RV Travel Adventures

 

Welcome to Foxcentrals  travel and wellness blog. As we go about our adventures we are hoping to see and experience some wonderful places and meet a lot of interesting people. One of our challenges on the road and living in our little caravan is to stay fit and eat healthy. One would hope that the time factor is on our side and we can be creative in our cuisine keeping it healthy and tasty. Fitness should be happening every day and we will use a lot of exercises from Stephany at the Fit RV. Stay tuned. Jeff also hopes to get more You tubes going at his Fox Central channel.

Happy Trails,  Jeff and Liz  

and from Liz  At Just Around The Bend  ♥

McMenamins Old St Francis Schools Secret Broom Closet Oregon 2018

Tonight is date night for Jeff and Liz and part of our date is to find the secret passageway that leads to a  Lilliputian cafe and bar.     Located at the Art House at Mcmenamins Old St Francis School is a  series of passageways and the fun begins. You do need to be quiet as the hallways and rooms could be occupied. So let’s begin by looking for the secret hallway which starts on the main floor. We are looking for a door which says Barnsdale Crescent-enter at your own risk-this passageway is so amazing.

Next we head to the third floor looking for the Broom Closet- they encourage you to enter. Now the question is- are you brave enough to enter. Even after you slowly open the door and even then, what you see is a hallway of old witchie brooms, now what. Glancing around at the very artsy brooms what do you do next, we started pressing the panels and OMG one of the panels moved, we slowly pushed and entered a Lilliputian  bar. Surrounded by art and greeted by a very energetic bartender who was eager to satisfy our explorers thirst. So much fun and sad the adventure has ended. We will certainly be bringing our Bend quests and exposing them to this fun quest.

Mcmenamins is far more than a artsy secret passageway, with 55 locations around Oregon and Washington, every location is worth a stop. Their signature wines and beer and pub food is renowned. The art and creativeness of every location is so worth a self tour.

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Thin Bins Collapsible Containers

Over the last three years of our owning an RV, traveling extensively and trying to stay organized , we have slowly figured out some tricks. Thin Bins is one trick that helped declutter our cabinets! Thin Bins are the perfect choice for small apartments, dorms, RVs, camping and more!

Saving Space is huge as each container is collapsible to 1/3 its original size for easy compact storage and the right lid easily snaps shut making them stackable.

Thin Bins Collapsible Containers – Set of 4 Square Silicone Food Storage Containers – BPA Free, Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer Safe – $19.99 and Free Shipping with Amazon.

I prefer the value set – Set of 4 assorted stackable and collapsible silicone containers – Includes one of each size for the best value: Small (10.5 oz), Medium (18 oz), Large (26 oz), and Extra Large (43 oz).

The design is amazing, with snap on lids which create an airtight vacuum seal that keeps your food secured and fresher longer. Featuring an air vent for microwave heating.

Now the really important part, thin bins are made from 100% FDA compliant non-toxic, BPA free, food grade silicone. They are non-stick, leak-proof, easy to clean , they don’t stain and microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Great for storing leftovers in the fridge and microwavable for when you’re ready to enjoy your meal.

I have not been contacted by thins bins to represent their product.  I  have used this product for over two years and like it so much I have ordered another and  believe in its quality and convenience.

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Chipmunk Invasion

It was 3 am in the morning, we are peacefully sleeping in our cozy trailer at one of our favorite campgrounds (Union Bay Campground]  at Phillips Reservoir, Oregon.  When we heard not the sound of music but little teeth gnawing and the precious sound of little feet scampering up and down the inside wall of our bedroom, not 2 inches from our heads. It sounded like they were truly going to chew right through the wooden headboard and the scampering never stopped until early morning. We pounded on the walls, yelled niceties at them and even thought about taking a blow torch to the front of our trailer- just joking !!!.  Ok,  the next morning it was Chipmunk war, how do you keep these precious little invaders from raising havoc on your trailer not to mention the damage they can do in a small amount of time and remain humane. After much thought and exploring Northwoods RV Owner Associations Forum, Jeff found the perfect humane solution to a very real problem.

With $40.00 of supplies from our local Ace Hardware Store and a half day of crawling around under the trailer we are now ready for the next attack of Chipmunks, squirrels, snakes and any varmint that wants to disrupt our peaceful sleep and destroy or nest in our trailer.

Supplies:

1/4 inch mesh galvanised hardware cloth

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Black foam sealent

Approx. 40 galvanised screws

3 LBS of Repels-All Granules

Mesh bags to hold granules

There is a two to three inch gap between the fiber glass Arctic Fox cap and the frame. Northwood Manufacturing say that they are aware of the problem but it would be to costly in the manufacturing process to fix the problem. Well at least they could of suggested their engineering suggestions which they haven’t so on to my engineering ideas.

I cut 3 inch wide strips of the hardware cloth , covered the opening and screwed the cloth onto the bottom of the fiberglass. The bigger openings I cut out 10″x 10″ squares and trimmed to fit openings. I sprayed the black foam sealant in the places I could not apply the hardware cloth. Northwood says the cap area needs ventilation so solid foam would not be the answer. Well time will tell on round one on the chipmunk war. We will put a mesh bag of Repels-All on the battery compartment to add some extra precautions. Varmints like to chew on your wiring which can be costly. We will put Repels-All mesh bags on each front tire of the truck to keep them out of the engine compartment. Another piece of advice we picked up from our snowbird adventures is to leave your hood open so the varmints dont feel safe.

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Hope this helps to all that may have experienced this problem.

 

Until our next adventure – Cheers from Just Around The Bend ♥♥♥♥liz-logo-1

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OKRA Universal Bike Mount

This little gadget is a universal bike / motorcycle mount for most Smartphones. It has saved me from many crashing incidents on my bike and helped with taking pictures and videos hands free. Single handed operation, fits all 6 inch phones and rotates 360 degrees. I have a very special feature on my phone which makes it totally hands free by speaking cheese, cheers or shoot. This enables me to be super safe while  being able to snap pictures or record videos without taking my hands from the handle bars. Easy directions for placement on your handle bars included and quickly unmounts for fast removal. Includes silicone bands which holds your chosen device firmly in place for added security. It’s not just for phones as we have been placing our Garmin GPS in it for easy Geocaching along the trail. I ordered mine thru Amazon with free shipping for $14.99. It would make a great gift for any bicycle/motorcycle enthusiast.

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BLIX ELECTRIC BIKES

Good Day to all who follow my blog and a big THANK YOU.

This year I turn 67 years young and my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with an electric bike for my birthday. In the recent years I have done a lot of research on electric bikes, interviewed people who either own one for pleasure or commute to work on a daily basis on electric bikes. On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC, I was overwhelmed at how popular electric bikes were for commuting to work. That’s where I saw my first BLIX Electric Bike in action. I’m only 5 feet tall and my husband is 5″ 8″ , in my researching I felt we required something that fit us and would also fold up nicely for our RVing travels. The Blix Vika+ met all of our criteria, including an option for upgrading the panasonic 36 volt, 620 wh lithium battery which extended our range from 35 to  55 miles.

Total weight of bike – 49 pounds

Recommended total max weight is 220 lbs (rider and cargo)

Accessories included:

LCD Display water resistant

Heavy duty rear rack

Front and rear LED lights

Battery Charger

Fenders

Option for Travel bag $69.00

Extra fuses

PROS: 

The bike is very stylish with a classic design

Stability

Very  fun to ride

Blix E-Bike has to be the most user friendly and well thought out Swedish design, with Beautiful, Smart, Easy, Practical and Reliable technology. The panasonic Lithium-ion battery is located under the saddle, locks in place which allows for a low center of gravity for better stability when cycling.

We went for a short night ride in the neighborhood and the headlight did a  pretty good job of iluminating the street and the rear tail light is very bright so you can be seen by night traffic. The lights are powered by the battery so will last as long as you are charged.

The process to fold this bike down has to be so easy, it’s just what we were looking for. We modified  the folding process by adding some small pieces of swimming pool noodles in strategic places so when you fold it up there is no damage to the beautiful paint and decals. See pictures.

 

 

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The other really nice surprise was when folded these bikes fit perfectly in the back of our classic 2000, 4runner. When we are on the road Rving they fit perfectly inside our 25ft travel trailer or plenty of room in the back of the truck. When folded up it forms a cube, 34 inches long, by 27 inches high and 20 inches deep.   Super compact. See pictures.

 

 

CONS:

To soon to give any cons if any, the one thing I have noticed is the seat is a little hard after a 15 mile ride. That could be because I am not used to riding that far , so time will tell. Otherwise so far nothing to report. I will give it several months of riding and enjoyment and review again.

WARNING: I did have a little mishap my fault entirely. You have to be very cautious of the accelerator knob when standing next to the bike. Its located by the readout unit on the left side. The switch sticks up a bit and if you accidentally move it the bike will take off and take you with it. The bike accelerates very quickly and has a lot of torque. I rubbed the switch by accident and was ran over and knocked down by my own bicycle. If the bike is turned on it is ON even if the peddle assist is on zero. Be very cautious of that switch if you are not mounted on the bike. The bummer is I scratched my paint and scraped the seat up ,so much for brand new.

When we were in Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC there was a free foot ferry over to Quadra Island. The Island is one of the larger Gulf Islands and has many a country roads that beckon to be explored. April Point Resort rented electric bikes but the 3 hour time would not have been enough to experience the beauty of Quadra Island. Had we had our Blik Vika + with us with the 55 mile range we probably would spend 2 days exploring the island and meeting the super friendly Canadian People.

I could go on and on about how wonderful and fun this bike is but instead we are going  to take off and go for a morning ride. See you on the trail.liz-logo-1

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A big Thank You to Marc and Renge’ for their expert help and customer service at Backcountry Recumbent Cycles located in Tumalo, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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Julienne and Vegetable Peeler by UberChef

I dont know about you but my husband and I love gadgets. We both love to cook, but I hate a tool that’s just o.k. maybe not so sharp which is really dangerous or hard to  clean or so bulky it won’t fit in your drawers. It was time to get rid of my (4) dull vegetable peelers, yes (4) and get a really decent one. I searched the internet with mixed opinions . I had just received this months copy of my very favorite  Fine Cooking Magazine, June/July 2018 issue. One of the topics was peelers, they reviewed 4 different brands and I am sure all of the brands are wonderful in their own unique designs. The one that caught my eye was the Uberchef dual julienne and vegetable peeler.

Not wasting any time I ordered one for me and one for my daughter, can’t wait to hear how she loves it.  I ordered them on Amazon for $9.95, free shipping and arrived in two days what a deal.  UberChefPeeler.com 

 Now for the true test, does it live up to what I expected from the Fine Cooking article. The answer is absolutely YES, it’s really amazing.

Number one reason I choose this brand of peeler is because it was made out of heavy-duty solid stainless steel, dishwasher safe and a ubanamic handle which is very comfortable and easy to control.

Second it does double duty, very user friendly, easily and neatly juliennes veggies and fruit. The blade on the opposite side is a traditional very sharp vegetable peeler.  Super easy to clean, including a thin cleaning brush.

This uberchef julienne and peeler will also replace my medium size julienne machine which is difficult to set up and clean. So actually I give up 5 gadgets in my kitchen for one super quality gadget which will last for years.

Testing:  potatoes, so much faster and easier.

Tomatoes: the blade is so sharp it left the tomato in perfect condition.

Kiwi: No problem

Julienne:  Turnips, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, asparagus and one of our favorite sweet potatoes (perfect). With this device you can julienne almost anything.

Happy  cooking from JUST AROUND THE  BEND ♥♥♥♥          liz-logo-1                                                                      

 

I was not approached or asked to review this product.

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Yosemite National Park California USA

 

 

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It’s the end of February 2018 in Yosemite National Park, usually the weather is freezing cold, windy and lots of snow on the ground. For some unseasonably reason this particular day  is zero wind, 72 degrees and literally has a hand full of tourists exploring this extraordinary valley..  This was an especially great day (aside from the weather being perfect) because our granddaughter Kiley and our daughter Sarah joined us. We packed a yummy lunch and lots of iced tea and spent the day hiking the beautifully groomed trails to scenic waterways and waterfalls.

Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of activities and sightseeing destinations. The Valley is a 7 mile wide canyon with incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world’s tallest granite monolith and one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations. Yosemite Falls is the largest waterfall in North America with breathtaking views. Peak visitation at the falls is in the spring as it is comprised entirely of melting snow. The park is also known for its Giant Sequoia trees, which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old. Its a must see, if you want to camp make reservations super early as the demand is high. People have enjoyed the tradition of camping in Yosemite for generations. However, getting a campsite in Yosemite is not always easy.

Campground Reservations. Recreation.gov . RV Camping. Pines Campgrounds. Camp 4. WawonaBridalveil CreekHodgdon MeadowCrane FlatTamarack FlatWhite Wolf. Yosemite Creek. Porcupine Flat. Tuolumne Meadows. There are also first come first serve sites available, but you must get there early.

There is such an abundance of things to do in Yosemite one day just isn’t enough.

Fishing, Biking, Hiking, Gold Panning, Arts and Culture, Spas, Breweries and extraordinary guided tours. Oh don’t forget rock climbing, golf, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Zip Lining, fine dining to  Pizza and good old burgers are also abundant.

Hope to see you on the trail and hope you visit Yosemite National Park Soon.

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