After spending a few day in Cody, Wyoming getting everything transferred into our new Cougar camper, it was time to head north.
It is hard to believe the time has actually come. We have had such an amazing time on this journey. It seems like heading back to Alaska has just come all too soon. But we are keeping with the original plan - which was to travel for a year, then head back to Fairbanks and evaluate what we want to do next.
Well, I guess it's no secret that we are really enjoying our travels. And we've definitely already decided we want to continue for as long as we can. For now, that means spending the summer in Fairbanks and replenishing some funds.
Not that we should really be complaining, because Alaska is just absolutely gorgeous in the summer - and the winter too, if you ask me!
And, well, we wouldn't have just invested in a new camper if we didn't intend to continue with this lifestyle! Ha!
So anyways, we continued north, into Montana. We needed some time to sit - Jason had a new project on his hands... Installing solar!
We ended up spending almost a week up at the Apgar Campground in Glacier National Park. Montana had lots of snow this year, so we were surrounded by big mounds of melting snow. For the most part the weather was cooperative, aside from a few windy, wet days.
We kept our batteries and inverter, but new parts had to be ordered - including the actual solar panels. I will leave the nitty gritty details to Jason, who will be writing a post soon on the new installation! But for now, I will give you a quick tour of the inside.
But you must keep in mind, taking pictures of a small area is a bit challenging!
First up, is our main living space...
But most of the time, here's what it looks like - the couch covered with a sheet for miss Josie.
By the way, this has become her favorite spot in the house. She can sit and look out her window!
Across the back is a small counter space - which is perfect for charging laptops. Then cabinet underneath has become my new office space.
And of course we can't forget to mention the one thing that I think is absolutely RIDICULOUS - that gigantic TV! I've never had such a big TV in my life.
Although Jason says it's totally awesome...
The TV does swivel out, and there is a huge amount of storage space behind it.
Not to mention the cabinet behind the 3 glass doors is deceiving. It's one giant, weird shaped cabinet space.
The fridge is actually taller than our old one, we have another shelf in there.
And we couldn't be happier with our oven - which is also taller and seems to cook a lot more evenly that the old one too.
I thought the kitchen was kind of a funny shape... but turns out it is great because when you're trying to cook, you actually have space. Someone can walk by you or sit at the table and not be in the way.
The hooks on the wall are actually really handy for Josie's leash, a jacket or a hat. There's also smaller hooks above for keys and the poo bag dispenser :) There's also handy slots at the bottom that conveniently hold the mop.
Although it is a little snug - and Josie is still adjusting to sleeping in here. Not that she seems to mind squeezing herself into small spaces.
How we are going to manage once we decide to add another furbaby into the mix still remains to be seen...
But it will happen! And probably sooner rather than later :)
By the way, in case you are curious about that nicely fitted, perfectly made bed, I will share the secret...
We met a super nice couple who are retired and living in their camper full-time while we were in Arizona. And while touring her camper she showed me her immaculate made bed and I had to know her secret...
It's a comforter and sheet set all in one from Beddy's Beds - and although they are marketed towards kids and Murphy beds and day beds, they are absolutely perfect for RV beds too!
It was a little spendy, but we were not digging the mattress squeeze along the night stands. And we found a made bed with a regular comforter over took the nightstands. So we took the plunge - what a great investment. It's super soft and extremely warm!
So there you have it - the grand tour. Stay tuned for Jason's update on his modifications!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, I’m Hillary! Wife and dog mama. I am a retired 6th grade teacher, but still seek to share and help others at Teach Like Midgley
I enjoy spending time with my pups and my husband. I have a passion for rescues, and would save more pups if I could. I enjoy books and I am a mustang enthusiast. Thanks for reading!