I already posted a couple questions on this forum but thought I should stop by here and introduce myself.
My husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida a year ago February. We just bought a house in Gresham, OR.
We have a 14 year-old boy, a 17 year-old girl and a 20 year-old boy who stayed behind in Florida
. We also have a 5lb ball of fury i.e., Yorkshire Terrorist. By day he is Dr. Jekyll, by night, Mr. Hyde and goes completely insane just about any time when he sees another dog, squirl, a blade grass grow, a leaf blow in the wind, etc.
My kids go to on-line public school--not for religious or political reasons, they just make better grades doing their work at home. So this has made it hard for them to find friends here. But that's another story. I do wish we could find other campers who have kids their age and meet up from time to time.
We bought our 29' TT a few weeks ago and so far we've only wrecked it once--I really didn't want another sun roof on the side of the camper albeit a small one. Outside of that our 1st few trips have been great other than the fact you can't get a campsite in the summer here on a weekend unless you book a year in advance. Wish the sale's man had told us that.
Camping in the 29'er is like living in the Taj Mahal as years ago we had a pop up when the kids were small. We never wrecked that one, only once did we forget to put in the hitch pin and watched in amazement as the pop-up unhitched itself. "I thought you put the pin in." "No, I thought you put the pin in." Lesson learned.
Camping was a whole other game in South Florida. You just woke up, decided to go camping and on the road you went. Never did we find a camp site that was so full we couldn't get in and it never occurred to us we'd need a reservation. So we never made one. This is a whole new world in Oregon with the 29'er.
Now we've got mountains to climb that eat more gas than I ever dreamed of, countless names of counties, towns, and roads we've no idea of where they are, and about 3 million other campers fighting for the exact same spot a year in advance.
Lately, I've been wishing we'd bought a tent because the learning curve out here is daunting as far as public grounds, BLMs, Corp of engineers, etc all with obscure directions for spots to camp.
I am determined to prevail, after I recover from this last failed attempt at camping over the weekend and nearly taking out the reservation booth. Another lesson learned, hopefully.
Oh, and we never lost or wrecked our 31' boat while trailering it in Florida, although hauling it from where we bought it would make the bravest throw-up as it swung from side to side the entire 300 miles home.
So we should get points for that and learning the importance of sway bars and not buying a trailer that's 1/2 the size of your boat. But hey, it came with the boat. The proper sized trailer we bought from a dealer fit the boat perfectly. To bad we couldn't get it licensed as the dealer was selling stolen merchandise and ended up in jail. Our pool builder WHO NEVER FINISHED BUILDING IT, ended up in jail as well.
Sometimes I don't know if we're courageous, or just plain stupid.
But here we are, ready to learn!