And so on to Porto, home of yep..., Port. All the top brands have been made here for centuries including Sandeman. This brought back fond childhood memories for me. There was always a bottle of Sandeman on the shelf for Christmas. 🍷 It was a bit hairy getting to our stoppie down a very narrow street with a U bend at the bottom but we did it and it was worth the effort. A spectacular water front location over looking the mouth of the Douro river and as we discovered, next to the Spring Water washing baths. And I thought the makeshift frames were for fishing nets. 😳. Porto is not only a town of many Ports, but one of many Bridges. The main one, based on t he Eiffel Tower, carries the metro bridge but you can also walk across and take in the views. Narrow streets with more wall art, historic architecture and decor as in the Central Station, are all a magnificent and interesting back drop to the waterfront walkways. Lined with cafés and opportunities to taste the fine local Port. We spent a beautiful afternoon being entertained by a great talented couple @cocopilots.music Brilliant live music 🎶 🎺 🎸 🎵 If you’re in Portugal 🇵🇹 then a few days in Porto is a must. #rvlife#rvliving#rvlifestyle#travelblogger#travelblog#travelphotography#travelphotographer#bordercollie#roadtrip#ontheroad#spanishroadtrip#porto
Winter Prep Day Two: Plugging the Drafts
Today we're going to talk about drafts! When it gets bit cooler you'll start to notice the drafts more and more - we go around our RV and feel around any corners, edges of the slides, look for any holes that lead out of the RV, etc. and we cover them.
1. Slides are a big one - we usually take some old towels and plug any areas in the slides that have air coming in and we try our best to hide the towel beneath the slide rubber or floor so you can't see it.
2. If you have something like an outdoor kitchen that may have a hole into the RV (we have a hole leading from the back of the TV to the outside kitchen to put cables through) - you'll want to plug these.
3. Some places you can plug permanently - we noticed, a bit late, last year that there was a draft coming around our bed, up from the pass through storage, so this year we've taken some silicone caulking and caulked all the edges in the bedroom that frame the storage area and now theres no more draft!
4. We also used duct tape to plug holes leading from inside the RV to the underbelly. This is especially important if you don't have a fully enclosed underbelly. If your underbelly is enclosed and the trailer is skirted, you should be ok, but we taped them up anyway, cause every little bit helps (also helps to keep mice out haha). 5. Check around your window frames - you can use black electrical tape to tape around the frame in case of any drafts. I have also seen people tape a fitted sheet of plexiglass over the window to act as a dual-pane (unless you already have dual-pane windows). But then if you do need to open the window for some reason.. you couldn't. So..pros and cons, right? 😉
And in the end, you may not get them all (sometimes you just can't figure out where they're coming from! And sometimes they just seep through the walls!) but do your best to locate them and plug them appropriately. Plugging as many drafts as you can will make a HUGE difference in the trailer, and with your propane and electricity bills.
Before & After. Tootie edition. Still have some things to do in Tootie’s room like paint the hideous wall where the bunk was removed but I’m happy with the progress so far. Elaina’s stuff was the hardest to pare down. Not her toys but definitely everything else. Hard to let go of that notion of less stuff equals we aren’t doing enough to make her happy. I have to remind myself she won’t remember the stuff, she will remember how we played with her, all the adventures we went on, and how much we love her. #rvremodel#rvlife#rvfulltimeliving#rvliving#rvdecorating#kidsroomdecorbyduka
Our campsite last night was very nice. We loved the pine trees and the night sky.
Herbs got a new baby...he loves it💜
We made our way closer to the Grand Canyon today and are at a new boondocking site about 5 miles from the Grand Canyon. The site is right off of 64. We got here early afternoon, did some exploring, and then watched some football.
We love boondocking. You get closer to nature and there is a peaceful solitude that you don’t get at campgrounds. However, I ain’t gonna lie, it can be creepy at night haha. We just took Herbie out for his last potty break at about 9. We are the only ones anywhere on this road, it is dark AF, it is surrounded by these medium height shrubs (perfect for something or someone to hide behind haha), and it is so quiet! Believe me, it was a quick potty break😳
That being said, we love when it is dark. We have seen the most remarkable night skies on this trip especially at boondocking or dry camping sites. These sites are typically off the beaten path and have very little or no light or noise pollution. On top of all that, they are usually free or very cheap.
So I guess a little creep factor to have these settings is a small price to pay!
Experimented a little tonight. Bundt was in the instapot and loaf in the convection. I'm a true believer in the instapot, but not really a fan of the pound cake in there....mostly due to outer texture. I did put in the convection for about 15 min to brown/crust it a little. But as far as cooking through....it did the job. The loaf is nothing short of perfection. Honestly....my pound cakes didn't come out this good in the oven. The instapot would probably make a killer lava cake or cheese cake, but as for my pound cakes....I'll be sticking to the convection.
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This giggly girl is 7 months old today and she's giving us all the good moods, despite us messing with her schedule to take our rig in for repairs... None of which were completed. But that's besides the point.
We're taking our cues from her and enjoying our evening!
Swipe for the before 👉
Can you believe this is an RV?? I'm loving how this spot is coming together! What you don't see: missing cabinet fronts, unfinished floors, broken generator, water damage yet to be fixed... But at least this view is encouragement to keep going!
What a journey this renovation has been. The “garage” now feels like a completely new living space for snuggles, reading , learning, with access the back deck to sit in the sunshine.
Feeling extremely grateful that we are able to live this lifestyle. This past year we’ve met so many new friends, grew in our faith and have made so many great memories with our kids. We can’t believe it is almost time to hit the road again!
Over 24 hours of no sleep🙃, but we safely made it to our new home🏕 and it’s breathtaking😍! Not only the lakefront views, but the well manicured property🌳 and large paved RV sites🙌🏻. Truly think this place will live up to its name and be a haven in our winter! #theoutpostrvresort in #winterhavenfl, your first impression did not disappoint. Excited to get to know you these next 13wks😉!
A hike right in the city today!
Pilot Butte is a lava dome that was created from an extinct volcano located in Bend, Oregon. It is a cinder cone butte which rises nearly 500 feet above the surrounding plains.
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Being an Oregonian is a badge we wear proudly. The further we travel and the longer we’re away will only make us appreciate + miss the state we call home even more. See you some day soon, Oregon 💚
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Our Road Schooling Science lesson is about Monarch migration...
Did you know each year thousands of vibrant orange and black 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐁𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing winter. The butterflies cluster in the branches of the Eucalyptus trees.
The Monarchs that visit Pismo Beach are unique, they have a life span of six months as opposed to the common Monarchs that live only six weeks.
We got to look through some telescopes and see all the hundreds of Monarchs in their clusters. We saw so many of them flittering around in the sunlight and it was magical...
If you have never been plan a visit, you won’t regret it...