Tucker is what keeps us going, AND on our tip-toes every waking moment. 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, we 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). Their local hospital was not equipped to manage his care, but quickly intubated him, and handed him off to an air evac crew. Watching our son, unconscious, on a stretcher, loaded onto a helicopter was something we 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 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 things keep us going. Life doesn’t have to be complicated, it’s an adventure. An adventure in which we need to remember to stop and have fun, lots of fun! Tucker does a good job of reminding us of these simple yet important life lessons.
“Tucker deep in thought…”
2002 American Eagle
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 RV salesman and our inexperience lead to some really dumb mistakes.
Edna came into our life in March 2017. She 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 cell booster, and WiFiRanger wifi 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 (many of our videos & this website were created with that same power from the sun).