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Old 03-10-2009, 01:28 PM   #15
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enjoyed reading the post, with all the great photos, THANK YOU
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Jen, that sounds like a great trip, and a wonderful experience for the girls too.

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Ahhhh Spring. Seems like a fleeting dream to us in Alberta. -25C this morning (that's -13F for you US folks). That is darned cold for January, let alone March. I CANNOT wait to get out in the Boler this year and envy those who can take those long road trips. Someday......... (deep sigh).

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Yep, 'tis cold here, but that is fine, I'm sure we will be compensated by having a gorgeous summer, right?

It sure is refreshing to say the least, when taking the dog out for his required 1-2 hours of walks every day.
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My pleasure - I really like sharing photos, but there MUST be an easier way here. I had to resize each and upload it here, even though they're already sized for the net and available at my Picasa album online. OH..sure, I could READ directions...look 'em up and all. I like to look up stuff for sale, history, locations information, but instructions? PFah!

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Old 03-10-2009, 02:46 PM   #18
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Jen,

I didn't get my Boler until October, so unfortunately that was not me camped in the photo. There are a lot of those green & white Bolers as that was one of their major color schemes. Fun to see one that looks just like mine "in the wild" though.

On the photos, I don't think this board allows linking to photos on the web. In other words, you have to download (or have) each photo on your hard drive, and then uploaded to the board (unless I have this wrong ). I found that out when I wanted to link to a photo that was already on the web, but couldn't (in that case it was a product photo of a garden sprayer).

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:07 PM   #19
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Jen,

This is EXACTLY why I am looking for an FGRV of my own. My kids are 4 and 5 years old and I can't wait to get on the road with them. We love to take them camping, but packing, unpacking, setting up camp, taking down camp, etc with 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs make the amount of time spent on a trip and the overall distance very limited (not to mention it is hard to squeeze into the car!)

Your story is an inspiration to find the right one ASAP!

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:26 PM   #20
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Hi Crystal!
The trailer is FABULOUS, but if you're still looking for one, I STRONGLY encourage you to go with a model that has bunks for the kids. Even if you co-sleep now, I'm tellin' you the single "queen-size" bed in ours is is TOO small for four bodies, even if the little ones are only 5 and 7 years old! (And, yes, we've been co-sleeping so this SHOULD work for us. Works for ME and the girls, but not with the addition of another adult - Daddy.)

Traveling the country with the kids has been really wonderful, but my kids are pretty used to getting out and about. How about yours? The main thing that makes it work is that we have a kid-focused stop EVERY SINGLE DAY. My mother-in-law says we're too kid-centric. I say, PSHAW! It's NO FUN to sit in a car for hours on end only to find yourself somewhere that's no fun. I select places that the girls will enjoy and I'm easily entertained anyhow.

We've done a 3,000 mile trip with tent, two girls and me and the tent setup/teardown part (matresses, sleeping bags, car packing/unpacking) daily was a pisser. Having the trailer made a world of difference. REALLY! TOTALLY worth the loss in gas mileage, the additional cost at SOME campgrounds (not many that we chose) and the funny looks. (Actually, we met a lot of nice people BECAUSE of our funky-looking trailer.)

Here are some basics on traveling with them, how and why.

Maybe someday our families will meet on the road!

Jen in Orcutt, CA
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Jen, for the wonderful narrative and photos. We choose "unusual, fantastic, wonderful, creative" - your gals are indeed blessed to have a Mom with such an adventurous spirit. As others have said, this trip (and those to follow) are gifts of untold value which could never be replaced by material 'stuff'. Thanx for sharing, and keep on "learning and loving life" - Regards, L 'n D
p.s. and thanx for the new info on WiFi at Starbucks!
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L 'n' D,

As it sounds like you may use the Starbucks wi-fi, I'll try to recount how I got signed up. At least it will give you an idea where to start.

I never would have figured it out, but I was at a new Sbucks, and an employee there was eager to help me. It just so happened that I was on an "egg" shopping trip.

Let's see, I think I had to start by purchasing a Starbucks card (just basically cash that you store for use at Sbucks).

Then I went online and... somewhere... signed up for an AT&T wi-fi account (this stage is fuzzy, sorry).

Then I think I also had to sign up on Starbucks' site, making a log-in and password (or maybe this was before or instead of the last step), I then went over to the left-hand menu on the Sbucks site, and looked under something like "benefits" and found the way to link the AT&T account with an Sbucks name and password (gee, sorry this is so vague).

But now it's simple. I just keep a bit of money on the card, and use it every so often. When I go into Sbucks I just open my laptop and try to go to a website, and then the Starbucks/AT&T wi-fi page comes up. I type in my ID and password, and select "AT&T" wi-fi from a drop down box, and I'm in.

I think I've even gone over two hours a time or two and not been cut off. I usually buy something when I'm there, in repayment, but I have pulled into the parking lot a time or two just to check something like gasbuddy.com (but then again I've spent quite a bit in Sbucks at other times without going online).

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Great Store , what a great adventure, wonderful to read as I watch the snow continue to fall here in Soggy Bottom oregon
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I thoroughly enjoyed the reports and the photos. You're a great mom!
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Raya - the 'step-by-step' Starbucks process is appreciated. We use a Verizon AirCard of the laptop of DH. He's pretty good about sharing but I sometimes rely on some sort of hot-spot signal or WiFi offered by the RV park if that's where we stop. This is a good plan to have in reserve. Thanx again - LdB
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Hi Jen,

Thanks again. I checked out your blog. I will keep an eye on your travels as they are an inspiration. Yes, maybe someday we will meet on the road. :-) For now...still looking for a trailer, and sticking to camping when the weather permits.

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