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Surprise! 7/24/14 – 7/28/14

Miller beating the Yakima heat!

Miller beating the Yakima heat!

Oh, yes we did! We flew back home for the annual Camp Cameron pool party! We could not risk our perfect attendance for this event and what a great opportunity for us to see our friends and family all in one weekend. We hadn’t been home in 10 mo’s! Left the MoHo in Syracuse, NY on Thursday morning and drove 5 hours down to Philly for our flight. This worked out well with our Alaska Airlines companion fare and we were able to drop the Acura at a dealership near the airport for some maintenance work. Got into Seattle at 9pm, my mom picked us up (she knew we were coming) and we stayed with her that night.

We have missed that view from Camp Cameron!

We have missed that view from Camp Cameron!

Me and Sunny right after the surprise

Me and Sunny right after the surprise

Friday morning, we picked up our rental car, a sweet Dodge Challenger, then took care of some appointments. Drove over to Yak and arrived around 2:30pm to an empty Camp Cameron (except for their new puppy, Penny) as they were out golfing. Mitch was the first one home and I wished we had a camera nearby to capture the look on his face. Classic. Sunny’s reaction a bit later was equally good. Actually, we had a similar reaction time after time as everyone arrived, we kind of felt like celebrities!   I think deep down many thought there was a chance we would come, but hopefully we did a pretty good job of hiding the secret.



Pool games

He did make it through!

Pool games — made it through!

Chillaxing on "the runway"

Chillaxing on “the runway”

It was a great weekend of catching up and spending time with great friends. And as usual, Mitch and Sunny were the perfect hosts! So happy we were able to make the trip. We left on Monday, sad to say goodbye, and headed back over to Seattle. Spent the afternoon and evening with my mom & brother, complete with dinner at our favorite little Mexican restaurant, Tapatio, in Newcastle. We were up and off to the airport at 6:30am on Tuesday morning back to Philly, then the drive up to Syracuse. Our heads hit the pillow about 11pm that night. A whirlwind trip, but so worth it!

Driving away in our Dodge Challenger

Driving away in our sweet Dodge Challenger

On the Road Again

We had a great two weeks at home in Seattle and Bellevue. The days were jam-packed! Spent time with friends and family, took care of a bunch of business and appointments, switched out the washer/dryer for a wine fridge, reorganized the MoHo and took care of the much needed hydraulic jacks issue we have been having (well kind of…the saga actually continues, but don’t get me started). We also purchased kayaks, which we have been dreaming about for the last 3 months – woo hoo!


Our new purchase!  Heading out of town.

Our new purchase! Heading out of town.

We pulled out on Wed. the 11th and what a weird feeling that we won’t be back for at least a year (longer, if you ask Mike). So, we are actually doing this! It felt great to get back out on the road and back into our routine and new normal. Our first destination was the Oregon Coast where we are now (Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City & Newport). We will post a more detailed entry when we get on the road again to California. Just wanted to let you all know that we will miss you, but looking forward to seeing some of you along the way and keeping in touch. We are so excited for the rest of this great adventure and feel so fortunate we are able to do this. Thank you everyone for your support!

Back in the USA – 8/15/13 to 8/22/13

Harrison Sunset

Harrison Sunset

We left Canada and made the trip south. The crossing back into the US wasn’t as smooth as the trip coming into Canada. The ‘all-business’ border agent asked us a slew of questions. I don’t know why, but we both seem to get nervous even though we have nothing to hide. He asked us if we had any citrus fruits and I said a lime. It was all over from there. We had to pull over and the agent came onboard. He confiscated two limes and one tomato. Mike had to open up all of the underside compartments and after a few more questions, he finally let us get on our way. He didn’t seem to care about the wine we were bringing back in; didn’t even make us pay a duty.

We stopped in Sandpoint, ID; just a place to sleep and do some much needed laundry. The next day we headed to Coeur d’Alene to surprise the Cameron’s and Pflugrath’s who were there golfing. Turns out they weren’t all that surprised and figured we would probably show. We stayed at a great RV park right on the river, Blackwell Island, and all went out for a tasty dinner that night.

The boys enjoying Lake Coeur d'Alene

The boys enjoying Lake Coeur d’Alene

The next day it was off to Harrison, ID. I actually rode with Shelly and let Marc ride in the MoHo with Mike. It was a nice break for me – no anxiety along those windy roads! We were there for a celebration for Shelly’s dad, Ron, who lived in Harrison. He passed away this spring and his wife Barb wanted to have a big party in his honor – “Ron Elliott Day in the Park.” They are both well-known in this small town, so the event was very well attended. Harrison is one of those little gems of a town that many people haven’t heard of. Our RV spot was right on the lake and just couldn’t be beat. We ended up extending our stay until Thursday morning even though most everyone else left on Monday. We enjoyed the nightly sunsets and laid back atmosphere. And, what a great party that Barb had in honor of Ron!

Tubin!  It took us more time to get on the tube than we actually spent tubing!  A-G-E

Tubin! It took us more time to get on the tube than we actually spent tubing! A-G-E

We ran into Alan from the Hangover : )

We ran into Alan from the Hangover : )

Our Campsite on the lake

Our Campsite on the lake with the Pflu’s and Cameron’s

Not a  bad place to spend a week!

Not a bad place to spend a week!

Our plan for the next few weeks includes a weekend at Camp Cameron in Yakima for a golf tourney and relaxation with friends. Then it is back to Seattle/Bellevue to regroup a bit after being out on the road for 3 ½ months. MoHo and car maintenance, restocking supplies, dentist appt’s, hair appt, time with friends and family and Mike’s much anticipated Husky Stadium home opener against Boise State (Go Cougs vs. Auburn!). We’ll be tailgating on the 31st and anyone interested is welcome to join us. We probably won’t blog until we are back out on the road Sept 9th.