The other thing we have noticed is that we don’t spend nearly as much time in our camper as we did in our 5th wheel. We spend a lot more time outside or doing other things.
Dakota has mixed feelings. She likes her little area under the table but recently we have found her up on the bed when we return from somewhere. And just the last few nights she has tried to sneak up on the bed in the middle of the night when we are sleeping. Unfortunately for her, there is just no sneaking or no room in the smaller bed. Oh, she thinks there is plenty of room for her as she wedges herself between Barb and me (usually stepping all over Daisy as she does it) but it is just not to be and she is sent back down. But all in all, the pickup camper is a success.
What does all this mean? Well, we are seriously considering putting our 5th wheel up for sale and just going with the camper. Once the house is finished we will certainly spend more time there and use it as a home base as we continue to travel 4-6 weeks at a time throughout the year. We will more than likely wait until spring to seriously list it but if you know anyone who is looking for a 2014 40’ Cardinal with 900 watts of solar (new batteries and new tires in ’19) send them our way!
During our last week here in Oregon Barb and Somer have been busy working on the house. The previous owners have put beams and flooring across the living room/great room area creating an additional bedroom upstairs and resulting them having an 8 foot ceiling in the living room. Forrest and Somer want to open it back up to its original state to have a 20 foot ceiling in their living room. But before they do that they wanted to paint the walls and ceiling, put up a new ceiling fan and some new lighting as this would be much more difficult with the higher ceiling. So Barb and Somer were busy painting, painting and painting.
What a difference it makes though!
Last Saturday marked the opening was waterfowl hunting so Forrest, Dakota and I were up at 5:00am, loaded up the decoys and Forrest’s kayak and off we went!
Klamath Lake, also known as Upper Klamath is the largest freshwater lake in Oregon measuring 25 miles long and 8 miles wide. Forrest’s secret hunting spot is about in the middle of the lake and only 10 minutes from his house. We got set up and waited for the birds watching the sun light up the mountains across the lake.
|Dakota and I waiting for some birds|
|Dakota retrieving a duck|
So far the birds have been the same variety we see in North Dakota; mallards, widgeon, scaup and teal but I hear there are some sea ducks that make it onto the lake as well. We got a handful of ducks and treated ourselves to some duck kabobs later in the week. Tasty!
We had a nice surprise when friends Vicki and Harry sent us a message saying that they were stopping for a day on their way from Washington to Reno! Little known fact..... (Even Harry is hearing (reading) this for the first time....) Harry has actually been known to us as "Harry Baby" for the past few years ever since Barb was looking out our window in Quartzsite and she said "Here comes Harry Baby" or at least that is what I heard. I said "Harry Baby? I did not know you had a pet name for Harry". She said "No, I mean here comes Harry, baby" Amazing how the placement of a comma or how you say something can totally change the meaning!
We went to the Klamath Basin Brewery. The good and beer were good and the company was even better!
|Us with Vicki and Harry Baby|
|No dog hair!|
Remember, next time you see Harry and Vicki whether it be in Reno, Quartzsite or some other random location, say hi to Harry Baby for us!