Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heidi Won!

To say that leaves poor Taj a bit concerned is far beyond an understatement! Terrified would be much closer! There has always been the threat of chickens looming, but not being one to only go half way, my Sweet Heidi has upped her game and added a miniature cow!  Well, as one who is easily sucked in by cute little animal faces and my precious wife, I completely caved. 

Sorry Taj, Deal with it! Okay, just kidding, there will not be cows tied to Taj's bumper or chickens driving (Go ahead, I left that door wide open). There is however a new plan! A major change actually, and it is one that has been coming for some time. 

Us road loving VanTramps are going to start looking for a little piece of land here on the Olympic Peninsula to do an off-grid something or other...Not sure what exactly that will end up being quite yet, but likely at least a "docking station" for Taj and maybe an outdoor kitchen (firebrick oven), possibly a craft studio and or maybe even a cabin. We are just in planning stages and saving up so who knows what the final result will be. I do know that Taj will be a continuous part of it and the modding and fun will continue. 

For the blog, it just means there will be a wider variety of topics shared. A lot more homesteading, gardening and off-grid type topics. Also, of course at some point, cute little cow pictures and chickens too. You will probably start to see more of our hearts and beliefs being shared as well, I hope that doesn't scare anyone away, we are the same, just feeling like we have been holding back a lot that matters to us. 

On that note, assuming no mass exodus by our readers, we will share more of our plans/goals soon!

21 comments:

  1. I just read on here somewhere about a docking station. It was the coolest thing. He had a garden, can't remember if he had any little creatures though. But he could actually dock to the house. and when he took off somewhere, he could just close the place up and go. We love the Olympic Peninsula. Looking forward to reading your blogs, reading about your goals and plans and thoughts.
    ~Betty
    joeandbetty.blogspot.com

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  2. It all will be fun to read about!

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  3. Bring it on! the more heart, the better! :)

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  4. Yay! This is something I can see us doing eventually, although we're too newly into this journey to know where it might be. Probably not the Olympic peninsula, though. :o)

    So, I'll be glad to read about homesteading and chickens and cows and ... composting toilets??? I LOVE composting toilets.

    Roxanne
    The Good Luck Duck

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  5. Thanks for the comments everyone!

    JB, I am hoping for cool and functional :)

    Hi Betty, I bet you are talking about Walking Onion's "Willy Pad"(His truck is named Willy)! That is really well done! Heidi blogged about him on her vansteaders blog quite a while ago. That definitely helped us with some great ideas! Also helps that he is a great guy and happy to share info!

    Thanks TexCyn, I hope so :)

    Thanks Wanderbroke! I always felt that way too, glad others do as well! Wish I had been doing it more all along!

    Hey Roxanne, Yeah, composting toilets for certain :) We want to do things as off-grid as possible. That is also one of the great things about the peninsula, we have plenty of rainfall to harvest if we get west of the rain shadow a bit. Thanks for the comments!

    -Mike

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  6. Nothing is forever. I'll be watching for new adventures.

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  7. Hi Merikay, What ya mean??? Nothing is ending. We still probably will even stay in Taj most of the time. She is quite comfy after all.

    -Mike

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  8. Mike & Heidi! I was wondering if you might end up doing something like that. Congrats on your new adventure. Suanne ... your WA state neighbor in FL right now :)

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  9. A docking station, Holy Cow! Great Idea!

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  10. Looking forward to reading all about it. Good luck to you both on finding the right spot.

    Barb.

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  11. Can't wait to hear about what you'll all be up to. A new beginning/adventure, chickens and cows huummm wonder what else you two will come up with.
    Anne

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  12. Hi Suanne, Thanks! Good to hear from you neighbor! You know, it probably was sorta predictable for us now that I think about it :)

    Thanks Michael! wish I could claim it as original :)

    Thank You Barb, The search has definitely begun!

    Hey Anne, Thanks as always! I am almost scared to think what other critters could show up! It's all fun though!

    -Mike

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  13. Sounds like a great idea Mike. I have been thinking about/looking for a nice spot down here off an on the last couple years. haven't found it yet but time is on my side I suppose. I have been seriously considering using one or two shipping containers for the base of the build, they are not really too expensive and can be locked up pretty tight when you aren't around. Anyway Stay in touch man, Chris and I are going to do a little prospecting this spring would love to have you guys join up with us for that.

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  14. Hey Rick, good to hear from you! I will shoot ya an email here pretty quick so we can catch up. I will run the prospecting trip past Heidi, but you know I am interested! Cool about the shipping containers! I know that is getting to be a pretty popular construction technique. Would certainly make for a stout home :) Talk to ya soon!

    -Mike

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  15. Nice! We are kind of changing directions ourselves:) Something must be in the air.

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  16. Hi Mike and Heidi,

    Just found your Blog and love it. We have similarly stayed full time (or extended) in a Phoenix Cruiser van and a Lance truck camper.

    Now we want land somewhere and eventually some sort of structure on it. We were considering Oregon, but haven't decided yet.

    Anyway, we are big RV fans and have been for years. It'll be fun to read your posts.

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  17. A docking station!! Like that idea...alot!! You guys are expanding yourselves and your blog. It will be fun and interesting to learn more about you both! We don't scare off that easily!! LOL

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  18. Hi Mike, glad I clicked back on your blog~ I haven't been online much lately. I am actually trying to do the same thing except in the mountains of TN. Cool! Traveling is great, but its always nice to have a little bit of home to return to. Plus its not easy to garden on the road. :) Good luck! I hope to read more about it soon.

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  19. Thanks again for the comments everyone!

    Ryan and Nicole, I wouldn't doubt something is in the air! Not a bad thing though :)

    Hi Mike & Gerri! We shall see how the docking station idea unfolds. I have some interesting designs in mind! We are pretty sure there will be a nice little cabin at this point too, likely based on cob construction. So much fun to plan and research it all! Thanks for not scaring off easy :)

    Hey Laura Anne! Very cool that you are going the same route! It is nice to have a base of operations for sure, someplace to get really creative on a bigger scale etc. Definitely easier for gardening too :) I hope to read about your plans as well! We are both very excited for you!

    -Mike

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