Daily journal – February 15th, 2018

Today was a nice, productive day 🙂 … and yes, we didn’t write a journal yesterday because it was Valentine’s Day 🙂

We started today as usual, with our ritualistic breakfast. Right after breakfast, we drove into town to fill our gas tank and buy a few items at the grocery store because tomorrow we are taking off early to Page AZ!!! We were playing with the idea of taking off today and spending the night somewhere between here and Page but decided to just get everything ready today and leave tomorrow morning.

Picking up everything to move on your tiny house on wheels is a chore… you get used to after doing it so many times… but it is still a chore haha. We usually split the process and works great… I take care of picking everything from the outside and getting everything ready and Rubi takes care of getting things ready inside as well as make some snacks for the road. When we are in a hurry we can get it all done in around 30 minutes, but when we are in no rush, we take a few hours haha.

One of the chores we needed to do today was laundry… but to our surprise, the laundry room is closed for maintenance boooooooo. Because of this, we are planning on taking off tomorrow even earlier so we can stop and do laundry on the way, in Flagstaff most likely.

The cool thing is that we have everything picked up outside, the potable water tank is full (because we will be boondocking for the next week), the travel trailer is hooked to the truck and we just need to wake up, have breakfast and take off 🙂 Good night!

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Daily journal – February 13th, 2018

As we mentioned yesterday, we stayed in yesterday because the weather around Sedona was pretty crappy. But today we woke up, had our morning ritualistic breakfast and decided we were going to go on a hike no matter how the weather was!… and that we did!!!

After breakfast, we got ready to go on our hike, Rubi with a bunch of layers because she’s a cold body hehe. We left a bit after 10:00 AM with plans of doing an 8.5-mile hiking loop in Sedona. We wanted to do the Devil’s Pass Trail and some others that connect to it, making it a nice 8.5-mile loop.

We took our waterproof backpack and raincoats as well as some cold weather clothes, expecting cold, rainy weather… but we got pretty nice, cloudy, semi-rainy weather, which was better then we expected 🙂

During the hike, it did rain on us a couple of times, but it only lasted a few minutes it time. We thought that since the weather was not ideal, that there wouldn’t be a lot of people out on the trails, but we were wrong, we saw at least 20 people hiking, which we thought was pretty awesome!

We finished the hike and had plans to stop by Whole Foods for lunch, but as usual, we just wanted to get back to our tiny house on wheels… We enjoy our time in the little trailer and are always looking forward to it after we’re tired, from whatever outdoor activity we are doing 🙂

We took a ton of nice pictures but the internet at the RV Park we are currently at is pretty bad, as well as our cell phone reception so we will have to wait a bit longer before we upload all the pictures we have taken over the last two weeks 😦

We think we might be able to get one more mountain bike ride before we leave to Page AZ Friday morning, but we’ll see… for now, we’re resting in our little house, watching a movie and having a drink 🙂

Daily journal – February 12th, 2018

We took yesterday Sunday as a rest day because we were planning on going mountain biking today… but that didn’t happen thanks to crappy weather around Sedona today 😦 … So instead we stayed inside most of the day watching a movie and uploading some photos.

We did go into town after we had breakfast to buy groceries and refill one of our propane tanks. But any other outdoor activities we were hoping to do were discarded once we walked outside in the morning and saw how cloudy, windy, drizzly, and a bit cold it was haha.

We played with the idea of going on a wet, cold, windy hike, but that idea didn’t last long!

Once we got back from grocery shopping, we spent a couple of hours watching a movie and doing some computer work. But as usual, Rubi starts getting antsy if she’s indoors for too long haha, so we went to the RV Park’s Family center for a little while for her to do her daily workout while I made some calls and did some editing.

I did go up the hill twice, to at least stretch my legs… which is about a mile round trip, so twice makes it two miles! … Hey, I’m good at math!!!!

We plan on leaving to Page AZ area Friday morning but if the weather starts looking better up there then here in Sedona, we might leave a few days before; that is the beauty of the RV life, you can just get up and go whenever you please following the best weather! But hopefully, we do stay until Friday and get one more MTB ride or a good hike around Sedona before we take off to Page.

And yes, we do look at the weather in advance and all that good stuff as most RV travelers do, to plan a bit ahead… but we were hopeful that the weather forecast would change… and still are hopeful, because as of right now, it looks like there is rain all week around here 😦 We’ll see how tomorrow is.

Making the best of a bad day 

Friday was a pretty hard day for us out on the road. We were driving to our next destination, about 20 miles away, when our truck started giving us a warning message that the trailer’s brakes were having problems. We stopped immediately on the side of the road only to find out a lot of smoke coming out of the rear passenger side axle on the travel trailer. We freaked out, not knowing what was going on.

Called Good Sam Roadside and we were told we had to wait for them to find someone close to us. We waited an hour before they called us to let us know that we would have to wait about 4 hours for a mobile mechanic to come.

Thankfully there are amazing people in this world. While we were there on the side of the road, 3 people stopped to offer whatever they could do for us. The second person even offered us a pizza they had with them 🙂 But Bob, a local guy from the small town close to where we were stranded at, stopped and offered to help us move the trailer little by little a few miles to a shop close by. He had actually passed by us on his way to run an errand, and again passed by o  his way back home. He got home and decided to go out again looking for us to offer help.

We made it to a local shop.  Bob gave us his number and asked us to be sure and call him once we got to our destination safe. He, without a doubt, was a true selfless human being and we’re inmensily thankful to him.

The shop looked all over the Internet and around a 300 mile radius for the axle once they disassembled everything and saw that the axle was done. The threads on the tire were gone. They ended up having to order a new axle and it won’t be here until next Friday, a week later.

We got stranded, without our travel trailer, our home, for the next week. The shop offered to let us stay there in the trailer. Offer to hook us up with water and electricity but we decided to head to the RV Park we were going to originally, and tent camp for the next week, waiting for our home to be fixed and hoping the final bill is not too high.

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These last few days have been kind of rough but we know we’ll make it just fine, specially with the awesome people out there that have helped us in one way or another…. We have seen first hand how nice people are willing to go out of their way in time of need to help others. The guy next to us even offered to let us stay in his RV this week instead of our tent since it’s been raining… But so far we have enjoyed tent camping… However, we can’t deny that we miss our home aka our travel trailer.

We are not employed at the moment and unfortunately we are considering the idea that if the final bill is too high, we’ll have to end our trip and head back home soon. So if any of you want to share a few dollars with us, we’ll be for ever grateful. The people that know us knos that we like to help anyone we can without thinking it twice and any help you can give us, we’ll be sure to pay it forward as well.

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Exploring Santa Barbara and Solvang (11/30-12/14 2016)

Our visit of San Francisco came to an end the same day our visitors from Austin TX went back home. On the 30th, we took off on the road once again, this time making our way down to Rancho Oso RV park, which is about 30 minutes from Santa Barbara and from Solvang. We drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, taking our time, taking in the gorgeous scenery 🙂

If you ever get a chance, you must take a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway, you won’t regret it! We actually have been enjoying it all the way from Oregon, a little bit at a time 🙂 … There are several stops along the way but unfortunately, when pulling a travel trailer, is not a very easy task to stop everywhere you want to, and explore 😦 We did manage to stop several times between San Francisco and Santa Barbara to checkout some cool spots… even ended up spending the night right on the side of the highway, which is a no no, but hey, I preferred getting a ticket then driving at night on this twisty road pulling a travel trailer. The drive itself is an extremely enjoyable and as mentioned already, we highly recommend it, even if you are traveling in an RV.

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There are not many RV parks along the way, specially in the Big Sur area. We were actually looking for a place to stay the night, but couldn’t find anything close to where we were at and had to make the decision to stop on a spot on the side of the road to spend the night. It was pitch black when we stopped and just made sure the area was big enough for us to stay there safely, hoping that the area wouldn’t be so bad the next morning when we woke up and actually got to see where we ended up stopping at…. and oh we were pleasantly surprised the next morning when we opened our door and saw the view right from the travel trailer’s door!

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Once we were at Rancho Oso RV Park, we spent a few days riding the MTB trails around the area. We actually hadn’t ridden our bikes since our trail ride up in Oregon 😦 … But this place was perfect for riding. There were several trails that actually passed by the rv park, which made it very convenient 🙂 Took us a ride or two, to start getting back into a good riding pace. The area in general was pretty nice, but had been hurting with a heavy drought over the last few months 😦 The river that passed close to the park was almost dry and there had been some nasty fires not too long ago around the area.

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The main reason we stayed at this RV Park was because it was closed to Santa Barbara. We stopped by Santa Barbara a few years ago, but just for a few hours, and this time we wanted to actually spent a few days exploring it… and that we did! We even road around the city with our bikes, hiked along the beach, got to see the X-Mas parade the first day we visited it.

Before coming to this area, we had no idea there was another beautiful town close to Rancho Oso, it was a total surprise to us, Solvang! We felt in love with that small Danish village 🙂 We visited several times during the daytime and in the evenings. The town was so beautiful, so colorful!

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Overall, we had almost no time off while staying here, there was always something to do. The park itself is nice, has a big horse stable and several horse trails (which are also the ones used for biking) … Only big drawback for us about this park, was the lack of cell phone reception… it was pretty much non-existent.

And as usual, after exploring this area for a while, our time here came to end and we took off on our way to another Thousand Trails, this time, close to LA, Soledad Canyon… and another unexpected surprised awaited us there 🙂

Here are two albums from our Flickr Account, one is from the drive down to Rancho Oso from San Francisco and the other album is from Santa Barbara, Solvang, and Rancho Oso area. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving in SF, CA (Nov. 22-30, 2016)

After leaving Oregon, we headed down to San Francisco to meet up with our nephew and his girlfriend, who were coming to spend Thanksgiving with us in San Francisco 🙂 We left a few days early, hoping to stop along the way on the Pacific Coast Highway to explore a bit on our way there. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as we had thought, to stop anywhere we wanted to explore, pulling our trailer, so we focused on the spots that we

We stopped just past the California border to spend the night at a casino parking lot (yeah, those are awesome places to spend the night) From there, we headed to Russian River RV Park, about 90 miles north of San Francisco where we spent 2 nights while it was time to head to San Francisco and check in at the RV park there. Unfortunately we couldn’t escape paying for the RV park in San Francisco … and it wasn’t cheap 😦 but it was the least expensive option.

The RV Park was just a big parking lot, very very tight spaces… nothing fancy, but it was right by the ocean and not too far from downtown San Francisco… But as we mentioned before, it was a better option then paying for a Hotel or something similar to that.

We did enjoy the time in San Francisco as much as we could with our visitors from back home 🙂 Got to visit Muir Woods National Monument, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Alcatraz, and of course Downtown San Francisco.

Muir Woods and San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park do have an entrance fee of $20 per person… but you can get in without paying if you happen to have the National Parks Pass, which is a pass that pretty much anyone that loves visiting national parks should have. Muir Woods was pretty awesome, we did struggle to find a parking spot because it was PACKED!!! but at the end, it was well worth it.

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While visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, we took a crazy, twisty road from there to Point Bonita Lighthouse… thankfully it is a one way road because oh it is pretty nerve wrecking! The area around the lighthouse was pretty to walk around, a lot of history for all of you history buffs out there.

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And talking about a lot of history, we also got a chance, thanks to our visitors from Austin, TX, to visit Alcatraz on one of their tours. The tour of Alcatraz was a pleasant experience. Got to learn a lot more of its history thanks to the audio tour guide 🙂

Lastly, we got to enjoy the downtown area as well. We tried it one day but it rained on us 😦 … But we went back of course! Rubi and I had already visited San Francisco a few years back while taking a road trip around California but this time was different because we took everything at a much slower pace (last time we only had two days to explore the city).

Now for the bad… traffic, parking costs, and golden gate bridge toll costs! That toll across the bridge it’s pretty expensive for us RVers 😦 since they go by axle. And around the city, traffic is pretty bad. Parking is plenty but it’s a bit expensive as well. Best option was for us to drive to one of the big train stations and take the train from there to downtown and the bus around the city.

But overall, we had an amazing time exploring not just the city of San Francisco, but the cool spots around the city, and with great company!

After our guests from Austin flew back to Austin, we also left the RV Park and headed towards San Barbara, planning on taking two days to get there to enjoy the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway!

Check out all the photos from our visit below. If you want to see them in full resolution, just click inside any of them and you will be taken to our Flick Page. Enjoy.

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