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Talkin' Bout My Renovation...

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This past March (2013) we landed in the small town of Wetumpka, Alabama to recover from a very expensive week in New Orleans. Oh, and to visit my mom, of course. Luckily for us, her new home has a cement pad in the back yard as well as a double wide gate which allowed us to "camp" basically for free. Nothing like mooching electricity, water and wifi from your family (I highly recommend it).

After 5 months on the road we were in desperate need of a purge. On top of that, I really wanted to change a few things out. Our RV was completely unmodified...we were living with what was once white "wall -to-wall" carpet, burgundy and grey upholstery (everywhere...couch, window treatment, bedspread, bench seats...) and beige walls. It was impossible to find accessories that complimented the pattern on the couch and the interior made us feel like, well, blue-hairs.

  I knew that I wanted the carpet gone. With a dog and 2 cats (not to mention the husband who spills and leaves cr…

The Struggles of Staying "Green" On the Road (Groceries & Recycling)

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Living "green" is important to me. I know, it probably sounds ridiculous coming from someone whose primary means of moving about the country gets 6.5 mpg on a good day. I realize this and can only offer to you, dear reader, the excuse of "but we don't drive that much". And, truth be told, we most definitely use less fuel these days than we did in our "previous {normal} lives". Although we both had very short commutes Clark drove pretty much non-stop during his 10 hour work shift. During our first year on the road we accumulated about 9000 miles between both vehicles...way less than the combined totals of my car, Clark's Jeep and his work vehicle prior to going 'full-time'. Regardless, I am of the thought that we should educate ourselves and make the changes we can, even those that require effort, and make an attempt to be 'good stewards' of the Earth.

Here are some numbers that will hopefully grab your attention:

~The average Ameri…

Flash Back to New Orleans

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I am horrible at staying current with our adventures...for that reason I thought it only fair to start labeling past stops as "flash backs" just for clarity...(currently we are in North Carolina and headed to the Outer Banks tomorrow).

We arrived in New Orleans on March 1, 2013 to coincide with the arrival of our friends, Curt and Carrie from Sonoma, who were out to visit Curt's son Gary and daughter-in-law Kristin. Knowing that there would probably be an excess consumption of alcohol (see our San Antonio adventure for proof) we decided to splurge and set up camp at the French Quarter RV Park...just a few blocks away from the real French Quarter.
Although quite pricy, we had to take into consideration how much we would potentially spend in cab fare had we opted to stay somewhere cheaper yet further away. The French Quarter RV Park is literally within walking distance and was quite manageable on our bikes as well. There were a few non-locals who felt it was un…