Mar and Gar's Adventures

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What Not To Buy On EBay

Some of you know that we bought a little 23 1/2 foot motorhome on EBay in 2005.   It was a 1987 Coachman and we lucked out.    It was really a pretty good deal.   It was very clean, but pretty dated.   Garry worked his usual renovation magic and we took that motorhome to the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska on one trip.   We took it to Nebraska for Jason & Theresa’s second reception, and then on to Nashville and back.   We took it to Arizona.  It’s been to Neah Bay a few times.   We really liked it except for one big thing.   OK, two things..   But the biggest thing was that it didn’t have a private bedroom, so if someone wanted to stay in bed and the other wanted to be up, there was no privacy.   The second thing was that back in the earlier days of motorhomes there was not alot of thought to storage.

Anyway, for the last couple of years Garry has been looking for a newer, slightly larger motorhome for us to be just a little more comfortable, but still small and easy to drive and maneuver around in tight places.   And easy for me to drive…

So, back in January he found a 1999 Conquest on Ebay and started bidding.  It was in Quartzite Arizona.   The pictures looked pretty good and it had pretty much all we wanted.   So, he started bidding and our current adventure began.   The day the bidding was to end we were on a yacht club cruise to Port Orchard.   I took our laptop along and we watched the bidding.   Unfortunately, my laptop is on it’s last legs and it kept crashing.   We were able to find out we won, but when we tried to pay the required deposit (within 24 hours, please), the laptop up and died.   Fortunately, just as you walk off the dock in Port Orchard there is a nice library.   As soon as it opened on Sunday we sent of the secure deposit on PayPal…   Little did we know that the troubles just to finish this part of the transaction would the the easy part.

We asked good friends Dick and Davie Frederickson to drive from their winter home in Yuma to Quartzite to take a look at what we bought.  Dick, in his very diplomatic style, let us know that it seemed sound, but was well used.  Hmmm… That’s OK, we can handle anything.

The motorhome had to be picked up within 30 days, which was a problem because we would be in Ecuador, so Dale, Christy and Demie said they would fly down and bring it back during Demie’s mid-winter break.   We decided to have it delivered to the RV sales office’s California location, and the kids flew into Sacramento, rented a car and drove to Madera where our new treasure awaited them.   We told them to motel back but they insisted that they would camp in it with just a few bare essentials that they would buy at Walmart.   It turns out one of those essentials was a shower head and hose since that had been taken out.

Well, after only one blow-out (on supposedly new tires!) and one leaking tire, they made it safely home.    We were anxious to see our project, so as soon as we got home from Ecuador we went to see it.  This is when Garry began his new favorite saying,   “Next time I want to buy something on Ebay sight unseen, stick a hot poker up my butt and twist it a few times.”  I now hear that several times a day.

So, stayed tuned to the blog as I show how once again Garry transforms something from nothing.

Exterior - not too bad

Leaky window had to be replaced

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How Not To Pack

We finally figured out some of the packing boo-boos from our last trip.  Remember that Gar didn’t pack all his underwear and his pain pills?   Well, the underwear was safely at home, but not the pain pills.   So, lesson learned is do not pack prescription pain pills in your checked luggage, especially if they are in the prescription bottle.  Way too tempting to make it through inspections…

Now that we are home, Gar is working on a new project that I can hardly wait to tell you about.   We bought another little used  motorhome on Ebay, sight unseen.   It is now in the middle of a major remodel.   Next week I will start telling you ALL about it.. The good, the bad and the kinda ugly!


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Tram ride in Quito

Tram ride in Quito

Roses at the rose plantation

OK,  I’m trying to see how to post pictures…   individually is not too hard, but I haven’t figured out a group yet.   And I think I might do them smaller, except I wanted to show you how brave I was in the tram, so you needed to see big for that.


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The journey home

I haven’t meant to take so long to post about our last days of the trip, but you know how good intentions go, don’t you?  Right out the window.

We had a quiet evening our last night in Quito.  We went to the daily evening reception for the executive rooms to check emails and have a glass of wine or beer and a few little snacks.   We met up with 2 ladies from New Zealand that we had chatted with briefly the day before.   Turns out there were 4 of them traveling together:  Sue, Annie, Daphne and Jan.   They were on a 38 day South American adventure that had taken them to many fun places already and were leaving in the morning for the Galapagos Islands for 5 days.  These ladies really know how to travel and were lots of fun to talk to.   A couple of them sound like they are traveling fools!   Made us jealous.   It is really fun to ask about other people’s favorite places to visit.   It helps me add things to my list or maybe move things a little lower on the list.

Anyway, we had an early night because we had to take the 5:00 a.m. shuttle to the airport.  Speaking of airports, did you know that airplanes to not land at night in Quito?   It is a difficult airport for the most experienced of pilots and because of its short runway, high elevation and coming in through the volcanos, they only land in the daytime.   There is a new airport almost finished that will be at least a 45 minute drive away rather than a short taxi ride, but it will be longer, lower elevation, etc.    It is due to open in late 2011, I think.   Not 100% sure on that, but we saw it when we took our drive out to the rose plantation.

Anyway, we did all of our normal things at the airport and took off right on schedule for Houston.   It was a totally un-adventurous day for us.  We had a long layover in Houston but had to do Immigrations, get our luggage and go through customs, then re-check the luggage.   We still have lots of time, so hit Wendy’s and had a yummy hamburger!!!    We boarded our flight for Seattle and were actually home 20 minutes early.   On the last leg of the flight we had satellite tv at each seat so I watched the Olympics ( ha ha!   East Coast time!) , so when we actually got home I had already seen some of the ladies figure skating finals before they even showed them in Seattle.

Christy and Demie picked us up at the airport then headed off for Demie’s basketball practive.   Brian was at our place and getting ready to leave, so he came up and visited awhile, and then Theresa came by with a take and bake pizza.  It was perfect since the fridge was completely empty.

So in the last week or so we finally are caught up on mail, gossip, haircuts and starting new projects.    I might just have to blog about the latest one…  our EBay purchased motorhome that is now being remodeled.     And I will try to post some pictures on the blog, now that I am home and have time to learn more about WordPress.

Birthday in Quito