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There Are Certain Questions You Don't Ask at a Bathhouse in Hot Springs Arkansas

When we first arrived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, we didn't really know what to expect.  We had a vague idea that there were some natural hot springs in town (duh right) but we didn't know what exactly was here.

Our first couple days consisted of finding our way around town,  filling the pantries, and spending evenings after work and school at the pool.  One evening at the campground pool we met a nice couple that kept telling us we just had to go to the "whoah pah" or the "kwo po" or the "kung pow."  We just couldn't make out what the heck the name of the place was.  But as they continued to describe it, I really wanted to go. After a bit of discussion we learned that the Quapaw is a spa.  It is also one of the few fully operational bathhouses on historic bathhouse row.

So on our first full weekend in town we set out for bathhouse row to see these spas for ourselves.  The weather was beautiful as we walked along the sidewalk and took it all in…
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We spent a weekend in Mississippi. Meh.

Have you ever done something you didn't really want to do?  Us too!  We visited Mississippi.

We don't really have anything against the state.  It's just that every time we have had a chance to stop there we have always opted to just drive through.  The problem is we just can't figure out anything there that any of us are excited to visit.  like... anything.

A couple weeks ago Kate and I had a three day weekend and we decided to bite the bullet and get Mississippi checked off our list.  At first we figured we would pack up the kids and spend the weekend at the beach in Biloxi.  A couple days before the trip, we found out there was a tropical storm heading that way. So now we had less than a week to figure out where to go.

We opened the old google box and searched for "Things to do in Mississippi" I know, really creative right.  And after clicking around a bit we settled on Jackson, Mississippi, but our hearts weren't really in it.

The morning of the trip …

When Living in a Camper Gets Hard, GTFO: New Orleans Edition

Life in a Camper can be pretty stressful sometimes.  Scheduling conflicts, constant breakages, tight quarters...  You get the idea.  So when my sister offered to watch our baby and my Mom made the same offer for watching our other two, you better believe Kate and I jumped at the chance to have a break.

We decided to ditch the camper for a bit and take a weekend vacation in New Orleans.  We booked a hotel last minute, dropped the kids off and hit the road.  No kids, no camper, ready for a good time.

We arrived in town Saturday around noon.  Our hotel wasn't ready yet so we checked our bags and dropped the truck of with the valet (they don't park giant road beasts often so it was kinda funny to see their reaction),  With the essential stuff stowed we set out on foot to explore the french quarter.

Kate and I like to wander.  Rarely do we actually plan out a trip.  So it was pure luck that the first place we stumbled upon was the famous Pat O'Brian's (http://www.patobrien…

Dealing With Pests on the Road

I got the idea to write this yesterday.  I was looking in my basement to check the battery disconnect (long story) when I noticed that ants had decided to build a freaking nest inside my box of rubber gloves.  After clearing out all the ants, then cleaning all the ants off of me.  I set out to stop their entrance into the basement with liberal use of duct tape.  This got me thinking, "Hey! This could be a useful blog post.  Also, fire ants suck!" And so that is how I decided to share some of the things I've learned along the road about dealing with pests.

Bugs, mice, ants.  living in a camper does not make you immune to these common pests.  If anything you are more likely to see these little critters. Campsites tend to be in rural areas and that is where the critters are.  Here are some of the tips we have learned on the road to reduce the number of creepy crawlies that make it into your house with wheels.
Wrap your hoses and cables leading into your camper with a strip …

How "NOT" To Flush Your Tanks: The Poo Shower Edition

When we first got the camper,  we didn't know anything.  We especially didn't know how our tanks worked.  A couple of days after taking delivery of the camper, we decided to clean the tanks out really well since it was a used camper and we didn't want to smell the egg smelling water anymore and we didn't want to have other peoples poop in the black tanks smelling up our camper.

I watched a few videos and when I decided I was educated enough I set to work.

I started out with the fresh water systems.  I needed to drain the old antifreeze and old stagnant water. I turned on the water pump and opened up all the water faucets.  I didn't realize there was a low point drain that would have made that easier.  once all the old water was out,  I poured some bleach in the fresh tanks to clean them. After they were drained I decided to flush the lines with fresh water.  So I once again opened the faucets up and turned on the shore water.  Within a few minutes the smell was go…

Louisiana in July is Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun... When your A.C. Is Broken

Kate and the kids and I have been spending the summer at Cajun Palms RV Resort (http://www.cajunpalms.com/) in Henderson, LA.  Living in an RV has a bunch of great benefits.  The main one being you can live anywhere you want.  Under normal circumstances we wouldn't spend the summer in the south, but health issues with my mom have led us to South Louisiana in the worst heat of the year.

At first things were going fantastic.  We have an amazing pool to swim in.  A fun party atmosphere on the weekends.  All my family is close by, so we can visit and have babysitters for date nights.  Everything was great in fact until it started getting hot.

We noticed it getting warmer and warmer in the camper during the day.  We tried everything we could think of.  We insulated the inside of cabinets, windows, underside of hatches and out of the way walls with silver bubble wrap insulation.  It worked well at first.

Then it got warmer again.  this time we decided to install a portable A.C.  in our …

After a year of living in an RV with 3 kids, let's reflect on our first trip

It has now been one year.  Let that sink in.  An entire year of living in a camper.  A whole year with three kids... in a camper.  A year of memories. A year of adventures.  A year of mishaps.  I figured it would be fitting to start the blog off with my notes about our first trip.  



8/6/2017 – Heading To AlabamaFor our first trip we decided to go to Troy, Alabama to see Kate’s Grandmother.  We figured it would be a nice short trip to try things out as we set off on our adventure.  We found a nice campground called Deer Run RV Park. (www.deerrunrvpark.com) It was about a 4 hour drive.  Should be easy.
Moving day came along and I thought I was prepared.  I had diesel in the truck, a tear-down list created.  I had practiced towing the 5th wheel.  I had learned how to hook up the trailer. I had figured out everything… 
nope.  
I try to pull in the slides and they don’t work.  None of them.  I research a little and it looks like we have a dead battery in the RV.  I decided to muscle through an…