Tucker is what keeps them going, AND on their tip-toes every waking moment. They call him their “little rascal.” At a birthday party, other kids were jumping and playing on the bounce house but not their rascal. Nope, Tucker was busy exploring the new backyard. First to the electrical power panel, then after confirming it was locked onwards to the irrigation pump motor, seriously! And while he can be a pain in the neck, they wouldn’t trade a single minute.
In February 2019, from his curiosity, he landed in the hospital with acute respiratory failure from ingesting a hydrocarbon (tiki torch fuel, the stuff you burn to keep mosquitoes away). Their local hospital was not equipped to manage his care, but quickly intubated him, and handed him off to an air evac crew. Watching their son, unconscious, on a stretcher, loaded onto a helicopter was something they never anticipated. Ten days later, Tucker was released from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Nemour’s Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL.
Seeing his eyes widen as he finds a cool new animal in the tide pools, or his grin while deep in the Panamanian jungle when he realizes the rope bridge swings wider the harder he steps. These are the things that keep them going. Life doesn’t have to be complicated, it’s an adventure. An adventure in which they need to remember to stop and have fun, lots of fun! Tucker, their little rascal does a good job of reminding them of these simple yet important life lessons.
2002 American Eagle
“Unwilling to give up our dreams of long term travel, we visited other options that might be easier with a young child. Maybe an RV? We spent months learning about the different RV types, costs, and each one’s strengths & weaknesses. We went to a dozen RV shows, talked to a dozen or so RV owners, and had a dozen additional questions the deeper we researched.
February 2017, on our way to yet another RV show in Portland Oregon, we came across an RV we hadn’t heard of before. There in the cold, rainy Camping World parking lot was a 2002 American Eagle. Jenny, pregnant, took one step inside the RV and knew immediately this could be our home. We skipped the RV show, offered a deposit, and scheduled a test drive the next day.
The test drive was AWFUL! Check out our video series about buying an RV for the details. The short story is that our INEPT RV salesman and OUR inexperience lead to some really dumb mistakes.
Edna came into our life in March 2017. She’s safely carried us across the entire US twice, down to Mexico, and up to the Canadian border twice. Like any RV, she requires some attention from time to time, but she takes great care of our family. With 1160 watts of solar power, Battle Born lithium batteries, WeBoost, and WiFiRanger communication booster. Edna is as comfortable as any house could be. Not to brag, but for those questioning that claim, we can stream NetFlix to our 4K TV with surround sound, while blending the next batch of margaritas because why not, we’re parked on a beach in Mexico. Our lithium batteries store more than enough power for the night and tomorrow, our solar panels will fill us back up. (much of this website was created with that same green power from the sun!)”