Tuesday, September 01, 2015


We're in OREGON for five days. We brought a load of stuff up to family, so we can load the things at Matt and Rachel's into the trailer. This is our "shake-down" trip -  a chance for us to discover what is working, and what isn't working, before we get too far away from our tether.


We've discovered the trailer is VERY squirrely. We stopped a couple of times and rearranged the load. We've never had  a problem with this before, but today was positively faith enhancing. I think the pass-through storage in the rear is a design flaw. A trailer should have 60% of the weight in front of the axle  - but the big storage compartment is at the very back of the trailer.

We've discovered you can park RIGHT UNDER THE WIFI ROUTER and still not get wifi.

We've discovered if you PACK TIGHTLY things won't spill over and run down your walls.

Yes, that IS a couch pillow!
We've discovered Krista and Arielle have a darling house - and are great cooks. They treated us to Veggie Pot Pie and Chicken.  We unloaded our pantry and a box of things Arielle had left behind.

We've discovered we like Armitage County Park/Campground...nice campground right on the McKenzie River...and our home for three nights.

It Worked!

We've attempted to grow watermelon for years. This year Michael had saved some seeds from a Texas Rattler Melon. He faithful watered the, fertilized them and tended them in our container garden.

Unfortunately, we had to move from our home before they were ready.  Michael harvested the two biggest.
Personal size

Tonight he cut them up and we had them with dinner at Krista and Arielle's.

He and Shannon carried the rest of the containers over to their house. We hope they will continue to grow.  Shannon was wonderful enough to stop and offer to use his leaf blower to clear out our garage and driveway. Kyle and Michelle showed up and we exchanged a deposit check for a house and keys.  It's been a busy few weeks.

We miss Shannon and Valerie - great neighbors
YES , we needed to drop things off in OREGON so we could organize.