for a week in Colorado Springs, CO. It was the best week ever. We did a lot of little boy things and some grown boy things and mostly we had fun (although sometimes Dexter became infuriated and proclaimed: “I hate your RV!!!” and threw tantrums because we asked him to take a shower). I wish that we could tow a smaller RV behind our RV so that Dexter…

Longmont, Denver & FortCollins, CO

After driving up into Wyoming from Steamboat in order to avoid the Rockies, Dyna, Jake & I spent September 8th-13th hopping between some beer-laden towns in North Western Colorado. We spent a few days parked at St.Vrain State Park, which was an interesting location (read: state park next to a highway), but allowed for easy access to places such as Boulder, Oskar Blues Brewery, an Apple Store and an RV Salvage yard. Boulder is a cool town; we bought some new plates that are difficult to break (I bet I can still break them!) and some cookies there. Oskar Blues…