Majestic Montana

I have been dreading writing this blog entry. And not because I didn’t enjoy my time in Montana. No, we all loved Montana. I have been dreading weeding through the thousands of pictures that I took to narrow down to a few for this blog. I have pictures on my phone and pictures on my Canon camera. I have ten pictures of nearly the same view for every one stop we made. There was so much beautiful scenery that I was just taking photos nonstop, wanting to take in every angle. I didn’t want to forget a thing about what …

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Navigating North Dakota

We began the approximately four and a half hour drive from International Falls to Fargo, North Dakota later than planned. When we finally arrived at our campground in Fargo, it was late afternoon. I was worried that there would be no space left for us. Luckily, the campground had plenty of room. The campground that we chose in Fargo was Lindenwood Campground. It is actually in a city park, but the area for campers is for paid campers only. It was right on the Red River as you entered into the city. Because it was at the edge of Fargo, …

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Meandering Through Minnesota

We were awoken to a thunderstorm at around 4 am on our first morning in Minnesota. We had already decided that because our camper has so much metal that we would retreat to our suv during any storm. So, we all stumbled out of bed into the wet darkness and took a seat in the car to wait out the storm. It only lasted about 30 minutes, and we felt it was safe to go inside. We curled back up for a few more hours. Because we had driven most of the day before, we had not had time to …

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The Journey Begins!

There’s always a last minute stressful rush to packing when our family goes on vacation. Well, at least for me. I HATE packing and ALWAYS wait until the absolute last minute. Then, I panic. Every. Single. Time. But this time was even harder. We had to make sure that we had everything that we would need until at least October, when we will be stopping back home for a few days. Thinking of every item, every outfit, every pair of shoes that you will need for three months is not the easiest thing to do. There is also the stress …

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Camper Renovation: We Did It!

Well, it’s been awhile since I have posted. We have been so busy with renovations and getting everything sorted for our trip. We also lost my father-in-law last week. He lost his fight with brain cancer. He put up such a brave fight and lasted longer than doctors said that he would. He is at peace now with no more suffering. I am so glad that our family got to spend time with him last summer in Scotland. We made so many memories that will last a lifetime. As for the camper, we decided to move it to a local …

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Hunting For Ghosts

If there is a ghost hunting show on TV, Louie and I have probably watched it together. We started years ago with Ghost Hunters, and more recently have watched Ghost Adventures, Ghost Brothers, Paranormal Lockdown, Ghost Asylum. . .the list goes on. We even rewatch episodes when there are no new ones. Now this is not to say that we believe everything that we see, because we definitely have our opinions on what is real and what is not real. But we have always wanted to do a real ghost hunt with professional equipment. We finally got our opportunity when …

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Pop-Up Remodel: The Beginning

My guilty pleasure…I LOVE watching HGTV remodel/rehab/flip shows. I’ll be honest- I can binge watch them for hours. Or days. I sit at the edge of my seat awaiting the before and after pictures. I love watching as bathroom and kitchen fixtures are chosen and new flooring is picked. As a renter, I have looked at houses online and imagined how amazing I could make them look. And now it’s my turn. Sure, it’s on a very tiny scale. But I am determined to make our pop-up camper feel just like home. Today Louie and I went to our pop-up …

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Supplies? Check!

It was like Christmas at our house a few days ago. We ordered every supply that we though we might need for our trip from Amazon, and $850 later we feel we are well stocked. All of the large items came on the same day. Some came USPS and some UPS. The delivery drivers had to make multiple trips to their vehicles to get our stuff. Our kitchen, dining room, and living room were so packed with boxes that we could barely move. It doesnt help that we are also packing up things to donate and put into storage. The …

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A “Hitch” In Our Plans

A trailer hitch. It seems like such an easy thing. You just have it professionally installed, and then that is it, right? Nope. Well, not for us. This was our first trailer hitch and we were going in blind. We wanted to do this on our own. The 2008 Mercury Mariner can pull up to 3500 lbs only if it gets a “factory installed trailer hitch” (according to the owner’s manual). We wanted to do everything the correct way since we were going to be pulling a trailer for one year around the entire country. So, we contacted the Ford …

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