Sunday, June 20, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
There are 31 state parks in MA that allow camping. We have been huge fans of Horseneck Beach State Park in Westport, MA and have repeatedly gone there over the years. However, this past month we tried out 2 new parks and have been enamored with each one! Both beautiful - and each totally different from the last. It has kind of made me re-imagine some travel plans ..... we do not, necessarily, need to always plan extended trips. We could do lots of mini road trips to more local places - exploring those spots much closer to home.
We had a family wedding to attend in Salisbury, MA - at the same farm that Ty and Amy got married at 6 years ago! So we booked a few nites at Salisbury Beach State Park. Located at the southern end of Salisbury Beach where the Merrimack River empties into the Atlantic, the campground is HUGE with over 400 sites and is, by far, the largest campground we have ever stayed in. That said, although a bit "sardined" in, the camp was well maintained and the access to the beach - both on the ocean and river sides - were easy to access and provided for wonderful walking and views.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
As we head into a long and extremely rainy Memorial Day weekend I'm enjoying reliving our past two POD excursions to Horseneck Beach State Park. Horseneck Beach is one of our favorite places to escape to - this park is easy to get to, not too big, very basic and picture perfect!
Our first visit was just over a week ago - May 18th - 21st. It was our first extended stay in the POD and since this state park has no hook ups (electric/water) we were making sure that all our off-grid systems were working well.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
We recently joined Harvest Hosts - a membership program for self contained RVers who want to stay at vineyards, farms, and other unique locations! There are a lot of fairly local options that we are eager to try out and decided that a one night stay not to far away would be a perfect first experience for Rosie to join us!
We chose "Our Kids Farm" in Canterbury, Conn. Just over an hour away, this small dairy goat farm raises Nigerian Dwarf goats and makes soaps and cheeses. Their farm store sells these products along with other locally made items. The farm has many other animals too - including horses, donkeys, cows and chickens.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
We are actually DONE ..... and boy does it seem strange to not have lists upon lists of things to do every single day! It has been an arduous, but enjoyable, 10 month process. Countless hours, a whole lot of learning, lots of experimenting and lots of doing over, and over, again. And we did it without killing each other in the process and are still looking forward to spending extended amounts of time in @ 190 sq ft together!
POD 3.0 comes in at 25' (plus an additional 1' for the bike rack/bikes) and 9,000 lbs fully loaded.
Here she is...........
We have a few short term (3-4 day) outings booked over the next month. Horseneck Beach, Nickerson State Park, Salisbury Beach and Wells State Park will allow us some off-grid time to work out any issues before we head into longer treks.
Of course, there are still a few things to finish up. But, right now, they are just details. We're sure that once we spend more time in it we will want to modify and change a few things - we'll have to see how she behaves in day to day living.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
This summer Rosie has begun to understand and track time. It's an important milestone for a child - following the path of the seasons one after the other, days of the week, looking forward to a special event that will occur tomorrow or remembering something that happened yesterday, or just the simplicity of waiting 5 minutes.
I first noticed it mid summer when she had a sleep over with us. I was awakened, very early, a small voice at the side of my bed. I opened my eyes to see that face smiling broadly, her hand touching my hand, "Nene, I slept all night and it's tomorrow."
After that it seemed like every day there was another mention of time. "no Nene, that wasn't yesterday that was another day" and "it will be winter soon - and it'll be Christmas!"
Now that she's back in school (a small learning pod) and on a consistent schedule, Rosie seems even more aware of the weeks' pattern - 5 "school" days and 2 "home" days. She has taken to remind me that "swing time" is at the end of each day after she gets home from school. Specifically, her request for me to push her on the swing that hangs between two trees in the yard. And, she loves making deals for 1 hour or, if I hesitate, 30 minutes of my time to play American Girl dolls with her.
Time is real and bargain-able!
It has struck me that this awareness is growing for her while the rest of us seem lost in the fog of trying to remember what day it is, how many months have passed.... The spring, summer and, sadly, even the fall of 2020 have been usurped by a virus that has more control over us than we'd like to admit. Its been 6 months since all this began, six months and our calendars have lost their relevance, six months since our internal clocks broke.
“The running joke is, you know, we used to have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and now we just have Day, Day, Day, Day, Day,” said Dean Buonomano, a professor of behavioral neuroscience at the University of California at Los Angeles, in May. “We’ve sort of lost our mental landmarks or temporal boundaries for days.”