A month in the life of… June 2020

$2500/month RV sites in Bend, Oregon. Laid off. Why not Duluth? Geographic centers, mid-west tornadoes, diy 5th wheel RV tire fixings.

Oregon coast to New York City across some months in 16:43.

Living

Remember that time the pandemic wasn’t letting up back in June 2020? Mom, pops, Sunny, and Austin in Bend, Oregon. Kesley robbed of her graduation, living in Leadville, Colorado… currently road tripping the Northeast with “that Todd“.

Your folks started the month at the fancy RV Park off Brosterhous Rd, Crown Villa RV resort. Rumor has it this place was built to showcase high end Beaver Motorcoaches that were built nearby. It’s a really nice park with huge sites, tall trees, and fantastic community centers. It’s expensive, like Bend.

It’s going from $900/month to $2500/month ‘if‘ they can find a monthly site. $300-$400/month is pretty normal across the country. We’re looking around.

RV/tiny house living remains primarily without legal rights to live in an RV in the USA, though many do. It’s primarily why Tiny Houses aren’t working. Leases and purchases for RV sites are generally not available, and questionably enforceable. Zoning and regulation prohibitively restrict most abilities to use RV’s as a residence. Moving a lot is the only thing that makes living on wheels make any sense to us, and we move a lot.

Hey Sunny, remember when your roommate got Covid and sucked at keeping you safe? Your lovely and janky heart earned you that old trailer, and we got to be neighbors. That was cool.

Sunny's quarantine RV
Sunny’s quarantine RV

Lots of yard hangouts, quarantining from each other as well. You taught me about the free cappuccino machine in the community room. Thanks.

Austin’s been roommating in Bend, freelancing your photography and video stuff. Kesley finishing up her college at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Robbed of the graduation experience. Sorry.

Working

March 2020, pops laid off from that hospital remodel job in Bend, Oregon as the lockdown happened. The construction company goes from 15 employees to around 5. So we live off savings.

Austin works magic, adding a day job with your freelancing – marketing for a kick ass company that hired you for your photo/video skills. You’re such a rockstar.

Kes was working in and out of the restaurants and bars as they tried to figure out pandemic stuff. Your hoarder granny tendencies paid off, so you road tripped east. Well done.

Sunny left the child care center for pandemic reasons and scrambled and hustled like the beast she is. We’re proud of you girl.

You’re all homeschool freaks and we wouldn’t want it either way.


Remember that time we moved to La Pine, about 30 minutes south of Bend so we couldn’t see you anymore, ever? Yeah. Paid $800/month for this cramped parking spot. We parked on the highway, our neighbor decided to park in between us.

La Pine trailer park
La Pine trailer park with the fear of our house getting hit everytime the neighbor came and went.

Trying to make the best of it, we helped Sunny move in down the way. Plus, $2500/mo for the Bend RV park seemed excessive.

Sunny's spot next to the bathroom.
From our window, the spot you would pull into next to the bathroom.

Remember your trucker friends, Peaches and Kim? I wish we had a picture.

Before we left you with Peaches and Kim, we really enjoyed helping fix up your new home.

Rope cabinet pulls
Rope cabinet pulls – one of my better, cheaper ideas.
Fixing up Sunny's quarantine home
Fixing up Sunny’s quarantine home

Learning

What’d we learn this month kids? Freedom trumps masks. Jobs over health. Politics beat relationships. bummer.

Big Obsidian Flow, Oregon
Lava flows. Big Obsidian Flow, Oregon
Goodbye's in Bend
Goodbye’s suck
Hail the night before we leave.
Final goodbye
Final goodbye before we pull out (Sunny’s trailer in the back with the stripe)

Playing

On the road
On the road
June 13, 2020 clips from the road.
First night on the road
First camping night on the road – Spring Gulch. Sloway Campground. Do NOT fire grill Pop Tarts.
Spring Gulch. Sloway Campground
Spring Gulch. Sloway Campground
Starbucks in Kalispell
Starbucks in Kalispell
Kalispell, Montana clips from the road
Kalispell, MT. Chevy C50
Kalispell, MT. Chevy C50
Montana through Glacier
Montana through Glacier National Park (closed)
L.I.V.I.N.
L.I.V.I.N.
On the road
On the road
Lunch on the road
Lunch on the road
Route planning
Route planning
In the truck
In the truck
HBD to our UK buddy!
Rest Area
Rest Area
Killing gophers
Killing gophers
Roadside motel
Roadside motel
Welcome to North Dakota
Welcome to North Dakota
Minot, North Dakota
Missouri River
Missouri River
Centered
Centered
Rugby North Dakota
Rugby North Dakota
Geo Center of North America – Mexico, USA, Canada
Welcome to Minnesota
Welcome to Minnesota
Minnesota camping
Minnesota camping
10 years apart - June 17 2010
10 years apart – June 17 2010
Roseau, Minnesota Tornado Warning
Tornado
The bathroom that saved our lives
Tornado
Tornado
Tornado
Tornado
Tornado
Tornado
Canada
Canada
Logging
Logging
Traveling pets
Traveling pets
First meal out
First meal out
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MI
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
Red Pine Campground. Saginaw, MN
French toast and sewer pipe views
French toast and sewer pipe views
Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN
Exploring Duluth, MN. Clips from the road.
Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN
End of IH35
End of IH35
North Shore, Lake Superior
North Shore, Lake Superior
North Shore, Lake Superior
North Shore, Lake Superior
Minnesota Welcomes You
Minnesota Welcomes You
Wisconsin Welcomes You
Wisconsin Welcomes You
On the road
On the road
Ashland, WI
Ashland, WI
On the road
On the road
Welcome to Pure Michigan
Welcome to Pure Michigan
Iron River, MI
Iron River, MI
Clips from the road
Iron River, MI
Iron River, MI
Crystal Falls, MI
Crystal Falls, MI
Miles of snowmobile trails
Miles of snowmobile trails
Snowmobile trails
Snowmobile trails
Sunset Lake, MI
Sunset Lake, MI
Beef-A-Roo Iron River, MI
Beef-A-Roo Iron River, MI
Found on Sirius XM.
Ishpeming, MI
Ishpeming, MI
Marquette, MI
Marquette, MI
Marquette, MI
Marquette, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Ishpeming, MI
Houghton, MI
Houghton, MI

Kes flying. Colorado.
Kes flying. Colorado.
Kes finding her people. Colorado.
Kes finding her people. Colorado.
Podcast
Podcast
Borders are bullshit
Borders are bullshit

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