Where we’ve been hiding our Airstream.

Some of you many be wondering where our Airstream has been these past two years? But more realistically, you must be thinking where the heck have WE been! Haha.

Somehow life got in the way of documenting it all… between homeschooling all three kids, downsizing to the pop-up truck camper for 18 months, adding a Casita trailer to the mix to help Dan have a separate office space, adventuring with new and old friends, driving everywhere from the eastern tip of Canada to the bottom of Mexico and everywhere in between the past two years. I’m not making any promises for the blog nor for the VLOG except that Dan and I are both trying to make an effort this year. Hopefully that answers some questions.

So back to the Airstream…

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

For the past year and a half, our Airstream has been part of an Airstream hotel up in Ojai, California called Caravan Outpost. Our Airstream, which we still call “The Mish”, was one of the 12 Airstream hotel rooms available to rent there. We feel lucky to have been part of such a beautiful project since opening day. The owners have done a breathtaking job on setting up such an unique experience for its visitors. It’s a little hard for us to say good-bye to this place.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

But a new fleet of Airstreams arrived to replace some of the older models and thus The Mish is no longer part of the hotel. The kids were excited to get their hands back on our old lady. She’s been with us for ten years and will always be part of the family. No plans to sell this beauty.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

The kids immediately climbed atop the bumper to peek into its windows. “It has a TV!” they screamed, “And an oven, too!” Dan and I couldn’t help but to giggle. These kids and their memory problems. Most of their lives were spent inside and outside of these aluminum walls but yet they don’t remember crap. Cracks me up.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

With the recent devastating fires in this area, we were surprised not to find more ash inside. While the fires raged in Ojai, we held our breath to hear if The Mish would survive. Feeling pretty thankful for the hard work of the firefighters and the whole community to be able to sit inside of her again.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

The hotel replaced our cushions from the stock Ocean Breeze fabric to a green gray fabric. It was time for the replacement after raising three little children in here. The curtains need to replaced too but not until I find a similar pattern or exact replacement. We love the open and airy feeling of the Ocean Breeze model and would like to stay loyal to it.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

In case you forgot, we also travel with Yoda the cat. She’s now 15 and can say that she has lived in two houses, two trailers and one truck camper.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

I threw her into the Airstream to see what she would do in there. She swiftly walked from the front door, down the hallway and directly to her hiding spot under our bed. Hey, kids. Yoda had a better memory that you! Hehe.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Time to get this Airstream road worthy again after sitting still for two years. First, it’s time for new batteries.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

And hopefully we can figure out how to re-install our Hensley Hitch again. It’s been awhile. Maybe we should ask Yoda.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Truthfully, we are not sure what to do with the Airstream. Would love to keep her as an AirBnB for a bit longer while we still fit in our smaller set-up. But that involves buying land and finding someone to partner up with to handle the day to day stuff. I’d hate to just take her to storage again where a family of mice could move in and wreak havoc. If you have any ideas, please share.

Our Airstream at Caravan Outpost. Ojai, California.

Thanks for still reading and following along on our adventures all these years. It means alot to us,

Marlene

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For those of you who want a close-up look at Caravan Outpost, here is a link to a video Dan made last year.

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Nevada City and Oroville, California.

After our time spent on Highway 395, we had no idea where we’d end up next. Our goal was to head toward the coast eventually so we pointed west and ended up in a city we’ve never explored, Nevada City, California. We heard good things about this place so we found a spot at the Elks Lodge that was pretty close to town.

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Boondocking at Mono Lake, California.

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After Mammoth and June Lake, we decided to creep further north up the 395 and spend some time on the BLM land surrounding Mono Lake. We’ve visited Mono Lake several times since living on the road but have never actually camped there. There is one large camp spot that has gained popularity over the years and guess what? It was taken. Which I guess isn’t very surprising given the popularity of the area.  Continue Reading →

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Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California.

Every year we make a broad travel goal for ourselves. In 2007, we bought a T@B trailer to test out camping with a baby (Ava). In 2008 and 2009, we bought the Airstream and were taking long extended trips in it (while pregnant with Mila). In 2010, we spent more time in the Airstream than out & traveled cross country to Florida Keys for the first time. In 2011, we explored the west (while pregnant with Luka). In 2012, we went back to the south east (as a family of 5). In 2013, we traveled up to western Canada. In 2014, we explored the north east. In 2015, we traveled to Alaska. In 2016, we bought the truck camper to spend the year in Baja, mainland Mexico and Atlantic Canada. And now in 2017, with 49 US states, all Canadian provinces, Yukon territory & most of Mexico under our belts, we have decided to visit all of our old favorite spots in the West while purposely finding new ones.

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Joshua Tree National Park, April 2017.

**Hi there! So I’ve been thinking. My new plan is to blog our current locations and sprinkle in the old international traveling we did throughout Mexico and Canada in 2016 since that never got done. So here we go….**

We just got back from another stint in Baja which took us all the way down to the town of Loreto. We got to spend time with old friends, make new friends, eat cheap tacos, drink even cheaper beers and the kids got to do something they didn’t do last year…. touch gray whales. It was a trip to remember for sure and now that cant complain that the adult touched baby whales and they didn’t. Haha.

Luka's 5th Birthday

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Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

(No, you are NOT seeing things. The blog is back baby! We are over a year behind but that doesn’t matter. Memories are memories. We are catching up on the blog and the YouTube vlog and everything else too. Thanks for still following along!)

After the craaaazy drive out of Puerto Agua Verde, we needed to settle into a spot and take a break from dirt roads for the week, plus there is something called a J-O-B that needs to done Monday thru Friday.

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Puerto Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

While camped in Loreto, we met a family from Northern California that told us about this dirt road that will take us to a slice of paradise in Baja that most people do not visit. The dirt road is treacherous, they said. The mountains will be like if Sedona met the sea, they said. To get to the road to Puerto Agua Verde, turn left when you see a mule tied to a cactus, they said.

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Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

First rule of driving in Baja is don’t drive at night. The reason behind that rule is not banditos, but livestock which might be taking a nap on the warm asphalt. But livestock doesn’t only need to be minded in the dark because there is danger even during the day. As we were leaving Bahia de Concepcion heading south towards Loreto, we had to gently slam on our brakes to avoid colliding with these wandering goats.

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