Back in 1979, when we got married, we used a borrowed tent (that leaked!) to camp in. Not long after that we bought our first camping quarters, a 9 x 9 tent, advertised
as a four man tent (only if all your stuff was outside). We camped in that for several years. Our daughter took her first camping trip in that tent when she was six weeks old.

to buying the tent, we bought a 1968 Volkswagon camper bus, which we used for a few months, until we blew up the engine, after having had the transmission overhauled twice. I think we actually camped in that rig once, on a rainy weekend in May in the North Cascades near Startup, Washington, off Washington State Highway 2.

In 1985 we bought another Volkswagon bus conversion—A 1978 bus with a big sun roof, and no popup. It had a sink and fold down bed and microscopic closet. The kids continued to sleep in the tent, first the same big tent right outside our camper, then we got them individual pup tents.

We lived in Lancaster, California at the time. We belonged to a camping organization named American Adventures, which no longer exists. One March we went up to a campground in the hills west of Lancaster and ended up camping in the snow. Since the park had a clubhouse, we were fine, even with the unheated tent for the kids, and the unheated bus for us, with the door open slightly so we could keep track of the kids who were about three and five at the time.

We continued to camp in that until 1995. We took a trip that summer with our kids who were young teens. We had so much stuff crammed in, we hardly had room for us.

After that we bought a 1976 El Dorado class C motorhome, built on a Dodge Sportsman van chassis. The vehicle had issues, which meant we spent considerable money on brakes, cooling, transmission overhaul, and exhaust manifolds. We used that vehicle until 2002. We went out on a winter trip where we had to spent quite a bit of time inside because of the weather, and found that the upholstery was worn so bad, that we ached from sitting on the bench seat.

The machine had leaked sometime in the past, and the ceiling was in bad shape as well as a number of systems had failed. So we traded it in for our first new rig, a 2002 Jayco Greyhawk 24SS. That rig had an overhead bed, two barrel chairs with a small table mounted between them, a hide-a-bed couch with footrests, and a decent sized slide. That vehicle worked very well for us.

We went to Alaska and northern Canada in 2004 for our 25th wedding anniversary, along with many other trips around the Northwest. Trips of note included down the Oregon Coast into Northern California fall of 2002 and a trip through Northeast Oregon in Spring of 2003. You can read about those trips on this website.

In 2005 we started going to the NW Spring Rally. This is an informal group of people from around the Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Idaho even British Columbia, Canada. We meet somewhere at a campground during the last weekend prior to Memorial Day each year. Nothing terribly organized, but a lot of fun and telling stories.

In 2007 we became members of the Lake Easton RV Resort, in Easton WA. That summer we spent a couple of week long camping trips at Lake Easton, where I drove back down to Seattle to work every day (about a 70 mile one way trip). The only problem we had with that turned out to be that the Jayco seemed to shrink on us while we were there the week leading up to Labor Day. The resort is in the Eastern Cascades at about 2200 ft., it starts getting cool as the nights get longer. Also, summer 2007 wasn't a very nice summer in the Pacific Northwest, as summers go.

The result of all that, plus the overhead bed starting to become something to think about as we get older, we came to realize that we need something bigger with sleeping quarters in the back. At the Seattle RV Show in September we found a 2008 Holiday Rambler Admiral available. This machine has a full wall slide that opens it up with an open feeling and a queen size bed in the back, and tons of storage, so we don't have stuff strewn around. It also has sufficient towing capacity so that we can get ourselves a decent vehicle to tow behind while traveling. It's big enough, at 30 feet, that we think we could live in it for extended periods of time, like if we get a job in some city that requires a move.