We have started our 1 month stay in Grants Pass

 We have been in Grants Pass for a little over a week now and I think everyone that lives here after the unusually wet winter they have had owes us great thanks because it is obvious we brought some sunshine along with us from down south, it just took a few days for it to catch up with us. But looking at the forecast I think that’s about to change.

 We have tackled a few things on our list of things to get done while in Oregon so far, we have been researching a new camp stove to carry with us and we made that purchase (a Camp Chef Explorer 60X Pro) and I ran an ad on Craig List and sold the Green Mountain Davey Crockett grill we have carried with us the last 2 years. I think after we use the new stove for a few weeks we might do a more complete update on why we chose to do this but so far after making about 7 meals consisting from everything eggs & bacon to pork chops & steaks I can say we enjoy it so far and I’m having fun learning a new cooking technique.

A couple of nice steaks were the first thing we did on the BBQ box.

A couple of nice steaks were the first thing we did on the BBQ box.

Chicken fajitas on the flat top and tortilla's warming on the grill.

Chicken fajitas on the flat top and tortilla’s warming on the grill.

After going through a couple seasoning burns the first meal on the griddle was just bacon and this was our second.

After going through a couple seasoning burns the first meal on the griddle was just bacon and this was our second.

   And we picked up a new phone to replace the old Samsung Galaxy 3 we have had for 5 years that has been giving us huge grief for the last year and just dealt with (the new phone is a Samsung S8 that is a HUUUUUGE improvement over the 3 as you can imagine), we also had our yearly meeting with our financial advisor so that’s out of the way, and we stopped by the Ford shop where we bought our pickup last year to show them a slight upholstery issue on the moon roof cover and scheduled a time to have that fixed and have a service done at the same time.

 Because we will be sitting in one spot for a bit we also had our mail sent to us, nothing exciting about that except Diane had a Jury Duty notice that she was supposed to report to in mid-April oooooppps LOL!!! Surprisingly enough when she called them to explain they simply said “no problem it’s all taken care of” and that was that. Dang, when I had my last notice I thought they were going to come haul me off before I could get them to agree to push it off to a later date.

 And we made a trip out to the storage unit. We had a few things we wanted to put in and a couple things we wanted to grab. And most important was the Jeep had not been started for a year now and I wanted to fire it up and run it around a bit. I’m happy to say that after hooking the battery up it fired right up like a champ. I sort of miss the ol girl.

 I will admit that I had thoughts in the back of my mind the last few months of possibly putting it up for sale during this visit because I just hate leaving things with a motor sitting in storage but after caressing her & letting her wrap herself around me and hearing her purr during our brief encounter this visit I decided I just can’t let her go. Hmmm, I think I just might be able to write a entire romance novel just about the Jeep LOL!!   

 Like always, because we are in Oregon “a no sales tax state” we tend to make a few more purchases like the new camp stove and I picked up a new pair of tennis shoes, Diane bought some new tops and a few other items, Diane’s also looking for a good small point & shoot camera to replace here old “not so good” camera and we bought the new Mavic Pro toy “drone” and I put my old DJI Phantom 2 on Craig’s List. “We will do a more in depth update on the new Mavic at a later date but it’s an amazing new machine and it is so much more compact and has so many more features that it’s bound to create some great video & grab some great photos for us”.

Everything in the boxes fit in that small case on top. It's so much more compact than the DJI Phantom 2 that's it's crazy.

Everything in the boxes fit in that small case on top. It’s so much more compact than the DJI Phantom 2 that’s it’s crazy.

That's both units condensed as small as possible in order to haul them around and have everything in 1 case. Obviously the Phantom to the left and the new Mavic to the right.

That’s both units condensed as small as possible in order to haul them around and have everything in 1 case. Obviously the Phantom to the left and the new Mavic to the right.

The backpack on the left hold the old toy "The Phantom" and is what I would strap on my back to hike in to get shots and the pack on the right is what I will need to carry with the Mavic. So question,,,, which would you rather lug around LOL!!

The backpack on the left hold the old toy “The Phantom” and is what I would strap on my back to hike in to get shots and the pack on the right is what I will need to carry with the Mavic. So question,,,, which would you rather lug around LOL!!

 We haven’t even gotten to the fun stuff like Dr. and dentist and other appointments yet but they are scheduled LOL!!

 Speaking of fun stuff our good friend Jim stopped in one morning right after we got here for a short visit and we got together with him and his wife Sue for breakfast at the Train Depot one morning which is a yearly thing. We enjoyed our visit enough that we sat in the restaurant long enough that the breakfast crowd went through and I think some of the early lunch crowd started to roll in LOL!!! (Once again no pictures)

 *We will toss some random pictures in now*

 We did take a little time one day to make a run down Hells Canyon to see how the river looked after such a wet winter.

 When living here going down through this area was one of our favorite things to do to just get away for even a couple hours to take in just some of the beauty in the area and once again we were not disappointed.

 Diane’s brother will be coming down next Saturday from Portland and plans to camp at the Valley of the Rouge State Park until Monday and her sister from California will be coming up Wednesday and has reservations at a hotel just down the street and plans to also stay until Monday. It’s been 2 years since we have seen Diane’s Sister and 1 year since we have seen her brother so it will be nice for everyone to get together again.

 I guess that’s it for now, the first week flew by pretty quickly as I’m sure the next 3 weeks will do as well.

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7 Responses to We have started our 1 month stay in Grants Pass

  1. Bruce says:

    Great new toys. Look forward to learning more about them. Is the Mavic compatible with a GoPro? After reading your post I couldn’t help but ask where do you carry all your stuff and what all do you carry? We continue to struggle with what do full timers need and where to carry it. Any thoughts you would like to share would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Hi Bruce!! First off the Mavic has it’s own camera so no need for the GoPro which is good and bad because the camera does not come off so it can be used for other things but on the other hand there is no fisheye to contend with and it does take great pictures and video with a lot more control like on a real camera. Plus it can be activated from the controller and switched between video and camera at will. There are tons of info on YouTube about it but I will do a write up in the future. What do we and what do full-timers need to carry LOL!! Well now that’s the question of the day and one that evolves for all of us. As you well know there is only so much space and it’s like living in a Rubic’s cube. Of course we got rid of 1 BBQ system and replaced it with the Camp Chef but still needed to play around with storage to make everything work and I did my measuring before ever making the switch. And as could see in the pictures switching “Toy’s” actually saved space, or at least will once I sell the Phantom or it goes into storage before we leave. But we are almost at full capacity down below in the storage bays with just awe bit of space left for small items. And we are comfortable full in the living area storage area’s but could make more space if we worked at it. And I have a few ideas that we have gathered from other RVers we could adopt that would free up (well create) some more space if we really wanted to. Like PVC fence posts mounted under the RV so hold sewer hoses or a shoe rack mounted around the bed pedestal or adding a small shelf above the clothing rod in the closet and I have one more bay below that I could expand on the shelf system that I did in other bays. Of course living by the rule of “if you have not used it in a year it must go” also helps. And the “something in something out” rule is good MOST of the time.
      Take care Bruce, hope to bump into you guys again.

  2. colibabas says:

    Sweet…another new toy! Look forward to your review.

  3. Anxiously awaiting the full review on the Mavic. Not there yet, but maybe someday……

  4. gt350ed says:

    Howdy dude and dudette! Ah, yes, the Mavic. Can’t believe I saw your Phantom and David’s, had to have one, bought his, fixed it, upgraded it and added a Go Pro….And have hardly flown it since going on the road.

    Well, we’re settled in here at Flaming Gorge for the summer workcamping/hosting. Hadn’t planned to “work”, but we love the beauty here and the people we work with/for. They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.

    That camp stove looks sweet ( pun intended). My advice…don’t sell the Jeep.

    Take care. Have fun in GP. Then where?

    Ed and Sharon

    • Dave & Diane says:

      I saw that you guys were working this summer. At least it’s a nice area. Looking forward to your update and your thoughts about the gig.
      You just need to get that “toy” in the air and get some pictures. You probably can’t fly at Flaming Gorge can you?
      We have enjoyed GP so far, we leave here on June 1st and will start a slow crawl to Michigan this summer before heading south for the winter again where we will probably see you guys I’m sure, at least hope to..

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