Tish and I landed in Lima at 6 a.m. and met Tonya (who had landed at midnight) in the airport. We took a taxi to our hotel where we attempted to recover from 24 hrs of no sleep. Lots of coffee and a little breakfast were consumed, we took a shower to get rejuvenated and then headed out to meet our tour guide for the Free Walking Tour.
Last week, Tish and I finally made time to get out on the trail again and checked Mt. Tam’s highest point off our NorCal hike bucket list. We started at the Pantoll Ranger station and followed the Matt Davis Trail for just over 2 miles to the Hoo Koo e Koo Trail. The first 4ish miles were beautifully mellow trail over rolling hills through Redwood groves and Eucalyptus trees. We linked up to the Tamalpa Trail by way of Old Railroad Grade and Vic Haun Trails, at which point the trail gained about 1,000 feet of elevation over 1 mile. It was a steep climb, but offered amazing views the entire way up. We decided to follow a spur trail 400 ft to a vista, and despite the overgrown brush and obvious underused nature of the trail, we were rewarded with the best view on the entire hike!
So, funny thing. The trailer isn’t level! Not so funny, but we are trying to remind ourselves it’s a journey, we are learning, it’s not all supposed to go right the first time around……………right.
Today we spent a couple of hours chopping up scrap wood for blocking. We placed several pieces of 2×6 under our jack stands to get them high enough to do their job. We needed to do two things: transfer some of the weight off the tires and onto the jack stands and getting the trailer level. This was our first time using a hydraulic jack (my only experience with jacks thus far involve changing a flat tire with the jack included with the car). First thing out of the box….the jack will not “go down” at all. When lifting the trailer it will lower only as far as the trailer takes it and then it stays up, no matter what we did to try to fix it. Continue reading “Getting the Trailer Level”
Last week we drove up to Portland for another TinyHouseBuild.com workshop. We decided to make the most of the trip (and break up the drive) by stopping to camp for a night along the way. Tish found this great campground — Union Creek Campground on the Rogue River –and got us a spot right on the river. It was such a beautiful site and we had noone camping around us! Continue reading “Portland Tiny House Workshop”
You learn something new every day…that’s what they say, right? Well these past two weeks we have learned A LOT, and I’d be lying if I said some of the lessons weren’t frustrating to learn. Our trailer was delivered nearly three weeks ago and our lumber followed a few days later. We went out to the site to level the trailer and get our tools organized and set up, but ended up mostly just organizing everything and sitting with the trailer not knowing how to start. That’s a lie, we knew what we needed to do but were lacking the confidence to do it and also felt like it was silly to start in on something just to leave town again for the TinyHouseBuild.com Workshop in Portland a few days later. To bridge the “we need to do something but don’t know what to do yet” gap, we decided to be productive anyways and spent a few days doing more research on our first steps of the build and made another trip to Home Depot and Lowes to buy our floor insulation and a few other supplies we would need to get started. Continue reading “Two steps forward, one step back”
Guess that means we better get to building!
Sunday was Tish and my one year anniversary — it’s crazy to think it’s already been a year since we eloped and then flew to Amsterdam/Berlin for our honeymoon. So much has changed since thing: we decided to build a tiny house; we updated and sold our house in Richmond; we sold my car; donated, sold or gave away any excess stuff we didn’t need/want; packed up our Honda Fit with everything we decided to keep (including our three animals) and moved across the country to my childhood home. Of course, we made sure we had a fair share of travel and outdoor adventures sprinkled in between. It’s been an incredible year, and despite the fact that our trailer was supposed to be here last Wednesday….the stars aligned and our (amazing) delivery guy wasn’t able to make it until Sunday. What a fitting way to start our second year of marriage! Continue reading “Our Trailer has Arrived!!”
Things I have learned in the past two weeks: framing a house in sketchup is tedious, and coming up with a cut list is almost painful.
Let me explain.