The Happy Place Diaries

A Happy Life starts with a Happy Place

Well, we head out this Sunday for our Grand Adventure. We will be traveling from Oregon through Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and Montana.. and then back home to Oregon.
During the trip we will be doing videos and posting our journey on Instagram.. so follow along. And if you have not subscribed to the You Tube Channel yet, please consider it and click the notification bell. It’s all FREE and you will get a front row seat on our big Trip and other content we put out on the Channel.
Here is a video we just did in preparation for the Trip. And a bit of spring/Summer Cleaning of the Happy Place.
Thanks for Coming along!

We travel with our pets, and given the nature of camping your are typically in or around the woods. This means that you are often exposed to critters of all kinds and many of them will get you real sick if you fail to take care of yourself… and your pets.
We recently became aware.. really aware of Lyme disease through a couple that has a real cool You Tube channel. Chad and Tara from the Changing Lanes channel put out some great content, but one video in particular explained the ordeal of living with Lyme disease. This was a real eye opener. We know about it as it is frequently discussed here in the Northwest, but seeing what it really does to you from Tara in the video made us do a little more research. Then we were challenged by our friends at Travels with Delaney to do the Lyme Disease Challenge and “Take a bite out of Lyme disease”. We accepted and here is our video.
Learn more about Lyme disease from the CDC site.
Thanks for hanging out with us.

three-big-rocks-589x275Today I am sharing a video put out by “The Art of Manliness”.. a great website that focuses on doing the right stuff.
I am a trainer for the Boy Scouts and help teach a course called Wood Badge.  One of the lessons at Wood badge is learning to lead from the inside out.  That is to say that we have to be better at being our selves before we can be better at leading others.  One of the demonstrations that we use to illustrate that point is the concept of the Big Rocks.
I was bumping around the internet and found this video.  He does it pretty much as we do at Wood badge so I thought I’d share.
If you are not taking care of the Big Rocks in your life there will be no room for the little stuff.  You have 24 hours in every day.  Some of that time needs to be dedicated to recovery, eating, sleeping, and personal time.. so the time you have is fixed and many people feel that they can not fit everything in their lives.. it’s because they fail to prioritize and identify what is really important and put that stuff first.
Know your Big Rocks and put them first… you’d be surprised at how much time.. good time you have.

Thanks for coming around.  See ya next time.

Today we tackle another do it yourself project and replace our slide out switch.  These things go out and its a heck of a lot cheaper to do it yourself.
The switch itself costs about $23.. labor would be around $150 an hour so you do the math.  The change out only takes about 10 minutes and is worth the time to get to know your RV and how to do the little things.
Thanks for coming along.

Screen Shot 2019-04-29 at 4.53.31 PMTeresa and I have launched a fundraising campaign to support Special Olympics.  It is an Organization and activity that is near and dear to our family.  Teresa is in Special Education and works with kids at the Elementary School with special needs.
We would love for you to help us help them.  100% of the proceeds will go directly to Special Olympics!
Here is a short video explaining our fundraiser and how you can help.
Use this link to purchase your shirts and help Special Olympics!

Thank you so much for your support!  You are a wonderful community!

I remember back when we first picked up our travel trailer, we were new to the whole RV thing and while we have been campers for years this was a whole new ball of wax. Pretty much the only thing that remained the same was the fact that we were ‘camping’.
As we have gone through this process of becoming RVers, we have learned a thing or two about what we need versus what we want and what is just cool to have.  As we watched and learned from what other folks were doing we quickly discovered that this could get out of hand real quick… but it is all part of the fun of RVing.
So we put together a list of 5 must have items for the Newbie RVer… It is not an end all be all list, just a list of what we know you need to get out and get camping without all the extra’s.. that will come.
Gloves.  You need two sets of gloves.  A pair of work style gloves for set up and hook up.  The second pair for handling …well… the nasty hose.

The Nasty hose.  I would highly recommend that you spend the little extra and get a good one.  We use the Rhino Hose.  It is super tough and takes away the worry of fluids being where they are not supposed to be.

Good Leveling blocks or Anderson Levelers.  Don’t skimp on these either, they are an item that you will use over and over again.  You want them to be durable and easy to use.  There are lots of choices out there, just make sure you get good ones.  If you are going to go with leveling blocks, get the “Lego” interlocking type.  They are more versatile, durable, and will last longer.

Good Chocks.  Go with the heavy duty rubber chocks.  The nice cheap plastic chocks are good, but not great. The last thing you want is to have your trailer shift and roll.
In addition to regular Chocks, I would also recommend X Chocks.  They keep the trailer from shifting and rolling and also takes the front to back wiggle out of the trailer.

Potable Water Hose.  Make sure to get a hose rated for potable water or that you can drink from.  We recommend the Zero G hose.  We started with the standard white hose that the RV Dealer recommended, but soon got tired of kinking and hard to roll hoses.  The Zero G hose comes is 25 or 50 feet lengths.  We picked the 50 footer because not all camp sites are the same and we have had to stretch all the way to 50 feet in some cases, while in others we coiled 45 feet of hose under the trailer and used the other 5 for the hook up.

So there it is.  5 items to get you camping in your RV!  The rest will come as you learn and grow into your RV.
What are some of the things that you MUST have when you hit the campground?  Let us know in the comments section.
Have a Happy Day!


First off I want to thank everyone that pays us a visit and subscribes to this blog.  While we may not know you, I am happy that you have made the choice to spend a few minutes of you day with us.  At the outset our goal has been to grow a community, no matter how large or small, we wanted to share our journey with you and along the way make friends and a contribution to those that love to RV, Camp, or just are looking for ways to increase the happiness in their lives.

This blog is a companion with our YouTube channel.  And to be honest, we have been putting more effort into it than the blog.  The YouTube Channel takes time in video, editing, and building the community on that platform.  More effort than the blog seems to take.  But we feel that we were a little to lofty in our goals to maintain both and do them both justice.
And so we are readjusting our schedule a little.  We have been posting on the blog three times a week.  The intent was to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We try to get our YouTube videos out weekly and have been struggling with consistency in that.  So we need to tweak the schedules a bit. This means that we are going to post to the blog every Wednesday and Friday.  Yeah, we are dropping the Monday content so we can get the video posted to YouTube every Tuesday.
This will be the schedule, but as content needs to be added we will on both platforms.  We will also be making an effort to increase out Instagram content which will mirror some of the content on the blog and Youtube, but will also have more fun stuff and pictures of our happy adventures.

Look for our readjusted schedule starting next week.
Thanks again for hanging with us on our journey!  We are having so much fun with this and over time we are sure to get better at it and provide added value to your online experience.
Have a Happy Day!

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