Highway to Hoeftland

An Adventure Blog

Hello everyone!

Sharing the Casita with two cats, our dog, and my husband.

Sharing the Casita with two cats, our dog, and my husband.

Things have been pretty crazy lately.  Since July 21st, we’ve slept every night in our 17 ft Casita travel trailer. Our two senior cats, our dog, Mike, and I, are all crammed into this tiny space and essentially full-time RVing until we move into a new house.  it’s been an experience to say the least! I love our travel trailer but five beings in one little Casita feels a little too cramped,  in all honesty. It’s a good thing we have the option to stay in the Casita though,  because it adds a lot of flexibility and freedom to our lives. So we appreciate it overall, but it’s a smidgen uncomfortable.

Our Casita among the Giants.

Our Casita among the Giants. This is the RV parking spot where we’ve stayed recently (in Redmond, Oregon).

Great News!

Recently,  we found a house that we like very much in Central Oregon.  Therefore,  we put an offer on it and the sellers accepted!  Tomorrow,  we are attending the house inspection.  If all goes well,  we should be moving into our new home by October 1st, 2015. Wish us luck with the house inspection;  we’re a little nervous (but mostly excited and delighted) because the house was built in 1922. Thus, it might be more upkeep than your typical house. It is a gorgeous and historic craftsman bungalow (Just under 1,200 sq ft). It’s also walkable to a plethora of amenities. I’ll share more about our new house with pictures soon.

I’m going to have to keep this update short. Unfortunately,  I forgot my laptop computer up at Lake Merwin and therefore,  I’m quickly writing this blog update on my smart phone,  using spotty RV park Internet. I’m looking forward to resuming regular blogging soon.

I hope you’re having an excellent summer!


Kristin 🙂

Our Casita Travel Trailer and Honda Ridgeline Truck.

Our Casita Travel Trailer and Honda Ridgeline Truck.

Mike and I are in the middle of a grand adventure. The adventure is not a trip or a vacation this time, but rather, a big life transition. We’re entering a new chapter in our lives, and we’re not yet sure where the new path is leading. For me, it’s exciting to feel this way. Life is not supposed to be boring. Life is most fun when we’re exploring, when we’re not settling for less than what we want, and when we’re experiencing each new day in a creative, present, and grateful way.

We Arrived in the Pacific Northwest

Yesterday evening, after a long week of driving north from our previous residence in Southern Nevada, we arrived at our permanent and private campsite at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway, in Amboy Washington. This will be our primary home until we find a new place to live in Central Oregon. We have two trailers up here at the lake; our Casita travel trailer that we tow around, and a stationary trailer that stays up at the Hideaway.

Our History with Lake Merwin and Why We’re Here Now

Walking down the path inside Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway.

Walking down the path inside Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway.

Several years ago, when my Mom passed away, she left her trailer to my sister and me. It was such a nice gift. As I’ve stated in a previous post, Lake Merwin feels like a home base to us. We are lucky to be able to come up here for vacations, and during times like these, we can use Lake Merwin as a safe haven and/or a primary home while we’re in a life transition. Not to mention, it’s cheap to stay at Lake Merwin if you have a membership!

A Renewed Appreciation for my Home Region

Being back in the Pacific Northwest has me feeling a renewed appreciation and deep gratitude for this beautiful area. I am more aware of things I wasn’t fully aware of when I lived here when I was younger.

The view from our front porch at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway

The view from our front porch at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway

For instance, this morning, as I was taking a walk down the gravel road, I had such a profound feeling of peacefulness. I looked up at all the green trees with awe and satisfaction. I was happy to be among such breathtaking greenery again. I heard the sound of the wind gently blowing the leaves, and the birds were chirping happily. As I continued walking, a few deer were munching on ground vegetation in the grass nearby. Just a small morning walk through the trees made me feel “present” and more in the moment than I had experienced in a while. The temperature here is also so pleasant; it’s not too hot, nor too cold—I love mild weather. No more sweating every day (hopefully—I do take after my dad who used to take two showers a day because he sweated so much)!

Additionally, we have many family members and friends who live in the Pacific Northwest and who also have trailers up at Lake Merwin. I am certainly feeling in my element up here and I’m so glad to have Mike and our beloved pets with me in a place that I love very much. 🙂

Mike’s Working in the Woods – Here’s How He’s Doing it

Mike doing his work and me working on my blog and writing from the trailer.

Mike doing his work and me working on my blog and writing from the trailer.

This afternoon as I’m typing this, Mike is in the living room across from me, sitting in an old wooden rocking chair by the window, doing his work. Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway recently had Wi-Fi installed and therefore, he is able to get online, tend to his conference calls, and work just as efficiently and thorough as he did when we lived in a regular house in Henderson, Nevada. We were initially a little worried that the internet would not be sufficiently fast or connected enough, but we’re happy to report that the Wi-Fi is working great with the booster that we bought. The Wi-Fi at the Hideaway provides us a lot more freedom and flexibility in our lives now and we’re thankful for it.

Next up – Central Oregon

In the coming weekends, if there are any homes we like that are for sale online that we’re interested in, we’ll pack up the Casita travel trailer and our pets, and head down to a Central Oregon RV Park, while we tour potential homes with our realtor. We’ll then return to Lake Merwin during the week so that Mike can focus on his work during the week days.

As always, thanks for your readership and comments. Mike says hi to everyone too!

If you’re interested in checking out pictures from our recent road trip from Nevada to Washington, you can see them on my Instagram account here.



It was 115F degrees outside on a clear June summer afternoon. The hot sun beat down on us as we drove along the dry, dusty, and mostly uninhabited desert road towards Oatman, Arizona.

My husband, Mike, and I were headed on a mini road trip, intent on seeing the famous historic Gold Mine Ghost Town, along Route 66. It took us a little over two hours to get from the Las Vegas Valley to Oatman. We had always wanted to see the tiny western community because we heard that wild burros usually roamed the streets.

Sure enough, when we arrived in Oatman, there were many burros wandering around, carousing alongside the tourists, and hanging out in front of a historic hotel that was built in 1902.  The burros were also chilling near cute old touristy shops, and in front of a few restaurants that line the main street through town.

You should have seen the surprise and delight on our faces as we watched these furry cuties approach us with interest. And as we drove our truck down the center of town, the burros strolled confidently ahead of us, taking up the center of the road in their quest for tasty food.

A few locals seemed used to the wildlife; they walked past the animals unimpressed, as if it’s nothing unusual for people and burros to share a small community space together.

We’ve never seen any place like Oatman before. We were very happy we decided to check it out. Because of its unique charm, visiting this historic western town is definitely a worthwhile day trip.

A cute little shop in the charming burro-filled town of Oatman, AZ.

A cute little shop in the charming burro-filled town of Oatman, AZ.

For more information on Oatman, you can check out the below sites:



Driving directions from Las Vegas to Oatman

Have you ever been to Oatman, or a place like it before? Share your stories with us in the comment section below! 🙂



Hello Highway to Hoeftland Readers!

I just wanted to check in and let you know that we’ve been diligently getting our Nevada residence ready for sale so that we can move to Central Oregon this summer.

Consequently, we have not gone exploring recently—as we normally do—because there has been so much work to get through in order to sell the property (i.e. organizing, cleaning, packing up our stuff, and finding a real estate agent in both Nevada and Oregon).

We are hoping to list the house for sale this week. Wish us luck that everything works out!

The Tentative Plan Thus Far

Once our house sells, we are planning on taking a road trip in our Casita travel trailer up the California Coast, in route to Central Oregon. Once in Oregon, we will find a place to rent while we are looking for a new home.

That’s about it for now! We just wanted to keep everyone in the loop. We’ll be resuming our exploring and Casita adventures again very soon.

Do you have any questions for us? Please let us know. We’re happy to read your comments.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read why we’re moving, and would like to know more about it, here’s a few recent blog posts I published:

We'd like to get back to riding these bikes, but first we have to sell our house!

We’d like to get back to riding these bikes, but first we have to sell our house!

Top Ten Reasons Why We’re Moving to Bend

48 Hours in Beautiful Bend, Oregon (very popular post)

Is Bend, Oregon as Nice as They Say?



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