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bouncing off the bottom

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sometimes it’s a very short distance from high to low. In a few weeks where things seemed to be working out better than we could have planned them, it took us a bit by surprise.  Things recently have seemed amazing. …
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urban nomads

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The week since the ADU Tour has been a blur.    We have been hopping from house to house in between AirBnB guests.  One night sleeping in the bus, a few nights sleeping on the floor of the demoed but not…
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Portland ADU Tour

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the word is apparently out…  We had blocked out a week without guests in the garage so that we could wrap up some last minute items before the Portland ADU tour came through on sunday.  It was actually a good…
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Hitting the Reset Button

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sometimes you just have to know when to say when. This last week was one of those times.  We’ve been burning the candle at both ends and holding a torch under the middle for a bit too long.  It’s slowly…
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False deadlines and launch parties

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The craziness continues…  The weekend saw us at exactly 29 days since we first stepped foot back into this creepy house and started knocking out walls in an attempt to make it somehow better.  Not long after, we had set…
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Cleaning Up

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and it’s so rewarding…  Wow, the last few weeks have been such a whirlwind.  We’ve been pushed to our limits physically, mentally and emotionally.  We’ve each had our days where we’ve reached our wits end and broke down and we’ve…
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Introducing MakerFlat

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If we can ever get the doors put back in…It hit me like a ton of bricks earlier this week that i’m horrible at saying no.  It just doesn’t seem to be in my vocabulary.  Here we are, in the…
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Our Crazy Lives

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It’s been one of those weeks…  One of those weeks where we spend at least a few minutes each day kind of checking in with ourselves and realizing how exactly un-normal we are.  It’s not all by choice.  We can…
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NOLA 2015

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Our second visit during French Quarter Fest.  As with last year, the french quarter fest certainly didn’t disappoint.  We had a slightly bigger group with us than last year and rented a house via AirBnB that that we could all…
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Time flies when…

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pretty much always   Our attention has been focused primarily on landscaping the last few weeks.  Trying to find a dry window for our concrete guy (hopefully we still want to call him that after the forms come off) to build…
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Getting there…

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We’re continuing to make/finish our home base.   Funny how it’s the little things that make your house (okay, our garage) a home.  When we were in the thick of this project we were making absolutely everything by hand.  I had…
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Hours in the day

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There just aren’t enough of them…   Seriously, sometimes I just can’t figure out where the day goes. Let’s take a quick look at my life shall we? I’m unemployed,  we purposefully have no major commitments, we don’t really watch tv…
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Final stretch Home

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A lot sooner than we expected.We spent the next day driving around chico breaking our “new” engine in.  Stop and go driving, highway driving, fast, slow, stopping, starting, idling…you name it- we did it.  We actually know our way…
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E…2.0

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and better than ever?…  A few calls while waiting on the tow proved there were very few options around in terms of vw experts.  Luckily, the one that is nearby seems to be well known and highly recommended from everyone…
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E’s dead baby…E’s dead.

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As our friends depart for the airport, we drive north on I-5.  Originally, we thought about going the other direction from napa and taking the coastal route through oregon home, but we’re really excited to get to portland and spending…
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Napa and Sonoma

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with great friends!   Healdsburg seemed tough to beat, but we knew are friends were arriving in sonoma before sundown and we woke up excited to get underway.  We managed to squeeze in a coffee and an early morning wine tasting…
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North of SanFran

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we’re getting close!   After the 17 mile drive, we head north toward san francisco looking for Half Moon Bay.  We had a welcome invitation a while back from Christian and Persephone, who we haven’t connected with since the Maya Rally…
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Pacific Coast Highway

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definitely taco de ojo   Our next few days of driving were absolute bliss.  Our last month or so in mexico we stumbled upon the term “taco de ojo”.  Literally translated as “eye taco”, but used like “eye candy” north of…
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SoCal Coast

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and elephant seals…We finally get the bus back together after a new clutch, a new brake line and other bits and pieces and we pull out of the mechanic sounding not much better than we started.  That said…the bus…
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Stateside again…

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with a bit of difficulty.After over 2.5 months, 6600km, 7 countries (and surprisingly few breakdowns), we wake up and head for the U.S.of A. We arrive at the border, get in the back of a long line of traffic…
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Mexican Wine Country

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Yes… mexican.We are getting tediously close to the states and we’re aware our hours in baja mexico are numbered.  Jim has a flight to catch out of san diego and we know it’s time for our re-entry to the…
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Bajia Los Angeles

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Back on the Sea of CortezWe spent one more day in Ojo de Liebre coming down from our whale watching experience.  We stop among the dehydrating salt flats to search for fossils, shells and sharks teeth (a bit of…
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Among the Whales in Ojo

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We woke with the sun (as per normal) and awaited the whales.Shari was waiting on the perfect boat and captain for our trip out into the lagoon and we were all glowing with anticipation.  When it was finally our…
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Ojo de Liebre

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We could have stayed on santispac for a month…and in the future may well do just that.  But for now, we move forward.  Ben has already left portland heading south and we have a few days to make it…

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