Rexburg, ID

Also Yellowstone.

“Holy crap! Pull over!”  Potatoes and onions aren’t the only interesting things in Idaho. Idaho also has ‘the moon.’  Recently, we haven’t been traveling with ‘firm’ plans. We’ve just been driving. East. So, when we drove into Craters of the Moon National Monument, we were pretty surprised. We had no idea that Idaho had a large swath of land impersonating the moon. We’re glad it does; the novelty of this place makes it pretty awesome.  In full disclosure, Idaho’s ‘moon’ doesn’t have anything to do with the ‘real’ moon. Craters of the Moon was created by volcanic fissure eruptions. You can…

Parma, ID

Photoshoot! Boise Style.

C-ya later Oregon! Oh, hey there Idaho! Please disregard the disheveled looks- we spent the night prior in a rest area. Idaho. Big wheels have been turning toward middle America. We don’t have a firm plan of when we’ll arrive. We don’t have a specific route we’re planning to drive. But, we do have a goal of reaching Colorado in the near-ish future.  Idaho is currently providing us with a road to explore while headed in that general direction. Idaho also touts many roadside attractions. Alright, alright- so far, most of those ‘roadside attractions’ have been potatoes and onions laying…

Eugene, Oregon- Round 2

Some stops are glamorous only in retrospect. Our second rendezvous with the greater Eugene, OR, area was glamorous only in retrospect. We spent much of our second date with Eugene hopping between RV shops. The Eugene, Oregon area (specifically, Coburg and Junction City) is a mecca for RV craftsmen. So, we hunted a few down. We beat them into submission. We forced them to agree to install a new floor, re-upholster our couch, and paint a few trouble spots on Dyna’s 15 year old exterior. (Okay, we paid them- same difference).  We also coerced these poor folks into letting us…

Olympia, WA

Mountain lake.

Sometimes, the realization that we are ‘living the dream’ hits me like a sack of hard candy. So many moments of perfection. I don’t believe in perfection as a constant state. But I do believe in it as moments; which are usually interuppted by something small pest (i.e. mosquito, roll of the ankle, cat pooping in the littler box, lube pump giving out- again, etc.).  But damn, when you’re in that moment, it’s good. So good. Perfect, in fact.  Moment of perfection in Olympic National Park Olympic National Forest. Olympic National Forest. Angel’s Rest hike. Mountain lake. After a wrong…

Whidbey Island, WA

Sweet sweet Deception Pass trails. I miss you.

What’s more fun than living on an island for a week? Living on an island where family also resides. What’s not fun about living on an island for a week? When the campground you have booked has no cellular reception, thus rendering you internetless. This doesn’t sound too awful- except when you rely on the internet to earn the money you need to travel full time in an awesome but cranky RV. Jake spent a lot of time at the local library, and I spent a lot of time climbing the highest nearby hill and attempting to get enough signal…

Seattle, WA

Actual depiction of how Dyna usually travels.

What’s better than getting to visit a highly hyped new-to-you place like Seattle for the first time? Your sister coming to visit it with you for the first time! That’s right, readers of lifewithdyna. Kay Pfleghardt is in the (wheeled) house! The always lovely, sometimes silly, always amazing, Kay Pfleghardt. Psuedonyms include (but are not limited to): Aunt Kay, Kay Kay, Nefertiti, Kay the Princess We’ve been looking forward to both Seattle and Kay for a bit now; we love being tourists and Seattle is pretty much the perfect place to practice that art. So, we played tourist. Hard. Even…

Portland, OR

Portland keeps is real. And weird.

Portland, Oregon. RIP City. Bridgetown. The city of roses. PDX. Stumptown. Portlandia. Homeless folk central station nation. Ok, the last nickname was given to the city by us. But after we drove RedRammer through several piles of human feces while attempting to park in order to go check out the Saturday Market, I think it might be fitting. (Poor ‘Rammer smelled putrid for the remainder of the day). Because homelessness marked the landscape so prominently, I did a bit of research into why Portland seemed to have so many more people living on the streets than other places we’ve visited. I found…

A Year of Notes to Our Pre-Nomadic Selves

Year 1: ‘Go see the world. Let it change you.’ So, it’s been a year. Yep. Today (7/1/2015) is our 1 year anniversary with Dyna. (I’m going to go ahead and get the elephant out of this virtual room now- I don’t remember the anniversary of Jake and I becoming a couple.)  I’d say things with Dyna and us are going pretty well; I mean, I haven’t taken her home to meet my mom yet, but I’ve shown both mom & dad pictures, and I write this blog about living in her for my mom. So, you could say it’s pretty serious.…

Eugene, OR

A drinking town with a running problem. On our drive up to Eugene from Northern Cali, I was rambling on and on about how great the city of Eugene was going to be. At some point in my soliloquy of praise, Jake stopped me and said “you know Eugene is a small city right?” To which I argued, “well, it’s bigger than Rochester!” Which is false. And I was wrong. Somewhere in my highschool/college girl track runner dreams, I had some up with the idea that the fantasitical city of Eugene must be HUGE in order to hold in all…

Weed, CA

The rainbow trucks of Truck Town. After reviewing Jake’s in depth expense reports (yes, we track our $ flow quite closely), we decided that if we could find a free place to crash for a bit before heading up to Eugene, OR for a month, we should do that. Also, free is awesome (I feel like I say that a lot). We researched into options that a.) wouldn’t be too far off of our trajectory from Lathrop, CA to Eugene, OR b.) would be free or damned near close to that c.) wouldn’t be too far up some windy road where Dyna…