I can see that we are going to be so busy for a while that it will be easy to get behind on the blog. And I’m one of those people that if I get behind I have a hard to playing catch up.
After getting set up in the Valley of the Rouge State Park Sunday 6/1 and a relaxing evening we were ready to attack the storage units. So Monday morning I loaded by tool bag and battery charger in the Jeep and we were off.
Once at the storage unit and after asking the person in the office what the code to the gate was, because we had forgotten it after 19 months LOL, we headed to the unit with Diane’s car in it. A long story cut short, after hooking the cables back up to the battery we were pleasantly surprised that it started right up!!! What a great start to the day!!!
Then we headed to the unit with the trike and the bulk of our belongings in it. We had another pleasant surprise there as well!! After attaching the battery cables the trike fired right up!!! We were off to a great start and it gets even better if you can believe that.
We have talked it over and decided that because we really plan to come back to Oregon a number of times over the next couple years we want to keep Diane’s car and my trike. And we want to keep them in a storage unit and not parked in some lot with covers over them.
It will be nice to show up and have another car at our disposal and we have been talking about in the future having a pickup that we can load the trike in and bring it with us on the road so keeping the trike makes sense at this time, in our minds anyway.
So our goal at this time is to sell enough stuff so we can empty one storage unit and make enough room in the other for Diane’s car and the trike. And because we will be paying for the one unit anyway we don’t mind keeping whatever else will fit in it along with the car and bike for now. But that means a lot of stuff, and big stuff has to go to make this happen.
We decided to take everything we want to sell and put it in the unit Diane’s car was in and use it for a staging area. Luckily they are only about 30 yards apart so it’s not too bad jockeying stuff around.
The first thing was to start getting rid of the larger items and then towards the end of June our friends (Lee and Coleen) are having a huge annual garage sale and we plan to take a bunch of smaller things to it.
So we moved a washer/drier set, Traeger BBQ, Weber BBQ, 4 piece patio set, 55” shop fan, a Craftsman push behind weed eater, a poker table and some other stuff from one unit to another and while doing so I posted pictures on face book and offered them up to friends first before posting them on Craigslist later that day.
The plan worker pretty well and within 24 hours we had sold about 80% of the stuff and it has been picked up and hauler away!! Pretty good progress for a short period of time. That’s the good but the bad is we have a whole lot more to get rid of plus we have the dreaded boxes of what I call Crip-crap stuff that I just hate dealing with to go through yet and get ready for the garage sale. But we have started 3 piles, garage sale, Good Will and dump and have started the daunting task LOL!!
I also made it by the DMV and picked up the new tags for the trike but have not had a chance to make use of them yet, in time. And I stopped by another RV park and made reservations for one month starting June 13th, when we will be leaving the Valley of the Rouge State Park, and ending July 13th when we head to Portland for 2 weeks to visit with Diane’s family.
It hasn’t been all work and no play however. Our friends Jim and Joanna stopped by the first night we were in town for a visit and a couple of our friends visited us while working at the storage unit and we stopped in at Cheryl and Len’s who live very very close to the state park we are camped at for a visit and went out for pizza after a long day at the storage units. Plus we had breakfast with Lee and Coleen at the Train Depot Restaurant (they have the best bacon between the west and east coast that we have ran across so far LOL!!) and of course Rich And Chris are camped here at the state park now and we are having a great time catching up.
We figure to put things on hold while Rich and Chris are here camping with us and just enjoy time with friends. We will pick back up with Dr. appointments and storage wars again next week.
And I think Jack is having a good time as well. He had a chance to visit his old friend Bear (Len and Cheryl’s dog) and has been playing with his old buddy Felix (Rich and Chris’s dog). They have gone on a couple walks and had some play time in the Rouge River.
The last couple years we have mainly just winged it and played it by ear with very few real “plans”. We haven’t had this many things planned in such a long time that we almost don’t know how to handle it. Heck I have even resorted to using my calendar on the phone to keep track of upcoming appointments and events, and when I look at it and it’s as full as it is I almost cringe LOL!!! Not really, the cringe thing anyway, we are having a great time and a lot of the stuff just has to be done but I can tell now that the summer is going to fly by at this rate.