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Trent’s first post: Baby Belle

August 29, 2009

Okay,here we go. I’ve been wanting to post something for a while now. Ever since we visited our friends Finn and Joyce in Bend back in early July, but just haven’t had the time yet. I heeded Finns advice and began keeping a journal of our travels the very next day. Well, three days later but I did back date those days. The idea had crossed my mind but coming from someone like Finn, a writer by trade, I would regret it for sure if I didn’t take his advice. And he has surely been right already at this course; starting is not the tough part but keeping with it, he said. Indeed. So, it seemed unfair and inefficient for Cam to be responsible for all the blogs when I was already keeping a journal of our travels.

Back in Bend we also discussed with Finn and Joyce our search for a name of the mighty vessel that was now our home. Finn asked what the name needed to say. I wanted the name to imply agility and endurance with a nod to the strong and fluid iron innerds of the diesel engine but all the while have class. Cam on the other hand wanted something a bit more thoughtful even yet. Names like Sagitarius; to travel among the stars, roughly I think, or Soujourner; one who travels or in search of, roughly again, I’m sure, on my part but I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to poke a little fun at my mate. We settled on Baby Belle. Oh, well, so much for the deep and meaningful undertone but it fits, and carries lots of affection towards our vessel and we love it. And yes, it was inspired by the kids enjoying the cheese of the same name. We stop at the RV stores for parts and supplies, all too often by the way, and after we peruse the newer motorhomes and all there bells and whistles, we’re relieved and at home when we step back into Baby Belle.

I’m going to try and do a post on all the upgrades and whatnots we’ve done to Belle sometime soon. If anything for our own records and memories but also for those that might find it interesting. It’s amazing all the big and little things that go into making a somewhat sustainable living unit of these thing, not to mention the creature comforts and weight/space issues. We just spent last Friday through this Wednesday at Cam’s good friend Terry’s in Gold Hill Oregon, installing 330 watts of solar on the roof, among many other chores. The solar is a must in our opinion for full timing in these units. Charges your batteries not only almost all the days that any light shines but also more completely and healthy than any other mode of charging.

We camped at around 6000′ elevation under Mt Shasta in Northern California last night. Unbelievably quiet. Today we drove up to the old parking area of an old Ski Resort whose lifts and more were leveled by a slide back in 1978. The resort was deserted and nothing remains except wonderful access to 14,000′ plus, snow patched Mt. Shasta, the numerous trails around it, and free camping at just under 8000′. Spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevadas this evening. Pictures to come soon.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann Hays permalink
    August 30, 2009 12:10 am

    Hi Trent, Glad to see you’re adding to the blogs. Ya’lls blogs and pics are eagerly awaited. Check daily to see if there’s any thing new. What an absolutly wonderful adventure for you four!! (and thanks for sharing!) Love, Ann

    • barefootandbookish permalink*
      September 1, 2009 6:56 am

      Thanks for the email Ann. Good to hear from you. It sure is the time of our lives. We hope to check out the Colorado area next spring or so, we’ll definitely look you up if we’re in the area. Hope alls well. Say hello to the boys for me. Love, Trent

  2. MomE permalink
    August 30, 2009 5:51 pm

    Okay! Now here is proof you are along for the ride. Have you lost your cell phone?

    • barefootandbookish permalink*
      September 1, 2009 9:25 am

      Yes, I dropped it in a lake and a large fish gobbled it up. You’ll need to send Pop out to Northern California to try and catch the fish, as we do not have a boat.
      Sorry, I have been meaning to call for the past few evenings but the time gets away from me and you are two hours ahead nowadays. I’ll try again Tuesday. Love T

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