Highway to Hoeftland

Adventures with Kristin & Mike

Mike and I recently adopted a dog after 4 years of being a dog-free household.

Teddy came from a shelter on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. He was found as “a stray,” and that’s all we know about his history.

The Rawley Project, a non-profit dog rescue organization was there in New Mexico picking up puppies. They saw Teddy at the shelter they were visiting and decided to take Teddy back to Bend, Oregon – a 19+ hour drive.

Mike and I had recently signed up to help foster dogs. They asked us to foster Teddy temporarily while they found him a permanent home.

Teddy’s Demeanor

Teddy is the sweetest. He loves to cuddle and is a very chill dog. After a couple of weeks with Teddy, we decided we didn’t want to give him up – and the rest is history.

Teardrop Camping

We brought Teddy on his first teardrop camping adventure with us and documented the experience. We wondered how he would like it, how we would all fit comfortably in the teardrop, and whether Teddy will make a good camping and traveling companion.

We invite you to watch our short video titled, “Teardrop Camping With A New Dog.” It shows the experience of teardrop camping with a larger dog and how we made it work.

We hope all is well with you!


Kristin and Mike 🐶🐾

Have you ever visited the Oregon Coast? If not, you’re missing out!

At the end of March, We went camping with our teardrop trailer to Cape Blanco State Park and explored Port Orford and the surrounding beaches. We made a quick video showcasing five things we absolutely LOVE about visiting the region.

Note: Please be aware of tsunami routes. The Cascadia earthquake and tsunami are overdue in this area.

The Oregon Coast:
Why We Love It ❤️

I hope you are doing well!



We took ownership of our teardrop in Oct., 2021. We’ve now camped in cold, wintery conditions quite a few times. But how do we like camping in cold weather, you ask?

This video brings you along with us on a recent camping trip in February to the Crooked River Canyon in Prineville, Oregon. We discuss why we realized that camping in the winter can actually be pretty nice! Check out our video below. Thanks for watching. 🙂

Winter: A Good Time to Camp?

Dear Highway to Hoeftland readers,

In November, 2020 our friends invited Mike and I to go with them on a Mexican Cruise. We thought that by January, 2022, the global pandemic would be in the rear view mirror and it could give us something to look forward to. So we booked the trip.

Fast forward to late December/early January and the Omicron variant was making everything challenging again.

Our cruise was already booked and the window to cancel had passed. We decided to mask up and go ahead with the cruise, despite the CDC, news articles, and everyone on Twitter advising against it.

We felt very lucky that the trip went (mostly) well and that we got to spend time with our friends, the Karps, who we hadn’t seen in two years.

Our flight was canceled from RDM to PDX, so we braved the snowy mountain range and headed off towards Portland so that we could fly to LAX. Once in LA, we boarded our Mexican Cruise adventure. Below is our video about the trip.

I hope you have a safe and healthy new year.

Sincerely, Kristin 🤗

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