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Catch up on our vintage trailer.

Alright. Alright. Alright ( in my best Matthew McConaughey voice)

Its been a while, I know, and I have a lot to catch up on. My computer died on me and until recently didn’t have a computer to keep update on our trailer. So much has happened since last summer and we are SO close to getting it finished. IT WILL BE ON THE ROAD THIS SUMMER.

 

OK. lets rewind back to the end of last summer….

 

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Most of summer of 2014 was spent getting all the paint off the trailer to get it ready for a new coat of paint. MAN! What a job! It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R

We ended getting off about 90% of the paint, which I call an accomplishment. Sanded and washed it down. Then, began with the primer.

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One side without primer. The other side with. You can see the huge difference even just the primer made. Looks a million times better.

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While we were in the process of getting the paint off and prime the camper, I pulled off the gutters above all the windows and door. Some needed to be straightened out and cleaned. To make them all match and give them a little bit of shine, I primed and painted them as well with a metallic spray paint.

 

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We made a summer trip back east to Indiana and Michigan to visit some family. My sisters’ sister in law does some metal work and made this really sweet sign for our camper. We plan to post at our campsite when we go camping, if you see us, swing over and say “hi” . 🙂 Oh, and if you want one made for yourself, I am sure I could get you connected with the right person. Now I just need to get the handsome husband to weld a post onto the sign. Just one more thing to add to his ” honey do” list.

 

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Ok, so the camper is all primed and has received its new coat of off white paint, which is to be the main color. I believe we used rust-oleum in glossy almond. I did thin down the paint at the recommendation of others with vintage camper blogs to get a smoother finish. I thinned my paint to about 1/3 cup of mineral spirits per quart of paint.

 

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Now our little camper is starting to look like the one in our dreams! Once we got most of the almond color on, I started taping off for the bottom half. As far as chosing the color for the bottom half, we( by ” we” , I mean ” I”) went back and forth. What can I say, we are an indecisive couple. Heck! we are still trying to make up our minds on the backsplash for the kitchenette. First it was RED. Like a dark retro red. Then I thought, maybe that would be too much, so I turned my sights on hunter green. While I thought that would be a good choice and look nice, I got to thinking about my favorite color in all the world – navy blue. Finding the RIGHT navy blue was a bit of a hunt, because a lot of oil based enamel colors come pre mixed and not a HUGE selection of color. sigh. I soon prevailed at my local Ace Hardware store. YAY for Ace! The blue of my dreams is called ” international blue”.

 

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Upon buying the trailer, we found an old Livingston MT felt pendent in the camper and displayed it proudly in the trailer ( far left cabinet door). The handsome husband found a Seattle’s Worlds Fair one at an antique store and scooped it up ( far right cabinet) and then…….he found a Great Falls MT pendent for me to find a spot for in our trailer! Keep them coming, honey! 🙂

 

 

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Lately, my children have been using the camper as their own personal play house. I keep saying, ” its not a camper, its just an expensive playhouse for the kids.”

In the mean time, the hubby decided the table for the dinette needed to be altered. Because it was a rectangle shape, it made it somewhat difficult to squeeze into the bench seat closest to the stove( unless you are an ultra skinny super model). So, as you can see from the pics above, he removed the table and it was under construction…

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And….. here we go! the new paint job revealed! Now I must confess – at this point ( sometime in Sept. 2014) I only had three sides of the trailer painted. This early spring when the weather started getting nice, I thought, ” I really want to get on the road. We could TOTALLY drive it and go camping somewhere with only three sides painted, right?”

Then, I got ” the look” from the husband. He said we are not driving that thing down the road till all four sides are painted. Fast forward to April 2015. The weather was nice for a straight week. I went and bought some more paint and finished up the fourth side. 🙂

Oh! by the way. A list of the paint that was used on the camper:

*For the gutters and doorstop, I used rust-oleum metallic brilliant metal finish.

*For the trailer primer, Rust-oleum Gray Primer latex aluminum primer. For trailer color, rust-oleum protective enamel in gloss almond, thinned with mineral spirits. Along with, Ace machine & implement rust stop oil based enamel in gloss International Blue, again, thinned with mineral spirits.

* For the tires-primed with rust-oleum automobile primer spray, and rust-oleum gloss protective enamel spray in black.

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With the exterior paint done, I put the gutters back on the windows, and resealed them with a gray putty like substance(purchased at a camper supply store) so that the outside elements don’t find their way in and around my windows. Out of all the gutters, we only had to completely replace one on the front window.

Alright. On to the tires! At first, we thought we were going to have to get new tires for the camper, but after pulling them off and really looking them over, there is still some life in them, so we just cleaned them up a bit. Sanded off as much old paint as we could, primed and painted. Mr Handy Man also cleaned and repacked the wheel bearings. What a great guy! 🙂

 

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With some left over paint, we put it to good use. The tongue in the front of the trailer didn’t look bad, but it didn’t look great either. Out came the sander and the rest of the spray primer and paint. Details matter, people!

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As we come to a close on updating everyone one on the progress of our camper, the new altered dinette table gets back in the with corner taken off and a new coat of paint across the top to match the kitchen cabinet doors. With all this painting going on, I just couldn’t stop myself, I repainted/updated my boys’ bedroom as well and took their stuffed ram’s head. I felt it would be more at home in the camper. What do you think?

In the last picture, I tried to show you one of my DIY projects I came up with. One of the curtains in the back over the bed – I took a plain white curtain, found an image on the internet that I felt fit the feel of our camper. It’s a vintage picture of an old cowboy sitting on his mule, overlooking the Grand Canyon. A sense of adventure!

And there you have it! Honestly, all that’s left to do to just get this sucker on the road is some current tabs and a little extra wiring so that the lights can be hooked up to the truck. We will get him on the road this summer ( fingers crossed)

Until next time… happy trailers…. I mean, trails. 🙂

Grand Canyon National Park (3)

http://vintagetravelpostcards.blogspot.com/2012/07/grand-canyon-national-park-arizona.html

 

 

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Copalis Beach WA : Razor Clam Digging

I have lived in Washington most of my life ( going on 20+ years) and I have vaguely heard about clam digging in my young years, but have never tried it. WELL. Its kind of a BiG deal around here, as I found out this last weekend when I went on my first ever razor clam dig. 🙂 I mean, how DARE I call my self a Washingtonian all these years and never know the adventure of a clam dig!!

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(our journey from Tacoma to the coast in purple)

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(Copalis Beach is where we had our dig)

I totally see and get the appeal now and I can’t WAIT for next season to start. I think I had the ultimate experience as a beginner. It was the last day of the season (sadly) but the dig started early in the morning ( but not TOO early), the sun was out and the clams were showing well.

After I reached my limit of fifteen, I found out the season starts back up in Sept/Oct and most of the digs are in the middle of the night, to correspond with the tide schedules. So…. to recap, when I go again, it will be in the fall ( cold) and at night ( hard to see unless you have a headlamp)…..  Now I am really glad I went this last weekend when all conditions were at their best, because I am TOTALLY hooked.

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(our little group heading out to the waves)

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(my momma and me)

The best part of it all was I got to go and spend some QT with my momma. 😉 At the beginning of the dig I tried my darnest to stay mostly dry even though I had rain boots on. But after I was on my first clam I had spotted on my own, the waves came rolling in and I had to sit there mid thigh deep, and wait till they went back out to pull my gun up. ( sigh) So much for staying dry. After the first full boot of water, I was over it. Might as well had jumped into the Pacific for a swim…

After all in the group we were with had reached their limits, we piled back into the cars and headed back to camp, were I then learned how to properly cut and clean my clams. Everyone pitched in with the cleaning, I mean we had an assembly line going-boil, cut, gut, clean- and it was so nice when someone thought to make us all breakfast. Cause let me let you what, you’ll work up an appetite cleaning those suckers.

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Ok, so I have to share…. while out on the beach learning how to spot them, and by ” them”, I mean their little spout holes so we could dig them up, I noticed some little baby sand dollars. Those little guys were so little and cute, I pointed them out to my mom and she thought the same. In the mean time I was having the dangest time trying to find those blow holes that show where there is a clam underneath. Finally, a friend of my mom, ms. D, pointed out, ” Look there’s a clam! Go dig it up!”

I said, ” What?! NO. That’s a baby sand dollar. You sure it’s a clam?”

“Yeah, that’s a clam. That is the top of the neck and you are seeing the siphon. Its called necking, and it means they are really close to the surface.”

“WHHHHHHAT?! I passed up, like, five of those bad boys, thinking they were cute baby sand dollars!”

Lesson learned. If you see  ” baby sand dollars”, diggem up!

 

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(your anatomy lesson of the day. Parts of the razor clam, and I’m tell ya, that little siphon on top looks like a little sand dollar!)

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(This is what you look for in the sand as the waves pull back out. That little “V” in the water along with a hole)

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And this, my friends is how we ended our day…. with warm sunshine above us and warm soft sand between our toes. 😉

 

A Mushroom Adventure

I think, I might have just found a new hobby! mushroom hunting. This last Saturday I made the 2 hr trip to visit a friend in Port Angeles and discovered the thrill of mushroom picking. My girlfriend said if I came up to visit her, she would take me mushroom picking for Chanterelles. What are these Chanterelles she speaks of????

Now I know nothing about mushrooms, so I had to rely on her to show me which ones where the right ones. Once I got started I couldn’t stop, and it really wasn’t that hard. After I got back home though, I made a beeline for the computer to find out as much as I could about these little guys

http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/chanterelles.html

This site here has some good info about Chanterelles, just in case you are interested. 😉

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My route in the purple. 🙂 from Tacoma to Port Angeles

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Just so happened that, that day we had the RAINYEST day we have had the WHOLE year! Good thing I brought my snowboarding jacket that afternoon. Seriously, I think we got a few inches in a few hours, it just DUMPED on us. That’s not the best part though…. while in the middle of the woods picking shrooms  I hear a call.

“Christina! Did you here that?”

“Um, no…”

A few minutes later, I hear this call from a mysterious animal again.

“Did you hear it that time!”

“yeah! That is a BIG bull elk.”

“um. WHAT?!”

Didn’t know where this guy was coming at, but I didn’t want to be around if he came charging out of the woods….

Nine pounds of mushrooms and a little faster heart beat later we came out of the woods unscathed, but heavy with our treasures. We needed a little warming up and drying out, so we stopped at the hungry bear cafĂ© right on hwy 101. Had hot coffee and slice of rhubarb strawberry pie al la mode and watched the rain outside. Such a refreshing afternoon with time just for me and my girl. 🙂

http://www.hungrybearcafemotel.com/

Since I really had no place to be, my mushroom picking partner asked if I have ever been to Rialto beach. I have been to quite a few beaches on the coast but never made it over to Rialto. So, the drive continued westward toward the coast. As we rounded the corner on the highway, just off to the left in a field we spotted all these guys. coincidence? I think not! 🙂

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OK, here is my disclaimer, I did not have my phone with me to take pics, but I tried to find some that showed the beauty of the beach and what the weather was like when I was there.

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After a loooooong day, I had all to myself (thank you to the handy husband to for watching the boys) I made my way back home to unload my treasures and start drying them out.

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Two and a half days later and I am STILL drying mushrooms…. I hope to be finished by tomorrow. The house has a very earthy/woodsy smell right now. It’s just GREAT!

Until next time…..;)

Labor Day Camping Trip: Packwood WA

I am a chronic picture taker, especially when we, as family go out-of-town on trips. Memories need to be captured, man! So, our last trip of the summer was no exception. For labor day weekend, we travelled with my best friend and her family to the out skirts of Mt Rainier National Park. Camp was set up just outside of a small logging town called Packwood. Every memorial day and labor day weekend, the town of Packwood has, what I like to think, is a HUGE garage sale. It’s always fun to travel into town to see what treasures I can find. 🙂

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This is the river we camped by. Indiana, the family dog, is trying to decide whether or not it is a good idea to try for a swim. I my vote is , “not”.

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The kids felt the need to explore the small creek by the campground. Good thing they brought rain boots, water shoes, and shorts.

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Of course, this was our camp set up. The kitchen was to the right the fire and tents to the left. Quite spacious I think. 🙂 And of course, for those of you who camp in Washington, know the traditional “blue tarp” in the background. If we didn’t put it up, it would have rained….. since, we DID put it up, not a drop all weekend.

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This was the awesome view from our campsite. It was a bite of a hike to get down to and back up from the river, but after eating all that camp food, it was great way to burn a few extra calories. 🙂

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My baby boy and his hole digging skills.

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The first morning we woke to glorious sunshine! See people, we DO get sun…. in Washington….in the forest…..sometimes….

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Decided to venture into the national park and go on a quick hike. I believe, this hike is called, Silver Creek Falls. Such a wonderful view crossing the bridge…

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My bestie at the top of the falls and if you mash the three pictures together above this one you”ll get the panoramic effect. 🙂

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All the kiddos together. Our little rock climbers.

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The youngest got tuckered out on the way back, so he hitched a ride with dad.

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These are pic’s of the landscape under the water in the river. So clear and cool. Could really see how deep it was. Was only, maybe twenty feet across, but I bet it was 15 feet deep.

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Getting in a little fly fishing.

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Indiana taking in the view.

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My oldest, getting some mud therapy.

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Bonding time with Dad.

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All tuckered out from an awesome weekend and a last whoo-ra! of summer.

IMG_0984 Oh, and even though we didn’t get to bring Floyd on this trip, I did find a little treasure in Packwood to put in the camper when we get home. 🙂