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A Day at the Beach


Flirt_At_The_Beach_02Saturday was Flirt’s first experience at a beach. It was this 7-month-old Golden Retriever’s first meeting with a large body of water (Lake Michigan) — and waves.

Hesitant at the beginning, Flirt was a water dog at the end of the day.

What turned the tide (pun intended) was her curiosity about a rock in the water . . . 


We SOLD the House! (Full timing in 14 days)

SOLD on April 26, 2013

SOLD on April 26, 2013

We sold the house today and gave our 2-week notice at work!
In 14 more days we start full time RVing.

We’ve been planning for this day ever since we bought our Newmar Class A in July of 2010.

I think we’ve replaced or updated everything in our RV except the frame — new air conditioners, new carpeting, new water heater, solar panels, hydraulic leveler, WiFi antenna, UV water filer, . . .

Between selling our house, RV issues, and the incredibly cold Spring in Green Bay, April has been a nuts month.

Moving into the RV in a snowy April

Moving into the RV in a snowy April

Here are some highlights . . .

– Shortly after a snow storm left a foot of around the RV, I installed a UV water filter in an outside compartment on the RV. After the install, I attached the water system to a hose to see if there were any leaks. Nothing at first. But after a few hours, a steady dripping started. Great. So I had to remove the entire 2 x 4-foot water panel in the compartment. Turns out the “leaks” were coming from the RV’s gray water tank — which I had inadvertently filled up to the top as I was working on the plumbing. Duh. I drained the gray tank and the dripping went away.

– We had parked the RV on the street to work on it, and I had plugged it into a house outlet for electrical power. When it came time to move the RV back into the driveway, I tried opening the electrical compartment door to disconnect the power cord, but the door wouldn’t open. An internal latch had broken in the door. I’ve had this happen before, but opening the door meant laying in the snowy gutter under the door and using a Dremel tool to cut through the door latch.

Drilling out a Deadbolt on a Sunday Night

Drilling out a Deadbolt on a Sunday Night

– Finally, on a Sunday night when I tried to unlock the deadbolt on the RV door, the key just kept going round and round and the deadbolt didn’t move. Locked out. Tried several of the sliding windows, but none of them budged. I lost it.

After throwing several things around the yard, I called 1-800-LOCKSMITH (or something like this from a quick Google search). In about an hour a young man arrived and after a quick inspection of the lock, said we’d have to break a window to get in as there was nothing he could do. That was $39.95. Having had luck with local service folks in the past, I called one of the local locksmiths.

Long story short . . . He arrived in an hour, drilled out the lock, and we were able to get in. The following day he stopped by with a new deadbolt, installed it, and charged us $116. I’ve had some bargains, but this was one of the best.

State Park of the Week (4/18/2013)

Harrisville State Park (Harrisville, MI). Read the reviews

Past Parks of the Week.

State Park of the Week (4/6/2013)

Copper Falls (Mellen, WI). Read the reviews — the August 2011 review is mine.

Past Parks of the Week.