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The Conclusion of our Boondocking Experiment – Yes!

Kimberly one comments

You give us WAY TOO MUCH credit.

Of course we didn’t make it 7 full days, subsisting on our own grit and spit!

We might have… but…

Well, it started 11:00pm on the dot on night 5 – Tonia started throwing up!  This should not have been a big surprise since DJ had been sick 2 days earlier, but as parents tend to do when a stomach bug takes up residence, denial sets in and the first victim is usually attributed to an isolated issue.  Right?  No one wants to believe that the flu will tear through EVERYONE in the camper!  And neither did we… but of course, we were wrong.

So Tonia was sick from 11pm – 6am the following morning, when she handed the proverbial vomit baton off to her brother Dominic – who precisely at 6am  – started throwing up.

By 8am, I was so ill, I was virtually useless.

That’s when Chris told me:

1. We were out of propane (perfect for 40 degree weather)

2. We were out of water (tremendous for all the mess we were making)

3. The black tank was full (can it get any better)?

Enough was enough… while I curled up in the fetal position on the couch, flanked on either side by my very ill children, Chris packed up the entire rig and drove us to the Thousand Trails 2 miles down the road.

You may be asking yourself why we did this in the first place.  Well, TT (Thousand Trails) has a stipulation that if you are in a particular preserve and want to return to said preserve – you must spend a “week out”.  So that’s what we were doing.

But we learned yesterday, that you could stay longer or return earlier if you had a medical issue (man, did we ever) for $10 a night.  That was $10 well spent!

Now, we are parked in between two terrific families (The Lundys and The McCloskeys), looking forward to the holidays and thrilled that our winter boondocking is behind us.

In a future post, we’ll be tallying up the week… I can’t wait to see how much we spent saved by parking ourselves in the desert.

This is part 6 of what was supposed to be a 7 part mini series…

If you’re just joining us now… here’s what you’ve missed.

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

 

 

 

 

Did we or Didn’t We?

Kimberly one comments

Thanks for following along on our boondocking experiment…

Now it’s your turn – Did we make it 7 days in the wild or not? Click on your answer to see if you’re correct.

We’ll be posting the results of the “survey” on our FB Fulltime Families Group tomorrow.

Yes, you Travaglinos are hardcore troopers and you’re probably still out there.

No way!  You wussies totally bailed early.

 

Dry Camping – is it really supposed to be this Dry?

Kimberly 13 comments

Before the sun set on our 2nd day… we realized we were out of water, which gave ‘dry camping’ a whole new meaning.
Now we are faced with the unexpected challenge of getting water back into our rig:

Here are some options:
1. Move the rig to a filling station – Hate that option
2. Make a zillion trips with gallon jugs and pour them in one by one – slightly better than option 1.
3. Get ourselves a Flintstones Style prehistoric elephant to fill our tank for us. Love this option! Not only do we get a new (useful) pet– but they come in purple! Score!

(did you know they double as a vacuum cleaner)

Maybe you’re wondering why it is we are out of water. Have we been taking baths, washing the car, filling the pool? Nope! We’ve been leaking.
It seems that our “check valve” on our city water connection went bad. This was quickly diagnosed by the rhythmic groaning sound the water pump would make when we turned it on. Listen to it here>>>Our Moaning Waterpump
The other big clue was the puddle of water in the desert… under our city connection. We are a couple of sleuths – let me tell you!
So, we called an RV Service Guy and he told us we just need a “male hose cap” for $3 at the Home Depot.
So, an easy fix – but we’re still faced with how to get filled up again…  I’ll be scouring the town looking for my elephant… and if I find one of these too… then we could dry camp forever!

This is a hopefully 7 Part Miniseries…

If you’re just joining us now, here’s what you’ve missed:

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

 

 

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Boondocking Challenges – Day 2

Kimberly 9 comments

Here we go a boondocking

Among the rocks and leaves
Here we come drycamping
Without Utilities

Gas and heat you must bring
your own garbage you must fling

And God bless you and send you a full hook up site
And God send you some power and light!

(Are you singing it in your head? – Can you name the tune?)

It’s day 2 (of potentially 7).  Last night, after a rousing game of Candy Land, I tried to put the kids to bed at 8 oclock.  For regular kids… even my pre OTR brood – this would have been fine.  But, I’m hesitant to say.. that my kids (all of them) don’t go to sleep before 11:30 every night.  This, of course, has more to do with the time changes, then my lack of parenting skills… Of course!

But last night – with our limited utilities – there was nothing much to do except get on each others’ nerves – so off to bed it was.

All I actually accomplished was their “getting on each others’ nerves” in a horizontal position from 8 to 11:30 (at least they are consistent).  So tonight I’ll need to formulate a new plan.

I, personally, would be much happier with this situation if it wasn’t so blasted cold outside.  If we could have a fire, and enjoy our rule free surroundings – I would be fine with this whole “self contained / off the grid” phase my husband is going through.  But being stuck in the camper because of the frigid temps –is not my cup of tea.

In fact, I couldn’t even have my cup of tea last night because making it would necessitate that I put on my boots and jacket, fire up the generator, come back inside, and microwave the tea, redress myself, go back outside, turn off the geni and finally “enjoy” my now luke warm tea.  I think you plainly see that this takes a lot of the relaxation out of the comforting cup of tea.

So tea-less, I went to bed and quickly discovered how incredibly drafty this camper is.  A nice cool breeze from the sealed shut window, wafted across my face most of the evening.

This morning, I took the kids on a field trip to a local museum and stayed until IT CLOSED!  THEN… we went to  McDonalds and stayed there for quite a bit.  Lest, my hubby feel that I am avoiding him, we came back home and now I’m typing to you my dear reader, as my battery wanes to less than 10%!!!

I think I’m going to take a nap and hope I wake up 6 days from now.

 

This is a hopefully 7 Part Miniseries…

If you’re just joining us now, here’s what you’ve missed:

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

 

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Keeping House

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When you live in an rv full time with kids, things get messy, all the time.

I know I shouldn’t complain, since in reality it takes me about 30 minutes to clean the entire camper – but sometimes I wonder if in reality, I am spending more 30 minute cleaning increments than I did in my sticks and bricks.

How could that be?  Well, when everything you own has to always be put up for you to have room to walk, you notice immediately when ANYTHING is left out.

Tonight for instance, as I type, there is a beach bag and a pool float on the floor (it’s November), the toys boxes are out, there are computers all over the kitchen table and dishes in the sink.

It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal – but in 350 sq feet of living space, clutter has a way of building up FAST.

So, tomorrow morning will be spent, putting everything away, only to have it all pulled out again in 5 minutes.

Such is the life of fulltiming with kids.  It’s a constant ebb and flow of stuff in and out.

I find the camper looks the best right before we pull out the chucks and head to greener pastures.  That’s when everything has finally made it to its special spot, and the counters are empty enough to be wiped down.

I only have a minute or two to enjoy the “wide open space” before the outside stuff has to come in and take up any available room.

Living in an rv full time with kids means straightening up full time.  If you maintain a rapid travel pace, it means, packing and unpacking, a lot.

If your kids are old enough to help out, putting them in charge of cleaning up their toys does help to reduce some of the chaos – but only partially.

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Checkout NationalRVParks.com for the Info Your Seeking

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Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

 

 

 

Row Row Row Your Pasta Boat

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Last Christmas we had a Yankee Swap…

It’s that wonderful tradition that brings out my inner “gimme girl”. For anyone who might not be familiar, a Yankee Swap consists of each guest bringing one wrapped “concealed” present. Every guest is issued a number and then the numbers are jumbled in a hat, or some other ‘number jumbling container’. Guests then draw the numbers from the hat and the person with the number 1 gets to walk up to the gift table and select whatever wrapped package appeals to them. Then #2 has the option to “steal” number 1’s gift or select their own gift from the table. Play continues with a combination of “stealing” and unwrapping until all the players have a gift.

This is not a game for the bashful, as the stealing is where the real fun is to be had.

Last year, there was an assortment of bath products (a Yankees swap stable) some family games, a paper weight, and The Pasta Boat.

Through some strategic alliances I had formed (mainly by marrying the player with the highest number) I was able to secure the Pasta Boat.

Since we eat a lot of pasta and running the burners in our RV is a bit of a pain in the neck for me, I knew the Pasta Boat would be worth making some room for in my pots and pans storage.

Man, was I ever right!

The kids are yelling for mac and cheese… 12 minutes later, it’s in their bowls and I only have ONE cooking/serving item to wash!

The top has holes so you can quickly drain the water, without using a colander!

After the pasta is cooked (between 12-15 minutes-no more waiting for the water to boil), simply add the cheese, marina, meatballs, sausage, whatever-mix and serve!

Looking to steam veggies? The Pasta Bowl comes with a steamer grate as well.

I know I must sound like the infomercial that bears its name, but I can’t help gushing about this little gem.

I especially love to use it on travel days, when time is tight and the children are ravenous. Why is it that they eat CONTINUALLY during the whole drive and yet are still “STARVING” when we finally pull into our new site? Well, that’s a mystery I can not solve, but what I can solve is.. “What’s for dinner?”

For more info, you can go to: http://www.pastaboat.com/

Handy tip… I’ve seen the Pasta Bowl on sale at Ross, TJ Maxx, Homegoods and a variety of stores that have a “As Seen on TV” section-so if you don’t want to order it-you can pick one up there.

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road“, a comprehensive step by step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Holiday Sales Affiliate Leader Board

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What Drives Us: The Dennings of Discover, Share, Inspire

Kimberly 6 comments

What drives a family of seven to live in their truck and explore the world?

Find out in this month’s issue for Fulltime Families Magazine!

Camping for a Cause

Kimberly 20 comments

 

Looking for a magical sendoff to summer, an outing with plenty of fresh air, unbelievable views, music, dancing, yoga, home cooking, mountain biking and prime fishing? Consider attending the third annual Feastival, a fundraising campout that takes place on 11 acres at the base of Idaho’s tallest peak, Mount Borah, on the scenic Big Lost River, 25 miles east of Ketchum.

Rope swing and a beet making contest are included.

The land is the site of a future eco-retreat wellness center called Idaho BaseCamp, and organizers hope the weekend of Sept. 16-18 will raise a generous portion of the roughly $200,000 needed to secure the property and to start building the movement studio planned for the rustic getaway.

Feastival co-founder Whitney McNees and Mat Gershater, who operates his camp for kids, Mountain Adventure Tours, on the expanse in summer, are sure that visitors will be enchanted by the area. They said they hope to use the gathering not only to gain financial support, but to endear people to their vision of the facility.

The pair see the Idaho BaseCamp as a facility dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature, McNees said.

Already the cause has drawn a loyal community following with volunteers regularly making their way over Trail Creek to clean out the property where a former brothel still stands, but most of the activity now is from busy beavers building dams and from kids at Gershater’s camp.

McNees said this year’s proceeds will all go straight into the project because they were able to secure a sponsor for the first time to handle the event’s overhead.

All the weighty “business” portion of the weekend will be cloaked in good times and good music at a very affordable rate, she assured.

Three yurts are available for reservations. The Mongolian Yurt is a 100-year-old hand-crafted yurt often called the “Honeymoon Suite.” People will need to bring their own bedding to cuddle in front of the wood stove, but it’s only $100 for two nights. The Far and Away yurt costs $50 more but sleeps four in single beds with room on the floor for sleeping bags; there’s no wood stove, but there is a great view. The Sleep yurt is $200 for the weekend, and sleeps six in four single beds and one double, with lots of floor space, a wood stove and a front porch.

Camping onsite in tent or car or RV is free with a ticket. Tickets start at $25 for one person, one day, one night; $40 for one person, two days, two nights; $85 for a family of four for one day, one night and $130 for the weekend. Tickets include music, dinner’s main course, yoga, dancing and camping with a yurt’s cost added as selected.

McNees said reservations can ensure there is enough food to go around, but those who decide to come at the last minute won’t be turned away.

New events this year include a mountain bike race sponsored by Billy Olson of Hailey’s PowerHouse and 5B Garage and the Beet-Off, a beet-preparation competition.

“You can slice, dice, steam, sauté, grill, whatever you like,” McNees said of contestants planning on competing. “The winner gets a ‘golden’ beet.”

Mike Heath of M&M Heath Farms has donated a bundle of organic food for the meals.

The group’s website at www.idahobasecamp.org is full of the nitty gritty, what-to-bring details. Information can also be obtained by emailing McNees at whitney@idahobasecamp.org.

“This is totally family-friendly,” she said. “Obviously, it’s a little bit of a festival and some people do stay up all night, but we have a family area and we do encourage kids because it is kind of magical out there.”

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The particulars:

Friday, Sept. 16: Campers arrive after 4 p.m.
Beet Off, a beet preparation competition at 5 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
Live music by Cole Wells and Ian Timoney.

Saturday, Sept. 17: 5 Rhythms Dance at 10 a.m. with Jennie Gershater.
Short-track mountain bike race at 2 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
Live music by Marcus Eaton, Finn Riggins and Old Death Whisper.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Yoga at 10 a.m.

For more details, and registration, visit www.idaho basecamp.org or email Whitney McNees at whitney@idahobasecamp.org

Jennifer Liebrum: jliebrum@mtexpress.com

 

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