Friday, December 23, 2016

We've Got It Covered

Got our new t@b cover this week. Since I had a semi-warm day today I got the Love Sh@ck covered and settled in for her long winter's nap. I can't wait until spring when we can remove the cover and get rolling again.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dream. Dream. Dream.

Earlier this year, my wife and I purchased a 2005 Dutchman T@B that we found on Craigslist. It's in great shape and one of the previous owners made some useful mods that things bit more convenient. As you can see from our previous posts, we love our tiny trailer. Although it wasn't our original choice for a T@b, we plan to get several years of use out of it.

Had we been able to purchase a new trailer we'd have likely gone with the T@B Max CS. We do most of our cooking outside so having the clam shell kitchen set up ready to go without the need to set up additional gear is appealing. We also love the front bench and window, which would have made a cozy reading nook. That being said, we've seen the new T@B 400 and it has now moved to the top of our dream list.

While we're not big on the bathroom because we'd rather not deal with the mess, I'm sure we'd come to appreciate not having to go outside to do our business or walk to a bathhouse in the middle of the night. We love the fact that it features a separate bed and dinette so you don't have to set things up every evening to sleep or break things down each morning to have somewhere to set if the weather forces us inside. The galley would be useful for cooking in inclement weather too. The extra storage, as well as the convertible dinette, are additional selling points.

Check out the video walk-through below from Haydocy RV in Columbus, Ohio.

We don't know when our dream will come true but in the meantime, we'll continue to plan, save, and dream about an eventual upgrade.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Show Your WV Pride

Show your West Virginia pride by picking up a little WV swag from Go to WV. Just in time for Christmas.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trout Fishing in the Fall

The Mrs. and I took the Love Sh@ck to the mountains this fall to enjoy some trout fishing with family and friends. While we didn't catch any fish we had a beautiful time in the mountains of the Monongahela National Forest.

Perfecting our Dutch Oven cooking skills.

One afternoon, while it was raining we decided to take a drive. We made our way along scenic routes 28 and 33 to Riverton, WV where we enjoyed lunch at the Gateway Family Restaurant. After we ended up at Spruce Knob, the highest peak in West Virginia. Despite the fog and cold it was a beautiful location that neither of us had experienced before. We can't wait to go back when we can appreciate the views.

Hot Roast Beef Sandwich at the Gateway Family Restaurant

Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob

No bites today.

One of the many trains the run along the river during the day.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Back Creek Camping

During the month of July, we met some friends for a week of camping at the Bath County Pumped Storage Recreation Area, also known as Back Creek, in Warm Springs, Virginia. It is a small campground nestled in the mountains of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. We had a great time boating, fishing, and enjoying the scenery. We'll definitely go back.

Camp Chef

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ryerson St@te P@rk 2016

Our inaugural camping trip in the Love Sh@ck was in the early spring and we had a little snow on our last day in camp. We couldn't wait to get out and camp in warmer weather so we went to Google maps to see if there were any campgrounds within a short drive from home. After a brief search, we discovered that Ryerson Station State Park was not far across the border in neighboring Pennsylvania.

Ryerson Station State Park is a primitive campground with no electric or water hookups and pit toilets. In addition to the forty-six tent sights, they also have two small cabins for rent. Overall, the campground was quiet and clean but was in need of mowing while we were there. They have plenty of hiking trails as well as a large pool, which we didn't have time to enjoy.

Prior to our departure, a park ranger stopped by to let us know that they would be upgrading the campground in the coming year. Plans include upgrading the bathhouse to include showers as well as installing electric and water in some of the sights. They also plan to build more cabins. We look forward to returning next year to see what changes have been made.

Blackberrys picked from the bushes around the camp sight.

Monday, May 16, 2016