Where The Hell Have I Been?

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Celebrating!! Got our building permit January 15th, 2016!

San Diego, CA              

May 2, 2016

Did ya notice I’ve been MIA since October 10, 2014? No?

Well, October 10, 2014 is the day Mark and I and the doggies returned from our four month Space Shuttle Adventure. And then, after sorting through a freakin’ gigantic box of junk mail, this happened:

We settled back into life in our downtown San Diego condo and plotted our next big adventure!

As it ends up, our next big adventure hasn’t had us traveling at all. Instead, we searched high and low for a vacant piece of land so that we could build a house.

Of course, being us, we had to find a piece of land that was so difficult to figure out and so difficult to build on, that no other sane person would buy it. And, VOILA!!! We found one!

And that’s what we’ve been doing since October of 2014…looking for land, buying land, designing a house, getting building permits, stressing out, going gray, and plotting revenge on the City of San Diego for what surely must be the worst, most aggravating building department on the planet.


De-stressing after a day at the building department.

It took 2.5 months to find our funky piece of land, 6 months to design our project, and 6 months in the building department to finally get our permits.

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January 15th @ the building department. Nothing says, “F.U., go home,” like a locked door and a little garbage can lined with plastic!

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January 15th @ the building department. So many cubicles…

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January 15th @ the building department. More cubicles and some awesome fluorescent overhead lighting.

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January 15th @ the building department. Very hip, if you like an impersonal institutional theme to your interiors.

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January 15th @ the building department. Details….

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January 15th @ the building department. And…the post-it notes come out….

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January 15th @ the building department. I stared at this for about 20 minutes while Mark talked to the guy in the cubicle.

We broke ground on March 21st. Let the fun begin!! (If you’ve ever built before, you know that was a totally snarky statement) Welcome to this journey. Enjoy the photos. I’ll post more pics as things progress……I’m back!!!!

march 21 construction

March 21st = Day #1 of Construction! Construction toys, big and small, start arriving on site.

march 22 construction

March 22nd. Digging down 16′ to the sewer line.

April 1 construction

April 1st. Digging up everything.

april 13 construction

April 13th. Digging some more. Some of the biggest construction toys can barely maneuver on the narrow lot!

get power april 13

Power to the people! Getting temporary power pole hooked up. April 13th

All Good Road Trips Must Come To An End!

Southwestern-most point, and Northeastern-most point of the trip!

Southwestern-most point, and Eastern-most point of the trip. But, NOT the Northern-most point!

Day 123     October 10, 2014

Palm Springs  to  San Diego, CA

We’d been on the road four months, and were getting excited about getting home. Not that we didn’t love living in the Space Shuttle, but there’s something about knowing that you’ll be home soon, that makes you very happy!

Before we got on the road this morning, we packed up as much of our stuff as possible so that the unloading process at home would go faster. And we dumped and flushed our holding tanks so that they’d be clean and empty when Fiona went back to her storage garage.

And then, before we knew it…..we were home!

  • Days on the road:  123
  • Miles driven:   17,245
  • Ferry boat rides:  7
  • Miles travelled by ferry:  unknown
  • Number of US States:  33
  • Number of Canadian Provinces:  6
  • Visits to Veterinarians:  2
  • Traffic/parking tickets:  1
  • Number of beers drunk:  unknown
Home sweet home! Looking out on the 'hood.

Home sweet home! Looking out on the ‘hood.

New Old Bike & Old Beers….The Journey Home

Mark's new old bike

Mark’s new old bike

Day 122      October 9, 2014

Sun City, AZ   to  Palm Springs, CA

We could’ve driven all the way home to San Diego today, but we made the strategic decision not to do so. We decided it’d be better to drive to Palm Springs for the night, and drive to San Diego the next day. That way, we’d avoid driving into San Diego during rush hour, plus, in the morning, at the RV park in Palm Springs, we could dump our holding tanks one last time.

So, not being in a big rush to leave Sun City, we went on a big dog walk/photo excursion around Sis and Rick’s neighborhood.

I like the little cactus

I like the little cactus

Big cactus are cool too

Big cactus are cool too

Cactus and clouds

Cactus and clouds

Sis & Rick's neighborhood

Things are so neat and tidy in Sis & Rick’s neighborhood

Just as we were ready to hit the road, and were saying goodbye, Mark noticed an old steel bicycle in Sis and Rick’s garage. Next thing you know, that stupid old bike was coming home with us. First I protested, but then, it seemed that the mere idea of owning the bike was bringing such joy to Mark, that I gave in, even though I had no doubt that the bike would become a money pit!

Mark's new old bike

Mark’s new old bike

And away we went…back to having three bikes again.

We crossed into California at Blythe. Being back in California was a monumental thing, and bitter-sweet, as it meant the end of our big adventure. It also meant the end of our supply of apples, as they were promptly confiscated at the agricultural checkpoint station.

Sometime around 4:30 pm, we rolled into Palm Springs, and headed straight to the Happy Traveler RV Park.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

We were tempted to walk into town to get some dinner, but instead, on our last night on the road,  we opted to just hang out with the doggies and the Space Shuttle. We made dinner, drank beers, and played music….one last time!

The last couple of beers from  our stop in Santa Fe

The last couple of beers from our stop in Santa Fe









Great name for a beer! And a "must" to bring along if you go camping or glamping like us!

Great name for a beer! And a “must” to bring along if you go camping or glamping like us!