oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015

What should we do this weekend? That is a dumb question, of course we should go camping. So that is what we did. We set out after work on Friday and found a camp spot in the National Forest along the Middle Fork of Calispell Creek. That is just 25 miles north of home but you have drive around the spot and come in from the north. So it makes it about an hour drive from home. We found a spot and received word that some geocache friends would join us for camping this weekend. I had put out the word to fellow geocachers that we would be camping and over the weekend that I would be climbing two mountains that had a seldom found geocache on top. So if anyone wanted to join us, feel free to join us. It was also working towards my goal to climb all of the mountains in Pend Oreille County as well as Stevens County in Washington. Will I ever finish the goal? Maybe not but it is my goal.

our spot

our spot. we drove the little truck too in case i was the only one driving to the trail heads.

nice big fire pit already there

nice big fire pit already there

time to sit and relax

time to sit and relax

Soon  after we got all set up our friends Lisa and JD showed up to camp with us. They were (gasp) tent camping and got their things all set up. Then it was dinner and socializing around the campfire until the wee hours. The next morning I walked around and took a few pictures of the beautiful day to come.

views from camp

views from camp

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

the creek next to us

the creek next to us

After we had breakfast our friends, Cody and I left to go climb a mountain and find a geocache. Joanne stayed behind at camp and dog watched, cleaned the camper some and relaxed the day away. She said it was a great day for her. The mountain we would hike up today does not have a name but it is a mountain just the same. From the trail head it would end up being a 6.8 mile round trip hike. Not a bad hike at all. There was lots of great views along the way to take in. We even had views to the valley where we are camping. With binoculars we could even see our camp spot.

views of the day

views of the day

the valley we are camping in

the valley we are camping in

closer view of where we are camped at

closer view of where we are camped at

hiking near the top of the mountain

hiking near the top of the mountain

We made it to the top of the mountain and soon we had located the geocache. We were only the 2nd people to find this cache since it was placed on 3/19/13. For you fellow cachers the cache is GC480V5.

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

We made our way back to the trail head with a brief stop for a lunch while looking out at the mountain views. We returned to camp and had a nice evening ending a great day.

The next morning we would be climbing Boyer Mountain. Cody would stay with Joanne at camp today. We had more friends arrive at camp to do today’s hike.  Tim and Kathleen would join us today. We drove the same road to the trail head as yesterdays hike. We stopped along the way so Tim could find a cache we found on yesterdays drive up.

tim at a cache spot

tim at a cache spot

On our drive up we came across a moose. There were lots of sign of moose and elk in this area. We did see sign of bear yesterday too.

moose on the loose.

moose on the loose.

We got to the trail head and it was time to hike another mountain. Today’s hike would only be 4.4 miles round trip but there would be a bit more elevation gain today. The views along the way were once again fantastic.  Once on top, wow! What fabulous views from the top of Boyer Mountain. We found a benchmark near the geocache location. Again, for you fellow cachers the code is GC1T919. We found the geocache and all signed the log. We then walked along the top of the mountain to where there use to be a lookout tower and another geocache to find. I could have spent a long time just taking in the sights. This mountain top is high on my mountain top list for favorites.

benchmark found

benchmark found

near the cache site

near the cache site

mountain top views

mountain top views

i love the views

i love the views

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

me at the top

me at the top

After some time spent at the top we all hiked back to the trail head and our vehicles. It was back to camp and to get things packed up and head home. What a great weekend it was. Great weather, views and friends to enjoy on this outing. I look forward to the next hike to another mountain top. We have other trips we will be doing so it may be a while before the next mountain climb. The mountains will be calling me to return and I will.

oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015

 

albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015

It was Memorial Day weekend and time to once again get the camper out. First thing is first though… Gratitude can never be enough to thank the men and women of our armed forces who lost their lives protecting the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. That is what the Memorial Day is about, honoring those men and women. Thank you.

We made reservations for Ableni Cove Campground in Idaho for our weekends stay. Yeah, it is the start of the busy camping season. Long gone are the days of no one else around or only the few other hardy rvers at the campgrounds. Well, like winter camping we plan for it. So yes, reservations had to be made in advance if we wanted a spot to stay. Once again, we love having the camper. This campground recommends no rv’s but if you are 20 feet or less you are okay. Well, alright…we are 22 feet. We got into our spot just fine after work on the Friday and even had room for our van that we brought. We decided to bring the van for errands on Sunday and just keep the camper parked.

the campground

the campground

our spot

our spot

plenty of room in the spot

plenty of room in the spot

a great site.

a great site.

looking up from a access road.

looking up from a access road.

We got our things set up and eventually put up our two pop up tents in case of rain. Dinner was made as well as a campfire. The growlers of beer were opened and we filled our glasses. We had beer from the 238 Brewery in Green Bluff Washington. It is one of our favorite breweries.

have to have a fire right?

have to have a fire right?

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

The night slipped away peacefully, even with a full campground it was quite.

 The next morning after breakfast and coffee I took the kayak out for a paddle on the Pend Oreille River. I ended up doing a nice 2 mile paddle. Nothing fast paced, I just enjoyed the scenery and solitude. The morning was beautiful to say the least.

a morning view

a morning view

nice calm water to paddle on

nice calm water to paddle on

coming back to the campground

coming back to the campground

After the time out on the water I got a message from a fellow geocacher asking if I wanted to try and find a cache that was nearby. I had not found it yet either and it was only 2 tenths of a mile from our camp spot. So I said yes. My son Cody and I met our friend near the trail towards the cache location. It would only be a short walk away but a fairly dangerous one. If the weather was rainy or icy I am not sure if I would have tried to get it. It was a nice warm sunny day though so footing was not bad, you just had to take your time. We made it to ground zero and found the geocache. We looked at the trinkets inside and signed the log book. We then took a few minutes to look at the river and chat.

cody celebrating the cache find.

cody celebrating the cache find.

the dam that is right next to the campground

the dam that is right next to the campground

Cody and I returned to camp just in time to visit with my mother and her husband. They live not too far away from the campground and they stopped by to visit. It was a nice visit with them, great to see both of them. The rest of the day was consumed with walking the dogs and sitting in our chairs relaxing. Yes, it was taxing for sure. Hectic I tell you.

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

Saturday night came and went by. Sunday morning after breakfast we hoped in the van and drove into Newport. It is only a few miles to town so it was a quick drive. I dropped off some geocache supplies to a county worker. I have been working with the county on a geocache and tourism project. We also walked around town to set up whats called a multi cache. It will be one of the geocaches for the event I have been working on in July. Afterwards we did a hike on some fantastic trails and yes, we found a couple geocaches too. Of course we did.

hiking on the trails

hiking on the trails

After the hike it was back to camp. No other plans today. Cody and I did take the kayak out on the water for a bit. It was fun to be out with him on the water. When we got back we played a couple toss games.

cody and i heading out

cody and i heading out

playing the bean bag toss game

playing the bean bag toss game

The evening arrived and soon it was bed time. Remember I mentioned we put up the pop up tents? We were glad we did as it poured rain and lightning and thunder went off like the Fourth of July. It really stormed that night. Monday morning when we went outside there was a break in the storms. We ate breakfast then started to pack up camp. We got everything put away before it rained again, so that was nice. We decided to make a stop at the Albeni Falls Dam and look around. They do tours of the dam but it doesn’t start until next month. We enjoyed the views anyway.

a neat bench

a neat bench

some great info

some great info

Yes, it was a great weekend away and enjoying our surroundings. Do not forget to remember and honor those military men and women on this weekend who lost their lives protecting us. Take time to thank them in your thoughts. We do thank them.

albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015

 

 

 

business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

I had a planned meeting with a worker from Pend Oreille County for Saturday the 16th in Newport Washington. My wife Joanne suggested we take the camper out and camp nearby for the weekend. She knew I would be gone all day Saturday and she was fine with staying at the campsite with Cody and all our dogs. It would also be a good time to test run our newest dachshund, Max. He has not been out camping yet and we needed to make sure he would do fine. So we decided that we would camp at Freeman Lake. Freeman Lake is just across the Idaho state line and just a few minutes out of Newport Washington. Freeman Lake has a few spots that you can disperse camp. There is no fee to camp there as a bonus. We arrived around 6:30 Friday evening and got camp set up. Soon we had our campfire going and I had my beverage of choice in hand.

freeman lake idaho

freeman lake idaho

our camp spot

our camp spot

nice views from our spot

nice views from our spot

joanne and cody

joanne and cody

cody settled in and reading.

cody settled in and reading.

our herd of dachshunds

our herd of dachshunds

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

Saturday morning after coffee and a quick breakfast that Joanne made, I drove into Newport to meet the county representative. We took the van along on this trip so I could go to the meeting and keep the camper at camp. My meeting today would be to work on a Geocache challenge in the county that will be in July. I have been working for several months with Pend Oreille County in seeing what Geocaching can do for tourism.  We have a plan set and today we would be driving all over the county to place geocaches for the July event. There will be 25 caches that cachers will have to find throughout the county. They will fill in a passport showing that they were there and when they finish the passport, it gets turned in for a custom geocoin. So we put on a lot of miles and 11 hours and got half of the 25 caches completed. We will have the rest complete in the next week. I am really looking forward to the event. I had traveled to some new places that day in the county. Saw lots of amazing views on the trip. I took only a couple pictures.

sullivan lake

sullivan lake

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

I arrived back at camp at dinner time. Joanne and Cody said they had a nice relaxing day while I was away. We had our dinner and sat around the fire for the rest of the night. It was a good end to the day.

Sunday morning we slowly packed up after breakfast. We had plans to drop the camper off at a secure place in Newport and we would take a drive into the mountains with the van. Our drive was to head out some forest roads in search of 3 geocaches. 2 of the geocaches have not been found in almost 5 years. We were anxious to see if they were still there. While the roads we drove would be better for a higher clearance vehicle the van made it through…with lots of new scratches. It will buff out, right? The drive had many great views and we did indeed find all 3 caches. Yes, the two that have not been found in almost 5 years were there and in perfect shape. We even had a view of Freeman Lake while up in the mountains. Wow, the views were great.

one of the many great views.

one of the many great views.

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

amazing scenery

amazing scenery

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

freeman lake, where we stayed

freeman lake, where we stayed

several flowers were in bloom

several flowers were in bloom

After the third cache was found we made our way down the mountain and returned to get the camper. It was time to head home and get ready for the next work week. We will be back out again after work on Friday for the three day weekend. Our next outing is to Ableni Cove just a few short miles from where we stayed this weekend. So the camper worked great for our business and pleasure weekend. We knew it would, it is always ready for us to use and have fun with.

business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015

It was finally time for the Wine Tour Gathering in Prosser Washington. We had been looking forward to this event for a long time. After work on Wednesday Joanne and I left home and started our drive towards Prosser. Our son, Cody and the dogs would be watched by our older son Jeff. Then for two of the nights my Dad would watch Cody. We thank them both for that. On Wednesday night we made it to Scooteney Park. The location of the park and campground is west of Connell Washington. We arrived just before sundown and had no problem finding a spot for the night. We had a spot right next to the lake and the view was amazing. There are no hookups at this campground but there are flush bathrooms, fresh water and a dump station available. Cost for a nights stay was $15.00, a great deal for the location.

fee station with information

fee station with information

our spot as the sun sets

our spot as the sun sets

all the sites were great

all the sites were great

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

We sat in our chairs outside for a bit looking at the views then went to bed. The night was very peaceful and we awoke refreshed. In the morning while standing outside we could smell the wonderful smells of the lilac bush right next to the camper. In fact many things were in bloom at the time. We went for a short walk through the park on a mission to find a geocache. There was one not far away and it made for a nice morning walk. We found the cache and returned to the camper. We got the few things put away and left to make our way to Prosser.

i love the smell of lilac.

i love the smell of lilac.

lots of things in bloom

lots of things in bloom

Making our way to Prosser we stopped in Connell to find a couple geocaches. Wow, what we found was really neat. We love finding treasures in the little towns that normally we would not stop at. Thanks to geocaching, we do.

me at a very cool sculpture

me at a very cool sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

they all made us laugh

they all made us laugh

We then drove to and made a stop in Pasco to get a few groceries. When we returned to the camper to put them away we were asked several questions by a woman at our camper intrigued about our setup. We don’t mind talking about it and spent several minutes going over things. After the short visit we drove to Prosser. We first went up the hill from town to find a couple more geocaches, of course.

very steep hill while out caching.

very steep hill while out caching.

We then went to the Wine Country RV Resort where we would spend the next few days and checked in. We pulled into our site and some friends of ours that were there for the gathering were in their site. We dropped off a couple things at the site and we all went to the Horse Heaven Saloon to have lunch and try a beer or two from the brewery. The food was great but we were disappointed that half the beers made at the brewery were not available. Something I will keep in mind for future trips to Prosser.

our spot at wine country rv resort

our spot at wine country rv resort

the resort is very nice

the resort is very nice

Later on Thursday more friends arrived. About 10 of us went to the resort office and did a wine tasting that was going on. Yes, a wine tasting at the resort office…how cool is that? After the tasting we walked down to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Lots of laughs and good food were had.

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

dinner at the mexican restaurant

dinner at the mexican restaurant

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

 A little rain passed through the resort and a beautiful double rainbow appeared. The picture I got does not do justice for what it looked like. We returned to the resort and visited for a little while before calling it a night. There would be lots of wine tasting to do tomorrow and we needed our sleep.

rainbow

rainbow

the rainbow was awesome

the rainbow was awesome

 

On Friday a few of us drove to Zillah Washington just a short 25 miles away to do some wine tasting. There are a bunch of wineries to try out there. We stopped at some we did not like and several we did like. It was fun to travel around with fellow campers.

a few of us at the first stop

a few of us at the first stop

we all like silver lake winery

we all liked silver lake winery

joanne and I

joanne and I

a little tour at silver lake

a little tour at silver lake

bottling section

bottling section

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

We returned to the resort and visited for a little bit. Joanne and I decided to walk to the wineries next to the resort to find something for dinner. We ended up at Wine O’ Clock. Wow, what a neat place. The food was amazing and the seating area was very cool. It was like a home kitchen and you sit and eat right next to it. We really enjoyed our meal and were happy that we decided to stop there.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

a great meal for sure

a great meal for sure

After dinner we walked back to the resort and visited with fellow friends for a little while before calling it a night. Yes, there would be another full day of wine tasting on Saturday.

On Saturday most of us did our wine tasting in the Prosser area. Saturday turned out to be a very busy day with the Spring Barrel festivities. Lots of crowds and some interesting people watching. After a full day of wine tasting it was time to return to the resort for the potluck dinner. As always, a ton of great food to share among friends.

great times at the potluck

great times at the potluck

After dinner I handed out a 10 question test on wine tasting. The winner with the most correct won a cheese cutting kit. We all had a bunch of laughs at our uh…attempts at getting the right answers.

taking the test

taking the test

After the fun of the test and the prize handed out I thanked everyone for attending the gathering. I talked about the upcoming events like the National Rally in Colorado Springs and a couple other events later this year. I also hinted on a location for a rally in July 2016 that it would be in Northern Oregon. Details for that will be later this year. After that we cleaned up and then visited for a while back at the campers.

On Sunday morning we had our farewell breakfast. It has become a tradition for the rallies and gatherings we host to have pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Joanne and I started a couple hours earlier so it would be ready by 9 am.

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

joanne manning the stove

joanne manning the stove

time to eat

time to eat

there was plenty of food to eat.

there was plenty of food to eat.

After breakfast we cleaned up the meeting room and then packed up our things in the camper. It was time to say goodbye to our friends and leave the resort. We had a great time these last few days. We met some new friends and enjoyed seeing other friends again. When we checked out at the office we set dates for a return wine tasting trip in 2016. The dates will be May 5-8 2016.

We left the resort heading east towards the Tri Cities. We decided to stop and do a few geocaches and do one more wine tasting. We stopped and had some great wine to taste and had a little lunch before making the drive back to home.

beautiful day out

beautiful day out

nice views

nice views

We drove straight through to home, only a 3 hour drive for us. What a fun last few days. It would be a get back home and return to work deal now. We look forward to the next time we meet our friends again. Thank you to those who could attend the wine tour and thank you to Wine Country RV Resort for letting us have our group stay there.

 

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015

 

 

 

 

 

all good things must come to an end 4/11 2015

Yes indeed, all good things must come to an end. Nothing lasts forever so they say. We had so many great memories and traveled many a miles with it. It gave us laughs standing around it and most importantly, it gave us great food to enjoy. Yes, it was time… time to replace our barbecue. Many have seen our dear friend that is attached to a swing out bracket and mounted to the rear of our truck. Heck, some have had food cooked off of that grill. After many a meal it was breaking down. We can not really blame it, it hung out on its bracket all year long out in every element known to man. Eventually, I think everyone would break down. So today was the day to move it aside and bring in its replacement.

our old bbq that served us well

our old bbq that served us well

the swing our bracket that the bbq was attached to.

the swing our bracket that the bbq was attached to.

After removing the mounting bracket from the old barbecue I had to measure the new one so the bracket could be swapped over. I had to get some spacers from the hardware store and a couple gas fittings but other than that, no problem at all. For those that do not know, our barbecue is piped into our camper via a quick connect. So I take off the regulator that comes with the barbecue and then I pipe it in.  It is all pretty easy really.

the mounting bracket that attaches to the swing out arm.

the mounting bracket that attaches to the swing out arm.

After getting the propane hose connected and testing it for leaks, I drilled bolt holes in the new barbecue for the mounting bracket. I placed four bolts with spacers and snug it all down. Simple and quick. Well, it would have been quick if my cordless batteries were charged. After they charged up it was then, no problem.

oooohhhh the new shiny barbecue.

oooohhhh the new shiny barbecue.

I had Chef Joanne come out and try out the barbecue. It got her approval, good thing since she cooks for us.

joanne like it.

joanne like it.

The new barbecue swings out and back into its storage spot just like the old one. It really is convenient for us.

all stored away in its riding spot to new adventurers.

all stored away in its riding spot to new adventurers.

So yes, some things must come to an end. Could I have patched up the old one and made it last a bit longer? Maybe. Parts for that barbecue were hard to find since it is not made anymore. We also wanted to get a two burner and the old one had only one burner. We are pretty happy with it and we look forward to the next meal cooked on it.

 

all good things must come to an end 4/11 2015

 

2000 4/3-4/5 2015

2000. 2000 what? Has it been 2000 days since we first went truck camping? Maybe it was the 2000th new place we camped at this weekend? The answer is 2000 geocache finds. We started geocaching on February 16 2013 and have really loved the hobby. We do a lot of geocaching everywhere we go. Not as much as some die hard geocachers but enough to keep us happy and enjoy the hobby. There are other geocachers that have far far more geocache finds than us but we were pretty happy to reach that milestone on this weekends trip.

We went to the membership campground we belong to, Ponderosa Falls Resort in Cheney Washington. I was wanting to go to a more remote area but Joanne wanted to go there, I did not put up much of a fight as I like the place too. We arrived at 5 P.M. and got our things set up. The weather was pretty good, highs in mid 50’s and lows right at freezing. No rain so that was good. There was a bit of a breeze so we did set up one of our pop up tents and one wall to block the wind while we sat outside.

our spot on this trip

our spot on this trip

all four of our dogs hanging out.

all four of our dogs hanging out.

The night went by peacefully and it was very relaxing. On Saturday morning we got into our van and set out to find a few geocaches. We had to find 13 more geocaches to reach our 2000 milestone. That would be easy enough and we chose to do some more remote caches than closer into town. So we worked our way west of Cheney Washington and traveled all kinds of back roads we have never been on. We really think the basin area is pretty, especially in the spring time. One of our stops for a cache took us on a 2.5 mile short round trip hike. That was a fun one to do, the trail is a rails to trail kind of thing. The trail is the Columbia Plateau Trail.

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

off we go for a short hike

off we go for a short hike

one of the views along our hike

one of the views along our hike

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

After our little hike we set off on more remote roads to find caches. One of them lead us to a historical marker way out in the middle of, well…nowhere. We love finding these kind of spots and geocaching takes us there.

joanne next to the history marker

joanne next to the history marker

closeup of the history story

closeup of the history story

We were really close to reaching our milestone now. So off we went to find the next cache and celebrate our 2000 cache find!

cache find #2000!

cache find #2000!

We told ourselves what a great job it was to get to 2000 finds. It was a fun moment. We walked back to the van and we set out for more caches so we can reach 3000 finds now!

back roads in the basin area of washington.

back roads in the basin area of washington.

In celebration of finding our 2000 geocache we placed a cache for others to find. I had been checking out a spot I wanted to visit and see if placing a cache there would be good. We took a little walk and found a perfect spot that offered views of a lake. We wrote down the coordinates and took note of what I wanted to say in the geocache page for it. Later that night I would send in the information for the new cache and it was published 5 hours later. So now other cachers can go out and find it.

walking back from placing a new cache

walking back from placing a new cache

We returned to the resort and set out to relax. We spent a little time in the pool and hot tub then went back to the camper. We said it was nice to just sit around. Then Joanne said, “doesn’t Mexican food sound good”. So we jumped into the van and drove the short drive into Cheney. I had researched a restaurant that had great reviews. El Rodeo is where we ate and yes the food was very good. I recommend it for sure.

a little swimming

a little swimmmmm margaritas.

mmmm margaritas.

a quick view of the main street in chaney

a quick view of the main street in cheney

After dinner we returned once again to the resort. This time we would go no where else. So it was time to kick back, have a beer and relax.

relaxing

relaxing

relax time for the dogs too

relax time for the dogs too

Happy Easter! It was Sunday morning and it was Easter. Now just because we are not at home don’t think that an Easter Egg hunt would not happen. Joanne and I went out and hid 24 eggs for Cody to find. We had plenty of spots to get them hid. In the end we had to give Cody hints and clues so he could find them all. In fact I had to walk around a bit to remember where I hid the last egg.

yep, there is one

yep, there is one

another one right there cody

another one right there cody

Another fun short trip out with the camper. Our next trip will be in a couple weeks from now. We will go to Prosser Washington for the Spring Barrel Wine Tour Rally. We have been looking forward to that for a long time. I am sure we will find a geocache or two while in that area too.

 

2000 4/3-4/5 2015

resorting and testing new products 2/27 – 3/1 2015

Our weekends trip we returned to the membership rv resort we belong to. We wanted to get out and relax after another week or so of not so nice surprises in life. I’ve been trying to get over pneumonia and it was almost gone finally on this trip. After we got one of our trucks out of the repair shop, our car had to be towed in for repairs. Along with a few other things happening, a nice weekend sitting around relaxing was what the doctor prescribed.

On this trip we had a couple new products for our outings to try out. A perfect chance to find out if our money went to good use or not. First thing was to get parked in our spot for the weekend. The weather was a bit windy and highs in the upper 30’s, lows near 20. The wind chill was pretty cold but manageable.

this weekends set up

this weekends set up

not many people at the resort this time of year.

not many people at the resort this time of year.

we put up the pop up tent and sides so it would provide a good wind block. It made it so we could sit outside being out of the wind chill. One of the first new products we tried out was a radiant hanging heater. It hung under the pop up tent. It is an electric heater, so we would only use this heater when we have power hook ups. I wont be running the generator to use this heater.

it weighs 14 lbs

it weighs 14 lbs

a two stage heater

a two stage heater

While this heater does not put out a bunch of heat it really did help heat you up while you sat under it. Being a radiant heater, it does not heat the air but heats surfaces.  Overall, we were happy to have it. One new product down and others to try out.

Another new item we got was a fresh water hose. We have used a simple hose that was made for drinking water. While the hose does what it should do, it was a pain in the butt to roll back up. Especially when temperatures outside are colder. Rolling the stiff hose up and placing it in the storage area always had a word of “encouragement” from me. I wanted something that took up less space while being stored away and was less of a pain to deal with. So we bought a fresh water coiled hose.

while coiled up the hose takes up little storage space

while coiled up the hose takes up little storage space

Right away the one thing I liked about this hose was that it had quick connect fittings on both ends. I had the fresh water hose connected to the camper in seconds. Turned the water on and it held perfectly fine. The quick connects made it nice for when I took the hose off at night. Since the weather was down in the 20’s in the evening  I decided leaving it hooked up would not be a good idea. In the morning I quickly hooked it back up utilizing the quick connects. So far, a thumbs up. We will see how it holds up over time now.

Now it was time to try out our last new items that we brought on this trip. Chairs. We have worn out a couple of our camping chairs. Since we have used them for several years there was no complaint they finally got worn out. This time we bought folding  directors type of chairs. They have the little side tables on them. It was a style of chair we wanted to get for some time now.

my chair is the red one. i am taller and it fits me very well.

my chair is the red one. i am taller and it fits me very well.

yep, comfortable and the table holds my beer.

yep, comfortable and the table holds my beer.

joanne likes her new chair too.

joanne likes her new chair too.

All three new items worked well for us. It will be a matter of time to see how well they hold up with usage. All three products get our approval.

The weekend was filled with, well…not much. Again, it was a time to sit and relax. The hectic life that sometimes happens was put on the shelf and not thought about for this trip. We spent time in the hot tub at the resort and playing games with Cody. We walked the dogs several times around the resort. We did walk a short distance from the resort to find a geocache. Other than that, just a relaxing weekend. That was exactly one of the reasons why we became members of the resort, trips like this. It is close by and fits the bill when we are looking for these type of outings.

One last thing…the dogs approved this outing as well. Trixie and Buddy  are the two on my lap. Dusty and Joey were along too but my lap is only so big.

dog approved.

dog approved.