Leaving Out

So the time finally arrived.  The house is up for sale and we are actually on our Road Trip!  (Actually, we have been on the road for over a week now, stopping on our way out to visit family and friends here and there.)

Getting ready wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but between the two of us, we managed it.  I was in charge of packing and organizing food and clothing while Bruce worked on the interior.  In the front of the unit, he changed out the old TV for a flat screen.  He even made sure to match the stain to the wood already in the RV.  He knows I am a little OCD about things like that.  Gotta love a man who cares.

 

In the back, he pulled the old TV and made a cabinet.  It added so much storage space in the back room.  We don’t watch TV in the bedroom anyway, so it was a good trade for me.  I was able to fit extra blankets, movies, and other odds and ends in there.

My favorite upgrade is the new larger, rectangular table.  There was a smaller circular table in the space that was fine for eating, but would not work as office space.  Since I work from my laptop, I wanted a “desk” for the days when I have several hours of serious work to put in.  I love that I can earn money from a beach chair, but sometimes, you just need a solid surface to spread out on.  He found and ordered the table top and installed it on the original base.  I just love my new “office”.  🙂

Before we started loading, we pulled everything out and cleaned thoroughly.   I added contact paper in the drawers.  I think it looks beautiful.   Once, that was finished we put things back exactly where we wanted them.  This way we know what is in the rig and where it is.  My grandmother always said, “a place for everything and everything in its place”.  I figured it was a good way to go about organizing.

We used a lot of bins and storage containers to keep things organized in the overhead and undercarriage compartments.  I found a solutions to my shoe “problem” (not a problem for me…I need shoes, people).

Overall, I am happy with everything.  I am sure we will make adjustments throughout our travels, but at least we are starting out organized and tidy.  I like things that way.  🙂

 


Vegan in Saint Augustine Florida

I love Saint Augustine, Florida.  It is one of my favorite places in the world.  It is full of history and charm, especially the downtown area around St. George Street.  I get to visit often because my daughter goes to college in St. Augustine.  As I posted recently, my daughter broke her ankle, so I left the Abacos (Bahamas) early in order to help take care of her for a few weeks.  Not only did this give me time to catch up with her, I was also able to explore the beaches, restaurants, and shops.  It was wonderful.

I love the water, so I took a lot of beach walks.  The sand in St. Augustine is soft near parking, but hard near the water.  It’s perfect for a jog or even a bike ride, and it is really good for building sand castles.  Dogs are allowed on the beaches here; bring your dog!

Walking downtown near the inter-coastal is an excellent way to get some exercise.  St. Augustine is perfect for early risers.  Watching the  sunrise over the Bridge of Lions from the fort wall is just gorgeous!

I really like all the vegan options in STA.  Breakfast at The Manatee Cafe is fantastic.  I highly recommend the vegan french toast, breakfast burrito and tofu scramble.  http://www.manateecafe.com/

The Floridian Cafe has a few great options, but my absolute favorite is the Winter Salad with Tempeh. http://www.thefloridianstaug.com/

Dos is a great coffee shop to work in during the day.  Friday nights they have live music and a full house!  They also serve wine, beer and local kombucha.  This particular latte is Vanilla-Pear Tea with soy milk. https://www.dosbar.com/

If you like drinks with a view, Sangria’s is on St. George’s Street and awesome for drinks and appetizers.  Live music on the weekend.  Make sure you specify NO DAIRY when ordering! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sangrias-Wine-Piano-Bar/

Another favorite coffee shop is The Kookaburra.  They have several locations.  These photos are from the larger on on US1.  Perfect place to work while enjoying a fantastic latte and vegan pumpkin donut.  It’s bigger than it looks in these photos, and often full to capacity. https://www.facebook.com/TheKookaburra

I didn’t include all the places I visited and delicious food I enjoyed while I stayed in STA.  I have been busy with the business, taking care of Sky, making sure she got to class and appointments.  I will miss this beautiful little city while I am away, but leaving means getting ready for the roadtrip!  So happy to get to travel the country soon.  🙂  I will post more next time I am in town.  If you visit and find an amazing dish or restaurant I didn’t mention, leave a comment!  I would love to try a new place next time I am in STA.