Hawaii to Maine in a RV – Logistics

Hawaii to Maine in a RV –  Logistics

We can’t even believe our lifestyle sometimes. One week we are in Hawaii, the next in Vernon, Canada and a week later in Wells, Maine. How can this be in an RV? Well, it wasn’t in an RV in Hawaii. The planning and logistics of a fulltime RV’er can be complex at times. This blog will simply be a reconstruction of what we did, so I have a record and for those of you who are curious; it might be an interesting read.

My wonderful in-laws invited us to Hawaii to stay with them in their timeshare. “How long can you stay?” They asked. “How long do you want us?” We happen to be able to work no matter where we are, if we have an internet connection, so Hawaii is just as good as any other place with wifi.

On April 13 – 15, 2017 we had an event in Portland, Oregon so we made our way up from California to Portland, stopped over 1 night in Bend, Oregon so the boys could go to their orthodontist on April 11th, and then headed to the Pheasant Ridge RV Resort in Wilsonville, OR. We purchased a used car on the 12th. They agreed to keep the car until we returned from Hawaii.  We ran around on the 13th getting the final items together for our big Chicks Connect Inspiration Celebration and attended the kick off the night of the 13th. The boys stayed with my parents during this event. This was the first one they missed but I wanted them to spend time with my folks.

The event was over at 5pm on the 15th, we cleaned up and headed to our Rig at Pheasant Ridge. Both of my sisters were kind enough to come over and give us hugs and help me clean out our refrigerator because you can’t store food in there when you put your rig in storage. The freezer and fridge need to be emptied and cleaned out so your refrigerator doesn’t get moldy. Packing up an RV takes time. Everything needs to be put away since it will be moving. Imagine everything on your counters throughout your home needing to be put away, all hanging items off the walls, everything cleaned out of your fridge, and then bringing in the walls of your living room. Those are called slides. We have 2 decks and 2 slides that also need to be put up and brought in. Oh, we also needed to pack for Hawaii. My mom brought the boys over, helped with the fridge, gave us big hugs goodbye.

MISTAKE ALERT – not on purpose of course, but I did make a big mistake while planning this and I want to warn others so they don’t do the same thing. When I was making the reservations, I booked the RV resort from the 11th to the 15th because I was checking into the hotel on the 15th so that seemed logical. What I didn’t compute was, check out at the RV park is at 11am and we were there until 7pm. I should have booked our RV stay until the 16th since we were so late in checking out. They had someone who wanted our spot and we were still there when they came to check in. They tried to call us but we were deep into our event and our phones were turned off. I felt terrible when I realized my mistake. They found another spot for them and they simply charged me for an extra night, but I don’t like making mistakes.

We drove the Rig to the Shilo Inn at the Portland Airport and TJ dropped us off with the luggage. We checked in and sorted and organized our clothes one more time so we could leave a suitcase and not pack as much. (We still packed way too many clothes). TJ took the Rig to the Storage facility, unhooked, and arrived back at the Shilo Inn at about 2am.

Staying at the Shilo Inn Airport Hotel was a good idea since we had to be up at 5am the following morning to get to the airport to catch our plane to Hawaii and we needed a place to keep our truck during our time away.

April 16 – May 4 – Kona, Hawaii

We had two separate reservations for our trip home. Jenson and Jewels going on one flight and TJ and Lukas on another. Side note: TJ’s parents had the same flight at TJ and Lukas. They offered to give up their seats on an Alaskan Airline flight from Kona, Hawaii to Redmond, Oregon.

They both received $800 cash, a convertible rental car, a hotel room, all food covered, and they scheduled them for the following night which added 1 ½ days to their trip not to mention $1600 cash! Wowza! Benefit of being flexible with your travel plans. You can offer to give up your spots for perks. These were some serious perks.

TJ and Lukas had many delays on their leg from Seattle to Portland due to nasty weather. They were supposed to arrive at 9:45pm but it was closer to midnight before they arrived at the Shilo Inn. Jenson and Jewels returned to Portland airport as scheduled coming through San Francisco, caught the shuttle, and arrived at the hotel around 1:30am on May 5th. We all slept and woke up early the next morning.

On May 5th TJ dropped me off at my Organizing client’s home and I worked with her for 8 hours while TJ and the boys ran errands, picked up the dog, visited doctors, and went to my parent’s. We picked up the used car that we purchased and dropped it off at a storage facility to be picked up again sometime soon. (Not sure when this will happen). We said our goodbyes to my parents and headed to the storage facility to pick up our Rig. We hooked up and started on our way to Vernon, Canada. (It is about 10pm now on May 5th)

May 5th – Drove north from Portland from 10pm – 1am – Flat Tire on the rig so we pulled over for the night in a Walmart that had a tire shop. We got it patched in the morning. The boys learned how to remove and put on a tire.

















May 6-7 – Driving to Vernon, Canada. No problem at the border. Boys are 15 and we used their birth certificates. We will need to get them passports when they turn 16 and mine expires this year as well.



May 7th we arrived in Vernon, Canada and stayed with our friends until May 13th.




May 13th we drove back down to the states and checked in at an RV park in Coeur de Alene, Idaho where TJ’s sister and family were visiting for Hunter’s soccer tournament. TJ’s parents also happened to be visiting so we saw both families and watched Hunter’s soccer game.



We were set to check out on May 14th, Mother’s Day, and start our trip to Boston, MA to see my niece graduate.

May 14th, We were all packed up and ready to bring in our slide so we could get on the road. When Jenson pushed the button, the slide didn’t move and we heard what sounded like a faucet spraying. Our hydraulic hose had a hole in it and was spraying hydraulic fluid everywhere. No one would come and fix it on a Sunday so we were stuck for another day. Luckily, May 15th at 4pm someone arrived and fixed our slide. We were back on the road around 8pm that day.

*During days of extended driving, we pull over to sleep in Truck stops, Walmart’s, or Rest Stops. You need to make sure that it is ok before you just pull over and stay. Some Walmart’s don’t let you stay overnight. You will see signage. You may also find that some Truck stops at gas stations are full so have a backup plan. Also, make sure you have water in your storage tank so you can wash up. Some of the truck stops have showers (We haven’t used those, we use our own very quickly) If your grey tank fills up on an extended trip, you can also find locations where you can dump; both grey and black tank. (I am not knowledgeable in this area as TJ is the lucky one that deals with this part so if you have questions, I can refer them to him)

May 15 – Coeur de Alene, Idaho – Missoula, Montana

May 16 – Missoula, Montana – Dickinson, North Dakota

May 17 – Dickinson, North Dakota – Duluth, Minnesota

May 18 – Duluth, Minnesota – Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

May 19 – Sault Ste Marie, Michigan – Rochester, New York (We took a short cut through Canada and back into the United States right around Niagara Falls.) This trip across the border, they did a full search on the Canadian side. We had to pull over, get out, open our rig, open the slides, while 4 people searched our entire rig. It didn’t take long and we were back on the road again.  Make sure to always tell them the truth about what you have on board. We don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs so we always say no, but I think they probably assume we have some alcohol. Nope. Not in our rig! I think they also search rigs that come from states where Marijuana is legal. We have Oregon plates. Make sure to have your dog records as well. We didn’t have any trouble getting back into the United States.

May 20 – Rochester, New York – Cape Cod RV Resort Massachusetts – Cape Cod RV Resort is affiliated with the Thousand Trails Membership that we own. We purchased this membership over 5 years ago and we are still benefiting from the membership today! We arrived on a beautifully sunny day, got settled in, and took nice long warm showers.


May 21 – Erika’s Graduation in Boston, Massachusetts. It was exciting to see my sister, her husband and 2 of their 3 daughters. Erika graduated from Boston University in Health Studies and plans on coming back for an advanced degree in Physical Therapy in the fall. The graduation was wonderful and then we all enjoyed lunch at a local favorite restaurant.

May 22 – 25 – Visited with some business connections in Stoughton, Massachusetts

May 25 – May 30 – Wells, Maine for Memorial Day weekend – Today is Sunday, May 28th and I wanted to write this blog post so I would have a reference of our travels over the last month and I share it with you in case you are interested.

TJ and I are so grateful and amazed that we are living this lifestyle. It is not always easy but we are blessed to have family that invite us to celebrations, sports, and visits at their home and vacations. We have met so many wonderful people on the road that have become our lifetime friends. I want to be of support to any of you that may be interested in this type of lifestyle or creating a lifestyle that allows for flexibility in time and place. We call this lifestyle living.


The Beauty in Flowers that Warms My Heart

Every few years we are blessed by my inlaws who invite us to join them in Kona, Hawaii. There are many things that I really love.

1. Being warm

2. Swimming in the ocean

3. Being with family

4. The vibrant colors and fragrant flowers

I snapped some photos today that I want to share. I love stopping to smell the flowers and take in all of their delicate intricacies. So beautiful. 

Happy Saturday ♡♡♡


Dinner with the Chicks

I’m having a great time at Dr Emily Letran’s event in Costa Mesa, CA and I am out to dinner with some of the members of Chicks Connect and they are going to introduce themselves.

Hi this is Alesa Flowers, from Henderson, NV and I am The Money Mama.

Hi this is Lila Holley, from Killeen, TX, creator of Camouflage Sisterhood. 

Hey this is Linda Foote, from upstate New York, creator of Fun with Foote. 

We will all be back adding links to these amazing women’s blogs, websites and fanpages so that you can get to know them and follow them for information on sharing your stories with Camouflage Sisterhood information from The Money Mama and information on how to have Fun with Foote through the use of essential oils, Healthy Living techniques, and do it yourself crafts and creations.

Much love,


Chicks Connect Newsletter February 23, 2017


Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona

I am mainly writing this blog so we can remember the RV park that allowed people under 55 years old. We called numerous parks in the Phoenix area and finally found this one. 

They have a nice pool although we didn’t use it. They have brand new Pickleball courts which we did use almost daily. The dog park area is great and Harley had a lot of fun there. They have a ton of activities going on but we were so busy we didn’t participate. We were able to put our side deck down but not our back deck. The majority of the sites are pull through and you share a common space. The sites are 50 amp and a bit natrow. Bathrooms are new and clean. Club house is really nice. Outdoor common area with picnic tables and a swinging chair. 

It takes about 30 minutes to get to Phoenix. A Walmart is only 5 minutes away. Verizon and Sprint both work well. 

This park was out of our system so we did have to pay for it. Water tasted funny. Hard water. They have a machine to get water for big jugs. Laundry room was nice and big. 

We would come back to this park. Everyone was very friendly as well. 

I spent quite a few days visiting the Arizona Chapter of Chicks Connect. We did visit our traveling friends, The Perry’s, at Usery Mountain. We went for a great hike and spotted a huge Rattle Snake. 


Blah blah blah

Escape at the Airport

I booked two separate tickets in order to get from Grafton, North Dakota to Baltimore, Maryland. I finished up the first part of the flight by 7:30am from Thief River Falls to Minneapolis. I don’t fly again until 4:30pm. The check out guys at Thief River Falls told me about the ESCAPE Room at the Minneapolis Airport. This is where I am right now. 

I forgot to mention that the first leg of my flight was on an airplane that seats 8. No, I didn’t forget the 0! I was last to board and was in the front seat which faces the other 6 seats, you can imagine the size of this plane. It felt like a Minivan with wings. I was in charge of the in flight food and drinks, which were housed in the drawers right behind my seat. I felt right at home, remembering our first rig that didn’t have slide outs and was 33 feet long. Our rig now is definitely bigger than this airplane. 

The flight crew, a boy girl pair, reminding me somewhat of Doogie Howser, did an amazing job flying this plane and it was one of the smoothest landings that I can remember. After my drink and snack duties, I spent some time making up stories for all of the passengers, should we crash and I be the only survivor left to tell the tale. Anyone else do that? I guess on a normal plane you really don’t see the other passengers unless you take a trip to the bathroom. I just happened to be facing all of them and they were almost within arms reach. Anyway, it was a great, smooth, quick flight.  

I found my way to this amazing space and this is where I sit. 

I have gone through the breakfast buffet twice and have made myself 2 cappuccinos. This is the ESCAPE Room at the Minneapolis Airport. An amazing space for regular non-club card people. Of course you have to pay, but I thought I would splurge today since I will be hanging out here all day until my 4:30 flight to Baltimore. 

They keep bringing out food. I love being fed!

Love fruit. Now I am tired. Hard to believe that I can be sleepy after all of that coffee. The hubs and I got up at 3am in order to get me to the Airport from Grafton. Here are a few more photos and then I have to sign off and do something less taxing on my brain. 

Chicks Connect West Linn, Oregon

Peek inside our West Linn, OR Chapter by reading their meeting notes. You will get a glimpse as to what Chicks Connect is all about. 
Hello my lovely Caffeinated Chicks!  Yesterday was a great meeting!  Thank you to all of you were able to attend.  For those of you who weren’t, here are a few important things we discussed:

1) Starting next week (Thursday, July 14th), we will be meeting weekly.  We weighed the Pros and Cons of continuing to meet 2-3 times a month or increasing our meetings to every Thursday.  We decided that we love each other so much we want to meet each week!  This will also make it less confusing to remember when we’re meeting, easier to invite others, and allow us to always at least touch on the weekly activities.

2) I offered to create Dear Potential Chick letters (to describe what Chicks is all about) and Chicks Connect Bookmarks for each of you who would like to be able to invite new members to the group.  If you would like some of these materials, just send me a PM with your preferred phone number, email address, and Chicks Connect Affiliate Link.  That way I can print the info on labels and give you a sheet and some bookmarks. (Julie Muller, is there any way I could get another stack of bookmarks to distribute to our members so we can try to grow our chapter? I’m running low!!!)

3) Next week Ali Davidson, our Fun Chick, will be leading us in a brainstorm of what kind of fun things we would like to do outside of our meetings.  Start thinking about ways we can continue to build our community and strengthen our relationships by getting out of the Café and enjoying ourselves!

Can’t wait to see you all next Thursday!  Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to treat yourself to something decadent, relaxing, or creative before we meet again!  Like we discussed yesterday, making the space in our days to fulfill desires, honor self-care, and create something beautiful can lead to the inspiration and productivity that will allow us to thrive in our businesses.  Treat yourself like the Queen Chicks that you all are!!!

Love you dearly!


Laundry Love ~ Sandpoint Assembly of God

imageSandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Have you ever felt that you just need to do something right now, even when other people offered to help you if you could just wait a minute?
Well that happened to me last Sunday night when I had the sudden urge to do our laundry. TJ said he would go with me in 30 minutes and I initially said ok then said, no I need to go now!


I left the RV park not knowing where I was going and pulled over upon seeing a woman standing next to her van at the entrance of Bonner County Fair Grounds which was where we were staying. She told me of the nearest Laundromat, which was just down the street and I went on my way.
I walked in the door and was greeted by a man, Josh, holding a baby. He asked, “Are you here to do some laundry tonight?” I, looking confused replied, “Yes.” He said, “Well, today is your lucky day. We are from the church and we are paying for your laundry. Just find one of us with the payment cards and we will cover the cost of all of your laundry.”
My mind was racing and I knew that I wanted to talk to the person in charge to find out more. I prepared all of my laundry in washers and Josh came back over and asked if I was set to go and he paid for all of my loads of laundry! What a blessing. I just kept thinking….. I am an excellent receiver. I will allow them to bless me with this gift and I will graciously accept the support.
3 years ago, when we first hit the road this opportunity would have brought me to tears. 3 years ago, finances were tight as we set off to fulfill a dream and a calling. I thought that the best thing that I could do to support the church was to write this blog and provide awareness. Here is the story and a link for you to contribute to Laundry Love.


This information was provided by Kathy who was the woman in charge that evening.

“Laundry Love was created by a woman down in California who ran into some people who were going to work in dirty clothes. She asked them why their clothes weren’t clean for work and they replied that they needed to pay rent and have money for food. There wasn’t any money left to pay for laundry. Her heart went out to these people and rather than be sad and do nothing, she took action and created Laundry Love. One of the members of the church in California moved up here to Sandpoint, ID and started the program here.”

They would love to expand this idea to other churches and continue to provide for their own community by supporting them 1 time per month, the first Sunday of the month from 5pm-7pm. Please consider donating to this wonderful cause.

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

I spoke with some of the people who were doing their laundry and this is what they had to say,

“There is a woman who has a very sick son with bowel issues and they would have to put the laundry on the porch and wash it outside. They lived off the grid and had 5-6 children. She found out about Laundry Love and came in with tears streaming down her face. She was so thankful for our support.”

Another woman that I met, Ann, shows up each month with bedding that she has collected from garage sales and thrift stores. She washes it up, folds it and donates what she doesn’t need to the homeless or new moms who need the children’s blankets.  She called it People just helping People.

A member of the church, Jenna, told me that this church also provides free dinners for people on Monday nights. She loves her church!

The church is able to collect around $400 per month for Laundry Love by taking collections form the congregation! My hope is that some of you will send a few dollars their way and brighten their day! Like I said, this service would have brought me to tears 3 years ago and perhaps you know what I mean or can imagine what it might be like to need some Laundry Love!

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Jewels Muller


Guest Blogger ~ Elisabeth Dunham ~ Struggling to stay awake at your desk?

    Beth glasses2Struggling to stay awake at your desk?

Wake up! You can ‘cure’ the post-lunch slump…

The clock says 3 p.m. and you’re not sure you’re going to make it. Two hours until quittin’ time and you want more than anything to curl up in a ball under your desk and go to sleep. At this point in the day – the same as many others behind it – you would give anything for a nap.

But instead you reach for that third cup of coffee or that brain-rotting diet soda and try to refocus your energy on the screen in front of you. Or worse, you head for the candy machine…

Sound familiar? If so, you may be suffering from the dreaded afternoon slump. Think it’s an inevitable part of your work life? Think again! Did you know that you – that’s right YOU – are causing it and you can prevent it too. You are what you eat and if you are eating a bunch of foods that just sit there and decay in your gut then you turn into a ZOMBIE! (And so do most of your co-workers so don’t worry that you are alone in this…).

The good news is that you don’t have to go through life feeling like crap every work-day afternoon. There are, in fact, a number of ways to prevent the afternoon slump and/or beat it back if it’s already upon you. As in now – this very moment!

Let’s take a look at the hows:

How does this happen? Well a few things that can steal your energy are:

·         A diet high in processed carbohydrates and sugars and low in protein and fat. These carby sugary gut bombs (Americanized Thai food, anyone?) tend to putrefy in the gut and cause the overgrowth of yeast and bacteria and turn you into that aforementioned walking dead creature, rotting from the inside out.

·         A massive lunch that takes away your energy by diverting too much of your resources to digestion. We knew we shouldn’t have gone back for that third helping of the buffet, but…

·         Not enough sleep: five or fewer hours a night is too little but that’s what many of us get.

·         A dependency on caffeine or other stimulants.

·         Lack of regular exercise. 

How do we prevent and reverse the afternoon slump?

1. First and foremost: Stay hydrated!

All of your body systems need water to function at their peak. Drink at least one glass of water every two hours. You won’t believe how much this helps!

2. Get Some Sun.

A brief dose of natural sunlight can give you a boost thanks to the serotonin-boosting power of all that Vitamin D. Go for a walk around the block, or just bask in any rays you can find while you take a break or eat your lunch. Fresh air will help you un-slump too.

3. Move around

As soon as you feel tired, stand up and make your body move with some stretches or even a brief walk around your office or home. This gets the blood and endorphins flowing and will perk you up. Also, when you are not at work, be sure you are getting adequate exercise. Focus on trying to go for a 30-minute walk at least once per day.

4. Prevent it in the first place. Stop blasting yourself with high-glycemic carbs (white rice, pasta, white beans, sugar and bread) at lunch. What goes up must go down. Instead focus on lean protein, plenty of greens and fresh fruit and a fist size of lower-glycemic carbs such as black beans or lentils. You won’t believe how different you feel and how the afternoon slump is no longer an issue. If you do need to snack, opt for something healthy such as a raw nutrition bar (Lara Bars are my favorite) or a banana with some raw nuts. These natural sugars are much more efficiently assimilated by the body and won’t cause a crash like other carbs do.

5. Get your zzzzzs. Sleeping 7-8 hours a night will give you sustained energy during the day and make you less reliant on caffeine to stay perky, allowing you to break your reliance on coffee and soda. Less caffeine equals fewer crashes!

GO DEEPER! In fact learning to eat well at all meals and take care of yourself will give you sustained energy throughout the day. If you’ve watched Movies Like Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives (free on Netflix) then you might be wondering how to go about changing your diet to one that promotes health and energy rather than one that makes you tired during the day.

 That’s where I come in.

Mention my Afternoon Slump special and I will give you 20 percent off any one of my programs, from the minis to the longer term transformations.

Want more? Check out these foods that actually prevent that slump!


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