We have seen and done so much in Oregon, from the coast tot he mountains, from the Gorge to the high dessert. It really has been a fab year.
Here are some stats from the first year:
Nights away: 55
Miles driven: 2800
Generator hours: 19
Not ground breaking numbers, but not bad for a couple that have full time jobs!
The fall has seen a few trips to central Oregon. We have stayed at Paulina lake, Sunriver, Sisters and Bend. We have another trip to bend in a couple of weeks too :)
Central Oregon has so much to offer, we really enjoy all the hiking around the Alpine lakes and the trail system around town is wonderfully diverse. Each day seems to be capped by going to a brewery for a beer and great food. I think the brewery count in Bend is up to 21 now, check for yourself at beermebend.com . Crux is my current favorite.
We have also been stopping at the growler filling station in SW "Love handles" they have a good rotating selection and a loyalty scheme. It also helps it is right next to "3 Goats" coffee, all part of the Brookswood Plaza.
I nearly forgot to mention the mountain bike trails are amazing too, I finally completed my vintage Klein rebuild and have taken it out on a few rides, so much fun! I must confess, at 39 years old it is much harder to recover these days...
Finally I installed the Harmony remote. We have had one in the house for years and recently upgraded to the "Ultimate" that controls lights and AC ..... The one in the airstream is a little simpler, but it has a hub and a repeater, so all the devices get to see the IR signal. It was soo simple to set up and works perfectly first time! Even the wife approves. It is nice not to have 5 remotes floating around.
So here is the list to end the post:
It can be tricky to evenly distribute weight in the Airstream, you have to play close attention.
We are right up against the GAWR for the rear axel of the expedition when we are fully loaded with the generator, we have about 100lbs spare back there... The front is fine, 300lbs spare.
Harmony remotes are still awesome!
Things we bought:
Water filter. The wife complained about the tea not tasting good at some campsites...
Fully stocked the bathroom so we don't keep packing our washrags from home.
Dyson vacuum, we kept forgetting to take the one from home!
New bedding! A nice set of Eddie Bauer flannel sheets, down comforter and a couple of down throws for when we are in the dinette watching TV!
Coat hooks, well a small rack of 3 hooks so we can hang coats and leashes out the way when wet.