Month: October 2017

Bye Lexus

I sold my beloved Lexus LS460 today. 😢 I bought it in 2008. Not having a commute, we never had a need to drive much so, except for road trips, we didn’t put many miles on it. After almost 10 years, it only has 28,675 miles, less than 3,000 miles per year! We don’t have a need for 3 cars so I’ve had it on my To Do list for years to sell it. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it, it was so much fun to drive. So it mostly sat in the garage, depreciating in value, waiting for a long road trip.

The good news is that I sold it to my friend Charles who drives for Peninsula Truck Lines and delivers grain to us at the brewery. He’s an affable guy that I’d see almost every week or so for the last couple years and we always chatted about the Seahawks. He saw the Lexus at the brewery one day and I mentioned that I was going to sell it. I was planning to auction it on eBay but never got around to taking photos and posting it. He was interested and kept asking about it and eventually offered a reasonable number so I accepted it.

Basecamp in Astoria, Oregon

The kids had a 3-day weekend so we took the Basecamp on its first trip. We brought Barley so this was his first trip too. We drove it to Astoria, Oregon.

Lunch at Fort George Brewing:

At our campsite at Fort Stevens National Park:

At Shipwreck Beach:

On the edge of the country:

….where we could drive the Jeep on the beach:

Dinner at Buoy Brewing with a stellar view of the Columbia River and Washington:

A cool glass floor where you can see seals relaxing underneath the brewery:

The Basecamp did really well. I’ve never towed an RV (or anything) before so it took 2-3 hours for me to get comfortable driving with it behind us. It’s a bit cramped when all 5 (+Barley) are inside and using the shower means you turn the entire Basecamp into a changing room, but it’s spacious inside considering it’s so small. We can all sit comfortably around the tables when it’s configured in the U-shaped seating. We can all lay down on the bed and we did that while watching a movie — The Goonies, which was set in Astoria! — on the iPad, which worked great with the Anker Soundcore speaker.

Airstream Basecamp

After dropping the kids off at school, Gay and I drove to the “local” Airstream dealer to pick up our 2018 Basecamp today. We agreed to buy it a couple weeks ago when we put the deposit down on it and finally found the time to get there, an hour away, and pick it up.

How’d we get to the point of buying an RV?After our trip to Oregon when we camped in a tent for 3 days in Carson, Washington, we decided an RV would be more fun so we started looking into an Airstream. The original plan was to get a bigger Airstream, like a 23- or 27-footer, but eventually decided that a Basecamp would be a better starter RV for us. We had no experience and we soon realized that long trailers have issues with general driving/maneuvering and some campgrounds are limited in the size of a trailer they can accommodate. Plus, a short trailer wouldn’t require a new tow vehicle.

It officially sleeps two, but all 3 kids can easily sleep in it — the bed is 6-feet by 6-feet, practically a King Size bed! Actually, all 5 of us can fit on the bed, although it probably wouldn’t be comfortable all night. It has a bathroom with a shower, a 2-burner stovetop, a fridge, microwave, A/C and solar panels to keep the battery charged. We also ordered the optional tents that attach to it providing more living space, but they have to be delivered from the factory in Ohio.

We like a trailer, rather than a motorhome, because we prefer a good car and a good trailer to a combination of the two. A trailer can be left at a campsite while we drive our car around during the day. You see a lot of motorhomes towing tiny cars for this reason, which seems backwards to us.

We liked Airstream because they look good, the interiors are bit more upscale and they’re all aluminum so they don’t rust. This thing even fits into our garage (with some effort)!


The kids love it. We all had dinner in it before Gay and Havana went off to Girl Scout camping for the weekend. Ironically, they went without the Basecamp.

I’m looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest with it and the kids. When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest I had grand plans to go mountain biking, skiing, kayaking and camping. I’ve lived here for over 20 years now and did very little of that, always choosing work over play. It’s time to make good on those plans.