Saturday, November 24, 2012

The End is Now

Chopper has learned computers and the whole is now open to him
Chopper is most concerned about our plans. He's been researching the Everglades National Park, looking for campsites.  He must have overheard us talking about going to Southern Florida where the weather is warm and warm sounds good right now. He's also worried that no one in this family has "a job" anymore and has been looking at the Craigslist employment section. What a good boy! Not really. In truth, we have told him over and over again, that the  premise of this trip is to make no firm plans, and to go where the signs point us. Follow the knows!  I have never travelled with this much freedom, and it makes me giggle.

We're taking off tomorrow, finally. Me Voy is winterized, and we are back to hauling water  to brush teeth and make tea. Takes me back to the good ole days of her refit.

Engine room rot removal.

We have set up the car, got new front tires, tinted the back windows, got a cargo carrier, and a bike rack. We have made a little mobile kitchen in the back of the Fit, to store our food, and stove, and not have everything in one big pile like it usually ends up. Since this picture was taken, the plywood has been covered in black contact paper, and everything is packed away, i.e. lost,  including the camera card to upload finished car pics. Oh well, you'll have to take my word for it, it looks awesome, and only takes four small screws, discreetly placed to keep it attached. Our cans and pots and pans fit into the back shelves, with books and toiletries going on the shelves behind the seats. Really packs out nice. We'll see how this all works on the road, but you might be looking at the first prototype of a Honda Fit camping kit, you just never know.

Honda Fit camping kitchen build
We are not thru with Me Voy, and will be back to live aboard her in April. She has a lot more to teach us, but for now, this is the end of a chapter. She has been brought back from the "dead yard" and our goal of living aboard her has been completed. So, as everything must come to an end, so it is with this blog. It is finished.  We are going IRL. So lock your doors, close your windows, and keep your children inside, its gonna get ... well probably very peaceful actually. 

The archives will be up for those researching boat restoration, as somewhere in there you might find some useful information. For those who have been with us throughout this process, thank you! Its been fun and somewhat dusty, and I hope you were able to keep your hands clean of Epoxy. I've had a blast sharing this project with you, getting to know you thru your comments and suggestions. If you wish to keep in touch, become our FBFF and friend our social media representative Chopper on Facebook, as we will occasionally post things there. 

Be happy, be peaceful, and when you're stuck in a tight spot, don't forget to think BIG!

Love to you All, bye


Laura and Hans said...

But surely you'll start posting again in April when you move back on board??? I certainly hope so.

Travis and Maggie said...
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Travis and Maggie said...

ooops. I can't make any commitments but I do feel like this is an appropriate ending to the blog. Thinking about making a funny book about the experience though

judith said...

I agree with Laura and Hans, I'll miss your blog. See you on FB. I'm ready to hit LIKE for the Kitchen Kit. Go ahead and start selling those plans now for a little travel cash. Book idea is a winner too.

Travis and Maggie said...

Thanks Jomama, its been fun hearing from you! Thanks for your encouragement too, really appreciated. BTW, I'm writing this from the road, in the car with our mobile verizon jetpack providing the internet service. So far being a high-tech-hippy is awesome!

Colin said...

Good luck May the force be with you

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I'm going to miss this!!!

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Sorry to discover you and discover you are going to stop blogging at the same time. Your car camping makeover reminds me so much of what my dad did when I was a kid. We had a station wagon (no SUVs in those days) and he built a commissary in back to hold all of our cooking utensils, dry goods, camp stove, and lots of other items. It had large drawers on the bottom and a drop-down shelf with lots of space for meal preparation and cooking. The side facing into the car had a notch at the bottom where my parents could sleep with the seats folded down (Dad was 5'11"). Until junior high school I was short enough to sleep on the front seat. Dad rigged a side dressing tent next to one of the car's back doors. When we got somewhere we wanted to stay, up went the big tent, otherwise we used the car for overnight camping. My parents were both teachers, so we had plenty of time but not a lot of cash for long summer trips. This made it perfect. Thanks for the memories. Have a wonderful tip. - Margy