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No Longer Accidental?

You would think after living in an RV for 2 years we’d never want to see another one. We really don’t and cringed at the thought of it, however ….. The Outback was proving hard to sell. It was huge! At almost 37′ & 10,000 lbs. dry weight, it would be like dragging a tractor trailer box around. Although the truck was fully capable, neither one of us wanted to attempt it. The most we’ve done is 21′ & 7,000 lbs of horse trailer. If we were going to have to make a payment it may as well be on something useful or easier to sell. We traded the beast in for a brand new Keystone Passport. It’s smaller SUV friendly and much easier to deal with. It could live in our driveway instead of Mom’s. I couldn’t force us going to campgrounds and using it. We live in a rural area and are surrounded by 3,000 acres of trails and wilderness.

We took delivery of the Passport, I took pictures and immediately put it up for sale. Then I had a thought. I’ve gotten back into photography since I got a good camera last Christmas. I love to photograph waterfowl, primarily ducks. Although we have plenty here, I’m getting tired of being local.  We could use the Passport for weekend trips for my photography. We could also go some of the places we’ve talked about, but because of airfare and hotel prices being ridiculous, have been cost prohibitive. The thought of spending more time in an RV didn’t make Greg’s day, but he agreed.

I took down the sale ads and loaded her with all the things from the Outback that we’d need. I named her Puddle-jumper since she’ll be used to find puddle ducks and she’s so little compared to what we’re use to. I started decorating in a waterfowl theme with some of the photos I took.

You’ll be able to read about the adventures of Puddle-jumper here and see the photos on our website.


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2019 Keystone Passport 216RD For Sale

This brand new, cute little extended season camper is fully loaded with amenities and ready to go. It’s insulated and heated for colder weather camping. Compact and light weight (3925 dry) so it can be towed with a smaller SUV. The kitchen has a 3-burner propane stove with cover, oven, microwave and deep stainless-steel sink with faucet/sprayer combo. Sink covers provide extra counter space. There’s a propane/electric refrigerator and freezer, as well as a good amount of cabinet space/storage for a smaller camper. Bathroom with tub/shower, sink, toilet, cabinets and medicine cabinet. The Queen size Murphy bed & U-shaped dinette that converts to a bed sleeps up to 4. Flat screen TV that’s cable & satellite ready, stereo, built in WIFI & plenty of USB ports. Outside features an electric awning with LED lighting, stereo speakers, and a shower. Both vents have covers and can be opened when it’s raining. Additional storage outside. 2 full 20 lb propane tanks with cover.

Extras include new cover, 2 vent covers, 35’ new & 50’ freshwater hose, 50’ heated freshwater hose, extension cord, 30-amp to 15-amp converter, water pressure regulator, leveling blocks, vent insulators, dish pan, mat & rack, winterizing kit, Oxygenics shower head, water pressure regulator. It’s been winterized.



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2 Years And 6 Days

Since I’ve had a real shower in a real house. I was looking for the water shutoff until I remembered I didn’t need to. I could leave the water run and stay in as long as I wanted. I never wanted to get out.

For 2 years and 6 days the six of us lived full time, stationary in about 250 sq ft of space. Our Beagle was just a pup when we moved in. She and the three cats adjusted well to our tiny home. It had its ups and downs, life was easy at times and hard others. We took a leap of faith into an unknown world to keep our family together and it worked out well. I enjoyed spending so much time with my Mom and she appreciated all the help we gave her.

Now it’s time to move on. We moved into our new house on Aug 13th. It has 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and 2 floors. I keep getting turned around. Greg and I constantly loose each other. The animals love it. We put Daisy’s portable pen around the patio so she has a place to be loose outside. Her real fence should be installed in about a month. She’ll have a good sized yard to play in.

Mom was supposed to live with us and at the last minute refused. She’s only 8 minutes away so we can still be there when she needs us. Greg gets double lawn duty every week.

We’re looking forward to our new adventure and getting adjusted to living in a house. I do miss the soft rain on the bedroom slide as I’m going to sleep.


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All The Comfort Foods of Home

For years I’ve wanted to get back into vegetable gardening, but lack of time never permitted it. Then there was the rototiller, fencing and everything else that had to be done before you could start to plant. It was never going to happen with house, horses and a pup.

In late winter I accidentally stumbled upon container gardening. Growing up in a gardening family, veggies were always planted in the ground after fertilizing and tilling. I read quite a few articles on container gardening, joined a Facebook group and jumped right in with both feet in early April.

Cherry tomatoes, green pepper, patio tomatoes, broccoli, leaf lettuce and a few herbs came home. I couldn’t resist a few freesias. I was really looking forward to fresh veggies when they grew. Our “house” it portable so why shouldn’t our garden be.

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Effects of Nature

Apparently we weren’t supposed to live in a house. Our purchase fell thru when it came to the inspections so our journey continues. I’ve re-learned patients with the little things that annoyed me as we continue with our lives in the 5th wheel.

When you live in an RV full time it’s amazing how closely you pay attention to the weather and how much it can effect our lives. With spring upon us it’s thunderstorm season. I always payed a little closer attention than most because of the horses. We no longer have horses, but I’m more in tune with what’s going on now and what’s in store for the near future.

If the birds and critters disappear, something’s coming. Fill the fresh water tank, make sure you have generator gas, batton down the hatches and see what’s in store. We’ve been getting thunderstorms every few days and everything has been fine …. until last week when it wasn’t.

Last Tuesday evening I was almost finished cooking dinner when the electric went out. It came back and went out again. I reported the outage to the electric company. Estimated time was 2 hours. Fire up the generator and we’re good to go. Mom was alright and didn’t see a need to come over. Our little Champion generator proved to be worth its weight in gold again. Two days later the electric came back on.

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Our Journey Ends

We’ve come to another crossroad in life and it’s bitter sweet. We found out last night our offer on a house has been accepted. We’ll have 2400 sq. ft. instead of 250. All of our belongings will be with us instead of in storage. No more popping the breaker when we try to use the tea kettle and toaster at the same time (since we’re plugged into 30 amps and use an adapter for the 50 amp trailer). No more having to turn off the water in the shower when we aren’t using it. The house won’t rock when it’s really windy. On the flip side, no more RV. We’ll be saying goodbye to the place we’ve called home for going on 2 years. The corn fields across the street with geese coming and going, the fawns we watched grow up and the noisy cows down the street.

Our journey started as accidental RVers. Thrown into a situation we knew nothing about to prevent us from being homeless. We made the steep learning curve of life in an RV. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was a matter of survival and it was a struggle. This past winter was rough and I didn’t think it would ever end. As we come down to our final month I find myself getting annoyed at little things that were just part of daily life in the past. I also find myself starting to miss our beloved portable home and the memories we’ve made here.



Introducing LPS Ranch Photography — Life At LPS Ranch

My love of ducks, nature and wildlife combined with my new camera have had me hitting the woods and waterways as much as possible. Rugged trails and precarious situations have resulted in beautiful photos. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them. Visit our gallery. Specializing in ducks, nature and […]

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