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Camping with pets

 It's been awhile since I've posted and today I read about a lost pet which is one of the saddest things in life. Our pets become our children either when we have never had children or the children we have raised have flown the coop to start their own lives and families. They also become an addition to the children we are still raising as they bond to and teach our children responsibility, unconditional love, and bring joy to the household. Above is a photo of a cat that has been separated from her family and we hope to help reunite her. Below is the info that was posted on Facebook by the people that are caring for her.

If you or someone you know has lost a pet during travel please feel free to contact us and we will post it on our blog to hopefully help reunite families with their lost pets. I will post the information I have on the one I read about today. Traveling with pets is comforting but can be stressful for them when their normal routine is interrupted such as having to maybe have work done on your RV and taking it to a shop. Please be sure to microchip your pet and more importantly REGISTER the microchip. It does no good to have it done and then not follow through with the paperwork. Take care everyone and hug your pets!

Maddy" belonged to a couple who were RVing with her 2-3 years ago at the Elma Travel Inn in Elma, WA. She escaped from the RV and has been living as part of a feral cat colony every since. Maddy was trapped as part of spay/neuter program and recognized by two long term Travel Inn residents as the lost cat. Little is known about the owners, the Inn no longer has a record of the lost cat, but we do know they returned to the park for an entire year trying to locate this cat. We believe they are an older couple and live in the Seattle area with a son in the Montesano area. Maddy is a sweet but very scared girl. She is not microchipped. We desperately want to get her home to her family. Thanks to all for your help.


TrailManor Friends

This latest posted blog comes from customers who purchased a TrailManor. They are first timers and very brave. They set out on an Alaskan adventure that lasted, I think, six weeks. They survived and recorded their journey by way of posts with photos to boot. I will eventually get the hang of this and be able to add their photos but right now you will just have to follow the link included with every post. 


The 1st year or two

Looking back on the last two years, trying to take stock of where we started, where we are now, and where we are going I must say it has been interesting to say the least. The first couple went by pretty fast but these last two have been a time of growth and change. For those of you that follow us you know we banded together after being laid off during a business closure. Our choices were pretty slim. Go out and seek another job, during the time of great downsizing for everyone, collect unemployment, or figure something out. We decided we liked each other enough to start something on our own. Easier said than done!

Well starting was easy. It's the rest of it that is hard. We struggle to bring value to the industry and keep the dollars local in the community. I am not talking just Kent but Washington in general. After all we live and work here. We stand by our pact and our commitment to remain service orientated instead of sales driven. There are plenty of places to buy an RV but how many are there where you can count on being put first and foremost when it comes to receiving the service you are paying for? I think you will have a hard time coming up with more than a few.

We are grateful for the friends we have made and the relationships we have with our customers. I hate to call them customers because that just doesn't describe them. They are our friends, they are family, they are just like us. I don't think many of them even realize how much they have had an impact on our decision to keep going and keep striving for perfection with ourselves and our jobs. So, thank you for raising the bar and keeping us motivated!

That is all for today and have you thought about joining us with your own blog of adventures in your RV? Come on, you can be anonymous! You all have so much to share. Just send an email to service@auburnkentrv.com with blog in the subject line and we'll handle the rest. Who knows you might find some new friends or even make a love connection, single guys and single ladies. You know who I am talking about ...don't make me name names:)







Our funny clever customers

Welcome to our newly added blog page. I have read such interesting stories in these blogs I had to share. It's great to read everybody's blogs about how they enjoy their RV's and the fun they are having. Some of them even have such humorous adventures, as least they are able to retain their sense of humor, when things don't go exactly as planned!


Please feel free to add your own tales......

Elvis and Graceland

I realized it's been two weeks, not the usual one week, since I updated my blog; tonight I labored over a hot keyboard, got 'er done.  Two weeks ago I was in Richmond, Virginia; since then I've seen Jamestown and Yorktown, Mammoth Caves and the Corvette Museum, Fort Eustis and Fort Knox, Monticello and Graceland, various other diverse spots.  It's all in the blog.  As always you may Check Things Out at:
Thanksgiving I'll be in Omaha, then heading south to Texas, west to LA, north to Seattle.  I suspect I'll be driving more, stopping less, seeing fewer sights, writing shorter blogs (applause from the audience...).
Today I filled Traveller with gas for $3.06 per gallon, hope it's soon below $3.00.  I see it's pouring from Everett to LA; today in Memphis was crisp moving to warm, cloudless, crystalline blue sky.  Travel is so unpleasant...
I hope all is well on the Left Coast.  It'll be nice to get home Christmas Day, no longer be the tall stranger with the funny accent.
More in a week or two, depending - Jim


Fun Stuff

… but decides to not try the allegedly original Buffalo Wings restaurant, I'm not a big wing fan.

I've had a very interesting and diverse few days, which hopefully comes through at:

If you remember to bookmark this page it'll be easier to access in the future.
Please feel free to share this site with anyone you know who may be interested; I'd enjoy it if other folks could enjoy what I'm seeing.
More in a week or so from somewhere in east New York or New Jersey, most likely - Jim

Taking it easy

Well, it’s been a “shorter”, or more accurately much less active, week than usual.  Tuesday afternoon I was hit with a near-migraine headache while driving merrily along, took refuge for two nights in the next available motel.  I had a slate of intended museums to visit in Detroit, but tho’ much recovered by late Thursday still felt pretty flat, so I took the rest of this week off. 


It’s been extremely pleasant to just sit in one place for a couple days, completely relax, read and hang out.  I talked to much-traveled bro George about it, he said “sometimes you need to take a vacation from your vacation”.  So I’ve learned something about myself – 120 days of continuous travel and activity sounded fun in the planning stages, but when I’m actually on the road day after day it’s nice to have an occasional layover.  Maybe slothful weekends are programmed into my circadian rhythms…


So my blog this week is greatly shorter than usual, but it’s still there; more and hopefully more interesting next weekend – Jim





Where am I now

Yes, another exciting week gone by, another two states under my belt.  It's an exciting Saturday night in Merrillville, Indiana, glad to share what I've seen


One thing I’m finding on this trip – and it’s really not a surprise – is every place I visit raises the possibility of visiting three more nearby I don’t have time for.  For me this is something of a Highlights Tour, seeing the things I’d like to see if I only got one chance to tour this part of the country.  But there are plenty other historic sites, museums, sporting events, miscellaneous interests etc etc I’d sample if I had a week instead of a day.  Just more fodder for travels down the road, so to speak (rimshot).


Let us return with Our Hero to the American Midwest, Land of Mystery,.,.....

Tomorrow it's Chicago and the Frank Lloyd Wright home/studio, then Madison, Taleisin, the Circus Museum and four days of national championship sports car races at Road America. 
Stay tuned - Jim

Lessons Learned

While travelling more than 5000 miles on roads, paved and unpaved, on ferries and sometimes by plane, meeting lots of people and seeing new places we had the opportunity to learn many new things. Here's a few.  

Trees and more trees
1. Canada has a lots of trees.  When we turned and headed south from Inuvik all the way to Dawson Creek we passed through nothing but forest.  Trees, tress and more trees.  

2. Don't bring firewood across international borders.  When we left Haines we had a lot of good, dry firewood so we decided to take it with us.  Why let it go to waste?  Well, let me tell you why.  With the pine beetle marching across many forests in the north governments and forest folks are trying hard to stop the spread.  We had to fill out paperwork at the Canada Customs outside Haines, return to the US, explain the situation to US customs agent, dump the wood on the side of the road and try it again.  

3. Make sure the sewer drainage hose is securely attached to trailer before emptying the holding tanks.  Read this account and just imagine.  Enough said.

4. Slow down when passing big rigs on dirt highways.  About 3000 miles in to the trip while on the Dempster Highway we failed to heed the warning to slow when passing on-coming semi-trucks.  A big rock hit our windshield and left a big crack.   I got to look at it the whole rest of the trip.
Slow down when passing on-coming trucks

 5. Don't take trailers over dirt roads OR dirt roads are dirt OR dust comes from dirt.  Wow!  When we got to Dawson City after crossing from Alaska to the Yukon on the Top of the World Highway Tami was filled with dust and lots of it.  We dealt with the dust the rest of the trip.  Avoid extended drives on dirt roads when pulling a TrailManor.

6. If you don't want to strangers don't get a cute dog or unique trailer.  How many times did we have to tell people what kind of dog Manny was or reassure them he was not a bear?  How many times did we explain how Tami folds up and set up?  How many tours did we give complete strangers of our trailer?  If you read the blog you know the answers.

7. Buying fish in small fishing communities is impossible.  All we wanted to do in Southeast Alaska was to buy some fresh salmon, halibut or dungeness crab to cook back at camp.  The best we could do was some frozen halibut at Safeway in Ketchikan.  Everytime we asked where to buy fish we were met with a blank look followed by, "I don't know.  We just go catch it."

8. There are no moose in the north.  We looked and searched, crawled out of bed a the crack of dawn, slinked around swamps and bogs but never so a moose.  We saw plenty of other wildlife but no moose.

9. Eight year olds and 70 year olds don't have to take shoes off at airport security.  When sending Leo back home we learned at the airpot in Juneau that kids and old people don't have to take off their shoes at the airport security screening station.

10.  We can only handle so much rain.  Whew, even seasoned Seattle-ites that we are the rain did get to be a bit much for us.  Southeast Alaska gets much more rain than Seattle.  In Ketchikan they measure it in feet, not inches.
Lots of rain in Ketchikan

Okay and the biggest lesson of all is that COMING HOME IS GREAT.  We missed our friends and family on the road and we love you all.

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Top 10 plus of our Alaskan Adventure

We are having a great trip and wanted to summarize our Top Ten Highlights as of today.  Picking only 10 was hard considering we travelled 5,811 miles through British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta and Washington.  We gave it a try anyway so here is the list:

Bubble net feeding
1. Bubble net feeding. August 17.  While aboard the Fairweather travelling from Sitka to Juneau the we spotted several hump back whales during the sailing.  The most spectacular sighting was a group of humpbacks engaged in bubble net feeding.  Amazing!

Jasper Wolf Hunt
2. Wolf Hunt. September 3.  Driving into Jasper we spotted a big horn ewe perched on a ledge and four wolves circling above her.  We stumbled upon an active hunt right by the road.

Bears at Anan
3. Bears at Anan Bear Observatory. August 11.  Watching the bears up close and personal at the observatory as the bears fished was a unique experience.

4. LeConte Glacier Shooters. August 10.  The LeConte Glacier experience was by far the best glacier experience as we were able to get much closer to the glacier in the small boat and even better was the calving and shooters.
LeConte Glacier

 Coast Arriving at Shipwreck
5. Shipwreck in Glacier Bay. August 19.  "In the unlikely event of an emergency...".  It does happen.  Pay attention to the safety briefing you just might need it like we did when theBaranoff Wind ran aground prompting a rescue by the US Coast Guard and nearby cruise ship.

6. Fishing in Sitka with Leo. August 15.  Leo got a quick fishing lesson at Starrigavan Creek by Rick and landed some big humpback salmon.
Leo fishing

Crossing the Arctic Circle
7. Crossing the Arctic Circle. August 27.  An unplanned side strip to Inuvik, Northwest Territories along the Dempster Highway took us across the Arctic Circle where we saw many unique sites and waded in the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk.

8. Bear in the camp. August 6.  While staying at the Ward Lake in Ketchikan a black bear liked to visit the campground and our camp.  We got some close views of the bear on several occasions.  
Bear in campground

 Leo the co-pilot
9. Leo, the co-pilot. August 19. Leo sat in the front of the plane in the co-pilot seat on our already stressful day at Glacier Bay.  While flying through the Chilkat Mountains he actually had control and made the plan dip from side to side.  Crazy.

10. Float plane in Misty Fjords. August 7.  Flying over Misty Fjords provided amazing views of the Fjords and surrounding mountains.  Thank you President Carter.
Flying over Misty Fjords

Okay....we can't settle on only ten...so here are more highlights:

Sunset at Glacier Bay Lodge
11. Deck dining at Glacier Bay Lodge. August 18. After arriving at Glacier Bay Lodge dinner was a special treat as we dined outside on the deck and watch the sun setting over the Coastal Range and Mount Fairweather.  A beautiful evening.

Kluane National Park
12. Kluane National Park. August 23. In search of some sunny skies we left Haines and travelled for several hours with great views of the snowy and rugged peaks of Kluane National Park in the Yukon Territory.

13. Top of the World "Highway"...minus the dust. August 24.  Crossing from Alaska via Chicken on the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City was a great drive.  Wow...did we make a mistake.  Lots of dust and we suffered with it most of the rest of the trip.  Beautiful all the same and sunny.
Over Top of the World

 Dawson City
14. Dawson City.  August 25.  We love Dawson City, Yukon and plan to go back.
15. Wonderful landscape along the Dempster. August 26, 27 and 31.  The variation in the land along the highway through the Yukon and Northwest Territories was fascinating.  Some of the land carved up by glaciers while vast swatch of Beringia spared.  Forests to tundra and permafrost.
Landscape of Dempster

 Arctic Ocean
16. Seeing and feeling the Arctic Ocean. August 28. Once at the Arctic Ocean we had to get in.  It was not too cold.  

Community Icehouse
17. Community Icehouse.  August 28.  The remote village of Tuktoyaktuk has limited resources and has a community icehouse dug 30 feet below the permafrost.  That was cool.

18.  Caribou in the Northern Rockies. September 1. While visiting the Muncho Lake area in BC we sighted our first caribou.  
Caribou in Northern Rockies

Dinner with Elks
19. Dinner at the Elks Club. September 4. "Wapati" is the Athabascan word for elk.  We now know why the campground is named Wapati.

20. Mountains in Jasper and Banff. September 5.  The mountains of Jasper and Banff National Park are beautiful.  
Mountains of Jasper

Chateau Lake Louise in Summer
21. Chateau Lake Louise.  September 5 and 6.  We stayed here many times in the winter.  After living on the road in a trailer for over a month it was a great luxury to visit the chateau in summer.

22. Hiking up the Big Beehive. September 6.  The long hike at Lake Louise and the vista from atop Big Beehive was worth every bit of the effort.
Big Beehive

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