Teardrop: Finish Work

My home built teardrop trailer has sat untouched in my garage since I moved to Washington in October of last year. The four months prior to that I lived in it, so maybe we just needed a small break from each other. Whatever the case, I started working on it again the other day as it needs a few finishing touches and a leaky spot fixed to be truly called complete.

So far I have…


Trimmed the side doors with rubber automotive trim to hide the raw edge of the aluminum…


Added rubber back washers under the support screws on the hatch to prevent moisture from getting in….


Sealed the gap in the floor with spray insulation foam… still need to do clean up when it’s dry, but it will be hidden under the laminate flooring.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten the past two evenings after work. More to come soon as we plan to tow it to Naches with the Jeep at the end of the month.

Operation colorful trailer – part 1

I couldn’t take the drab tan on tan on tan anymore in my coachman clipper travel trailer. I tried adding color with pictures and accessories, but it just wasn’t enough. I finally bought 4 upholstery fabrics from Joann’s with a 25% off coupon….only cost $45 including my soda ☺️


I just finished phase one – the window and door valances.


Up next are curtains – the multi colored fabric on the door windows and front window, and yellow as privacy curtains for the bunks.

Final fabric will be the dinette cushion backs and possibly the dark brown tweed strips by the top bunk and dinette back support.

Outdoor Mini Kitchen – Summer 2016 Adventure Look Back

A Facebook Memory popped up the other day of my Teardrop Back Hatch kitchen –  it was finally completed and ready for my #BMXGypsy Adventure that would begin in 13 days.  As the 1 year anniversary of my summer of freedom draws closer, it has been on my mind a lot, so over the next 4 months, I will be looking back on my adventure and sharing my insights and struggles and joys!

One five foot by 18 inch kitchen (sink doubles as a washroom sink) fully outfitted with

  • propane stove
  • hand pump sink (with 5 gallon Home Depot buckets for water tanks)
  • pantry (see open area under stove – later had a plastic basket for food storage)
  • 3 cups, 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 forks, 4 spoons, 4 knives
  • 3 pots/pans
  • 1 kettle, 1 hand crank coffee grinder, 1 french press
  • assortment of cooking utensils
  • assortment of spices
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mirror on extendable arm
  • citronella candle
  • paper towels, foil, zip-lock bags
  • hand soap in a pump
  • toothbrush and toothpaste

That’s all that I needed to survive.. 1 year later I have 3 kitchens (my house kitchen that is crammed with stuff – half of which I don’t use, my teardrop kitchen – same as above, and my new Trailer kitchen that is outfitted with mostly just essentials). May need to reduce the amount of stuff I have again as it just ties me down.

 

Anybody Got A Paintbrush?!?

There has been a lot of chatter in the last couple days on social media among the lady cruiser riders in the BMX community after a condescending post was made by USABMX’s chief communications officer, Gork, in his 2017 Midwest Nationals Race Report.  He stated, “Okay; at the risk of offending every older ladies cruiser racer in USA BMX, I am going to admit that for me, watching the BMX moms out there rolling around the track can sometimes be as thrilling as watching paint dry or grass grow.”  He later added the anecdote that, “Heck; I would describe my own racing as that too.”  A disclaimer was also added to the post and modified a few times.  It currently reads, “DISCLAIMER: **The views and opinions of this author – gOrk, do not represent the opinions or views of USA BMX. All of us here at USA BMX encourage all riders, of all ages, to compete and enjoy the fun, excitement and thrills of BMX racing. If you are offended at his “watching paint dry” comment, please feel free to let him know at: gork@usabmx.com.”  At one point it simply stated that if you are offended by watching paint dry contact……

There have been a lot of reactions to this article on social media ranging from disappointment to anger to disbelief.  I have yet to hear anyone commend it as funny or appropriate in any way, although there may be some out there that do.  I, however, do not feel that it was in anyway acceptable or appropriate.  I felt that the best response was to email the powers that be at USABMX voicing my concerns, which I did yesterday, but to date have not heard back (but I didn’t really expect to).  Below is my letter:

Dear USABMX,

My heart is saddened by the recent race report posted by your chief communications officer. A disclaimer at the end stating it’s only his opinion when he is in fact an employee and the head of your communications department is not sufficient to undo the damage of his misogynistic comment equating watching lady cruisers to watching paint dry. I spend multiple evenings a month running free clinics to get new riders interested in this sport that I love so much, but I struggle, knowing the sanction can allow one of their staff to treat the women of this sport so disrespectfully. This is a horrible message to be sending to our young impressionable girls who frankly look up to many of these lady cruiser riders. It is also a poor example for all of our young men in this sport as well.

Not that the money should be the important factor, but, I’m curious how many lady cruiser riders (& 20″ riders) there are in the usabmx sanction. To date 136 of us have raced cruiser at least once at nationals this year (and 44 have raced 20″). All of those entries for one weekend equate to $18,000 (but obviously many of us have raced more than one national weekend this year). Plus many lady cruisers are also getting their kids to races and other people’s kids. This is a valuable group in our sport. We are mentors and coaches and riders who spend hours training and teaching and promoting this sport. I challenge USABMX to send a loud and clear message that misogyny will not be tolerated and that the women and girls in this sport are just as valuable as the men and boys.

Regards,
Bethany Price
N.A.G Rider
Local Race Scene Advocate
USABMX Coach

We are so much more (#anybodygotapaintbrush)

I love this sport that I have committed my life to for the past 23 years.  We are so much more than just moms rolling around a dirt track….

We Battle….

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We Train…

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We Travel…

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We Have Skills…

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We Get Injured…

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And We Mentor…

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I love my sport and I will continue to encourage and support my local community, but I am very disappointed in the current governing body.

Solo Camping – Self Love Time

img_0498-1June 2, 2017 – On my way home from work after a really long week, I decided I needed some “me” time to relax and rejuvenate.  I am what some call, an “out-going introvert”….I love people and socializing, but to refuel, I need alone time.  This was definitely one of those times.

I pulled in the driveway and tossed my tent, mattress pad, bedding, mini cooler and a few personal items into the Jeep.  I stopped by the BMX track to help out with the Friday night race – I injured my ankle so wasn’t quite up to riding yet.  Then I said my good-byes and jumped in the Jeep and aimed it toward Manchester State Park – about a 20 minute drive from the BMX track in Port Orchard, WA.  En route I realized I had brought my book, but not my journal, so I made a quick stop at a mini mart and bought a spiral notebook and a pen.  Can’t have a soul searching evening and nothing to write with in my world.

I pulled into the campground around 9:30 – it was basically dark, so I let the lady at the booth pick a site for me.  She reminded me I had only 30 minutes before quiet time so I needed to set-up quickly.  I found my spot – #24 – not my ideal spot I realized after wandering the campground the next day, but it suited my purpose just fine.

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I used my headlamp to pitch my dome tent and get my bed ready, and then I crawled inside for an evening of quiet reading, writing, snacking and hard root beer drinking.  I stayed up a couple hours just enjoying the solitude and then went soundly to sleep in the cool air – I love sleeping outdoors!

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The next morning I woke up to a squirrel sitting on my tent staring at me upside down through the screen in the door.  He ran off as soon as I opened my eyes.  Waking up surrounded by nature is so refreshing!

I quickly packed up my camp, grabbed some cherries and a water and set off to explore the campground and hiking trails.  It was slow going with my sore ankle, but I made it.

I wandered through the campground to the day use area, and then up a gravel path by the water.

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I found several old military buildings and saw the ferry boats passing by.  I manged to make it up the HUGE flight of stairs and back to the campground just in time to hop in the Jeep and head back to the BMX track to volunteer if needed for the Saturday morning race.

I felt so much better after spending a spontaneous evening in nature and ready to take on the rest of the weekend, which was very busy indeed.

Adventure Awaits On the Olympic Peninsula

Goal: Camp at every State Park on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Started: March 2017

Follow our progress on Camping the Olympic Peninsula

List of State Parks – and the Plan

  1. Potlatch State Park – a 125-acre camping park with 5,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal.
    1. 0.2 miles of hiking trails
    2. 38 tent sites & 35 utility sites (max length 60′)
    3. 1 Cascadia Marine Trail Site
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  2. Dosewallips State Park – a 1039-acre, year-round camping park with 5 miles of shoreline on Hood Canal and the Dosewallips River. All camp areas are grassy and located in scenic, rustic settings.
    1. 5 miles of hiking trails
    2. 75 tent sites & 48 utility sites (60′ max length)
    3. 3 platform tents & 12 cabins
    4. Dosewallips-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf.png
  3. Fort Worden Historical State Park – a 433-acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of saltwater shoreline
    1. 11.2 miles of hiking trails & 8.3 miles of biking trails
    2. 50 full-service site (beach campground) & 30 utility sites (upper campground)
    3. Reservations are highly recommended
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  4. Bogachiel State Park – a thickly forested 123-acre camping park on the banks of the Bogachiel River. “It isn’t the end of the world, but you can see it from there.” So goes a popular Northwest saying about this vicinity.
    1. 1 mile of hiking trail
    2. 26 standard sites & 6 power and water sites (40′ max length)
    3. All sites are first come, first serve
    4. Bogachiel-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  5. Schafer State Park – a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Park
    1. 2 miles of hiking trails
    2. 41 site total – 9 water/electric, 27 standard, 1 primitive, 4 walk-in, 1 ADA
    3. Part reservation, part are first come, first serve
    4. Schafer_State_Park_Map
  6. Jarrell Cove State Park –  a 67-acre marine camping park with 3,500 feet of saltwater shoreline in the northwest of Harstine Island, in south Puget Sound
    1. 1 mile of hiking trails & 1 mile of biking trails
    2. 22 tent sites
    3. 1 Cascadia Marine Trail site
    4. jarrell-cove-state-park-map
  7. Sequim Bay State Park – a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim “rainshadow,” just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula
    1. 2.5 miles of hiking trails
    2. 48 tent site & 15 utility sites
    3. 2 loops of forested, dry camping site – some very near the water
    4. Sequim-Bay-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  8. Pacific Beach State Park – a 10-acre camping park with 2,300 feet of ocean shoreline. The beach provides a variety of wonders, from dramatic surf to beach exploration
    1. Beach exploration and walking
    2. 18 standard sites & 42 utility sites
    3. 2 yurts and 26 unshaded waterfront sites
    4. Pacific_Beach_State_Park_Map
  9. Joemma Beach State Park – a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula
    1. 0.8 miles of hiking trails
    2. 19 primitive tent sites
    3. 2 Cascadia Marine Trail sites
    4. Joemma-Beach-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  10. Manchester State Park – a 111-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage in Puget Sound. Nestled in woods of Fir and Maple, Bainbridge Island is visible from the beach.
    1. 1.9 miles of hiking trails
    2. 35 tent sites & 15 utility sites
    3. 2 Cascadia Marine Trail sites
    4. Manchester
  11. Illahee State Park – a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay
    1. 0.5 miles of hiking trails
    2. 23 standard sites, 2 full hook-up sites, 5 hiker/biker sites
    3. Children’s Plat Area
    4. Illahee-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  12. Deception Pass State Park – spreads over 4,134 acres, a marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Deception Pass and the high bridge connect Western Washington’s mainland with Whidbey and Fidalgo islands, creating a gateway for exploration
    1. 38 miles of hiking trails & 3 miles of biking trails
    2. 167 tent sites, 143 utility sites, 5 hiker/biker sites (over 3 locations)
    3. 4 primitive sites on Hope Island north shore bay
    4. deception_pass_state_park_map
  13. Fort Casey Historical State Park – a 998-acre marine camping park with 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet); it includes Keystone Spit, a 2-mile stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake
    1. 1.8 miles of hiking trails
    2. 22 standard tent sites, 13 water/electric sites
    3. 4 beachfront pull-thru sites
    4. Fort_Casey_D1_Plan
  14. Twanoh State Park – situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. The 182-acre marine camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline
    1. 2.5 miles of hiking
    2. 25 tent sites & 22 full hook-up sites (35′ max length)
    3. 1 Cascadia Marine Trail site
    4. Twanoh-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  15. Fort Ebey State Park – a 645-acre camping park on Whidbey Island, was originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II
    1. 25 miles of biking trails & 28 miles of hiking trails
    2. 39 standard sites & 11 electric/water sites
    3. 1 water trail site
    4. Fort-Ebey-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  16. Kitsap Memorial State Park – Proof that beautiful things come in small packages: this 58-acre park north of Poulsbo serves up inspiring sunrise and sunset views. On clear mornings, the east-facing Olympic Mountains reflect pink and orange. On warm summer evenings, their peaks are often cast in silhouette by the glowing red sky
    1. 1.5 miles of hiking trails
    2. 21 standard sites & 18 water/electric sites
    3. 4 cabins
    4. Kitsap-Memorial-State-Park-Map.mediumthumb.pdf
  17. Penrose Point State Park – 165-acre marine and camping park on the shores of Puget Sound. The park has over 2 miles of saltwater frontage on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet.
    1. 2.5 miles hiking and biking trails
    2. 82 tent sites (big enough for a small trailer)
    3. The campground is in the woods, and all sites are shady or partly shady. None of the campsites are on the water, but the beach is only a short walk away.
    4. Penrose Point State Park Map1

We have been to Twanoh State Park, so the big question is…which one next?

WA State Parks

All descriptions and maps from parks.state.wa.us

Coachman Trailer Upgrades

I’m headed over the pass to Eastern Washington for a couple bike races this Memorial Day weekend, and made some more upgrades to the trailer in preparation for that trip.

There will be three girls staying in the trailer Saturday night, so I am excited to see how well we all fit!

 Hanging Shoe Rack

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Shoe rack installed along the dinette and bed base.  Steps to build…I took a hanging shoe rack for the back of a door:

  • cut the sections apart
  • folded over the raw edge and duct taped it
  • installed 1/2″ grommets
  • attached to the trailer with command release hooks and velcro.

There is now storage for 6 pairs of shoes or 12 pairs of flip flops 🙂

Cork Board Travel Art

I have been trying to add color to the trailer since the day I got it.  The inside is all beige and brown, and that is going to slowly change.  I bought a frames cork board that I thought was the right size to go above the dinette seat, but it was too big.  I removed the frame and use command release velcro to attach the cork board to the wall.  I then added some of the fun travel art I’ve been working on and a spot of r my state license plate stickers…so far only Oregon and Washington.  I plan to put an upholstered ledge between the cushion and the cork board that is strong enough to stand on.  It will serve two purposes.  To hold the cushion in place and to step on to climb into the top bunk.  I’ll also trim out the other three sides of the cork board to give it a more finished look.

Magnetic Knife Rack

I finally got the magnetic knife rack from Harbor Freight installed.  There is a 1×2 backer on the inside of the cabinet behind the knife rack to give added support.  Basically everything that I need in the kitchen is now within easy reach.

Cabinet Storage

I also added more in cabinet storage solutions that I didn’t photograph.  There is a wire rack shelf in the cabinet above the bed to make folded clothes easier to get in and out.  I also bought a second wire magazine file that fits in the sloped front cabinet for storing under garments.  The side cabinet above the bed has a large plastic basket for games and toy storage….because that is a must on my world!

The more fun organizational and decorative features I add to the trailer, the more convinced I am that living in it is going to be awesome!

Living Small – Still Planning

I currently live in a 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath duplex that also has a den.  It feels way too big for my liking, but it works for my kid and I at the moment.  I miss living in my tiny teardrop trailer and the simplicity of it all.  I had planned to convert a bus into a home after my kid graduates in a little over a year, but plans have changed a bit.  Since I bought a 17′ travel trailer a few months ago, the plan now is to live in that instead.

I bought the trailer with the possibility of living in it in the back of my mind, so here are my ideas on how to make that a possibility…..

Inside the trailer:

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Moving left to right in the floor plan above, the bathroom is small but has a mini garbage can next to the toilet (a plastic cereal container with a flip up lid and a bag inside) an extra shower curtain rod across the end to hang wet towels, and two baskets on the wall above the toilet for extra TP and additional storage.  On the door, there is a broom hook and a TP holder along with a mirror and two over the door hooks for more hanging options.

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There are currently bunks in the back corner; however, my plan is to move the lower mattress to the top bunk to make it a little thicker, and remove the lower bunk plywood (in a way that it can be put back later).

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I’ll put a closet rod length-wise for hanging clothes and hanging shelves, and a curtain over the opening to keep it all out of sight.  The upper bunk will remain a bed for house guests or to temporarily stack stuff on.

The rest will remain as it is, but with additional storage solutions in the cabinets as I know more what is needed.

I plan to attach a shoe holder to the base of the front bed.  It will consist of 2 elastic bands and be anchored at both ends and a couple places in the middle.  The shoes then slide behind the elastic bands and are off the floor and out of the way.

With my added storage ideas I should have room for everything if I really purge my belongings again.  I need to figure out a place to hang jackets still.  Maybe they will just have to go in the lower bunk turned closet.

Where to Park it?

I currently have a $1200/month rent payment, so once I no longer have that, my goal is to buy land on the peninsula and live in my trailer on it when I’m there.  I don’t know the requirements for doing this, but I will look into it more over the next year.  I need some kind of storage building as well as full hook-ups for the trailer.  I’d really like to buy a place with an old barn on it to possibly convert into a house one day as well.

Oregon Sand Dunes


Took Casandra and Fitzwilliam to the Sand Dunes in Oregon this past weekend for my big brother’s 40th birthday camp out.  We stayed at Half Moon Bay at Winchester Bay.  It is a primitive campground, but just right in my mind – pit toilets and no showers, but I have a fully self-contained trailer if needed….it wasn’t needed.

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Stayed in my brother’s driveway in Pleasant Hill, OR Friday night, and then headed over to the coast Saturday morning just before 9.  It had been a while since I rode a quad, but it came back pretty quickly.  I decided that I might need to use my tax return to buy myself one so we can go riding with my brother, sister-in-law, and daddy more often.  What an awesomely fun way to spend a weekend – motorized toys, soaking up the sun on the beach, and family!

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It had been way too long since I got to see all my girls and this needs to happen way more often…since my sister got hooked on quads too this weekend, I think that is the key to seeing all these awesome people more.

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So much fun adventuring with this guy.  I am still a crazy bike girl, but he in combo with my new trailer have created so many more adventures in a short time….5 camping trips and 2000 miles in 2 months!!!  And summer isn’t even here yet.