Monday, August 3, 2015

Little Chicken's debut...about time!

Friday July 31, 2015 Little Chicken got her first official ride today.  After I corrected some loading issues, she rolled along marvelously.  Big shout out to Enterprise truck rental and their customer service!! Another big shout out to Discount Tire who did the usual complimentary tire pressure check, but also checked Litttle Chicken's lugs to make sure I torqued them just right...and then helped me turn my drop hitch into a lift hitch.  I couldn't get the nut off the ball to turn it around. Not their normal realm of activities, but they helped me out nonetheless.

Despite being exhausted to the extreme, I thought I'd stop by the DMV and get a plate for Little Chicken.  Technically, because of the weight, no license plate is required, but I'd like to get a vanity plate eventually, so getting a plate to begin with, besides I don't know the laws in other states.  Better safe than sorry. As I turned down the street where the DMV is, there were cars lined up in the parking lot and a line of cars waiting in the street to turn left into the parking lot.  Needless to say I did not join in the throng. As I drove by all the waiting people, it occured to me that it was the last day of the month.  That explains a lot.  Maybe I'll hit the DMV in St. George.

This afternoon I've really been enjoying the birds at my campsite.  The people next to me have a hummingbird feeder out and there have been a few flying around.  I love the sound of their wings.  Then I took a nice nap in the shade and woke up to a small yellow bird, maybe a finch?, and a red-headed woodpecker in the tree above me.  There are swallows swooping and diving to catch the bugs in the small meadow next to my campsite, and where the sun is right now the bugs are visible. If you watch carefully, you can see a bug disappear when the birds fly through.  There are crows pecking in the meadow, and robins, and another kind with spotted bellies.  They make quite a chorus all together.  

Game show for today: Guess That Slogan!  How to play: I give you a company's slogan, and you guess the company.  Please phrase your answer as a question. (hehe) Today's slogan is "Yesterday's meals on wheels."  For the answer see the bottom of this post.

Saturday August 1, 2015
Decided to stay in my camping spot for another two nights.  I really need to finish up a couple of things on Little Chicken and rest before I undertake any more driving.  Went to the hardware store and got what I needed to finish a couple of things like the skirt for the roof vent.  So here's what I've done today.

Litttle Chicken now has locking doors

The galley has now been trimmed. (yes, I cut the trim with a box cutter)

The roof vent skirt has been started.

Sunday August 2, 2015
I'M CAMPING!!!  And it is GLORIOUS!!  I have a spot that is sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon/evening. Close to the beach (lake), and just the right distance to the bathroom.
Discovery of the day (or night).  The mattress I got for Little Chicken is memory foam and is obviously not meant to be the primary sleeping surface.  I will be stopping at the next IKEA for a different mattress to be topped with the current memory foam mattress. ;)  Today's activities will include rest, organizing my stuff so it isn't just thrown in anywhere, and finding a Wi-Fi hotspot so I can update you all.

PS. Nellie is the greatest camping dog on the planet!  Don't know why I was worried about that.  She stays right in our spot, and sleeps in Little Chicken like a champ. 

Today's Guess That Slogan answer: What is a sewage pumping company slogan, located on their pumping truck that just drove through the campground? HEHE!


  1. How wonderful! Congratulations, Jen.

  2. How wonderful! Congratulations, Jen.

  3. Such a great adventure! So happy that Nellie enjoys camping as well.

  4. Yes, Nelly loves camping - especially with you! Life is good with a Nellie buddy. I hope you're loving it!! Roll on!