The Maiden Voyage

Preparations for the maiden voyage are almost complete!  We’re camping on the backside of the Sierras near Yosemite.  As is our traditional on Memorial Day, the weather is expected to be showery, especially on Friday.

So, without further delay, here is the grand tour of J2’s Maiden Voyage:

The Master Bedroom:img_4343

This room has three giant windows and way more storage than you might think.  The bed flips up with plenty of room for backpacks, extra sleeping bags, crampons, and most of our wardrobe.  I’m not sure about Bear, but all of my clothes are in the white bin, organized by ziplock.  I am a bit neurotic about ziplocks. This area is barely filled, I’m sure if I put my mind to it, I’ll think of more things to stow here.


The side closets are pretty neat too.  I have got my hiking boots, a Swiffer, and an ergo carrier in the bottom closet. All of my coats on the top.  The remainder of my wardrobe is under the bed.  As I said, I’m a bit nuts with the ziplocks. As for over the bed, I’m not sure what we will stow. For now, it is for the board games.


On to the kid’s room, pictured here are their bunks and wardrobe.


The top closet is big enough for all their coats, extra blankets and towels, and whatever else we can think of (<coughboozecough>).  The drawers have ample room for all of their clothes.  This is going to be no problem for full time living!


They’ve got under the bed storage as well.  There is enough room for three of the storage containers.  This is toy and homeschool storage. While we camp, the homeschool bin only has journals and art supplies.  As a bonus, there are a couple of nooks on the inside of the lower bunk.  Handy for even more toy storage!  One of these shelves will be for books.  They just have not been packed yet


The living area of J2 is between the Master Bedroom and the Bunk Room.

There is, of course, storage everywhere.  Overhead, under couch, under dinette and so on. The pantry is a bit small, but I’m scoping out a few more food storage areas.  I think the area under the dinette might be able to hold some non smelly food, like pasta boxes etc.

I’ve stocked the overhead bins with enough guide books and DVD’s to hold us over for 3 weeks of rain.  One can never be too careful.  Under the couch I’m stowing all out extra shoes (not my hiking boots, for some reason which I can not explain).


I think we’re pretty set.  We are just waiting on Bear to finish work and the girls to pack their toys, and we can be off.  I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.


Jolly Too!

“Jolly Too”, aka J2, has arrived!  We’re the happy new owners of a Flying Cloud 30Fb Airstream, woot woot!  She is gorgeous.  The Airstreams are really swanky and have a train look feel to them.  I’m pretty sure we can adapt her to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

Of course, it’s much to soon for that, so we’re setting her up for camping mode this week.   I’ll be sure to post the tour of the bare bones.  It will be interesting to see how she evolves as we transition from vacation mode to full time mode.  We completely geeked out as a family and spent the day setting her up and just sitting on our new couches.   She’ll have her maiden voyage pretty soon.  More to come on that.

In even better news, some family friends have adopted Jolly.  We’re so happy he’s going to a good home and will make many camping memories with a great family!

Conversations with Bunny

Bunny: “Mommy, you’ve lost your purse?”

Mouse: “Yes, can you help me find it?”

Bunny: “I can’t see it, maybe it’s a mystery!”

Mouse: “Maybe it is! We have to solve the mystery!”

Bunny: “We should be mysteryers!”

Mouse: “Mysteryers?”

Bunny: “Yeah! Mysteryers!”

Mouse: “Mysteryers are called ‘Detectives'”

Bunny: “Yeah, let’s be detectives… We need a magnifying glass!”

Mouse: “Good idea! Do you know where one is?”

Bunny: “Hrm… Mommy, if your purse was eating cake.. we could follow the breadcrumbs!”

..and this is why I had children. 🙂