Monday, October 17, 2016

Last pictures from East Coast

While stopping at parks with a trailer takes a bit more set up and work...there are some very fun benefits for kids over hotels.  Lakes have fishing, kyaking and sand...unique features over a hotel pool.  One down side is that it needs to be warm enough outside to enjoy it. :)

 This was a river we camped by- no swimming but they definitely got their feet wet  exploring :)

 We were only in Boston one day.  We camped in Plymouth for three days.
 replica of the Mayflower 

 The characters on board were actors and the answered questions with only knowledge from their time period.  Basically a living history museum.  The boys talked to this fellow for about a half an hour. :)

 The famous Plymouth rock...
 chowder and lobster rolls...we just had to.

 Plymouth plantation living history museum

 Dinner at a farmers market that evening

 Lobster mac :)
It was a good trip.  I'm glad we made the effort.  It was a lot of driving but the stops were fun and we learned a lot about history...and camping with kiddos. :)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Retro Fitted CargoTrailer in pictures ...

So the trailer... Luke isn't a huge camper type person but I really like it so the trailer is our way of making it work.  It's got a full sized bed and we have room to haul 8 bikes and two paddle boards.  Boom. :D
 It is a bunk house style cargo trailer-so no plumbing except for a hand pump sink for brushing teeth and washing hands etc.  Our "toilet" situation is stopping on the road while driving and using the camp ground facilities...but if it's raining or the middle of the night or...the three year old consistently prefers the trailer toilet, this bucket with a double bag system comes into play.  I'll spare you the details but it's hygienic and not as gross as it sounds.  If you can deal with baby diapers...this is more simple than that.
 We had campground showers most of the time but this tub was easier for Gi than walking her over there and I used it for washing some really dirty clothes too.  Basically back to pioneer era. :)
 This is what putting in all the insulation looked like...half the OSB had to come off and be rehung to do it.  

 I think the boys learned a lot though...they cut a lot of the foam board

 Some clearance lament flooring started to really class things up. :D
 We had to rewire some stuff to put in the air conditioner/heater and our light.  I installed a 30 amp breaker and threaded wires through the was actually really fun. :D
 Paneling going up...
 I installed this light, we hang a battery powered lamp on it for when we don't have the trailer plugged in.
 No VOC paint for the pregnant mama...
 Air conditioner in the same day it arrived...three days before leaving for Boston. :)  We cut it pretty close.
 This was a left over cabinet we found at Menards that was really narrow, works great for 7 gallon water cans for the sink.  We rubber band the doors handles for when we drive so the water stays put.
 Almost done...
 Hammock hooks for if we all sleep in the trailer.  We mostly have the boys out in the tents though.
 What it looks like in travel mode.  when we stop, the bikes come out first and then we can roll out the nicer rug and get comfy.  The trailer doesn't shake too much, so we just wheel the bikes in and pile them up with too much ceremony.
 Giselle's bed gets thrown on the full sized bed while we drive and we drape things to dry while we are driving too. :D
 We use a cooler with ice for food storage and buy ice for it as we go at gas stations as it melts.  We put the ice in gallon bags so as it melts we can just dump it without hauling the cooler out to drain water.  We could use the water for washing dishes and stuff but usually we have water at each camp site and don't have to be frugal with it.  Below is a washing really messy clothes session.  

And that is the trailer as far as we know it.  I'm sure we'll learn things as we go.  The cork bard was $5.99 at Good Will-The cushion seat puff was $19 at Aldi- whoohoo.  I love that we already had the bed and we didn't have to buy the tents new as we had those as well.  The hammocks were $15 each.  Our goal was to do the whole project for under 10K, new trailer included, and we did.  The air conditioner/heater was the biggest added expense 8 months pregnant that was non-negotiable.  We hope to use it twice a year to and from vacation at a minimum :D  Negating the Hotel stays with two rooms for 4 nights a year, the trailer will pay itself off in about 12-ish years.  So it has to be about the camping experience too because it will take awhile to break even on our expenses.  It takes more gas to haul a trailer too, so you have to work that expense into traveling.  We really enjoyed our first trip in it though and think the kiddos will have some good memories from our travels using it (I hope).  :D
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Boston in the Fall...

Well first Gisella needed a bath before "going to town".  We were in our trailer without conventional RV plumbing (more pictures of trailer to come) so we had to go old school.
 she had a rubber duck so... she thought it was normal/acceptible :)
 We took the commuter rail line from Plymouth (Ellis Haven Park/campground) to South Station
 The boys were very excited about this mode of transportation to say the least

 The rest of these pictures are not in exact order... Jude man making himself at home on the streets
 Oldest tavern in the US
 Old stuff...everywhere...

 inspired by street performers...Jude puts on a show for those passing by :)
 Willem noticing how old this street is 
 Someone kindly offered to take a family picture for us
 Gi sulking in Paul Revere's kitchen garden because we wouldn't let her pick a pear off the tree
The stops were marked with these emblems on the sidewalk

 The tomb stones were very goth looking...many of the people buried were young so the skulls represent death taking a persons life too soon.
 this pulpit is still in of the oldest in the US
 Christian checking out a family booth
 Hop scotch as a nod to the Latin school still open today that Ben Franklin and others (Adams, Paine, Hooper..) attended (founded 1635 making it the oldest public school in America).  Since it's still open, it isn't open to public for touring (as far as I know).
 lunch stop

 Those little black dots are window still my heart that's scary.
 street performance-they pulled Adrian in and jumped/flipped over his head :D

Well of course we had to get some gelato for Gigi at this shop

Old North Church
 USS Constitution

We walked from noon to around 5p.  The kids were so done with walking by the end of the day.  Worth it but bring a stroller...maybe a double one :)

 Back to the station to ride home

 And that was our day on the Freedom Trail in pictures :D
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